“The To Do List” on IMDB
Comedy, 104 Minutes, 2013
For some reason I’m finding it very difficult to write this review. My computer is ready to go (in other words, Minecraft isn’t running). I’ve got a cold beverage (water). I’ve got some good writing music playing (Queen’s “A Night at the Opera”). I’ve got my review pants on (which is to say, I’ve got no pants on).
“We’re the Millers” on IMDB
Action, 131 Minutes, 2013
Both Jason Sudeikis [IMDB] and Jennifer Aniston [IMDB] can be hit or miss. Aniston, particularly, is known for making many perfectly average – and perfectly bland – comedies. Harmless enough, true, but nothing special. Going in to this, therefore, I was hoping for nothing more than a decent time-waster and a few chuckles. Instead, I’ll happily admit, this ended up being pretty damn hilarious.
“American Reunion” on IMDB
Comedy, 113 Minutes, 2012
[This is the first selection in my irregular, “My Wife and Kids are Visiting Relatives and I’m Home Watching Movies” film festival.]
“Blades of Glory” on IMDB
Comedy, 93 Minutes, 2007
I’m really surprised that this one slipped through the cracks for so long. I do remember when it was being released and remember that “not good enough to pay theater prices for” feeling but then I completely lost track of it.
“Ted” on IMDB
Fantasy, 106 Minutes, 2012
This is a funny movie. Funny in that old “a teddy bear just said ‘fuck’ and mimed fellatio!” way. There’s also some of that “a teddy bear just said ‘fuck’ and smoked some weed!” and a little “hey, a teddy bear just said ‘fuck’ and gave somebody the finger!” stuff. So if you like any of those then you’ll probably like this.
“The Babymakers” on IMDB
Comedy, 95 Minutes, 2012
The basic idea here is that this guy has been hit in the balls so much that his “sperm are bad” but he’d still like to impregnate his wife. He remembers that he used to donate sperm all the time and tries to get retrieve some of that but he finds out his last batch has been sold and will be used soon! So he collects his stereotypical group friends – the fat crazy one, the dumb one and black one – and plans a sperm heist.
“Going the Distance” on IMDB
Comedy, 93 Minutes, 2004
Oh, “National Lampoon”, why have you let yourself go so much? There was a time when seeing your name over a film title ensured a high-quality low-brow experience. Granted those times where 1978 and 1983, but still, my point stands.
“Piranha 3DD” on IMDB
Horror, 83 Minutes, 2012
The first Piranha movie was actually pretty good, this one not so much. The first one had some decent actors, some fun cameos and a lot of classic monster movie mojo. It was fun, sexy and well worth wasting 90 minutes of time if you had nothing better to do.
“A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” on IMDB
Comedy, 95 Minutes, 2011
[This movie is the first in what unexpectedly became a Tyler Labine [IMDB] film festival when we coincidentally watched two movies starring him in a row.]
“A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” on IMDB
Comedy, 90 Minutes, 2011:
I entered into this with mixed feelings. Having adored the outlandish abandon of the first installment I looked forward to the second… and absolutely hated it. It felt forced and spiteful where the first was organic and hopeful. It just didn’t gel for me for whatever reason. I’m happy to announce that “A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas” is a fine return to form.