Starring Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader, Emma Stone, Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Seth (Hill) and Evan (Cera), like many teen movie characters before them, vow to have sex before leaving for college, and see their chances after being invited to a party by a pretty, popular girl named Jules (Stone). The problem is that they promised to bring drinks, and in order to get them, they need the help of Fogel (Mintz-Plasse), also known as McLovin, a huge dork with a fake I.D. One thing after another happens until Seth and Evan’s mission to arrive at the party with alcohol becomes as epic and wandering as The Odyssey. Hilarious movie with non-stop head shaking but quotable dialogue, delivered with expert comedic skill by Hill and Cera in particular.
Starring Jack Black, Joan Cusack, Mike White, Sarah Silverman, Miranda Cosgrove
Dewey Finn (Black) lives the life of a rock star, minus the success, the women, or the money. Already kicked out of the band he created, and on the verge of being kicked out of his patient best friend, Ned’s apartment, he jumps at an opportunity to pretend to be Ned in order to pick up some money as a substitute teacher at an elite private school. Another brain wave hits, and Dewey decides to turn his overworked pupils into a rock band, in order to compete at a talent competition. Easily could have been a miserable comedy, but thankfully, Richard Linklater, the script, and Jack Black (in a role, tailor-made for him) squeeze every possible laugh out of the material, making the film a blast.
Starring Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby, Steven Ford
Harry Burns (Crytsal) and Sally Albright (Ryan) meet one day through a mutual friend, as they move from Chicago to New York. Harry makes a pass, Sally says let’s be friends, and then Harry informs her that men and women can”t be friends. Years pass before they see each other again, this time Harry’s willing to give it a shot, but their close friendship seems destined for more. Romantic comedy that is, in fact, both romantic and funny. Endlessly inspired, whether it’s the old couple interviews, or getting huge laughs from a scene involving Pictionary, When Harry Met Sally is gold.
Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Robert Picardo
A hotshot marine officer, Lt. Tuck Pendleton (Quaid) is miniaturized for a government science experiment where he’s to be placed inside the body of a test rabbit, but, due to an attempt from rogue agents looking to steal the work, gets placed inside the body of a hypochondriac named Jack (Short) instead. Jack and Tuck team up to return the latter to his normal size, as well as keep him out of the hands of mercenaries. Along the way, Jack becomes smitten with Tuck’s girlfriend, a reporter named Lydia (Ryan). Goofy, fast-paced with some excellently performed gags and stunts, Innerspace is more about the individual scenes than the picture itself. Promoted as a “what if” type picture wherein a Dean Martin type gets put inside the body and the head of a Jerry Lewis. They might have done well to push that idea further, but as it stands, Innerspace is a fine adventure.
Starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Walton Goggins, Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer, Randall Park, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña, Judy Greer, T.I, Bobby Cannavale, Hannah John-Kamen
Scott Lang (Rudd) seems to have burnt his bridges with Hank Pym (Douglas) and Hope (Lilly) after going rogue with Captain America back in Civil War (2016). On top of that, he was sentenced to two years house arrest. As he closes in on his release date, Hank and Hope see a chance to rescue, Janet (Pfeiffer), the former’s wife and the latter’s mother, from the quantum realm she was lost to decades ago. Unfortunately for everyone, Scott appears to be the key, forcing a reunion and putting Scott in danger with his parole officer. Meanwhile, an enigmatic figure known as Ghost materializes at every turn. Fun film and a 180 from the heavy, substantial Avengers: Infinity War. Ant-Man and the Wasp is slightly better than the first one. Often funny, with some cool ideas involving shrinking and growing. It does, however, feel like a modest entry in a series of films that all run through the same machine in my opinion. The end result is always nice, but never extraordinary. Add to that, Ant-man, or, more specifically, Scott Lang, is a second-tier hero, largely dependent on Hank Pym.
Starring John Gordon Sinclair, Clare Grogan, Dee Hepburn, Jake D’Arcy, Robert Buchanan
Gregory (Sinclair) is the ultimate awkward, gangley teen. He lives in a very small town in Scotland, and has his first big crush when he meets the new girl trying out for the soccer team, Dorothy (Hepburn). He quickly finds that he’s not the only one pining for her, so he turns to anyone who will help him for advice, including his wise-beyond-her-years, 10 year-old sister. Painfully embarrassing at times, I guess that’s a credit to the film making and acting which make the story seem painfully real. It’s also terribly funny.
Starring Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson, Fann Wong, Donnie Yen, Aidan Gillen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Gemma Jones, Tom Fisher
Sequel to the goofy fun western/Kung Fu mash-up, Shanghai Noon, set just past the turn of the 20th century, Jackie Chan returns as Chon Wang. Upon hearing of his father’s murder, Chon must follow the killer to London, but, unfortunately, he needs the help of his old friend, the untrustworthy Roy O. Bannon (Wilson). Now in London, the two pursue the culprits that killed Chon’s father, and find there’s a larger scheme at hand, involving the Queen and crown. Silly, anachronistic, action-packed film with Chan’s best American stunt work and Owen Wilson at his funniest.