Friday, March 9, 2012

American Reunion

American Reunion is the 8th installment in the American Pie film series and the fourth in the original series of American Pie (1999), American Pie 2 (2001) and American Wedding (2003). All the original American Pie characters return to East Great Falls for their high-school reunion. In one long-overdue weekend, they will discover what has changed, who hasn't and that time and distance can't break the bonds of friendship. It was summer 1999 when four small-town Michigan boys began a quest to lose their virginity. In the years that have passed, Jim and Michelle married while Kevin and Vicky said goodbye. Oz and Heather grew apart, but Finch still longs for Stifler's mom. Now these lifelong friends have come home as adults to reminisce about (and get inspired by) the hormonal teens who launched a comedy legend.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Watchable and likeable film about 3 friends who skip school and run amok for the day. Most of the humor's toothless. But, it works as a joyride travelogue.
Plot: Ferris Bueller. Larger than life. Blessed with a magical sense of serendipity. He's a model for all those who take themselves too seriously. A guy who knows the value of a day off. Ferris Bueller's Day Off chronicles the events in the day of a rather magical young man, Ferris (Broderick). One spring day, toward the end of his senior year, Ferris gives into an overwhelming urge to cut school and head for downtown Chicago with his girl (Sara) and his best friend (Ruck), to see the sights, experience a day of freedom and show that with a little ingenuity, a bit of courage and a red Ferrari, life at 17 can be a joy!
Barbara Bush (then Frist Lady) paraphrased Ferris in her 1990 commencement address at Wellesley College:
"Find the joy in life, because as Ferris Bueller said on his day off, 'Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it!'"
The film's influence in popular culture extends beyond the film itself to how musical elements of the film have been received as well: Yello's 'Oh Yeah' was used to illustrate the mouthwatering must-haveness of Cameron's dad's Ferrari. Since then, it has become synonymous with avarice. Every time a movie, TV show or commercial wants to underline the jaw-dropping impact of a hot babe or sleek auto, that synth-drum starts popping and that deep voice rumbles, 'Oh yeah...'

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Hangover 2

A very decent attempt at a follow-up to the record-breaking hit comedy "The Hangover".
Plot: Phil, Stu, Alan and Doug travel to exotic Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the unforgettable bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu is taking no chances and has opted for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. However, things don't always go as planned. What happens in Vegas may stay in Vegas, but what happens in Bangkok can't even be imagined.
I don't care if it followed the more or less the same structure as the first one, I still think it was great. It is a much crueler and darker film than the original. The filmmakers went for shock value rather than actual belly laughs this time.

I liked it, but to be honest: I expected more from it.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy

"A Good Old Fashioned Orgy" is a 2011 ensemble-comedy film written and directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck. It stars Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Michelle Borth, Nick Kroll, Tyler Labine, Lindsay Sloane, Lucy Punch and Will Forte.
Plot: Eric is a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang—a good old-fashioned orgy. The only obstacles to overcome are actually convincing each of his reluctant friends to join in on the bacchanal, and an inconveniently blossoming romance with the real estate agent threatening to sell the house out from under him before the main event can even take place.
I absolutely love this movie. This is a true co-ed comedy, with great characters and comedy for the guys and girls. Feels like a cult classic already.