Friday, 01 February 2008 |
“License to Wed” has all the earmarks of the perfect Robin Williams vehicle. One, he gets to play a character so far outside the realm of reality that audiences should be riveted to their seats waiting to see what he does next. Two, he has the opportunity to adlib a lot and go completely nuts.
Instead, Williams plays Reverend Frank too low-key in most spots and is too offensive in others. Sadly, most of his over-the-top behavior as the church pastor has been seen before, or is expected of him. When he’s playing catch with Ben Murphy (John Krasinski) and deliberately hits him in the nose with a baseball, Reverend Frank goes over to “heal” him. What spews out of his mouth is pure Robin Williams, but it’s Robin Williams that all his fans have heard before. As a result, that ...
Saturday, 01 December 2007 |
Your sister is getting married in another country. Your family is
nutty. The best man is your ex-fiancée. Throw in a hired male gigolo as
your wedding date, and you have the recipe for a quirky, yet rather
enjoyable romantic comedy film.
Kat Ellis (Debra Messing) lives her life alone in New York City. But
when her estranged, half sister, Amy (Amy Adams) announces she is
getting married in England, she is called upon to be the maid of honor.
Nothing out of the ordinary there. But wait. What if the best man at
your sister's wedding is your ex-fiancée, whom you are still smitten
over? What to do? Well, how about hire a male hooker to be your wedding
Dermot Mulroney plays Nick Mercer, a $6,000 male gigolo who Kat hires
to make her ex-fiancée, Jeffrey, outrageously jealous. Little does Kat
know, Jeffrey has no interest in resurrecting their "dumped ...
Thursday, 01 November 2007 |
You either get Julia Roberts or you don’t. Her dazzling smile either
charms you or you react to it like fingernails on a blackboard.
Fortunately, I’m in the former group—I get her. And I like her, a lot.
When she’s cast well, as in “Notting Hill,” she’s a working
demonstration of the term “movie star.” She owns the camera every
moment she’s in view, and yet she’s generous to her costars. She’s a
better actress than her detractors are likely ever to admit, and
demonstrates it several times in this film—her last scene in the
bookshop is a treasure: she’s in the moment, she delivers the lines
like she’s thinking them up at the moment, and you can’t take your eyes
off her. Not that most of us want to, so where the heck has she been
lately? (I suspect off being a content wife and mother; more power to
In the ...
Thursday, 01 June 2006 |
“Rumor Has It” is a love story and journey of self-discovery and the
meaning of ties to the past, but even with considerable star power, the
movie has a tendency to simply trudge along to familiar plot points.
Sarah Huttiger (Jennifer Aniston) is lost in her life, feeling
alienated and distant from everything that she’s supposed to be happy
about. She’s got a job that’s going nowhere, a family that she’s
certain she was adopted into, and the perfect man who has just proposed
All of the things that are supposed to make her happy are bringing her
grief, primarily because she’s unsettled in her own life. Then she
finds out that her mother and grandmother (Shirley MacLaine) were
involved with the same man. In fact, those relationships were the basis
of the novel, “The Graduate.”. Not only that, but Sarah becomes
convinced that the roguish Beau Burroughs (Kevin Costner) might