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The Founder (2016)
Couldn't finish--made me hate McDonald's
Don't think I've ever hated a Michael Keaton character as much as I do this POS. Started out thinking it was going to be a movie that would be interesting and fairly entertaining regarding McDonald's roots. What it ended up being was a movie that made me so pissed off that we turned it off and quit watching the last 20 minutes of it, because I wasn't about to watch any more of this scumbag of a subhuman sack of excrement exploit & screw over--presumably without suffering ANY consequences himself--EVEN--any more nice, trusting people like the McDonald brothers. Seriously made me want to boycott McDonald's. It's disgusting that someone so vile never got their comeuppance in the wake of all the nasty, slimy exploits he inflicted on others.
I can't recommend this load of garbage to anyone. All it did was make me angry that I got suckered into renting this in the first place. I thought it was going to be somewhat of a comedy, judging by some of the trailers. At the very least, it looked so much more lighthearted than the dark, sinister character that Keaton's Kroc turns into early on in the movie. No "entertainment" value whatsoever unless you're a sadist who enjoys watching good, decent but naive people being mercilessly abused who are undeserving of such shabby treatment like so much mindless reality tv. On the other hand, if you enjoy watching scripted morons throw food at one another, get into fake cat fights, i.e. all the bogus "Housewives" drama-lama BS shows, this just might be your thing. Ray A. Kroc himself gets an "F"--or maybe that should be an "A" for "A-hole"--the movie itself gets a "C-" just because it's revolting that anyone felt this turd deserved to have a movie made about him. Kinda' like Tonya Harding...but that's a whole different rant.
Nothing Funny About Rude, Degrading Alcoholics
I really wanted to like this movie, because I like Melissa McCarthy and I do find her funny most of the time. It looked like a fairly decent comedy at first, even though from the previews, I thought I'd find her character to be a royal pain in the butt. WRONG. I LIKED her character. She wasn't the problem. If it could have just been her with a better-written, less deplorable sidekick, it would have been okay.
It's Susan Sarandon's loathsome, waste-of-space alcoholic grandmother character whom I despised. I can not STAND disgusting drunk characters who constantly spew offensive, unfunny things that are supposed to be seen as "humorous". Her behavior---she's basically an old drugged-out, alcoholic slut left over from the '60's hippie movement--is supposed to be seen as "brave" and "daring" because she supposedly slept with one of the Allman brothers back in the day, plus done a ton of other "cool" things. This is a character who's vile enough to have attempted sleeping with her own daughter's husband. While she & Tammy are on the road, she hooks up with an equally alcoholic farmer in a bar, proceeds to bang him in the back of her dated Cadillac (while Tammy has to stand outside the car and wait for them to finish up), and then goes on to take him back to the seedy motel she & Tammy are staying in. She then locks Tammy outside for the night while she and the other drunk continue to bang each other. DISGUSTING. Why Tammy wouldn't just leave her inebriated sorry rear is beyond me, but instead, she goes back time and again to get Granny out of a situation she's gotten herself--and Tammy--into.
Sorry this review isn't about much more than this abysmal character, but she ruined what might have been a halfway decent comedy had they not made her such a deplorable mess of a human being. Her abominable behaviour and constant degrading comments she makes to/about Tammy was more than I could stomach by the end of the movie. In one of the last scenes, I was almost overjoyed when it looked like the grandmother was dead on a lawn chair the morning after yet another drinking binge at a huge party the night before---but no such luck. Yup. She of course isn't REALLY dead, after scaring the heck out of Tammy, who finds her blacked out and not breathing, but instead rises up out of the lawn chair and manages to stagger to her feet.
Probably the saddest thing about this movie is that Tammy, like most relatives and friends of alcoholics, continues to take the abuse heaped on her by Granny, enabling her to continue drinking without any real consequences. Every time she wakes up hungover and says something lame like, "Oh, I was MEAN to you? I'm so sorry honey..."---DUH--everyone forgives her. "Oh, you have to excuse her--she's an alcoholic." Like that makes everything okay. It does NOT. It's nauseating how people excuse alcoholics from bad behaviour simply on account of being alcoholic, as if it's a magic get-out-of-jail-free card & that everyone needs to understand that "that's just the way they are---they don't MEAN to say those things/act like that/beat you senseless for the third time this week because you burnt toast/etc." I'm sorry, but I can't deal with alcoholics, not in real life & not in a movie. Anyone who's ever had to be around one should know what I'm talking about. Staggering, mean, offensive drunks are NOT funny--period. This grandma is not quite as bad as the vile, pill-popping Meryl Streep character in "August: Osage County", but she's still plenty annoying.
Tammy herself is not a bad person and doesn't deserve all the garbage heaped on her by the old drunk. She's actually sweet when it comes right down to it. She's made some mistakes in her life, like everyone, but she is basically a decent human being who tries to do the right thing. Honestly, I would like to have given this at least a 6 out of 10 and would have had it not been for the grandmother. If she could have been written less reprehensibly, I might have.
And of course, there's the predictable, obligatory happy ending in which Granny winds up rehabbing in AA, she's become the nursing home physical therapy teacher, and she apologizes profusely to Tammy for treating her like garbage for so long. Tammy naturally forgives her and continues to kiss butt to her, like she was the one in the wrong instead of Drunk Grandma. Yawn. Like you can't see that coming from a mile away.
The BEST thing about the whole movie is a surprise cameo by Dan Akroyd at the end---it's really too bad he wasn't in the rest of the movie, because it was sorely in need of something funny, and he would have added so much to it.
How soon before this gets canceled? No, seriously...
Annoying. If it was possible to give this 0 stars, I would do it. The parents are fine and it could have been a fairly interesting sitcom, but the daughter is insufferable. Between her basically telling her parents that they're an embarrassment and need to "watch what they say/do" around her little precious princess/brat kid, and the kid herself--who is also annoying--I can't believe I sat through the entire show.
I really wanted to like this because I do find the parents interesting and would enjoy them under different circumstances, as they reminded me somewhat of the two hippie parents in "Meet the Fockers"--but I can't deal with them even attempting to kowtow to their daughter's ridiculous "rules" regarding the granddaughter & what they can/can't do/say around her. TOO BAD, SWEETHEART. It's their house---SHE'S the one leeching off of them and intruding on THEIR lives--they're gracious enough to allow her to move back in, and they even attempt to placate her stupid "rules" around her kid. They need to tell her that she better learn to deal with the way they live or get the h*** out. I suggest that if she doesn't like their lifestyle, she can move out and move back in with her ex-husband, or live in the street in a refrigerator box with the stupid kid. I was hoping that this would be at least mildly humorous, but I really, really can't stand the daughter, so that ruins the whole show. She treats the parents like they're embarrassments to her--what an ingrate. This show is terrible---I will give it one more shot next week in hopes of it improving, because, as I mentioned earlier, I like the parents. But if it's as bad as the premiere episode, I hope it tanks like the Titanic or that they re-write the daughter character. Too bad, because I liked the actress who plays her when she was on "Scrubs". Not intelligently written, and definitely not funny.
Spike Lee--more racist garbage
Ho-hum. Sorry. I went into this thinking it was a British-made parody/mockumentary(which it well may be--at this point it doesn't even matter...); had it been, I could forgive some of the lame attempt at "humor" in it, however ironic, understanding that Brit humor is different from American, and as such, might not seem as funny over here. But without citing anything specific--because the entire thing is one of THE most gawdawful wastes of time (like, 90 minutes of my life that I'll never get back--fortunately I was cleaning the living room while watching, so it wasn't a complete loss) I've ever experienced--in addition to being completely unwatchable, I DID NOT realize til the end of this film during the credits that it was another Spike Lee debacle-- DUH. Which explained everything. Anything with that name attached to it is just another angry, snarky attempt at causing more friction between races. The whole thing made me cringe (this was BEFORE I saw the name "Lee" stamped on it), and I can never understand the praise this individual is constantly lavished with in reviews, accolades, etc. (It furthers my suspicion that all paid critics are either idiots or snobs who feel the necessity to drool over garbage like this to seem either politically correct or to create a facade about themselves that their perception of film is so much more sensitive than the average slob in a movie theater.)
I wasn't sure if I was supposed to laugh, be ticked off, or ashamed of being white. All I am sure of is that I would never recommend this to anyone, and if I could give it a -1 rating, I would.
Friends & Lovers (1999)
Not great, but not THAT bad...plus I just REALLY like Robert Downey Jr.'s tush..
This is not supposed to be Citizen Kane. It's a fluff piece. If you're locked up on a rainy day--or better yet, in a cabin during a winter snowstorm--with a couple of friends, some rum & a board game, it doesn't hurt to toss this on in the background, if for no other reason than to watch RDJ's fine derrière, easily the best part of this whole thing.
Having said that, the one thing, if nothing else (and seriously, I'm not doing that much of a review here anyway...), that needs to be pointed out to the several people who have commented on RDJ's "bad" German accent--it's intentional. His accent is supposed to be cheesy like that because he's from New Jersey, not Germany. If that accent was supposed to be spoken by a genuine German character, bet your rear that Downey would have nailed it. It's a silly little bit of comedy that's not intended to be Shakespeare, and if you can just look at it that way, and try to enjoy the scenery, i.e. RDJ's man-tastic buns and the mountains, it's not a bad little flick, and it's mildly entertaining.