Category: Comedy


Date night is one of those movies which you pick up on a “nothing else to do” night, expecting pretty much the expected stuff and fun; for that kind of anticipation, Date night turns out to be pretty amiable and charming. Date night is a crazy fun-filled, thrilling one night story, full of pleasant surprises and queer turn of events.

Phil (Steve Carell) and Claire (Tina Fey) Foster are a boring committed new-jersey couple whose life revolves around their family and kids. This is a couple which really cares for one another – Phil reading and attending book reviews for wife’s interest and Claire taking absolute care of house-hold. They do not have any getaway from the mundane daily chores except for the weekly, wait for it, Date night, which also is a monotonous job of going to the same restaurant and having the same order. This doesn’t bother them until one of their close friends decides to split-up on account of how spark had died out of their lives and they had become just “excellent room-mates”.

Worried by the fact and determined to rekindle the spark, Claire breaks the dullness by dressing herself up for the next date night, to which Phil responds by taking her to a trendy over-crowded and up-class restaurant in Manhattan. With no hopes of getting a table, Phil spots the right opportunity when another party of two, Tripplehorns, with prior reservation turns no-show. As Phil and Claire sit and enjoy their meal and have a time of their lives, they are escorted out by two hefty guys who they mistakenly take as hotel staff. Well, they are not the only one mistaken coz they themselves have been picked up as “Tripplehorns” for retrieving a mysterious “flash drive”.

As Phil and Claire escape the hoodlum’s e captivity and report the matter to the police, they spot the same goons at the
police office. Bewildered and confused by the whole episode, as they struggle to find a safe exit, the only conceivable solution to them seems to find the real Tripplehorns and obtain the flash drive from them.  The rest of it is pretty much the same as they do unauthorized break-ins, meet a topless hunk, bump cars, get into under-water crash, dress up kinky and do some really funny dance.

Of course it has a happy ending. However, it’s not the end but the characters that brings forth the charm-factor in the movie. Steve and Tina are hell of actors to be cast in this role. I remember Steve from superb performance in The 40 year old virgin which makes me laugh every time and off course Tina from the recent 30 rock. You even notice some pleasant cameo appearances from James Franco, Mila Kunis, William Fichtner and Mark Ruffalo.

The comedy scenes are not “roll over the floor” type funny, but good enough to inculcate an amusing atmosphere. Nothing looks over-played. The chemistry between the husband and wife is portrayed well. How wives never trust their husbands with anything and how they feel over-worked all the times. Don’t we women wish to be left absolutely alone sometimes and don’t we lighten up in the company of a charming man. The comic lines are well-timed and well written. Not to forget the weird pole-cum-stage dance; this has definitely made it to my list of Top 10 amateur dance scenes (If such a list exists!).

All in all, it’s a good performance in a well-wrapped story to entertain you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. At least I wasn’t.

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It is a cinemagoer’s honor to watch the masterpieces created by legendary directors. Sitting with a couple of friends, a discussion started around Hitchcock and his world-renowned film-making techniques. This is when I realized, being as crazy a movie-lover as I claim to be, it is actually embarrassing to not have seen his work. I had a couple of his movies lying with me for a long while. I finally declared to myself: it’s high time; and decided to pick up one of those movies for after-dinner watch, which brings me to today’s movie review.

Though Family plot makes its mark as this celebrity’s last work, I will always remember Family Plot as my introduction to the world of Alfred Hitchcock’s movies. Apparently, it seems to be a wrong choice on my behalf to select this movie to get the beginner’s flavor of Hitchcock’s intense work. Whereas Hitchcock is known for the high-intensity mystery based drama along with use of mood setting and grasping sound and camera work, Family plot while following the basic premise of crime and mystery, borders on humor and contains the elements of comedy to a good enough extent.

Family plot is the plot of two couples whose lives intersect in a suspense based yet fun filled setting. Blanche Tyler (Barbara Harris) is a fraudulent psychic reader, whose livelihood is based on other’s quest for the unknown. While Blanche uses all possible techniques like voice-makeover, possessed over and generic monologues, prompting the clients to reveal their hidden secret and drop some hints, George Lumley (Bruce Dern), a cab driver and his accomplice does all the dirty work of developing the leads. One such case comes their way when an old-rich lady seeks their help for locating her disowned nephew, in order to make him the heir to her property and put her guilt to piece. Eyeing a fortune-hunt and opportunity to make a huge cut, Blanche puts George to put the jigsaw pieces together and find a probable match.

Around the same time, we follow one of the many kidnappings where precious jewels are demanded as ransom. Here, the strings are pulled by a jewellery retailer Adamson (William Dewane) while her pretty girlfriend Fran (Karen Black) plays the careful negotiator in disguise for all such deals.

As George begins his research to spot this to-be wealthy guy and give him the good news, he himself gets tracked and
traced for his inquisitiveness. All his work leads to digging a very dark and horrendous past of Adamson. As Adamson gets the news of the sleuthing activities, he devises his own strategy to get rid of trouble-maker. Finally, Blanche and Adamson come face to face, neither aware of the other’s intentions. Is truth revealed in this strange encounter or it becomes even more bizarre? Does George succeed in saving Blanche from this criminal’s grasp or does he also fall prey to Adamson’s plans?

 

The movie is a crime based thriller with a full serving of comedy. It is difficult for me to write anything about Hitchcock’s work in general based on this movie as it does not exemplify his regular work, but I can still appreciate his commendable way of creating superior-work. Family plot presents a strange but welcome deviation from Hitchcock’s regular modus operandi as well regular grim thrillers. That being said, the movie instills the grounds of a crime thriller very efficiently and keeps you involved throughout. Most charming character would invariably be that of Barbara Harris with all his tantrums and psychic dramas. Notwithstanding critic’s comments on the treatment of this movie, I will not hesitate even for a second to give good ratings to this light-hearted thriller. I enjoyed it thoroughly and so would you.

17 again is a sweet adorable movie on the very common hollywood theme of shift on your age-line. Its cliché,its predictable and it definitely reminds you of many in the line of swap theme like Big, Freaky Friday, 13 going on 30; yet its engaging, funny and charming.

So here director Burr Steers brings a 17 yr old teenager Mike O’Donnell (Zac Efron), a high-school basketball star who aspires to make it big in the sports arena along with college scholarship but decides to give it up all and settle down with his high-school sweetheart Scarlett on learning about her expectant condition.

20 years later, life is not all roses for Mike (Mathew Perry); his married life is on the verge of a split and his teenage kids, Maggie and Alex, have no affinity towards him. Add to that is the professional discontent of a mundane, no returns dead-end job and of course the ever-existing frustration and regret of having given up his biggest dream.

But fate decides to give Mike a second chance to relive his dreams by transforming him into a 17 yr old magically. So Mike gets admission to high-school with the help of his nerd friend Ned (Thomas Lennon), where his kids study as well, and starts his journey towards fulfilment of his even cherished dream. As Mike moves ahead in his newly found teenage life and struggles to find the underlying reason for his transformation, he gets an opportunity to get close to his wife and gets a chance to help his kids make right decision in high-school. Treating this as the  “spirit guide’s agenda” for transformation, Mike begins to invest all his time and effort in reviving his broken relationship with his family. Things go smooth for a while untill misunderstandings begin to crop up and Mike fails to convey his feelings on account of a mis-represented identity.

The movie has nothing new to present in terms of story-line and screenplay but it’s definitely entertaining enough to watch through with the teen heart-throb Zac Efron playing the lead. The misunderstandings, the jealousy, the romance between young Mike and adult Scarlett (Leslie Mann), and how do we not mention Ned trying to woo the school-principle. The movie presents a good blend of comedy and romance with nothing bein over-done. Zac plays a strong enough lead  for his character, as do the other actors.

As I pen down a brief all-ordinary review for this superficial movie, a deep thought strikes my mind. I seriously think of the times when I want to reduce weight and fit back into those beautiful revealing tang-tops and halter that lay low in my closet.  But as I begin to drop weight all I am worried about my new pair of jeans which keeps on sliding down my waist and gives a gross look. Yes, even I want to be 17 again, but I know for sure what I have today is also a moment to enjoy and rejuvenate rather than crib about the missed opportunities.

Well, getting back to the synopsis – It’s definitely not ground-breaking cinema and is a no-no for serious cinema-goers, but it’s definitely worth a watch for some light mind-less entertainment, with family and friends.

My Boss’s Daughter (2003)

As I finish watching this movie, my mind forces me to question everything with respect to the movie – even the relevance of the name; it could have been named anything on this earth from squeaking owl to a dumbass employee. I find out later its original name was “The Guests”.Coming from David Zucker, the director of “Airplane” and “The Naked Gun”, I suppose the movie tries to be funny; rather it makes you flinch as the story proceeds from one gross to another intolerable sequence of scenes.

Tom Stansfield (Ashton Kutcher), a low profile employee in the research department of a publishing firm wants to make a switch to creative department. The only problem is his tyrant boss Jack Taylor (Terence Stamp), whom neither any of his employees nor his own kids have the guts to speak openly to. An eccentric and perfectionist, Jack’s only love is his pet bird – an owl. Jack has a daughter Lisa (Tara Reid), who works in the same company and as is obvious from the name, Tom has some mushy-mushy feelings for her. Lisa requests Tom to house-sit the bird while her daddy is out on a meeting and she is out to a party, which Tom construes as an invitation to a party with her. Naturally the first thing to happen in Tom’s supervision would be a mishap with the bird. Here, the bird escapes; and as Tom performs his duty to impress his boss, bizarre incidents happen and un-called, uninvited people enter the house and use it as per their wishes and desire. Our poor Tom struggles and toggles from one emergency to another disaster trying to bring back the house to normal. Of course, he manages to impress his boss’s daughter even as the house is falling down to pieces. The tormenting continues for a never-ending duration  – a man urinating all over the house, a woman with a blood dripping head wound and it just goes on and on. I believe long after the audience has no patience to watch further, to give them the notion of happy ending, the strenuous father-daughter relation is resolved, Tom makes it to the creative team and yes, he wins Lisa’s heart.

The movie makes embarrassing and disgusting attempts to make the audience laugh. Not one scene in the movie is pleasant enough to make you even smile, let alone chuckle. The movie scores on nothing at all ranging from music, acting, script and most importantly romance or humor. It made me feel terrible actually. The only thing good in the movie is Ashton Kutcher’s smile that lasts for 5 seconds, not to forget Carmen Electra’s wet tee shot; but that doesn’t increase the movie’s worth at all. I am not at all surprised that the movie was nominated for 3 Razzies in 2004 – Worst Actor, worst screen couple and worst supporting actress. What’s astounding is the fact that as big a disaster as this movie is, some other movies managed to win these spots.

My suggestion: Don’t waste even a moment on this 80 minutes flick. Just shove it away.

For those who don’t know – “My Boss’s daughter” was made way back in 2001 and was released in 2003 only when Ashton Kutcher became a public sensation and a well-known name, courtesy his affair with Demi Moore, so as to make some box-office revenues.

The Animal (2001)

When you come for a Rob Schneider movie, you definitely know what you are in for: senseless comedy and “The Animal” offers you just that. The thing with such movies is that they always have scenes which make you laugh aloud, but is it enough to place the movie in the category of superb comedies? Well, I guess not.

Marvin (Rob Schneider), a big time loser works as a clerk in the police department and wants to fulfil his father’s lifelong dream of being a cop. The events take a turn around when he meets a freak accident (the freakiest i ever saw on-screen) and an insane scientist-cum-doctor puts him back together by inserting animal parts in his body. This establishes animal powers inside his body raising him to the stature of a super-cop but, along come his fair share of troubles caused by his animal urges, mainly hunger and sexual desire, all taking over him at the wrong times. The problems get aggravated when he fears that his animal urges might interfere with his lady-love Rianna (Colleen Haskel) an animal lover, and he becomes notorious as a man-beast for killing cows and hunters at night. The climax of this comedy movie builds up for a few seconds and simply fizzes down.

From sniffing down drugs down a man’s butt to doing stunts dolphin-like, to humping a mail box, to seducing a goat in heat, to beating a horse in race, and to fighting an ape, Rob Schneider does it all animal style. Some of the scenes are stupidly funny to make you laugh and some end at being a little gross. Thankfully, the movie does not stretch beyond its limit and end when you think you had too much of this animal stuff going around. I would call it a harmless 80 minute entertainment (remember it could have been worse!!) to spend your time and have some good laughs without any stress on your brain.

I don’t know how many of you feel that way but Guy Torry as Miles, the guy who suffers from reverse-racism is pretty funny.

For those of you who don’t know – “The Animal” is one of the movies for which Rob Schneider was nominated for “Worst Actor of the Decade” Razzies Award at the Golden Raspberry Awards in 2010.