Movie Review: Bridesmaids -- Four Stars
Update: Not A Chick-Flick, But Yes, The Movie Has Been Deceptively Marketed As Such

Four stars out of four.

Since this movie is a home run, this will be a much shorter review. "Everything works and everything is funny, often hilarious" is the quick take-away.

Another quick take-away is that when your chief source of frustration is that the audience is laughing so much you're missing the tail-ends of exchanges, or when you want the movie to be over because you're a little tired of laughing, well, that's a success.

The trailers for this movie are very deceiving, in several good, or at least not bad ways.

1. The trailers make this look like a genial girl-comedy romantic comedy. Maybe the heroine will trip in front of her Romantic Interest once; ha-ha. Oh and then she'll have some kind of Comic Misadventure after which she has a Realization and gives a Speech.

It's not that kind of movie. It's a comedy-comedy, not a girly romantic comedy. There's a romantic component, of course, but this is a comedy-comedy, full out for laughs.

I am not sure whether, before writing the script, Kirstin Wiig and her partner (also a woman; I forget her name) actually said to each other, "We're going to make a full-out gonzo boy comedy-comedy and if we have to we'll out-raunch them too, just to prove we can do that to." But even if that's not what they said, that's what they wound up doing.

This movie is lot more raunchy than I expected. I don't think it's over-the-top, but I did expect a PG-13 movie. This is not PG-13. This is R.

A lot of comedies lately start with the gross-out part. They decide they need one of those -- "We need something the teenagers will be talking about two weeks after opening weekend!" -- and that material is often as forced and disgusting-for-the-sake-of-disgust as the whole cynical, corporate decision that animated that choice would suggest.

Bridesmaids does have one of those extended toilet-humor sequences -- but it is well prepared (you know it's coming before it's coming, so that it's almost a relief when the horror begins), and then so well-executed (perfectly edited just quickly enough so that you get the funny but it cuts away before you're grossed out) and well-conceived (it does a lot of stuff you weren't expecting, not just the obvious stuff that flows from the basic premise) that I can't call it a cynical move.

Maybe it was cynical in their first conception, but damn if they didn't ultimately turn it into something worthy of the famous Watercooler Buzz.

I won't say what it is; that's what other reviewers are for.

In addition to that sequence, there's just a general level of consistent profanity and funnily-frank sexual talk, and I think there's a little the Medium Is The Message in that, because I do think it is a little funnier just because girls are doing it. But I think it would be funny anyway.

So, as far as rating: R for strong language, simulated (silly) sex, adult themes and situations, and bathroom humor.

If that's a deal-breaker, don't see it; but for my money, the movie generates such good feelings that none of this feels terribly shocking.

2. The trailer is remarkable, looking back, for having the restraint to not give away the movie's funniest stuff. One of the funniest lines in here (in a truly Epic Fear-of-Flying Freakout) could have been in the trailer, as it's not dirty or profane at all, just hysterical, but they saved you a little something-something for the actual movie.

Gee, that's a novel idea.

If you thought the trailer was funny but worried "Oh well there are all the jokes, nothing left," nope. Plenty, plenty left.

3. The trailer is also deceptive in suggesting that an event in the movie will be the main focus of the film. Sorry to be vague; I don't like spoiling stuff. The movie takes an unexpected and appreciated left-turn on that -- I like when movies sometimes surprise you and don't just do the obvious.

On the downside, I was looking forward to that event, no matter how obvious and by-the-numbers it was. Ah well. They make up for it.

As for flaws, well, not many. Kristin Wiig does not behave maliciously in the movie at all; in only one sequence is she selfish, and it's not really malice at work -- she's having what in a serious movie would be termed a nervous breakdown. But this is a comedy, so we just call it "zany freakout."

But the point is, she is a walking disaster area. Everything she tries to do for her friend's wedding, she screws up, horribly, indelibly.

But at the end, there's just a brief scene (happily brief) where Everything Is Now Okay Because We The Filmmakers Said So. I don't know if I buy that; in many of these Social Catastrophe movies, there comes a point at which, even though we know as an audience the hero/heroine meant no harm, we also understand that in real life, their various ruinations would destroy their relationships beyond the point of plausible repair.

For example, in Meet the Parents -- anyone really believe that Robert DeNiro would really all of a sudden accept Ben Stiller as a son-and-law?

But that's a typical problem, and besides, it tends to point out that the movie has really, really delivered on the Social Catastrophe element before the "We're all friends again" scene. Besides, we want a happy ending, and you've got to wrap this up at some point, so -- who cares, is what I'm saying.

Kristin Wiig's character is in a very low state at the beginning of the movie, and goes progressively lower throughout it. She's flat-broke, as her dream business of a cake shop has gone bankrupt, and she lost her boyfriend, who split on her when business went bad. Add to that the stress of her best friend becoming successful, and engaged, well before Wiig will ever be, and her best friend apparently preferring her own new best friend, and, well, the poor girl goes a little batty and acts increasingly erratically.

Now, the whole movie they were setting up a Recovery Moment when she'd put everything in her life right. I think they probably filmed this... and then cut it out, figuring it was too forced, and decided, oh, let's be more realistic: Not everything needs to be All Better Now at film's end.

If so, that's probably a good choice, but I did leave the film wondering, "Wait, 90% of her life is still in the crapper, so where's my super-happy-ending-montage?"

Is that a flaw? Barely, I guess.

The last thing isn't really a flaw at all, just further evidence that the movie's working wonderfully. They develop eight characters very well -- Wiig's heel of a booty-call non-boyfriend (John Hamm, very good), her new possible flame (a wonderfully played cop), and four of the six bridesmaids.

Two of the six have much less screentime and no real character arc, and that's too bad, because they're both funny women. (One is the blonde from Reno 911, the other is the unspeakably cute and daffy Erin from The Office.)

But they just couldn't give everyone a full story; the movie's packed as it is. So I guess it's just a sign that it's a good movie when one criticism is "I wanted more from the decidedly secondary characters."

Really good movie. I hate giving out four stars but I can't think of anything to improve on, and it was the funniest movie I've seen since Superbad (and I think before that, really).

Will be huge, by the way. The ticket-buying audience is apparently primed for a good comedy; the theater I saw it in was packed at 2 pm in the afternoon. So you might want to look at a midweek showing.

Some really dicey toilet and sex material, but really done with a lot of good spirit and heart. Just a great time.

And I'm already wanting it be released on DVD so I can hear those lines I missed the first time.

Oh, I have to tip a bias: I love Kristin Wiig so I'm predisposed to liking this. In addition, though, my expectations were very middling -- as I said, I expected a cute-and-sorta-funny girl movie.

So, I had low expectations, which were, obviously, greatly exceeded. Since I'm giving it a rave (and so are most of the critics), I don't know if you'll have that advantage.


Ah: It won't be huge -- it only made $7 million last night, second behind Thor, which is in its second weekend.

The theater I was in had it only one screen -- that would explain why it was so packed.

So it won't be huge, but since, I guess, it is on a limited number of screens but people are seeing it, expect some crowded houses.

The Trailer: Since some never heard of this movie, here's the trailer.

Now that I see it, I see the movie was completely misrepresented as a typical not-really-funny girly romantic-comedy. And I figure they sold it that way because they figure boys won't see it, so sell it to girl.

But the thing is, this really is a Boy's Comedy. It just happens to be written by and acted by girls. The more I think about it, the more I do think this is Kristin Wiig showing off for all the funny male comics she knows -- "See, girls can do that too."

The trailer is deceptive, but in a good way. I think, at least. Then again, some women might go in expecting a semi-comedy, but I think they'll be laughing too, even if they were tricked into thinking the movie is just another crappy Reese Witherspoon type movie.

The other thing is that not only do they not give away the best jokes in the trailer, they actually... show things in the trailer that aren't even in the movie. That is -- they cut out their weak stuff and... sold the movie with it.

Of course they shoot stuff that winds up being cut; and sometimes that cut material is a major part of the trailer.

What About Bob's? commercial featured the exchange "No one's ever hated me enough to kill me before"/"How do you know?," which wasn't in the movie.

But here, like three things are in the trailer that got cut.

All I can say what's in the movie is better.

This trailer weirdly sells the movie as a much lesser movie. I guess they just think boys can't laugh at funny girls.

Maybe that's true. Maybe there will wind up being a boy-boycott of the movie.

But seriously, it's only a "girl" movie in the sense that women are so central to it. This is an extremely funny movie.

This isn't a chick-flick, this is a boy-flick (or, really, an "anyone who loves comedy" flick). It is just being sold as a chick-flick, I guess because there's not really a prior template for the genre of Gonzo Comedy Featuring/Written by Women.

(Although, just as a bit of perspective -- you know who wrote Slap Shot? I forget the name myself, but it was, in fact, a woman.)


Kurt Loder: It's Not A Chick-Flick. See, See, I'm telling you.

I wouldn't read that because he starts revealing gag lines early and focuses mainly on the fact that the movie is vulgar to demonstrate it's not a chick-flick.

I think that is the wrong way to look at it. What makes it not a chick flick is not its vulgarity per se, but that its genre is straight-up comedy, and it's funny, rather than ha-ha cutesy.

Comparison to other Critics' Ratings: It looks like I'm giving the movie 4 stars whereas most other critics are giving it three and a half (out of four), or for those on a five star scale, four stars or four and a half.

I thought, initially, to give it three and a half. But I was only deducting that half-star because it didn't seem like a pure comedy should get a high rating.

But then I thought, What Bullshit. Dying is easy, comedy is hard. And if the movie is outstanding for its type, and if it succeeds (and more) at every goal it sets for itself, and if its goal is worthy, then why should I just play the game of A Comedy Can't Get Four Stars Because We All Know Only Staid Dramas Are Worthy Of That?

Eh, four stars. I'll stand by that. Giving it less than that would imply I see room for improvement, and I don't. I just found out it was two hours long (2:05 with credits), but I didn't feel that. I figured it was 100 minutes. Maybe... ten minutes shorter? But given that I actually wanted more, not less... eh, I take it back. It's a long comedy but that's because they have so much good material it's a shame to cut any of it out.

(I guess this explains the missing "Gets Her Life In Perfect Order" montage that I'm guessing was actually filmed, but cut for time.)

Posted by: Ace at 05:40 PM



Comments

1 Toilet sex -- but with heart!

Posted by: Tough US Immigration Policies at May 14, 2011 05:43 PM (x/4B/)

2 Thanks Ace. I'm going to put on my cutest heels and atight skirt and take six girlfriends to see it.

Posted by: Cicero at May 14, 2011 05:43 PM (Txl/u)

3
Ok, that's the teaser. Where's parts 2-6 of this review?

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at May 14, 2011 05:46 PM (/gY+v)

4
I have never heard of this movie, but the title tells me Julia Roberts or Renee Zellwegger is in it.

Which isn't the case, I know. But still...

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 05:50 PM (L0wbB)

5
I'd go see it, but I have nothing to wear.

Posted by: eman: Japanese Babe and Mississippi Babe Rescue Team at May 14, 2011 05:50 PM (64xTs)

6 If I don't have to click "Continue Reading" for a movie review then Ace is doing something wrong

Posted by: ChuckOH at May 14, 2011 05:50 PM (zhC9L)

7 So who dragged you to see it, and are you getting any tonight?

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 14, 2011 05:52 PM (UOM48)

8

If so, that's probably a good choice, but I did leave the film
wondering, "Wait, 90% of her life is still in the crapper, so where's my
super-happy-ending-montage?"
Is that a flaw? Barely, I guess.
That's a sign of success. You liked her. You wanted her to be happy. You wanted to see what these kind of movies promise you.
I am actually pissed at those snotty I believe HBOGO commercials mocking the whole seeing something you've seen a thousand times. There's a reason people have favorite books and comfy clothes and om nom grilled cheese sammich and tomato soup. When life fucking sucks and it costs $60 to fill an Accord, well, dammit, I want to watch something that I know how it's going to end. McClane will be That Guy and shoot things and Michael Bay will blow shit up and Keanu and Sandra will fall in love and Emmerich will destroy NY and LA in ever increasingly epic ways. That's comforting, dammit.

Posted by: alexthechick at May 14, 2011 05:53 PM (sf+iw)

9 Where's the rest of the review?

Posted by: garrett at May 14, 2011 05:54 PM (p2+qW)

10 I must live in a cave. I've never heard of this movie.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:55 PM (pW2o8)

11 10
I must live in a cave. I've never heard of this movie.

You live in Utah. Advertisements for this film were probably forbidden.

/I think I've seen one movie trailer, but these kind of movies aren't my cup of tea.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 05:57 PM (c0A3e)

12 ...and I don't recognize any of the actresses.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:57 PM (pW2o8)

13 Someone link me the "Continue reading..." link.

Posted by: braininahat at May 14, 2011 05:57 PM (2dotk)

14 I must live in a cave. I've never heard of this movie.
Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:55 PM (pW2o

You should move to a nice suburban compound with a big stash of goat porn. Just sayin'

Posted by: Osama bin Laden, On A Break From Being Cornholed By 72 Ugly Virgins With Strap-ons at May 14, 2011 05:57 PM (Txl/u)

15 You live in Utah.

Good point!


Is this is a good date movie for a certain Chemistry professor to take a gal to on a first date?

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:58 PM (pW2o8)

16 First Black Swan and now Bridesmaids. Will Ace next start developing a taste for Broadway musicals and miniature dogs?

Posted by: countrydoc at May 14, 2011 06:00 PM (Fwb9h)

17 You have to make pancakes and watch this movie??

pssst.....you're doing it wrong

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:00 PM (xo92U)

18 Is this is a good date movie for a certain Chemistry professor to take a gal to on a first date?
Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:58 PM (pW2o


Yep.

Posted by: eman: Japanese Babe and Mississippi Babe Rescue Team at May 14, 2011 06:01 PM (64xTs)

19 Will Ace next start developing a taste for Broadway musicals and miniature dogs?

Start?

Posted by: alexthechick at May 14, 2011 06:02 PM (sf+iw)

20 There have got to be movie executives saying, "I told you so."

You can't market a movie like this. Gross out/wacky comedy...with chicks!

Who's going to see it? Women don't want to see these kinds of comedies and a movie about relationships...that's a chick flick.

Can you get a big star? I mean, Kristen Wiig? Can you even spell that? Maybe you can put in Betty White doing her lewd grandma schtick, that will be something we can put in the trailers and people will go to check out Betty, but this thing...no audience.

How many 14-year-old boys will see this movie? None. Too many older women, not enough grossness. Teenage girls? Please! Adults? The men will think it's a chick movie and the chicks will think it's a guy movie.

The only way people will want to see this movie is if they've already seen it and then they'll be tired of the jokes.

I suppose it could get good reviews, but nobody reads reviews anymore. Unless they're written by cute furry creatures.

Sorry, son. Sell it to Lifetime.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:02 PM (73tyQ)

21 It will be interesting to see if it can bust the genre barriers. Audiences sometimes can't get past their own expectations: a comedy called "Bridesmaids" is supposed to be a Ron-com, not a female analog of "The Hangover" - will audiences be able to accept guy humor from a mostly-girl cast?

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 06:03 PM (Dr8Q5)

22 I am actually pissed at those snotty I believe HBOGO commercials mocking the whole seeing something you've seen a thousand times. There's a reason people have favorite books and comfy clothes and om nom grilled cheese sammich and tomato soup. When life fucking sucks and it costs $60 to fill an Accord, well, dammit, I want to watch something that I know how it's going to end. McClane will be That Guy and shoot things and Michael Bay will blow shit up and Keanu and Sandra will fall in love and Emmerich will destroy NY and LA in ever increasingly epic ways. That's comforting, dammit.
Posted by: alexthechick at May 14, 2011 05:53 PM (sf+iw)

I'm gonna save this bit in a text file...well said

Posted by: CanaDave at May 14, 2011 06:03 PM (L0hDQ)

23 Is this is a good date movie for a certain Chemistry professor to take a gal to on a first date?

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 05:58 PM (pW2o
I think Ace gives it 6.022x10^23 stars.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:03 PM (73tyQ)

24 The trailer

http://tinyurl.com/5sxjxso

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:03 PM (M9Ie6)

25
Fried Green Tomatoes meets Parenthood meets Wedding Crashers?

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:03 PM (DTy7x)

26 It's good to know it's that it's 4 star funny. I like having bargaining power when it's a quiet win/win in advance.
I'll just play dumb, a sport at which I'm near Olympian caliber, having been gifted with a lot of native talent.

Posted by: ontherocks at May 14, 2011 06:05 PM (HBqDo)

27 Huh. I saw the preview and didn't want to see it (but I knew my gf would make me watch it with her anyway). So I'm pleased that Ace gave it a 4-Star review. Now I'm looking forward to it.

Posted by: Poland at May 14, 2011 06:06 PM (qDPnZ)

28 I owe my wife one "you pick it, as long as it's not total crapola and I have to exercise a Hope Floats veto" movie choice. She haltingly, but willingly, went to see "Atlas Shrugged" with me on opening weekend. Ended up enjoying it thoroughly, by the way. If she expresses any interest in this flick, I'll "reluctantly" agree to go along, thus clearing my filmic debt.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 14, 2011 06:06 PM (xMT+4)

29 Any gratuitous nudity?

Posted by: davidt at May 14, 2011 06:07 PM (GfhFm)

30
I sense a lack of interest in Bridesmaids among all three AoS constituent-groups; that is, the men, the women, and Empire of Jeff.


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:07 PM (DTy7x)

31 I just watched the trailer. I see John Hamm. I can't get enough Don Draper.

That said, I find Kristin Wiig insufferable. Something about her deadpan delivery doesn't work for me. It grates on my nerves.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (xo92U)

32 My problem with this - though I'm all for girls doing comedy and doing it well - is the mention of Superbad.

I hated that movie. Twenty minutes into it, I wanted to waterboard the entire cast. I have a hard time with movies that are funny because they're just so damn dumb.

I just always assume I don't smoke enough pot (or..uh, any at all) to enjoy dumb movies.

Still, if I could get someone to go with me, I'd give it a shot. I'm perfectly willing to be wrong.

Posted by: AngelEm at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (18RR9)

33 OT: Wow, do liberals have any sense of... well, just any sense?

In perusing Big Hollywood and being sent to Huffington Post for some article, I came across an article talking about Carla Bruni wearing loose-fitting clothes. In the comments, some lefty idiots actually say the following:

----------
Gigity
222 Fans
7 hours ago (11:23 AM)
I love her, but we finally have a first lady that's hotter than everyone else's. Nyahh nyahhhhh

shutterbabe
1836 Fans
6 hours ago (12:06 PM)
The human heart has the capacity to love both First Ladies. Michelle for her intelligen­ce, warmth and beauty: Carla for her talents, elegance and spirit. Why not enjoy the pleasure of admiring both these extraordin­ary women?

Gigity
222 Fans
6 hours ago (12:14 PM)
I said I love them both. We've never had a hot one before. I'm gonna celebrate that as long as possible, because who know what we'll get if the conservati­ves ever take power again.
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(1) Michelle Obama is hot? Hotter than any other First Lady in the world? WTF???

(2) Michelle Obama has "intelligence, warmth and beauty"? Again... WTF???

(3) We've never had a hot First Lady before? Wasn't Jackie Kennedy pretty much the first "hot" First Lady?

(4) Michelle Obama is hot??? WTF???

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (NITzp)

34 21
It will be interesting to see if it can bust the genre barriers.
Audiences sometimes can't get past their own expectations: a comedy
called "Bridesmaids" is supposed to be a Ron-com, not a female analog of
"The Hangover" - will audiences be able to accept guy humor from a
mostly-girl cast?

Speaking of which, The Hangover, part 2 will be coming out soon.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (c0A3e)

35 I only recognize two of the people in this. One of them played FLOTUS on SNL during the '08 campaign.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at May 14, 2011 06:09 PM (RBSIp)

36 (3) We've never had a hot First Lady before? Wasn't Jackie Kennedy pretty much the first "hot" First Lady?

That honor went to Dolly Madison.

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 06:10 PM (Dr8Q5)

37 Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (NITzp)

"The empress has fashionable clothes."

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:11 PM (73tyQ)

38 That honor went to Dolly Madison.

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 06:10 PM (Dr8Q5)
I hit that, by the way.

Posted by: Will Folks I at May 14, 2011 06:11 PM (73tyQ)

39 Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to do a remake of Weekend at Bernie's with Barack Obama as Bernie?

Something about that White House photo of the Brain Trust watching the SEAL dispatch OBL made me think of it.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 06:12 PM (pW2o8)

40 That honor went to Dolly Madison.

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 06:10 PM (Dr8Q5)
By the way, do you guys have any idea how short James Madison was?

Posted by: Mitch Daniels at May 14, 2011 06:12 PM (73tyQ)

41 I just watched the trailer. I see John Hamm. I can't get enough Don Draper.

That said, I find Kristin Wiig insufferable. Something about her deadpan delivery doesn't work for me. It grates on my nerves.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM

Cared not a whit about Jon Hamm one way or the other (don't watch anything in which he's acted), until I read him yucking it up and praising Obama. So now he's added to my list of Hollywood idiots.

And yeah, I have the same reaction to Wiig. So I knew to pass on this movie just from seeing the trailer.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:14 PM (NITzp)

42 39
Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to do a remake of Weekend at Bernie's with Barack Obama as Bernie?

OK, is there any movie that has more outsized cultural relevance than Weekend at Bernie's?

Everybody knows the reference even if they've never seen the movie.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:14 PM (73tyQ)

43 You like Kristin Wiig? Dang. I've hated her forever, and it all started with that horrible little audrey/orphan annie character she has on SNL which is the least funny thing that's ever been on that show and that's saying something.

Posted by: Spelling Jihadi at May 14, 2011 06:15 PM (Z4T49)

44 @42
The Exorcist?

Posted by: old priest and young priest at May 14, 2011 06:16 PM (pW2o8)

45 Oh that's me, Wiig Jihadi

Posted by: SarahW at May 14, 2011 06:16 PM (Z4T49)

46
Kristin Wiig is the new Beth Littleford, right?

Who's the new Molly Shannon?


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:16 PM (DTy7x)

47 Is there any truth to the rumor that they're going to do a remake of Weekend at Bernie's with Barack Obama as Bernie?

Something about that White House photo of the Brain Trust watching the SEAL dispatch OBL made me think of it.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 06:12 PM

Heh, Rush did a bit on this on his show this week. Only he had Osama bin Laden as Bernie and Obama and Biden taking him around the country.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:17 PM (NITzp)

48 41 Oh it gets worse. He bashed the Tea Party on something. I'm thinking Bill Maher.

But it's Don effing Draper. Unless you're a chick, and I'm betting you're not, you won't get it!

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:17 PM (xo92U)

49
What's this about Will Ferrell doing a serious movie? He doesn't have it in him.

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:17 PM (DTy7x)

50 @47

That's right! I'd forgotten.

Well, you could go either way, I guess.

Perhaps Barry could be the stiff they drag around in Men at Work.

Posted by: old priest and young priest at May 14, 2011 06:18 PM (pW2o8)

51 He doesn't have it in him.

He did Stranger than Fiction which was good I thought.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:19 PM (xo92U)

52 /sock off

Posted by: Y-not apparently needs an old priest and young priest at May 14, 2011 06:19 PM (pW2o8)

53
Comics and clowns like Will Ferrell always seem to be pretty miserable and dark in real life. But that doesn't mean they can be dramatic actors. It means they're nasty shits.

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:19 PM (L0wbB)

54 Exorcist: "The film became the most profitable horror film of all time and one of
the highest earning movies in general, grossing $401,400,000 worldwide
(and a further $112,053,066 for the Director's Cut re-release in 2000),"

Weekend at Bernie's: "grossing $70 million worldwide at the box office, and was profitable on home video."

Yeah, films like Exorcist, Godfather, Star Wars were huge hits and deserved their cultural relevance. Weekend at Bernie's was a little tasteless not-quite-funny comedy.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM (73tyQ)

55 40 That honor went to Dolly Madison.
Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 06:10 PM (Dr8Q5)

Oh, don't bringeth that shit around here, homey. You know you'd hit this with every hammer in ye olde bag.

Posted by: Elizabeth Monroe at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM (xMT+4)

56
I didn't see Stranger than Fiction. Did he play it straight?

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM (L0wbB)

57 But it's Don effing Draper. Unless you're a chick, and I'm betting you're not, you won't get it!

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:17 PM

Yeah, I don't get it at all. It or chicks. Because I don't care how how any chick is, if she's a flaming liberal, she's an ugly dunce and I never see her the same way again. Especially Hollywood actress twits.

For example, if Kate Beckinsale came out all pro-Obama and anti-TEA Party, that would be the end of my infatuation with her right there.

But, to each their own.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM (NITzp)

58 I'm sure my Democrat friends wouldn't want to haul George Clooney in for questioning for making record profits.

Posted by: Orrin Hatch can say sensible things sometimes at May 14, 2011 06:21 PM (zhC9L)

59 For example, if Kate Beckinsale came out all pro-Obama and anti-TEA
Party, that would be the end of my infatuation with her right there.

"Look, honey, we don't both have to be smart."

Posted by: Shit AmishDude Says at May 14, 2011 06:22 PM (73tyQ)

60 Thanks ace, it sounds marvalously fabulous.

Posted by: robtr at May 14, 2011 06:22 PM (MtwBb)

61 Because I don't care how how any chick is...

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM

Uh, that would be "hot HOT any chick is..."

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:22 PM (NITzp)

62 Squishes in the sack, not in your PAC!

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 14, 2011 06:23 PM (xMT+4)

63
okay, just read the synopsis on Stranger than Fiction.

looks like he played a guy about to lose his mind -- so the role gave him outlets and opportunities to act zany, I gather.

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:23 PM (L0wbB)

64 Uh, that would be "hot HOT any chick is..."

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:22 PM

UGH... How hot...

I give up. This is what thinking about Kate Beckinsale does to me.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:24 PM (NITzp)

65 Did he play it straight?

It's a fantasy. He's an IRS auditor that begins hearing an author narrate his life. The narrator starts discussing ways to end his life for her book and he has to try to track her down to convince her to change the ending.

The only bad part of that movie was Maggie Gyllendon'tmakemespellherlastname.

Emma Thompson plays the author. I'll see anything with her.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (xo92U)

66

>>Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:20 PM (NITzp)
When picking out a monastery, go for the mountaintop type as they have breathtaking views.

Posted by: ontherocks at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (HBqDo)

67 Speaking of which, The Hangover, part 2 will be coming out soon.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 06:08 PM (c0A3e)
I thought that movie sucked.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (M9Ie6)

68 I just added a bit about the trailer. It really is being sold as a WEAK chick-flick, I guess because they assume that's the audience that WOULD see it.

I am now reading that everyone involved in the movie is trying to get out the word that it's NOT a chick-flick.

They're right. It's not. The marketing people have cribbed together a formulaic chick-flick trailer but it's not that.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (nj1bB)

69 I thought that movie sucked.


Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (M9Ie6)
You saw part 2 already?

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:26 PM (73tyQ)

70 Just watched the trailer. It IS funny.

It's got legs.

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 06:26 PM (x/4B/)

71 They're right. It's not. The marketing people have cribbed together a formulaic chick-flick trailer but it's not that.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:25 PM (nj1bB)
Classic trailer link: Shining!

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:27 PM (73tyQ)

72 Ah, the review's getting loooooooonger!

Posted by: and Leon's getting laaaaaaarger! at May 14, 2011 06:32 PM (73tyQ)

73 I'm all in favor of this talk about trailers. Got me a sweet double wide myself. It ain't remarkable, deceptive of funny, but it has polyester curtains and a redwood deck. What kinda trailer you got up there in Greenwich anyway, Ace?

Posted by: the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench at May 14, 2011 06:32 PM (le5qc)

74 Leon, well, that's not a review of the movie, that's just a review of the marketing campaign. Completely different, you see.

I think that's kind of interesting, that they're not letting people know this is actually more like Wedding Crashers than Legally Blonde.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:33 PM (nj1bB)

75 Romantic comedy. That's called life for most folks.

Posted by: the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench at May 14, 2011 06:34 PM (le5qc)

76 I thought that movie sucked.

It made a ton of money. On a $35 million dollar budget, it took in about 470 million gross worldwide, so a sequel was inevitable.

I liked it because it didn't pull any punches with it's vulgarity or bore us with pretentious "movie" life lessons - it's just a fun time until the last part of the third act. The pacing is good too.

That being said, I doubt the second part can outdo the original other try to up the ante with the vulgarity, which might cause them to go a little too far.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 06:34 PM (c0A3e)

77 genial girl-comedy romantic comedy

Just for the record, Ace went to the movie thinking it was this. Not that that means anything. About Ace. Or his predilections. At all. Nope.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 06:36 PM (1fanL)

78 74
Leon, well, that's not a review of the movie, that's just a review of the marketing campaign. Completely different, you see.

I really need a review of the review now.




I think that's kind of interesting, that they're not letting people know
this is actually more like Wedding Crashers than Legally Blonde.

Wait, I thought Legally Blonde was a documentary.



Posted by: not at all AmishDude getting in another cheap shot at law schools at May 14, 2011 06:36 PM (73tyQ)

79
incidentally, I watched Matthew McConnaghey's Lincoln Lawyer the other night.

McWhatshisname is what I like to call "a good screen presence." Tom Selleck, Denzel Washington, Bruce Willis, Anthony Hopkins, Brian Dennehy, all examples of actors with "good screen presence." These actors can be in mediocre movies and still make them enjoyable.

Christian Slater, Nicholas Cage, and James Spader are examples of actors with 'bad screen presence.'

Anyway, Lincoln Lawyer was a mildly entertaining thriller with no attempt to keep the audience in suspense or confused. Which is fine. They didn't try to make it an epic and fail; they tried to make a decent movie.

6/10 stars

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:36 PM (DTy7x)

80 Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:24 PM (NITzp)

You got a brother named Blake? Congrats on adding Miranda Lambert to the fam.

Posted by: the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench at May 14, 2011 06:37 PM (le5qc)

81 75
Romantic comedy. That's called life for most folks.


Posted by: the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench at May 14, 2011 06:34 PM (le5qc)
I think you mean "romantic tragedy".Perhaps "romantic farce" but that depends on your perspective.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 06:38 PM (73tyQ)

82 77
genial girl-comedy romantic comedy

Just for the record, Ace went to the movie thinking it was this.

---

OK, I read that first line as girl-on-girl comedy (in light of the second line).

Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 06:38 PM (pW2o8)

83 OK, I read that first line as girl-on-girl comedy (in light of the second line).

Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 06:38 PM (pW2o
Seen it.

Posted by: Osama bin Laden at May 14, 2011 06:39 PM (73tyQ)

84 Exit question: Why does ace go to chick flick movies, then try to convince us it's not a chick flick?

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:40 PM (+sBB4)

85 When does Huckabee ruin our year?

Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 06:40 PM (pW2o8)

86 Will Ace next start developing a taste for Broadway musicals and miniature dogs?

Ace has never been a puppy hater. Never has been, never will be.

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 06:42 PM (x/4B/)

87 Wait, I thought Legally Blonde was a documentary.

No, that would be more Legally Blonde 2, which contained the most cocked-up and inaccurate representation of animal testing I've seen on the "mainstream" movie circuit. Hell, I think PETA praised the film, which should tell you all you need to know about that dreck.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 06:43 PM (c0A3e)

88 40 years with the same smokin' hot babe gives me a perspective others might not have

Posted by: the Charlie Daniels of the torque wrench at May 14, 2011 06:44 PM (le5qc)

89 I was hoping for a review of Oprah's last show. Maybe next time, 'k girlfriend?

Posted by: Whoopie G. at May 14, 2011 06:44 PM (wOaLi)

90 I'm telling you, it's not a chick-flick.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:45 PM (nj1bB)

91 But the thing is, this really is a Boy's Comedy.

Well, the "from the makers of The 40 year old Virgin and Knocked Up" probably would be your first clue.

Posted by: cheshirecat at May 14, 2011 06:45 PM (eOsx/)

92 How about no.

Posted by: The Bear Truth at May 14, 2011 06:45 PM (u3qBo)

93 My God, it's full of stars!

Posted by: Ace Bowman, Movie Reviewer at May 14, 2011 06:45 PM (1fanL)

94 hehe

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:45 PM (+sBB4)

95 If there were no killings, it's a chick flick.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:46 PM (+sBB4)

96 It made a ton of money. On a $35 million dollar budget, it took in
about 470 million gross worldwide, so a sequel was inevitable.

I just didn't think it was funny. But I never have liked that kind of sophomoric comedy.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:47 PM (M9Ie6)

97 I would define a "chick-flick" as being a very Light Comedy, and by "Light" Comedy, I mean barely a comedy, and only checking off the comedy box to check it off with the same predictable trip-in-front-of-the-love-interest gags and more of a romantic theme (or a friends forever theme, with a broken friendship substituting for a halting romance).

However, most chick-flicks are so inept even the romantic part is cliched and not all that good.

The genre of this movie isn't Light Comedy; it's Comedy Comedy, same as Anchorman or Wedding Crashers or SuperBad.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:48 PM (nj1bB)

98 O/T, from Mankiw's website:
http://gregmankiw.blogspot.com/
2011/05/evaluating-arra.html

Our benchmark results suggest that the ARRA created/saved approximately 450 thousand state and local government jobs and destroyed/forestalled roughly one million private sector jobs. State and local government jobs were saved because ARRA funds were largely used to offset state revenue shortfalls and Medicaid increases rather than boost private sector employment. The majority of destroyed/forestalled jobs were in growth industries including health, education, professional and business services.

Posted by: A.G. at May 14, 2011 06:48 PM (r1N2K)

99 That trailer is absolutely nothing like the trailers I saw for the movie, the trailers I saw had the full on gross out humor featured.

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 06:49 PM (RZ8pf)

100 If there were no killings, it's a chick flick.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:46 PM (+sBB4)
She's my cherry pie

Cool drink of water such a sweet surprise

Tastes so good makes a grown man cry

Sweet Cherry Pie

Posted by: Warrant at May 14, 2011 06:49 PM (1fanL)

101 And because there really isn't a template for mostly-female Comedy Comedy, they're resorting to selling it as Chick-Flick.

Honestly, though, it's not.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:49 PM (nj1bB)

102
But I never have liked that kind of sophomoric comedy.

That's the best part of AoS.

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:49 PM (L0wbB)

103 >>>That trailer is absolutely nothing like the trailers I saw for the movie, the trailers I saw had the full on gross out humor featured.

I didn't see those. But yeah, as we know, they prepare different trailers for different target audiences.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:50 PM (nj1bB)

104 I just didn't think it was funny. But I never have liked that kind of sophomoric comedy.

I'm not a fan of gross out humor. I find it tedious after a while and a lazy way to get laughs. Poop. I said POOP hahahahaha. Oh look I just vomited, repeatedly. Now that monkey peed in my eye. Hahahaha. Diarehea is running down my leg at an important moment in my life, that is so freakin hilarious!

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 06:51 PM (RZ8pf)

105 I never have liked that kind of sophomoric comedy.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:47 PM (M9Ie6)
How can you possibly put up with AoSHQ then?

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 06:51 PM (1fanL)

106 I think I will go see it tomorrow ace, if you liked it THAT much. I have seen the trailer and my daughter wants to see it too. I could sure use a good laugh.

Posted by: jewells45 at May 14, 2011 06:51 PM (Z71Vg)

107 "How can you possibly put up with AoSHQ then?"

He only comes here for the pictures.

Posted by: Lincolntf at May 14, 2011 06:52 PM (xMT+4)

108 I always considered a movie to be a "chick flick" if the target audience was women. the primary star was a woman, and it involved some kind of romantic or tear jerker plot.

Speaking of which I recently saw Steel Magnolias on one of the free HD channels. Now that was a chick flick and what a tear jerker.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:53 PM (M9Ie6)

109 I just didn't think it was funny. But I never have liked that kind of sophomoric comedy.

I can see that and usually I'm not inclined to like that kind of comedy either, but The Hangover just worked for me. 'nuff said.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 06:53 PM (c0A3e)

110 I'll skip this one - it's full of everything I hate in films/comedies today. Constant gross-out humor is just not my thing and comedies nowadays take it to an extreme.

51
He doesn't have it in him.

He did Stranger than Fiction which was good I thought.


Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:19 PM (xo92U)
I second this. I liked it even though I shouldn't have. It's possibly the only Will Ferrell film I really like.

Posted by: soulpile is...expendable, s.a. at May 14, 2011 06:53 PM (afWhQ)

111 How can you possibly put up with AoSHQ then?

AOS humor is more like Airplane which I loved.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (M9Ie6)

112 WarrenT, are u serenading me? I have a (small) penis.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (+sBB4)

113 jewells, please do, I need some confirmation here, as no one seems to believe me.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (nj1bB)

114
Does it have funny scenes like Andy Dick's scene in Old School where he taught the girls how to give bj's?


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (L0wbB)

115

The Verdict:



This is God’s perfect movie. (OK, maybe it’s Kristen Wiig and Judd
Apatow’s perfect movie, but whatever.) Amelia and I laughed from the
opening credits to the closing credits, when she turned to me and said,
“I would watch that all over again right now!” And we both would have.



You could see “Bridesmaids” on date night, you could see it on girls’
night, or you could see it with your parents (if an extended, gross-out
scene about food poisoning and diarrhea is something you can stomach
next to your parents). The humor is more situational humor than jokes
with punch lines....



“Bridesmaids” is really not your standard “chick flick” at all, which
is hella refreshing, yet it has all the “chick flick” components of cute
guys, lustworthy costumes, and warm-and-fuzzies between moms and best
friends.



TheFrisky.com



Cute guys? Lust-worthy costumes? O-M-G! *squeal*

Posted by: Laurie David's Cervix at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (M8E6y)

116 I didn't see those. But yeah, as we know, they prepare different trailers for different target audiences.
I don't actually remember what movie I was seeing in the theater where the trailer ran, it might've been some blow'em up action thing. But the weird thing is, the trailer I saw totally turned me off from seeing the movie, but the trailer you posted would've made me consider seeing it.

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 06:55 PM (RZ8pf)

117 >>>Constant gross-out humor is just not my thing and comedies nowadays take it to an extreme.

It's not constant, it's mostly one big scene, and even that's not bad. It's just unexpected, because I really was expecting a chick-flick kind of movie.

There is scattered sexual stuff throughout it but it's not "gross," merely vulgar.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:55 PM (nj1bB)

118 OT: Thank Gaia that Shirley Sherrod is back at the USDA.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:56 PM (+sBB4)

119 Will do ace.

Posted by: jewells45 at May 14, 2011 06:56 PM (Z71Vg)

120 >>>Does it have funny scenes like Andy Dick's scene in Old School where he taught the girls how to give bj's?

It competes with Old School.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:56 PM (nj1bB)

121 if an extended, gross-out scene about food poisoning and diarrhea is something you can stomach
Yeah, sounds like a perfect first date movie (rolling my eyes)

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 06:57 PM (RZ8pf)

122 Gee ace, how many movies do you see in a year? You must see a whole bunch.

Posted by: chemjeff at May 14, 2011 06:57 PM (7mSYS)

123 "Cared not a whit about Jon Hamm one way or the other (don't watch anything in which he's acted), until I read him yucking it up and praising Obama. So now he's added to my list of Hollywood idiots. "

Problem with this is pretty much all actors and musicians fall into this category. What makes this movie good is that the acting is funny without being so completely over the top as to be totally juvenile. Hamm really does play a great douchebag. That being said, I wish he'd do his sexy scenes like a nice little sex object and keep his trap shut on politics. Not going to happen, because these liberals in the entertainment industry, really don't see themselves as the intolerant, self righteous, semi intelligent people that they are.

I'd let him do me if I ever got a chance, but I'd have earplugs on.

Oh, and the scene where he picks up Wiig after her car accident is just epic in its douchiness, in a way women really get, because guys really do act like this. Yeah, I'm talking to you, morons. Don't pretend you wouldn't try to get lapnap.

Posted by: nerdygirl at May 14, 2011 06:57 PM (1ckSh)

124 Hmmm, this looks right up the alley of AoSHQ: ‘Hobo with a Shotgun’ – Grindhouse nirvana

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 06:58 PM (NITzp)

125 “Bridesmaids” is really not your standard “chick flick”

It's a chick-chick flick-flick.


Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:58 PM (+sBB4)

126 I'd see it for Don Draper alone.
Curse the execs who are delaying the next season of Mad Men.

Posted by: Who Knows at May 14, 2011 06:58 PM (1cx/R)

127 I just talked to a friend that saw it. She said she sort of tinkled a bit laughing so hard so I guess you're vindicated Mr. ace.

She said it reminded her of 40 Year Old Virgin. Not a very good trailer and deceptive because it was pretty filthy and you'd never get that from the trailer.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 06:58 PM (xo92U)

128
Cared not a whit about Jon Hamm one way or the other (don't watch anything in which he's acted), until I read him yucking it up and praising Obama. So now he's added to my list of Hollywood idiots.




Yeah, he's a lefty airhead. Which just shows that he's consistent with 99% of Hollywood.

To me, the thing that makes him frickin' insufferable in anything except Mad Men is the "Jon Hamm cameo". Like The A Team or Sucker Punch. Just another instance of "lets fool people into thinking this flick has substance by tossing in a hot/respected actor in an uncredited cameo for two minutes of screen time just before the credits". I hate that cliche.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 14, 2011 06:59 PM (9Lm5R)

129 Don Draper thinks Stalin was a right winger.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 06:59 PM (+sBB4)

130 Looks like LDC liked it!

Posted by: jewells45 at May 14, 2011 06:59 PM (Z71Vg)

131 Ummmm, Ace -- you might want to tell the Morons that I, uhhhhh, have a cameorole.

Posted by: Barry 'SealTeam6' Obama at May 14, 2011 07:00 PM (xEXzN)

132
Incontinence. The true measure of comedic value.


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:00 PM (DTy7x)

133 #132
Seatliners. They're not just for toilets anymore.

Posted by: Who Knows at May 14, 2011 07:02 PM (1cx/R)

134 Thanks Ace, I had a great time.
Sorry about eating all the popcorn, I'm on a diet you know.

Posted by: Meghan McCain at May 14, 2011 07:02 PM (tP2je)

135 It's not constant, it's mostly one big scene, and
even that's not bad. It's just unexpected, because I really was
expecting a chick-flick kind of movie.





There is scattered sexual stuff throughout it but it's not "gross," merely vulgar.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 06:55 PM (nj1bB)
So, not my thing. I really hate this kind of stuff in movies - and if it's from the people who did 40-Year-Old Virgin, you couldn't drag me into the theatre for it.
And just one big scene - yeah, that ruins it.
I didn't expect it would be a chick flick from the cast (SNL/Reno 911) and the fact that they've been advertising it as a Judd Apatow (or whatever his name is) film (the first for chicks!). That was a tip off that it wasn't really for girls.

Posted by: soulpile is...expendable, s.a. at May 14, 2011 07:02 PM (afWhQ)

136 OT: Obama admin now promoting pee powered cars. I'd like to donate some piss to them.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:02 PM (+sBB4)

137 I was selected once at a movie theater to do an on the spot focus group for a trailer for an upcoming movie, it was interesting because they showed bits of a series of trailers (it was all on a computer) and after each bit asked questions about what I thought the movie would be about and who I thought the target audience was. At the end they showed a whole different trailer for the same movie and it completely changed the answers to my questions.

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (RZ8pf)

138 >>>122 Gee ace, how many movies do you see in a year? You must see a whole bunch.

I did not, until recently, see many movies at all at the theaters. I did when younger, then stopped, and only saw a few big ones at the theater -- Dark Knight, Sherlock Holmes.

I'm suddenly going a lot more.

This summer is actually going to be the best in a long time. Coming up is Captain America, then a funny looking comedy called Horrible Bosses, then a funny one I just heard of called Changed Up or something.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (nj1bB)

139 134, very funny-funny

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (+sBB4)

140
Where in the hell did ace find a theater that serves pancakes????

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (9Lm5R)

141 AOS humor is more like Airplane which I loved.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:54 PM (M9Ie6)
Sounds like our definitions don't match.

Posted by: Wise Fool at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (1fanL)

142
If I, or any of you cretins, was a movie critic, our reviews would be:

"I pissed my pants laughing!"

"What a pile of shit."

"This movie stunk like a dead goat that was shoved up a dead terrorist's ass."

"I laughed my balls off!"

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:04 PM (DTy7x)

143 ace ran out of pancake mix.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:04 PM (+sBB4)

144 136
OT: Obama admin now promoting pee powered cars. I'd like to donate some
piss to them.


Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:02 PM (+sBB4)
C-Pi -- Linky please?

Posted by: Crabby Appleton at May 14, 2011 07:04 PM (xEXzN)

145 "Cared not a whit about Jon Hamm one way or the other (don't watch anything in which he's acted), until I read him yucking it up and praising Obama. So now he's added to my list of Hollywood idiots. "

Problem with this is pretty much all actors and musicians fall into this category.

Posted by: nerdygirl at May 14, 2011 06:57 PM

Not really. Oh I'm certain that 90% of people in the 'entertainment' industry are liberal douchebags. But the majority of them are 'nice' enough to keep their liberal douchiness to themselves and allow us to see them only as their characters on screen (or only hear their music).

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 07:04 PM (NITzp)

146 Posted by: Barry 'SealTeam6' Obama at May 14, 2011 07:00 PM (xEXzN)

You can't use that term without express written permission. Pay me.

Posted by: Mickey Mouse at May 14, 2011 07:05 PM (1fanL)

147 134
Thanks Ace, I had a great time.
Sorry about eating all the popcorn, I'm on a diet you know.
Allahpundit is going to be enraged!

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:06 PM (c0A3e)

148 Allahpundit is going to be enraged!


Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:06 PM (c0A3e)
He wanted to go with Ace?

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:07 PM (1fanL)

149
I know it's Saturday night but maybe a quick liveblog of Fuckleberry's "big" announcement?

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:07 PM (L0wbB)

150 Not really

You're underestimating the power of this character, Draper.

He's an alcoholic sumbitch that would look you in the eye and tell you he wasn't with another women even as he had lipstick on the collar, reeked of perfume, and had a pair of panties hanging out of his pocket.

Yet any one of us gals would smile and say 'can I reheat your dinner'?

No one else could pull that shit but D. Draper.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM (xo92U)

151 crabby, I'm boycotting tinyurl, etc.

TheBlaze and KSHB has the urine car

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM (+sBB4)

152 Speaking of which I recently saw Steel Magnolias on
one of the free HD channels. Now that was a chick flick and what a tear
jerker.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 06:53 PM (M9Ie6)

Wait, Vic watched Steel Magnolias? And is admitting it? In public? This must be the seventh sign

Posted by: chemjeff at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM (7mSYS)

153 Nancy Dowd is the gal who wrote the superb "Slap Shot". Her brother was a pro hockey player and she tagged along on some road trips to get her creative juices flowing. Paul Newman said that Slap Shot was his favorite film. Ever. Think about that one for awhile. One of the funniest scenes ever put to film was the Hanson brothers taking the ice for the first time. Priceless.

I like Kristin Wiig. The first time she was ever on a big TV show was Spike TV's "Joe Schmo". That was the one where they put together a fake reality show with a bunch of actors and one guy who was the "Mark" who wasn't in on the joke. It was a remarkable thing to watch as the actors became aware of what a good man their mark was and how skeezy they all felt for messing with him. Anywho...

I can't wait until "Bridesmaids" comes out on DVD. I won't go to movies at the theater anymore. The audiences suck. Hard.

Posted by: unclebryan at May 14, 2011 07:09 PM (aVnts)

154 I really was expecting a chick-flick kind of movie.

Either Ace reviews movies for an actual job, he was bored, or his movie tastes raise questions.

Posted by: Whoopie G. at May 14, 2011 07:09 PM (wOaLi)

155 Didn't laugh once during the trailer.

Posted by: Leo Ladenson at May 14, 2011 07:09 PM (Srhra)

156 >>>I like Kristin Wiig. The first time she was ever on a big TV show was Spike TV's "Joe Schmo". That was the one where they put together a fake reality show with a bunch of actors and one guy who was the "Mark" who wasn't in on the joke. It was a remarkable thing to watch as the actors became aware of what a good man their mark was and how skeezy they all felt for messing with him. Anywho...

Me too, I know her since "Dr. Pat the Quack."

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:10 PM (nj1bB)

157 then a funny looking comedy called Horrible Bosses,
I just watched the trailer. Looks hilarious and I have such a soft spot for Jason Bateman. He reminds me of my brother.

Posted by: jewells45 at May 14, 2011 07:10 PM (Z71Vg)

158
If it wasn't laced with a lot of fuck jokes or shit inspired comedy, it wasn't funny unless there's a Joo joke with Hymie riding a pony or something.

Posted by: Sarah Silverman at May 14, 2011 07:10 PM (ndqJC)

159 I've heard this is a funny guy movie; I may check it out.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:11 PM (BP6Z1)

160 I saw a few previews and just wrote it off. Then I come here and see Ace gives it four stars, did a double-takeand read a good review. I'm going to the movies Tuesday with my brother but we're going to be seeing Thor with my nephews.
And don't forget Green Lantern's coming too this summer. I really hope they don't screw it up....

Posted by: Stateless Canadian Infidel at May 14, 2011 07:11 PM (GKQDR)

161
Joe Shmo was pretty good. The "smarmy" guy Ralph was good on it,


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:11 PM (L0wbB)

162 151
crabby, I'm boycotting tinyurl, etc.

TheBlaze and KSHB has the
urine car


Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM (+sBB4)
DANKE!!!

Posted by: Crabby Appleton at May 14, 2011 07:11 PM (xEXzN)

163 OT:
War on terror, the do-it-yourself division

--These guys remind me of some of the Morons here.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:12 PM (BP6Z1)

164 >>>I just watched the trailer. Looks hilarious and I have such a soft spot for Jason Bateman. He reminds me of my brother.


Well the other one, the CHanged Up one, also stars him, and Ryan Reynolds, in a "switched lives' movie (Bateman, dad and husband, Reynolds, party boy single swinger). Also looks funny.

And adding to Jason Bateman's dominance of the summer -- his picture (taken when he was a kid) is actually seen in Bridesmaids (in a collage).

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:12 PM (nj1bB)

165 You're underestimating the power of this character, Draper.

Yet any one of us gals would smile and say 'can I reheat your dinner'?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM

Actually, that tells me more about women that it does about Draper.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 07:12 PM (NITzp)

166 159
I've heard this is a funny guy movie; I may check it out.

I heard this was actually a movie about chainsaw-wielding Bridesmaids fighting the hordes of Hell...

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:13 PM (c0A3e)

167 "Comics and clowns like Will Ferrell always seem to be pretty miserable and dark in real life. But that doesn't mean they can be dramatic actors"

Years ago Jerry Lewis starred in a drama called "The King of Comedy". About all I remember about it was how great he was.

Posted by: nerdygirl at May 14, 2011 07:13 PM (1ckSh)

168 Kinda O/T but still about movies:
Any thoughts about the "I Am Number Four" movie? should I see it?

Posted by: chemjeff at May 14, 2011 07:14 PM (7mSYS)

169 No one else could pull that shit but D. Draper.

I'm winning!

- Charlie Sheen

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:15 PM (+sBB4)

170
heh. Rupert Pupkin.

Classic role.

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:15 PM (DTy7x)

171 I'm winning!- Charlie Sheen

Didn't his "Goddesses" leave him?

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:16 PM (c0A3e)

172
for Deniro, not Lewis

Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:17 PM (DTy7x)

173 Wait, Vic watched Steel Magnolias? And is admitting it? In public? This must be the seventh sign.

I came on it just as it was starting and I had never seen it so yes, I watched it. BTW, I have that Seventh Sign movie as well.

Posted by: Vic at May 14, 2011 07:18 PM (M9Ie6)

174 170

heh. Rupert Pupkin.

Classic role.


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 07:15 PM (DTy7x)
'MAAAAAAA...I'm workin' down here!!!'and'Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime'.
Great movie and role

Posted by: Crabby Appleton at May 14, 2011 07:18 PM (xEXzN)

175 171 I'm winning!- Charlie SheenDidn't his "Goddesses" leave him?
Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:16 PM (c0A3e)
I think one did. Not sure about the other.

Posted by: buzzion at May 14, 2011 07:18 PM (oVQFe)

176 "Obama admin now promoting pee powered cars. I'd like to donate some piss to them."

Great, the morons can just piss in the gas tank, what the hell are we supposed to do?

Posted by: nerdygirl at May 14, 2011 07:19 PM (1ckSh)

177 Hated Meet the Parents with a passion. May not necessairily be relevant,I just think its one of those things that cannot be said often enough.
The other thing is that not only do they not give away the best jokes in the trailer, they actually... show things in the trailer that aren't even in the movie
I noticed this in The Talented Mr. Ripley. There's a scene in the trailer where Matt Damon's character is leaning over a bed and saying to Gwyneth Paltrow's character, "I can live Dickie's life for him." That scene is nowhere in the movie at all. Really strange when you use deleted footage in the trailer.

Posted by: Book Geek at May 14, 2011 07:19 PM (1+OO5)

178 I want to see a Beaver

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:19 PM (+sBB4)

179 40 minutes 'til Schmuckabee!

Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (pW2o8)

180 Great, the morons can just piss in the gas tank, what the hell are we supposed to do?

Some do part-time siphon work

/eeewwww

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (+sBB4)

181 You're underestimating the power of this character, Draper. He's
an alcoholic sumbitch that would look you in the eye and tell you he
wasn't with another women even as he had lipstick on the collar, reeked
of perfume, and had a pair of panties hanging out of his pocket. Yet any one of us gals would smile and say 'can I reheat your dinner'?No one else could pull that shit but D. Draper.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:08 PM (xo92U)
Lacey, I hate to tell you but douchebags have been doing that to gals since the first caveman pulled the first cavebabe's hair.

Posted by: AmishDude at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (73tyQ)

182 Isn't Rose Byrne in this? She's so cute, I'll watch damn near anything she's in. I'm a little surprised she's not a bigger star.

Posted by: UGAdawg at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (/VjHB)

183 40 minutes 'til Schmuckabee!

Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (pW2o
I need whiskey....lots and lots of whiskey.

Posted by: Tami at May 14, 2011 07:21 PM (VuLos)

184 178
I want to see a Beaver


Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:19 PM (+sBB4)
That's really been bombing in the theatres...but it looks so quirky I think I'd like it.

Posted by: Crabby Appleton at May 14, 2011 07:22 PM (xEXzN)

185 "Really strange when you use deleted footage in the trailer."

"Heat" did that. A couple of really great lines from the trailer never made it in the final cut of the film

Posted by: UGAdawg at May 14, 2011 07:22 PM (/VjHB)

186 Yeah, i saw the commercial for it a while back and just thought chick flick and wrote it off, guess i'll check it out now. Going to Thor 3D tonight though, woohoo!

Posted by: booger at May 14, 2011 07:23 PM (9RFH1)

187 179
40 minutes 'til Schmuckabee!


Posted by: Y-not is decadent at May 14, 2011 07:20 PM (pW2o
UGHABEE.

Posted by: Crabby Appleton at May 14, 2011 07:23 PM (xEXzN)

188 Well the other one, the CHanged Up one, also stars him, and Ryan Reynolds, in a "switched lives' movie (Bateman, dad and husband, Reynolds, party boy single swinger). Also looks funny.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:12 PM

Was on imdb recently and saw the trailer for The Change-Up. Looks pretty good. From the writers of The Hangover.

Other movies I'm looking forward to this year: Hangover 2, Harry Potter, Captain America (saw the trailer at Thor, looks great), going to see Fast Five on Monday (reviews have all been good, saying it's a great action, car chase movie, even with the stupid plot and script), Pirates actually looks pretty good, Tranformers 3 as well, Green Lantern, Super 8 looks interesting, Apollo 18.

Probably won't see them all in theaters, but they're on my list of 'looks good to possibly see in the theater instead of wait until Netflix'.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 07:23 PM (NITzp)

189 Posted by: Sarah Silverman at May 14, 2011 07:10 PM (ndqJC)

Shut up, bitch, before I come over there and fuck-start your skull.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:24 PM (1fanL)

190 I only go to the movie theatre for "Pirates" movies. I have my tix for midnight Thursday.

Should I go in costume or not? The costume is steam punk pirate from Dragoncon a few years back...

You got a problem with that?

Posted by: Stephanie at May 14, 2011 07:25 PM (hGYL3)

191 I've never seen The Hangover. Is it good enough to watch a second time? The reason I ask is that a good movie can be watched a second time. Otherwise, meh.

Posted by: Clueless at May 14, 2011 07:25 PM (piMMO)

192 I'm glad the quitter reality star bimbo is not in this!

Posted by: The Douche who has to Bring Up Sarah Palin in Every Thread at May 14, 2011 07:26 PM (BP6Z1)

193 40 minutes 'til Schmuckabee!

I'll be interested in seeing his ratings for this week.

Posted by: Clueless at May 14, 2011 07:26 PM (piMMO)

194 I hate to tell you but douchebags have been doing that to gals since the first caveman pulled the first cavebabe's hair.

I'd like to think we've evolved a bit (I realize I just myself up for the 19th Amendment argument and the 2008 election results).

There are not many men these days that could pull that off. I'd say < 5%. That was my overall point. This guy though - absolute sex on a stick.


Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:27 PM (xo92U)

195 Didn't his "Goddesses" leave him?

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:16 PM (c0A3e) The one porn star goddess. Not sure how much of a star she is, I'VE never heard of her. And then she got a DUI.Winning!

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:27 PM (1fanL)

196
then a funny looking comedy called Horrible Bosses,





Saw the trailer, it actually looks to be a keeper.

But it sure looks like "Strangers on a Train meets Swimming with Sharks" to me.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 14, 2011 07:28 PM (9Lm5R)

197 Should I go in costume or not? The costume is steam punk pirate from Dragoncon a few years back...You got a problem with that?

Posted by: Stephanie at May 14, 2011 07:25 PM (hGYL3)
I think I speak for all Morons when I say, we'd insist upon seeing one or more pics before making a decision.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:28 PM (1fanL)

198 190
Posted by: Sarah Silverman at May 14,
2011 07:10 PM (ndqJC)

Shut up, bitch, before I come over
there and fuck-start your skull.


Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:24 PM (1fanL)
ME FIRST!!!

Posted by: Sandra Bernhard at May 14, 2011 07:28 PM (xEXzN)

199 the other is the unspeakably cute and daffy Erin from The Office

--Now must see! She's even in the still for the trailer vid.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:28 PM (BP6Z1)

200 Erin from The Office is one of the reasons I quit watching that show.

Fingernails >>> chalkboard.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:30 PM (xo92U)

201 Just saw Bubba Watson's ball roll into the water on 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Man, that hole's a bitch.


Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 07:31 PM (pW2o8)

202
Shut up, bitch, before I come over there and fuck-start your skull.






You'd better watch out. She might have her boyfriend walk over there and kick your ass......

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 14, 2011 07:31 PM (9Lm5R)

203 >>> Really strange when you use deleted footage in the trailer.

Lines like the one you mention are sort of "on the nose" and are good for trailers, as they explain the premise so succinctly, but often seem too obvious in the context of the movie itself, so they get cut.

In some cases, I think they're filmed either just for the trailer, or with the idea "If people find this hard to follow, we'll include that, if they can follow it, we'll cut it."

In this movie, I'm told they did a fair amount of improvising, so they had extra bits.

I like that the trailer sells the movie while only giving away barely anything at all. I just watched another trailer and there's an entire sequence that didn't make the film (she goes on a date, meets a guy's kid, and the kid takes her birth control pill, thinking it's candy-- not in the movie at all).

It is odd that they cut this stuff as inferior, and yet sell the movie with it as if that's the best stuff, when it's not even good enough to be IN the frickin' movie.

But it works out for everyone, since almost no jokes are spoiled.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:31 PM (nj1bB)

204 >>>But it sure looks like "Strangers on a Train meets Swimming with Sharks" to me.


Or "9 to 5 With Dudes." But looks fun.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:32 PM (nj1bB)

205 Those jokes were just trailer trash

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:32 PM (+sBB4)

206
Really strange when you use deleted footage in the trailer.





Or using different takes of the same line of dialog in the trailer. Especially jarring if they change the camera angle.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at May 14, 2011 07:32 PM (9Lm5R)

207 Hottest chick on The Office? The Purse Girl. Then Jan and Angela are probably tied.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:33 PM (1fanL)

208 >>> I've never seen The Hangover. Is it good enough to watch a second time? The reason I ask is that a good movie can be watched a second time. Otherwise, meh.

Lower expectations. It is okay but it is not great. I do not understand why people went apeshit over it. The premise is far stronger than the execution of the premise.

Bridesmaids is far, far better. Different league.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:34 PM (nj1bB)

209 Maybe Huck's big announcement is that he's taking Beck's 5pm slot.

Please let it be true. I cannot even fathom having to vot....f'it. Not even completing that sentence.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:34 PM (xo92U)

210 >>>Other movies I'm looking forward to this year: Hangover 2, Harry Potter, Captain America (saw the trailer at Thor, looks great),

What did you think of Thor? Was my review accurate?

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:35 PM (nj1bB)

211 Angela? The lady that has to shop at the American Doll store and Gap Kids because no other clothes fit her?

Pam > all the rest.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:35 PM (xo92U)

212 Pam is the hottest. Only Karen was (a little) hotter but she's gone.

Who was it that said: "Karen's prettier but Pam has bigger breasts"? Probably Dwight.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (nj1bB)

213 Comics and clowns like Will Ferrell always seem to
be pretty miserable and dark in real life. But that doesn't mean they
can be dramatic actors. It means they're nasty shits.


Posted by: Leftover Soothsayers at May 14, 2011 06:19 PM (L0wbB)
--One exception would be Steve Carrell. Happy family man, well-adjusted, and funny from the inside out. (I also did a double-take when his wife appeared in the credits to The Goode Family as Nancy Carrell.)

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (BP6Z1)

214 Huckabee/ Ernest T. Bass 2012
I'd be shocked if he doesn't run.
Like the Saturday afternoon movie reviews btw.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (A0VTZ)

215 The oddest thing I recall about trailers of yore was from that movie Antz, which was I think from 1998 in 1999. There was a scene in the trailer where the two main ant characters are at a bar drinking from the posteriors of some animals and the one character makes mention that they are "drinking from an (insert animal name here) caboose". When I saw the movie, what the character had actually said in place of "caboose" was "anus".

Now if you may recall, Antz was part of the Disney-Dreamworks' feud, so that part of the trailer was probably altered to make it more palatable for younger kids.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:38 PM (c0A3e)

216 >>>Like the Saturday afternoon movie reviews btw.

Thanks...

I've really got to say that I add select movies into the Pantheon of Great Comedies. Anchorman, Old School, Wedding Crashers (not as good as the first two but very good), SuperBad... honestly, Bridesmaids joins that list of true desert-island comedies.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:39 PM (nj1bB)

217 What did Michael say in that one episode...something like 'Karen's hot. From the back'.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:39 PM (xo92U)

218 Angela? The lady that has to shop at the American Doll store and Gap Kids because no other clothes fit her?Pam > all the rest.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:35 PM (xo92U)
The word you're looking for is "spinner." Pam is ok, big boobies, funny. She's got a double chin that'll only get worse with age. And it was a little off-putting to me how vicious Pam was to Michael. Even before he bonked her mother. The episode where he dumped her was hilarious.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:40 PM (1fanL)

219 192
I've never seen The Hangover. Is it good enough to watch a second time?

I liked it, but i have to say that i haven't bothered to watch it again.

Posted by: booger at May 14, 2011 07:41 PM (9RFH1)

220 Oh, Bad Teacher -- which looks hilarious -- is coming out this summer too.

Speaking of trailers that are altered for general viewing.

Not only do the cut the funniest, most profane lines, they substitute in safer ones. In once scene in the real trailer, she's collecting donations for her "NEW TITS" as the label on the jar says; in the trailer shown in theaters, it says "BOOB FUND."

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:41 PM (nj1bB)

221 212
Angela? The lady that has to shop at the American Doll store and Gap Kids because no other clothes fit her?

Pam > all the rest.


Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:35 PM (xo92U)

213
Pam is the hottest. Only Karen was (a little) hotter but she's gone.





Who was it that said: "Karen's prettier but Pam has bigger breasts"? Probably Dwight.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (nj1bB)
--I think Karen was the hottest too, which was why she did not fit in on the show: too hot to be Girl Next Door hot. Jan kinda fit that too, although she was seldom a steady character. So, of the every-episode characters I'd say Pam.BTW, if anyone missed Thursday's Parks and Recreation (2 episodes) you missed some seriously funny shit.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:41 PM (BP6Z1)

222 Only Karen was (a little) hotter but she's gone.



Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (nj1bB)Karen's cute, but she slouches, and she carries herself like a man. It's weird.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:41 PM (1fanL)

223 I will probably never see this, but just wanted to say that ace-- I just love your movie reviews. They make me smile.

Posted by: meep at May 14, 2011 07:41 PM (D6IZg)

224 >Who was it that said: "Karen's prettier but Pam has bigger breasts"? Probably Dwight.

It was Kevin.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (1fB+3)

225 >>>What did Michael say in that one episode...something like 'Karen's hot. From the back'.

Michael had a great line to the exotic-race Karen upon meeting her. First thing out of his mouth, before hello:

"Was your dad a G.I.?"

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (nj1bB)

226 Who was it that said: "Karen's prettier but Pam has bigger breasts"? Probably Dwight.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:37 PM (nj1bB)
--That was Kevin, when he was trying to do a super-scientific analysis comparing the two.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (BP6Z1)

227 What did you think of Thor? Was my review accurate?

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:35 PM

I actually read that entire mini-novel review, just because I knew I liked Thor so much, so I was interested in your review.

I thought your review was pretty accurate. Though I didn't mind that it was only a movie about Thor's background, since I didn't read the comics and didn't know his background that much.

And I did like the non-earth parts, because the CGI was pretty cool.

The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the seemingly forced 'romance' between Thor and Natalie Portman. I don't like Portman as it is, but she was also the 3rd hottest chick in the movie (and I don't think she's that hot on her own). I've liked Kat Dennings since I saw her in Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist and whoever the actress who played the female warrior I thought was the hottest one in the movie.

But, other than that minor annoyance, I really liked the movie.

I also thought the actor who played Loki did a really good job with the part. Starting off as seemingly weak, but then getting more obviously conniving and strong as the movie went on.

I think they easily could have Thor set up a Thor 2, if they weren't already setting up The Avengers movie.

Posted by: Clyde Shelton at May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (NITzp)

228 Wedding Crashers (not as good as the first two but very good),
I loved it, even better than OS and Anchorman (loved OS liked Anchorman), but the last third of the movie lost a bit of momentum.
I prefer Ferrell in smaller doses. As a sidekick, not the leading guy generally.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 14, 2011 07:42 PM (A0VTZ)

229 And it was a little off-putting to me how vicious Pam was to Michael.

So I guess you missed the very first episode when he fired her. And then later told her it was a joke after she started crying.

I wish I remembered my own life as much as I do these episodes.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:43 PM (xo92U)

230 Wait. You think I'm retarded?

Posted by: Kevin at May 14, 2011 07:43 PM (1fanL)

231 ace, next time go to a fight club, or a cock fight.

Posted by: Cherry π at May 14, 2011 07:43 PM (+sBB4)

232 ah right that's a Kevin line, duh.

Dwight would speak of skin blemishes indicating she wasn't good mating stock.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:43 PM (nj1bB)

233 Geez, at 6 o'clock I could switch to Huckabee or watch the Bruins. Decisions, decisions.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 07:44 PM (pW2o8)

234 I prefer Ferrell in smaller doses. As a sidekick, not the leading guy generally.

"Ma! The meatloaf! The meatloaf, Ma. I wonder what she's doing?? I never know what she's doing..."

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:44 PM (xo92U)

235 >>>the last third of the movie lost a bit of momentum.

yeah that is an Apatow Thing where they decide they need this long, long dramatic resolution.

(I don't know if that's an Apatow movie, but that is DEFINITELY an Apatow thing.)

In Bridesmaids, I really got the sense they filmed one of those long, long resolutions, and then, wisely said, "aw the hell with it, just wrap it up."

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:44 PM (nj1bB)

236 So I guess you missed the very first episode when
he fired her. And then later told her it was a joke after she started
crying.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:43 PM (xo92U)
No, I saw it. He had no bad intent. He's just a doofus. She has bad intent.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:44 PM (1fanL)

237
Lower expectations. It is okay but it is not great. I do not
understand why people went apeshit over it. The premise is far stronger
than the execution of the premise.

The premise is pretty preposterous, even for Vegas, and the character development is non-existent (except for that dude who finally stood up to his overbearing gf, but that's very 1D). I guess I liked it better than I thought I would because the gags were fairly good, eh.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 07:45 PM (c0A3e)

238 Dwight would always focus on the hips, for breeding.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 07:46 PM (1fB+3)

239 >>>The only thing I didn't like about the movie was the seemingly forced 'romance' between Thor and Natalie Portman.

I saw other critics say that, and one said "They fall in love just because they're two hot people." But to me-- well, isn't that sort of the way it really goes?

I didn't mind that. I guess I didn't really want more of it, what was presented was enough.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:46 PM (nj1bB)

240 218
What did Michael say in that one episode...something like 'Karen's hot. From the back'.


Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:39 PM (xo92U)
--That was when the flasher flashed Phyllis.Michael guffawed and said something like, "Are you sure it wasn't Pam? Or Karen from behind?"

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:46 PM (BP6Z1)

241 Well none of it matters. In the real world, M. Scott would have been fired on the spot for doing Chris Rock training as part of an HR Workplace Diversity training.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:46 PM (xo92U)

242 >>> She has bad intent.

She joined him at the Michael Scott Paper Company.

I don't see her as vicious towards Michael. I see her *dealing* with Michael's inept provocations, occasionally angrily. Justifiably. But otherwise nice to him.

If you want vicious, how about Jim never, ever once agreeing to go have that beer with Michael? until the last show, when all of a sudden he wants to.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:48 PM (nj1bB)

243 And it was a little off-putting to
me how vicious Pam was to Michael. Even before he bonked her mother.
The episode where he dumped her was hilarious.


Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:40 PM (1fanL)
--Well, considering how often Michael commented on her rack, joked about making a baby with her, and tried to kiss her after his girlfriend said no to his proposal and other wised sexually harrassed her . . . I think Pam was too kind.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:48 PM (BP6Z1)

244 >>>I think they easily could have Thor set up a Thor 2,

I think the box office, which is good, isn't so good they'll do a Thor 2, unless Avengers does really well and they're now just looking for more.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:49 PM (nj1bB)

245 The first three seasons of The Office are probably some of the funniest half-hours of tv of all time.

But Arrested Development will *always* come in first place imho.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:50 PM (xo92U)

246 The only time I remember Pam being vicious was when Michael was dating her mom.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 07:50 PM (1fB+3)

247 You know I really felt the Thor-Portman romance was just a "Check That Box" thing and I felt the box was checked okay enough.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:50 PM (nj1bB)

248 She joined him at the Michael Scott Paper Company.



If you want vicious, how about Jim never, ever once agreeing to go have
that beer with Michael? until the last show, when all of a sudden he
wants to.



Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:48 PM (nj1bB)
Joining him was in her own selfish interests, after she made him promise her a position she wasn't qualified for. It wasn't motivated by altruism, or even affection.
And avoiding spending time with a doofus isn't vicious. If Jim agreed, and then busted on him the whole time, that'd be closer to vicious.But yeah, they're all a bit schizophrenic.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 07:51 PM (1fanL)

249 I'm going to see the film on Monday. I can do that because I work out of my house. Very excited to see it and I'll see the first showing so the theatre shouldn't be crowded. Thank you, Ace.

Posted by: Sassy at May 14, 2011 07:51 PM (vAagt)

250 Michael, this is totally unacceptable

Posted by: Toby Flenderson at May 14, 2011 07:52 PM (BP6Z1)

251 cool sassy, let me know in the comments what you thought.

I feel out on a limb praising it so much and right before I posted I checked rotten tomatoes to make sure I wasn't just completely high. I saw that 91% liked it so then I said, okay, I'm on somewhat firm ground. Then I posted.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:53 PM (nj1bB)

252 Phil Mickelson's tee shot on 17 missed the hole by about 3 inches.

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 07:53 PM (pW2o8)

253 What initially led Michael to hate Toby?

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 07:54 PM (1fB+3)

254 wow, FUBAR, you've really got it in for Pam! I had no idea someone could have it in for her!

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:54 PM (nj1bB)

255 By the way, this past episode of The Office was close to being classic level of funny (minus the obvious absence of Michael). They just had Dwight go on one of his power trips and the classic hysterics ensued. I also got extra laughs because my department pretty much has an "acting" head and an "acting acting" head.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:55 PM (BP6Z1)

256 >>>What initially led Michael to hate Toby?

Toby won't let him do his awesome comedy and sometimes is required to report his awesome comedy to corporate.

Toby doesn't understand that the workplace is "a place to live life to the fullest."

He also represents a power-threat, as Toby, via his connection to corporate, is kinda-sorta Michael's superior.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:55 PM (nj1bB)

257 253
Phil Mickelson's tee shot on 17 missed the hole by about 3 inches.


Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 07:53 PM (pW2o
That's what she said.

Posted by: Michael Scott at May 14, 2011 07:56 PM (BP6Z1)

258 Toby is the HR guy so he views him as the wet blanket on his flame of fun.

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:56 PM (xo92U)

259 >>> By the way, this past episode of The Office was close to being classic level of funny (minus the obvious absence of Michael). They just had Dwight go on one of his power trips and the classic hysterics ensued.

It was great. Here's the thing: I was so disappointed they resolved in one episose.

Crazy! It was hysterical! Continue it for four episodes!

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:57 PM (nj1bB)

260 Will Ferrell was pretty decent but if I had a choice I'd take Four Dwight Boss episodes over the Will Ferrell ones.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:57 PM (nj1bB)

261 What time is Huck's ESPN special airing?

Posted by: Tom at May 14, 2011 07:57 PM (nQR0p)

262 254
What initially led Michael to hate Toby?


Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 07:54 PM (1fB+3)
--It has never been made explicit, but the most obvious explanation may be simply because as the HR guy Toby cramped Michael's style, was a wet blanket at meetings because of company policies, and also could not be fired by him.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:58 PM (BP6Z1)

263 I was actually going to see it on Friday but I had too much to do and couldn't get out. But reading your review made me want to see it that much more. I'm sure I'll love it.

By the way, I finally rented Black Swan the other night and was horrified at how awful that was. Cannot even imagine why that movie garnered so much praise from critics. And to think that Natalie Portman and the studio are actually trying to make people believe she did 85 percent of the dancing is beyond laughable. As if a person can train for one year and be as good as a New York City Ballet dancer.

Posted by: Sassy at May 14, 2011 07:58 PM (vAagt)

264 That chick from 'The Office" is seriously hot. If I weren't so old and nearly dead, I'd hit that like...........

Posted by: SantaRosaStan at May 14, 2011 07:58 PM (UqKQV)

265 256 Funnier than a Benihana Christmas where M. Scott marks his Asian 'girlfriend's' arm as to distinguish her from her Asian friend?

Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:58 PM (xo92U)

266 It was great. Here's the thing: I was so disappointed they resolved in one episose.





Crazy! It was hysterical! Continue it for four episodes!







Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:57 PM (nj1bB)
--I know; I didn't want it to end. It should have at least been "super-sized."

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 07:59 PM (BP6Z1)

267 The episode where Will Ferrel got hurt was funny, especially the air juggling, When Pam did it, I laughed my ass off.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:00 PM (1fB+3)

268 I can't believe I'm home on a Saturday night, about to watch Mike freaking Huckabee.
Ok the home part I can, but not the Huck part.

Posted by: Delta Smelt at May 14, 2011 08:00 PM (A0VTZ)

269 O/T: sorry for the interruption: "IMF boss Strauss-Kahn pulled off plane, arrested in sodomy probe"

Posted by: curious at May 14, 2011 08:01 PM (k1rwm)

270 OT Huckster's up. *deep breath*

Posted by: Jane D'oh at May 14, 2011 08:01 PM (UOM48)

271 269

I can't believe I'm home on a Saturday night, about to watch Mike freaking Huckabee.
.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 08:02 PM (c0A3e)

272 steam punk pirate
Even the pirates have gone steam punk!

Posted by: ParanoidWorkingGirlinSeattle at May 14, 2011 08:02 PM (RZ8pf)

273 266
256
Funnier than a Benihana Christmas where M. Scott marks his Asian
'girlfriend's' arm as to distinguish her from her Asian friend?


Posted by: laceyunderalls at May 14, 2011 07:58 PM (xo92U)
--Hard to say since I have not seen Benihana in a while. But any time Dwight gets to be his obnoxious best when given power . . . compare it to the closer of Season 3. I don't want to spoil too much. Just go to nbc.com and watch now.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 08:02 PM (BP6Z1)

274 I put up a Huckabee thread.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:03 PM (nj1bB)

275 Man you Huck watchers are pathetic.

I should turn on Sun News for some pick-me-up.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 08:04 PM (BP6Z1)

276 What did you think of Thor? Was my review accurate?
I appreciated your Thor review and decided to go see it after your review. My son and I really liked the movie, but debated on the drive home whether we thought Loki was cast right or not.

Posted by: ParanoidWorkingGirlinSeattle at May 14, 2011 08:04 PM (RZ8pf)

277 273steam punk pirate
Even the pirates have gone steam punk!
Steam punk, the wave of the future?
There was some steam punk vampire movie I saw a few years ago and while the movie itself sucked, the visuals were fairly strong for a movie of that sort.

Posted by: Kratos (Ghost of Sparta) at May 14, 2011 08:04 PM (c0A3e)

278 Oops, never mind: Lightning-Bruins is coming on!

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 08:05 PM (BP6Z1)

279 wow, FUBAR, you've really got it in for Pam! I had no idea someone could have it in for her!

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 07:54 PM (nj1bB)
I assure you, I'd still hit it. Like Chixulub hit the Earth. Those are mere blemishes.

Posted by: FUBAR at May 14, 2011 08:05 PM (1fanL)

280 and Jenna Fischer ain't bad, either.


Posted by: SantaRosaStan, guru of convertional wisdom at May 14, 2011 08:05 PM (UqKQV)

281 Just saw this is the theater and really, really liked it.
The thing is, I would argue that this is a chick flick, a "chick comedy", just one of the most realistic (how they portrayed some of the female friendships, etc.) and non-condescending ones ever made.

It was insanely funny and it was nice to see a female characters done in such a ballsy way. All the women in the audience were roaring because it was lovely to see a chick flick actually be funny and not delve into stupid cliches.

Posted by: Stella at May 14, 2011 08:05 PM (r88aB)

282 I thought the Office jumped the shark, pretty badly, when Jim became a co-manager, and since, really. The michael Scott Paper company arc was so good, and then they just jumped the shark.

But this run of episodes, the last half of this season, they've really jumped it back. It's as good as its been.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:06 PM (nj1bB)

283 But this run of episodes, the last half of this season, they've really jumped it back. It's as good as its been.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:06 PM (nj1bB)
--What's pissing me off is that they may hook me into watching next season. In any event, this season may be the last I buy the DVDs for. I also should start renting the previous Parks and Rec seasons since I had not seen much before this season. Amy Poehler is like the anti-Tina Fey to me.

Posted by: logprof at May 14, 2011 08:09 PM (BP6Z1)

284 Oscar's best quote : "Look it doesn't take a genius to know that every organization thrives when it has two leaders. [shakes head]
Go ahead, name a country that doesn't have two presidents. A boat that
sets sail without two captains. Where would Catholicism be, without the
popes."

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:09 PM (1fB+3)

285 Love Parks and Recreation.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:12 PM (1fB+3)

286 @279
Go Bruins!!!

Posted by: Y-not at May 14, 2011 08:12 PM (pW2o8)

287 OK, so I was off work and went to see a movie with my wife. We did see "Bridesmaids," and I can tell you that on a Friday at !) AM, almost the entire audience was stay-at-home moms out while the kids were in school. There were two other men besides myself in the crowd. I agree that the movie was raunchy, if funny.

One of the interesting facts is that the girl who plays the groom's sister Megan and the guy who plays the air marshal are married in real life.

Posted by: Isophorone at May 14, 2011 08:13 PM (X/T/+)

288 OT, but Huckabee is doing some good interviews on the flooding.

Posted by: Clueless at May 14, 2011 08:18 PM (piMMO)

289 Isophrone, do I overpraise it or would you rate it as highly as I did?

I need male back-up on this.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:24 PM (nj1bB)

290 Amy Poehler is like the anti-Tina Fey to me.

The Ron Swanson character is great.

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 08:26 PM (x/4B/)

291 Stella, I think the stuff you say you don't like -- dumb characterizations, obviousness, and overall lack of quality -- is precisely what people think of when they think "chick-flick."

I think this is just a comedy with women.

The romantic element doesn't make it chick-flick since virtually every "boy" comedy features a romantic subplot.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:28 PM (nj1bB)

292 >>The Ron Swanson character is great.

Word.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:28 PM (1fB+3)

293 Since we're talking thursday night NBC, can I just say that Community went from a horrible show when it started -- I thought it was the worst comedy I'd ever seen -- to one of the best shows on TV? Most nights I look forward to it more than the office and 30 Rock. (Not lately on the office, because the office really kicked it up a notch.)

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:29 PM (nj1bB)

294 I need male back-up on this.

Dude, where's your man balls? Since when do you need other people's approval? AoShq is a hard room to work to work and there was unnecessary snarkiness regarding the movie. But the trailer was really really funny. I'm not the kind of person who laughs out loud when I'm alone - and I laughed several times.

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 08:29 PM (x/4B/)

295 I like Community but enough with the paintballs and the movie homages. Yes, they are funny but how many episodes can you do on it? Also, get rid of Chevy Chase.

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 08:31 PM (x/4B/)

296 30 Rock is OK, Parks is better, in my opinion. I'll check out Community, didn't like it when I 1st saw it and haven't gone back.

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:32 PM (1fB+3)

297 Did you see where Leslie gave Ron the gift of bacon?

Posted by: Rabbi Bloody Mary at May 14, 2011 08:33 PM (x/4B/)

298 Ace, thanks for the review. I trust you, man.
I come from an all male family (brothers, sons) and my husband laughed out loud at the trailer (the one where the girl burps in the bridal shop). So I figure I will like this movie, barf humor and all. Nothing like a little food poisoning to get the party rolling. Perhaps it is a man-chick flick instead of a chick flick if it is a little raunchy.
I am doing all I can to avoid the news that Huckabeast is running for Prez.

Posted by: ChristyBlinky at May 14, 2011 08:34 PM (FnRYN)

299 137
I was selected once at a movie theater to do an on the spot focus group for a trailer for an upcoming movie, it was interesting because they showed bits of a series of trailers (it was all on a computer) and after each bit asked questions about what I thought the movie would be about and who I thought the target audience was. At the end they showed a whole different trailer for the same movie and it completely changed the answers to my questions.

Posted by: ParanoidAnxietyGirlInSeattle at May 14, 2011 07:03 PM (RZ8pf)

They weren't recording your opinions. They were shooting upskirt videos of you.

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 08:34 PM (Dr8Q5)

300 >>Stella, I think the stuff you say you don't like -- dumb
characterizations, obviousness, and overall lack of quality -- is
precisely what people think of when they think "chick-flick."





I think this is just a comedy with women.<<

I know, and that's a huge shame. I think I may be putting it into that category because it portrayed the friendships really well and had such a ring-true element that most of the women in the audience obviously loved.

My husband liked it too and thought it was hilarious, but I think for a gal there is just some intangible "inside stuff" there that really drove it home.

The fact that Kristen Wiig is really relatable and looks like a normal person helps that too. This movie would not have worked if someone like Julia Roberts or Meg Ryan was the main character.

Posted by: Stella at May 14, 2011 08:37 PM (r88aB)

301 Kirstin Wiig and her partner (also a woman; I forget her name)

It doesn't seem so: last May USA Today reported that she was dating man Brian Petsos while working on Bridesmaids. WP doesn't report a more recent relationship.

(OMG. I am checking the relationship status of Hollywood stars on the Internet? This is a new low.)

Posted by: anonymous irishman at May 14, 2011 08:38 PM (Ta1AP)

302
> 32 My problem with this - though I'm all for girls doing comedy and doing it well - is the mention of Superbad.

I hated that movie. Twenty minutes into it, I wanted to waterboard the entire cast.
Posted by: AngelEm

Saw Superbad for the first time a few months ago. Only watched it because it had so much GREAT MOVIE hype. Almost stopped watching in the first 20 minutes. Then I got into it! Wound up liking it.

Posted by: Comrade Arthur at May 14, 2011 08:41 PM (/gY+v)

303 270 O/T:  sorry for the interruption:  "IMF boss Strauss-Kahn pulled off plane, arrested in sodomy probe"

Posted by: curious at May 14, 2011 08:01 PM (k1rwm)

He was just giving his hotel maid the tip.

Posted by: stuiec at May 14, 2011 08:42 PM (Dr8Q5)

304 anonymous Irishman,

We mean her WRITING partner. The woman in question co-wrote the script (and, I think, likely wrote the first draft/original story, as the main character's name is "Annie," which is her name).

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:42 PM (nj1bB)

305 Ace I saw this movie yesterday. It wasn't at all like the trailer I had seen, so I was surprised that it wasn't a chick flick. (I'm a chick) It also wasn't a female Hangover.

Bit of a spoiler. It is the story of two best friends since childhood--one getting married while the other is floundering in life. Hilarity ensues.

I think I'm taking my husband with me tomorrow to see it again as I know my expectations were so wildly different the first viewing I think the second I'll just sit back and enjoy good writing, good story and good acting.

BTW Kristen Wiig can get on my nerves with some of her SNL characters but she doesn't even get close to doing that in this movie. You all will be surprised.

And BTW this is paving the way for the next female driven movie (possibly written by me!).

Posted by: not sayin' who I am at May 14, 2011 08:43 PM (2y90e)

306 >>> I think I may be putting it into that category because it portrayed the friendships really well and had such a ring-true element that most of the women in the audience obviously loved.

All the men in the audience I was in loved it too.

I really think the chick-flick thing is code for guilty-pleasure crap entertainment, which is why I don't want to call it that. There's nothing here that's ONLY a woman thing, from friendship to failure to longing and etc.

I think the chick-flick is a genre tag, and not a good one (by and large). I think it signals "This movie will fail in ways that women have learned to give a pass to, but it will annoy men."

I think this movie is actually important as there is a big amount of genre-busting and ghetto-busting. female comedy is now out of the ghetto.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:45 PM (nj1bB)

307 not sayin',

yeah, as I just said, I think this movie now creates a genre which did not before really exist, the female-centered true comedy-comedy, rather than some rom-com or weak light comedy thing.

And those are often written by men, besides.

So, here's one written by women. So of course it rings truer. The ones men churn out all seem the same because all they're doing is copying what they saw in other rom-coms.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 08:47 PM (nj1bB)

308 Uncle Ted!!!

Posted by: Clueless at May 14, 2011 08:48 PM (piMMO)

309 Ace,

Yeah, I hear ya and I agree. I think I'm still a little gobsmacked because I went in expecting either a Hangover knock-off or some Nora Ephron style bullcrap and was pleasantly surprised.

Posted by: Stella at May 14, 2011 08:55 PM (r88aB)

310 *double facepalm*

Er, yes ... never mind.

Posted by: anonymous irishman at May 14, 2011 08:55 PM (Ta1AP)

311 Jeez that's a lot of words to throw at nothing much.

Posted by: Zelda Starr at May 14, 2011 08:56 PM (4vsjd)

312 Huckabee is out!

Posted by: Dr Spank at May 14, 2011 08:56 PM (1fB+3)

313 I'ma wait for those bunnies to do it up in 30 seconds, yo

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Posted by: romains at May 14, 2011 10:05 PM (1+2+C)

315 Agree with your Thor review. I thought Wedding Crashers was a chick flick. Saw Bridesmaids today and told my husband it was a female Wedding Crashers.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 10:12 PM (dpAW/)

316 You didn't think it was better than Wedding Crashers? Or good? You sound like you didn't like it.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:19 PM (nj1bB)

317 I liked it better than Wedding Crashers. Grandma's Boy is a classic movie for me. It wasn't Grandma's Boy funny.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 10:22 PM (dpAW/)

318 I love Grandma's Boy but, not to knock my friend Allen Covert (he reads the blog), I think Bridesmaids beats Grandma's Boy.

One thing it clearly wins on is plausibility/realistic movie points. Grandma's Boy had the Sandler vibe of anything for a laugh, and also the Sandler thing of "we'll pick a standard plot, and then just put the jokes in."

It's hard to say, though, because as I always point out, Comedy dates faster than anything else, anything else in art. Every new movie seems like the funniest movie, because even great, great comedies like Grandma's Boy, Anchorman, Old School, just seem not nearly as funny three years later. Even if they were, undeniably, amazing. It's just that the product itself is so perishable.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:33 PM (nj1bB)

319 I also always felt that Grandma's boy was a shotgun marriage between two of covert's scripts, one the video game developer, the other, the grandma's boy one. It always felt like these were actually two separate movies, written together into one script.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:42 PM (nj1bB)

320 oh I reviewed that:

http://ace.mu.nu/archives/192305.php

that was before I was using stars.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:44 PM (nj1bB)

321 Oh, apparently I was also giving away great jokes then, spoiling them by typing them out (because that's the way Covert wanted them presented --typed out on a fucking blog).

Ah well. I have learned.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:45 PM (nj1bB)

322 I still use Grandmas Boy quotes. I really like Nick Swardson too. I'm one of the few people who owns The Brothers Soloman. Kristen Wiig can annoy me. Sometimes it felt like Bridesmaids was SNL skits that were attached and I was waiting for laser cats.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 10:55 PM (dpAW/)

323 I remember brothers solomon, I remember it not being so good, but being hysterical in parts -- but I don't remember what those parts were. I remember being surprised by something.

Nick Swarsden is always good. I like him in reno 911. If you haven't seen it, google the video for the Gay Robot pilot (he stars as a human and as Voice of Gay Robot).

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:58 PM (nj1bB)

324 Actually I haven't seen Grandma's Boy in years. I should rent that.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:59 PM (nj1bB)

325 Unlike a lot of the movies we're talking about, Grandma's Boy never was *constantly* on cable or TBS and thus really permeated the national consciousness.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 10:59 PM (nj1bB)

326 never really permeated, I mean.

The good but not as good "Ricky Bobby" Daytona Nights movie is on TBS a lot. You never see Grandma's Boy on those stations.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 11:01 PM (nj1bB)

327 >>>Sometimes it felt like Bridesmaids was SNL skits that were attached and I was waiting for laser cats

I didn't have that feeling at all. Sketches are high concept but not grounded in reality. I thought most of Bridesmaids was low-concept -- just situations, with humor rising up naturally -- and grounded in reality.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 11:03 PM (nj1bB)

328 The only "sketch-like" material was the three big comic set-pieces (Gross out sequence, plane sequence, driving around to get cop's attention sequence).

At least to me.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 11:04 PM (nj1bB)

329 I thought the Megan at Annie's house felt like a Chris Farley bit. I buy cheesy comedy's, so Dodgeball, Role Models, and Grandmas Boy are in constant rotation in my DVD.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 11:08 PM (dpAW/)

330 eh, I didn't even think that was primarily a comedy bit, more of a dramatic obligatory scene, the scene where the hero gets talked out of the abyss. They just threw comedy into it because it's a comedy.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 11:16 PM (nj1bB)

331 Admittedly, that character, Meghan, was the broadest caricature, the most Sketch-Like character, in the movie. A lot of her bits are indeed of the Outrageous Character Says Outrageous Things Sketch type.

Okay, I grant that.

But... I don't get an SNL vibe. SNL crap is like It's Pat or The Ladies' Man.

Posted by: ace at May 14, 2011 11:19 PM (nj1bB)

332 I guess I was expecting more. I went in knowing it was my kind of movie. I'm just glad they didn't cast Gwyneth Paltrow as Helen since she attended school with Maya. My husband laughed so hard he cried. I actually preferred Thor.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 11:22 PM (dpAW/)

333 Kristen did some of her undertalk bits that she does on SNL. It kept taking me out of the movie. I need to stop worrying about the movie I wish they'd made and just enjoy what I watched. I'm not sure I'd buy this one on DVD. That is usually my rating system.

Posted by: connie at May 14, 2011 11:32 PM (dpAW/)

334 I went and had my asshole bleached after seeing it.

Posted by: Pissy Pessimist at May 14, 2011 11:44 PM (xhNbo)

335 Jewelry store scenes felt sketchy as well. I really liked the C&nt one. SNL vibe.

Posted by: connie at May 15, 2011 12:17 AM (dpAW/)

336 The movie was good, though I thought some parts really dragged (especially every time the women were trying to outdo each other on some thing or another). Generally, I did enjoy the movie.

Oh, I had a typo. I should have said "10 AM" as the time when we saw the movie.

Posted by: Isophorone at May 15, 2011 06:59 AM (X/T/+)

337 Ace-- u never met a movie u didn't like-- this is simply a girl's "Hangover" rehash-- stick with politics and don't quit ur day job-- the Post gave it one star and after seeing the Trailer i agree

Posted by: tomc at May 15, 2011 08:44 AM (7Herw)

338 Well I give if five prairie dog farts---a really bad movie, degrading to women in general. Lots of nervous laughter in the theatre last night. The 20/30 something women were eating that shit up like it was vanilla ice cream.

Me, I was just wanting to get the hell outa there. The only decent parts were Ms. Wig's interactions with the Irish cop. Other than him, no recognizable humans (or at least anybody you'd want to spend any time with) were involved in the movie. So I snoozed when he was off screen.

Posted by: Comanche Voter at May 15, 2011 11:24 AM (3ESDJ)

339 The trailer never really appealed to me, but on another forum all the feminists are saying they'll go see it solely for the reason it's a mostly female film. That sealed it for me, a woman- that I will never see it, in a theater or on dvd. If the feminists are into it, then count me out, no matter how funny.

Posted by: kelh at May 15, 2011 01:11 PM (U50E8)

340 kelh--why would you punish the movie when it is an outside group that is saying they will all go see it.

Go see it cuz it's a fun movie.

Posted by: not sayin' who I am at May 15, 2011 01:46 PM (2y90e)

341 That was a shorter review?!

Posted by: Chuckit at May 15, 2011 06:21 PM (Wkqp0)

342 Ironically, in Shakespeare's time, he was incredibly clear on the fact that many women made earthy jokes ALL THE TIME, especially a) if they were old and didn't care anymore what men thought, or b) were young and didn't have any men around to get all shocked and terrified.

The problem with men's earthy jokes is that they're usually simultaneously offensive, unimaginative, and just not funny enough to make the cut among women. Which is why having a girl's night out is always fun.

Posted by: Maureen at May 15, 2011 07:50 PM (BB7+i)

343 I,ll wait till RIO comes out on DVD should be better then AVATAR

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at May 15, 2011 08:44 PM (vA9ld)

344 Ace, honestly, were you completely sober when you saw this movie? I went to see it this afternoon, and it's DEFINITELY a chick flick. The sappy stuff that took up most of the last half hour had me repeatedly looking at my watch wondering how long until the closing credits. A few good laughs here and there, sure, but this movie ain't no Hang Over! Definitely not worth enduring a crowded theater for.

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Posted by: gwrgwrg at May 15, 2011 10:33 PM (iQ/HO)

348 "Grandma's Boy" -- Utterly hilarious. I have seen Allen Covert on "Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld" a couple of times and he seems to be a very nice and genuinely funny guy. I need to rent that one again.

"Super Troopers" anyone? That was a home run, in my opinion. How about "Used Cars"? I also liked "Galaxy Quest". I could go on...

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Posted by: Alexandra Menson at June 27, 2011 04:50 AM (Tbpju)

351 Brilliant film making. Hugely underrated. The depth of performance, the little things like the order in which she attempts to force the cop to arrest her, bumping with the loud hip hop being the more heinous thing to do in front of a cop than holding an open quart of beer, was genius. The blond relating her dinnertime story(and her sweet 9 year old) with Erin from Office was dead nuts accurate in conveying the sense of utter anarchy in the home today. The scriptwriting was massively brilliant.

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