Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Quick Shots 13

Title: Morning Glory 

Starring: Rachel McAdams, Diane Keaton, Harrison Ford, Patrick Wilson, Jeff Goldblum. 

Brief Synopsis: Becky (McAdams) is a TV show producer, but gets fired. She gets hired by Jerry (Goldblum) to try and resurrect a struggling show called Daybreak. In order to keep her job and possibly save the show she has to make some drastic changes, including firing the main host and hiring long time curmudgeon, Mike Pomeroy (Ford) and pairs him with Colleen Peck (Keaton). 

Opinion: It was a pretty cute film. McAdams is pretty impressive and also fairly cute in this movie. I love Goldblum and Ford, and I was able to handle Keaton. Overall a nice little watch.


Title: Alpha and Omega

Starring: Justin Long, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper, Danny Glover, Larry Miller.

Brief Synopsis: Kate (Panettiere) and Humphrey (Long) have been life long friends. Apparently in wolf communities there are to type of wolves, Alphas and Omegas. Kate is destined to be an Alpha while Humphrey is an Omega. Despite enjoying each other, Kate is forced to accept an arrange marriage with another Alpha with another pack of wolves to bring the two groups together. But, Kate and Humphrey are captured by humans and released in another park to repopulate the area.

Opinion: It was a different type of movie. Not the premise really because the two opposite track lovers seems to be done quite a bit. Anyway, watched it with my family and it was a nice watch - probably not one I would watch over and over though.


Title: Bridesmaids

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne, Wendy McLendon-Covey.

Brief Synopsis: Lillin (Rudolph) is getting married and has asked her best friend for life, Annie (Wiig), to be her maid of honor. Lillian and Annie have been life long friends, but Lillian has become close with a wife of her husband's boss, Helen (Byrne), who somehow seems to take over the planning of the bridal shower and this makes Annie begin to lose her mind.

Opinion: Nice to see this type of film from the female perspective. It reminded me a lot of last year's breakout hit The Hangover, but all about the females. Wiig and Rudolph were great, Byrne was a nice bitch, and the rest of the bridal party - especially McCarthy - were hilarious.


Title: Bad Teacher

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Punch, Jason Segel, Justin Timberlake, Phyllis Smith, John Michael Higgins.

Brief Synopsis: Elizabeth (Diaz) is a teacher finishing her first and only year at school. She is about to marry a man for his money, until his mother steps in and breaks it off. So, she must return to school and figure out her next step to find a man to take care of her for life - enter Scott (Timberlake), a substitute teacher who happens to be related to a rich family. Elizabeth believes she can get him if she can get a boob job, and does all she can to raise the money.

Opinion: Going in I was expecting to hate it. I had heard some horrible reviews from a ton of people, but I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. No, it doesn't live up to some of those other raunchy comedies that have been out there, but it was ok. It was pretty darn predictable though, because I knew what would happen by the end from the get-go.


Title: Gnomeo & Juliet

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Jason Statham, Ozzy Osbourne, Ashley Jensen.

Brief Synopsis: The classic retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet through garden gnomes. This movie pits blue versus red - two sides of the fence. Juliet (Blunt) is on the red side when she discovers a beautiful flower that would help her garden - there she meets Gnomeo (McAvoy) and the two hit it off - before realizing they are from rival sides of the fence. The rest of the film is their hidden love and if they will meet the same fate as their 'namesakes'.

Opinion: A few decent laughs in this one. Pretty well done. A ton of great voice talent here and it was done pretty well. I enjoyed it, but again not a watch it a lot type of film.


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