Tuesday, 30 September 2008 |
Bill Warren & AVRev.com
“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is another movie from producer Judd Apatow; it’s a blend of raunchy sexual humor and good-natured warmth, like “40 Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and others from Apatow’s slate. It’s not as good as those, but it has its moments; it plays fair with its characters and the audience. It’s reasonably funny, but has an overall blandness that keeps it from taking off comedically.
Once again, a kind of slacker dude, getting along in life without making much headway, has a major crisis. Peter Bretter (Jason Segal, from “How I Met Your Mother”) is a Hollywood composer working on “Crime Scene,” the by-the-book police series starring his attractive girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He crawls out of bed in his somewhat messy but handsome Hollywood home, pours a huge bowl of cereal, and sits down to watch gossip ...
Wednesday, 01 August 2007 |
Nancy Meyers has directed only four movies so far, the remake of “The
Parent Trap” (1998), “What Women Want” (2000), “Something’s Gotta Give”
(2003) and this one. So far, she’s doing pretty well, with “The
Holiday” being her best so far. Yes, it’s a romantic comedy; yes, you
can predict exactly where it’s going five minutes into the movie. But
who’d want it to end differently that it does? True, the end is a bit
further from the beginning (at 138 minutes) than perhaps it should have
been, but watching a quartet of actors as appealing as these four makes
a bit of overlength forgiveable.
The setup is dealt with quickly, before you have the opportunity to
question its ease. In London, Iris (Kate Winslet) has just learned that
her philandering boyfriend Jasper (Rufus Sewell) is dropping her—and
she learns it the hard way, when at the Christmas party for the
publication they ...
Friday, 01 September 2006 |
Columbia has chosen Adam Sandler’s “50 First Dates,” directed by Peter
Segal, for presentation in the Blu-Ray high-definition DVD format.
While there are no really dazzling sequences, because of the extensive
location shooting on Oahu and Jack Green’s masterful photography, the
picture shines in high definition on this Blu-Ray disc. The photography
is often lower-toned than most romantic comedies, but that matches the
story—it too is “lower toned,” more serious, than most romantic
comedies. The problem at the heart of the film verges on tragic; it’s
to the credit of everyone involved that it logically works itself out
to be life-affirming and happy.
“50 First Dates” is it’s mostly a gentle, intelligent romantic comedy
that reunites Sandler with his “Wedding Singer” costar, Drew Barrymore.
Most of the exteriors were shot on Oahu, but it’s the locals’
Hawaii—there isn’t a single shot of a stunning beach or Diamond Head.
The locations are beautiful and well-chosen, ...