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THE CLIMB
Rated: R
Release Date: November 13, 2020
Director: Michael Angelo Covino
Stars: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin
Plot: Two life-long friends struggle through relationship and trust issues
 
Clint Says: Watch this as soon as you can
 

 

If you like quirky, awkward, and funny, this is the perfect movie for you. It is a fantastic and hilarious look into the relationship between two lifelong friends.
 
This is a film that is the exception to the, (my), rule that the same person should not write, direct, and star in the same film, because there is nobody to tell them "no", and the story gets lost. Well, in this case they did a masterful job of staying on track and telling the story in the most effective and compelling way. 
 
The two leads have great chemistry and their banter and pacing are great. Their stories will make you laugh, empathize, and cringe. They feel like real people that could actually be in your life. 
 
There is no simple label for this movie. "Bromance" doesn't quite fit, "best frenemies" may be a little closer, but it still doesn't tell the whole story. This is a unique and wonderful film that will give you a lot of much-needed laughs. 

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BORAT SUBSEQUENT MOVIEFILM
Rated: R
Release Date: October 23, 2020
Director: Jason Woliner
Stars: Sacha Baron Cohen, Maria Bakalova
Plot: A Kazakh reporter returns to the US to try to repair the damage he did 14 years earlier
 
Clint Says: Watch this only if you are okay with being offended
 

 

Sacha Baron Cohen is a man of many talents. He is incredibly funny, he seems to always be topical, and he's an equal opportunity offender. This film is filled with all of those elements. 
 
While this sequel isn't as good as the original, it has several moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. It also has many cringeworthy moments as well. And then there are all of the completely offensive moments.
 
Here's the deal: If you are a Trump supporter that doesn't like people making fun of him or his administration, you should just skip this one. If you are someone that thrives on seeing Trump and his administration treated like fools, you may consider this to be one of the best films of the year. However, if you are easily offended by jokes about the pandemic, the oppression of women, or making fun of other cultures you should probably watch something else this weekend. If you are someone that is fine with people in real life being pranked for a farcical story, and you can separate comedy from real life, then you'll enjoy this movie. 
 
The good news for everyone is that this film actually has a decent story and character development. Rather than just throwing together a bunch of prank interviews and calling it a day, there is an underlying story behind the madness that is, believe it or not, endearing and heartwarming. That doesn't mean that this is some incredible tale that must be heard by all. It just means you have something to keep you interested between the laughs and the groans. 

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THE WAR WITH GRANDPA
Rated: PG
Release Date: October 9, 2020
Director: Tim Hill
Stars: Robert De Niro, Oakes Fegley, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle
Plot: When grandpa moves in with his family and takes over his grandson's room was is declared
 
Clint Says: See this in theaters when you can
 

 

Robert De Niro is the human equivalent of the Energizer Bunny. He's pushing 80 years old, but he works as much, if not more, than most Hollywood A-listers. In fact, he still has two films, other than this one, still to be released this year, and five other films in some stage of production. And the beast thing about his acting is that he makes every film he is in better.
 
There is no way this film will ever be mistaken for cinematic brilliance, but it is one that the whole family can enjoy together. It's filled with funny one-liners, an entertaining story, and a ton of slapstick. You and your kids will be laughing all the way through. 
 
The only thing I didn't like about this movie is that it got a little too preachy with the anti-war message. It's not that the message was wrong, it just felt like they were trying to force a moral lesson into the movie that didn't really need to be there. If it had been just one moment between grandfather and grandson after their feud ended that would have been okay, but it comes up several times making it too much.
 
Aside from that, this is the first new-release film that the whole family can enjoy in a theater in the last six months. If you are looking for a fun outing with the kids, give this one a shot. It's not a fantastic film, but it is good enough to make it worth your time and money.

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H IS FOR HAPPINESS
Rated: Not Rated
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Director: John Sheedy
Stars: Daisy Axon, Wesley Patton, Richard Roxburgh, Joel Jackson
Plot: A one-of-a-kind girl takes it upon herself to save her family while befriending a boy who says he is from another world
 
Clint Says: Rent this movie this weekend
 
 

This is one of the more pleasantly surprising films I've had the pleasure of seeing in quite some time. It's filled with happiness, joy, innocence, and humor. The main character's love of life and people is highly infectious. If you are like me, you will find yourself with a big, silly grin on your face every time she is on screen. 

 
One of the best aspects of this film is that the kids seem so full of joy even though they are completely surrounded by darkness. It is these opposing forces that make the story so compelling and emotional. It is beautiful to watch.
 
This is a film that will have you laughing hard one minute and crying just as hard the next. It will drag you back into your middle school days, and it will invite you to daydream about your first crush. It will make you think about forgiveness and about the beauty of being unique. 
 
This is a fantastic film for the whole family if you have kids that are a bit older. Anyone under 7 or 8 may be slightly confused by the plot and a tad scared by some of the scenes. I would suggest watching it first before showing it to the younger kids. 
 
If you are looking for something to make you happy, this film is the answer. (At least for 90 minutes). 

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BILL AND TED FACE THE MUSIC
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: August 28, 2020
Director: Dean Parisot
Stars: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine
Plot: Bill and Ted have aged, but their music hasn't changed the world like they thought it would. 
 
Clint Says: Buy this digital release today
 

 

Have you ever been somewhere and ran into an old friend you haven't seen in 20 years? That is exactly the feeling you will get when you watch this movie. Right from the opening credits I had a goofy grin on my face and an air guitar in my hands. 
 
And here is the best part...It's a good movie, too!
 
It is funny, exciting, the story is compelling, and it is filled with nostalgic moments. There are tons of laugh out loud moments, and an epic quest filled with new and old characters. 
 
If you are a fan of the original excellent adventure, then find yourself a phone booth and transport yourself to the digital age and download this movie today. 
 
(Oh, and for all of you that were young when the first film came out, but are old now; this movie is only 80 minutes long, so you shouldn't have to use the bathroom while watching it.)

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THE KING OF STATEN ISLAND

Rated: R

Release Date: June 12, 2020 (VOD)

Director: Judd Apatow

Stars: Pete Davidson, Marisa Tomei, Bel Powley, Bill Burr

Plot: A mid-20's man, still directionless and living with his mom, is shaken by several events that force him to confront his past and plan for the future

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Clint Says: Worth a watch, but make sure the kids are in bed first

 

 

 

For fans of SNL you already know what a fantastic talent Pete Davidson is. For everyone else, you are about to find out. Davidson plays the going-nowhere son of a hero firefighter killed in the line of duty. This had to be somewhat of a cathartic role for him since his real father was a firefighter killed on 9/11. 

 

Considering the subject matter and this being Davidson's first starring role in a feature film, this could have easily fallen off the rails and become a 2-hour slog. Instead, it has a special magic to it that you rarely see in comedies. 

 

The film does take a while to get going, but after about 30 minutes it hits its stride and becomes a great movie. Marisa Tomei adds so much to the film that I would say this is her best role since she played Mona Lisa Vito in MY COUSIN VINNY.

 

The rest of the cast fill out the story  well. There are several entertaining characters that spice everything up. Bel Powley and Steve Buscemi are standouts that steal several scenes. 

 

For those of you wanting a polished comedy from an SNL veteran, like the films from Will Ferrel, Adam Sandler, and Chris Farley, you'll want to adjust your settings before watching this one. This feels much more like a low-budget indie film. It is amazing and hilarious, but it isn't your typical comedy style. Fans of indie cinema are going to love this.

 

If you are looking for some good laughs in a story that feels like it shouldn't have a bunch of laughs this is your movie. Put the kids to bed early, (this film is 2 hours 16 minutes), and snuggle up on the couch for a fun night with a great movie. 

 

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SONIC THE HEDGEHOG

Rated: PG

Release Date: February 14, 2020

Director: Jeff Fowler

Stars: James Marsden, Jim Carrey, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter

Plot: A hedgehog with superpowers is on the run from people that want to use him for his powers

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

If you are a child of the 80's and 90's then Sonic The Hedgehog is a major character in your upbringing. That said, there were a lot of feelings about this movie long before its release date. Especially when the first trailer came out and the entire world revolted at the look of Sonic, forcing the director to make a public statement saying Sonic would be changed to look more like the original Sonic before the theatrical release. They did, and he does. 

 

As for the film, it is fun. It's not some great, comedic masterpiece, but it has several good laughs, a decently compelling plot, and it moves along at a quick and steady pace. I was in a theater full of kids and very few lost interest along the way. 

 

As with just about every film he's been in, Jim Carrey overacts every single line of his performance. It's funny, but it does get a bit old and tired by the end. Thankfully, the rest of the cast keeps the film on track. 

 

If you are looking for a fun outing with the family, this movie will satisfy. Kids and adults will be entertained. For the adults, it won't give you the nostalgia that you might be hoping for, but it's still entertaining enough.

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LIKE A BOSS

Rated: R

Release Date: January 10, 2020

Director: Miguel Arteta

Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne, Salma Hayek

Plot: Two friends with a small beauty company have to fight for their rights when a major player tries to swindle them

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

If you are looking for a few good laughs, then who am I to try to stop you from seeing this movie? It will absolutely tickle your funny bone several times. There is no doubt that this is a comedy.

 

Now, if you are wanting to go see a GOOD comedy, well, this is the wrong place to look.

 

Yes, Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne have great chemistry, great comedic timing, and deliver a bunch of laughs, unfortunately, the script they had to use is just plain bad. I like to call these "find and replace" comedies. It's the exact same formula that we've all seen a thousand times, only the writer just does a find and replace with location, character names, and the money-making method.

 

Before you head to the theater, you should also know that this movie is extremely raunchy. It is filled with dirty jokes and innuendo. If that kind of thing is not your thing then you should go do another thing and avoid this thing completely.

 

While I wouldn't suggest spending money to see this in theaters, this is the kind of film that would be a fun night at home with your girl friends. It's not a great movie, but it is funny enough to give you an entertaining evening at home.

 

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PLAYING WITH FIRE

Rated: PG

Release Date: November 8, 2019

Director: Andy Fickman

Stars: John Cena, Keegan-Michael Key, Brianna Hildebrand

Plot: A no-nonsense fire chief finds himself having to figure out how to handle three precocious children

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Clint Says: Save some money and see a matinee

 

 

John Cena has quickly become one of Hollywood's top choices for comedies. And rightfully so. He is outstanding as the straight guy that finds himself in ridiculous situations. What is surprising is how well he pulls off the heartwarming and lovable acting requirements. He made this movie much better than it would have been with someone less talented.

 

The film isn't great, but it is filled with laugh-out-loud moments and it is entertaining for the whole family. My seven year old laughed hard several times and one time she laughed for three minutes straight. I thought she was going to pass out from lack of air.

 

The story is simple, the editing is terrible, but that all can be forgiven since it is so funny and keeps the kids entertained all the way through the movie.

 

This isn't the kind of film that kids will want to see again and again, but it is one that they will be happy they saw.

 

If you are looking for something fun to do with the family this weekend, this movie would probably be a fun choice.

 

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JOJO RABBIT

Rated: R

Release Date: November 1, 2019

Director: Taika Waititi

Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, Sam Rockwell

Plot: A young boy in the Hitler Youth program discovers his mom is hiding a Jew in their house

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

While I'm sure we all have something in us that says it will always be too soon for a comedy with Adolf Hitler, there is the reality that this is a spectacular film in every way, and may end up being my favorite movie of the year. Be warned now, that if you run into me on the streets and we start talking movies, I will tell you that you absolutely HAVE to see this film.

 

This movie is one of the funniest I have seen in a long time, but it is also heartwarming, heartbreaking, and thoroughly compelling. I wanted to see it again as soon as the credits finished.

 

Not only is the writing near-perfect, but the acting is easily some of the best of the year. In particular, the three young actors Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, and Archie Yates are amazing. They should win all sorts of young actor awards this year. Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi, and Sam Rockwell round out the cast with incredible talent and laugh-out-loud comedic ability.

 

Everything about this film is outstanding. The pacing is spot on, the plot is compelling, the moods and emotions change many times, but it never feels off, and the story will take you on a journey like you've never experienced before.

 

This may not be a highly publicized movie, but it is one that is worth seeing in theaters. It is unique, inventive, irreverent, and beautiful. It is very difficult to say that about anything coming out of Hollywood these days. Take the time to see this film. You won't be disappointed.

 

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

Rated: R

Release Date: October 18, 2019

Director: Reuben Fleischer

Stars: Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone, Jesse Eisenberg, Abigail Breslin

Plot: Nine years after the zombie apocalypse began these four survivors continue to look for other humans while facing off against evolving zombies

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Clint Says: Drop everything and see this in theaters now

 

 

ZOMBIELAND is one of those flicks that, if I see it on TV while I'm searching for something to watch, I will stop and watch every single time. It is a cult classic bordering on legendary status. It has all of the markers of a long-living film: Compelling, funny, suspenseful, great dialogue, fantastic acting, and long-running gags. It is near-perfect and one-of-a-kind.

 

And then they made another one.

 

There were so many ways that this new venture could have gone wrong. They could have slapped it together knowing that most of us would pay to see it no matter what. They could have changed out the cast. They could have royally messed it up.

 

Thankfully, they didn't. This movie is awesome!

 

From the opening credits to the final after-credit scene, (stick around), this movie pulls you in and puts you in a Tallahassee choke hold. It is hilarious with dozens of laugh-out-loud moments, it is suspenseful with several moments where you are sure it's all over for the crew, and it has its own long-running gag that has nothing to do with Twinkies.

 

One of the things that made the first film so special was the cast. Arguably, one could say that ZOMBIELAND was the breakout role for 3/4 of the cast. They all had such amazing chemistry and everything worked together so well.

 

This new film adds several new characters to the bunch all of which bring their own style and fun to the movie. I was nervous that the story might lose something with the addition of new characters, but it actually helped make a better movie. Zoey Deutch is so funny and lovable, and Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch are pain-in-the-jaw-from-laughing-so-hard funny as the mirror images of Tallahassee and Columbus.

 

This is a must-see movie for anyone that likes zombie movies, comedies, great acting, or fun in general. It is too good to pass up.

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JEXI

Rated: R

Release Date: October 11, 2019

Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Stars: Adam Devine, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp

Plot: A lonely man has his life overtaken by the voice in his smart phone

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release and make someone else rent it

 

 

If you saw the trailer for this movie and said to yourself that it didn't look like this had much of a plot, go ahead and give yourself a thumbs up for being right. Here is how thin this movie is. The total running time (including end credits) is only 84 minutes, and there are no less than three musical montages, (read "filler"), in the film. 

 

It is truly disappointing that the likes of Adam Devine and Alexandra Shipp had to waste their incredible talents on a screenplay as terrible as this one. They did their best to make this movie fun and likable, but despite their efforts it just comes across as cliche and obnoxious. 

 

I am happy to say there are a couple of good laughs, but a couple doesn't cut it in a raunchy comedy. The good ones make you leave with your face hurting from laughing so much. This film isn't even close to that standard. 

 

This is a completely forgettable and feeble attempt at comedy. There are so many better movies out now. Don't waste your money on this one. 

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BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON

Rated: R

Release Date: September 13, 2019

Director: Paul Downs Colaizzo

Stars: Jillian Bell, Alice Lee, Jennifer Dundas

Plot: A woman decides to get her life together by making a goal to run in the NYC marathon

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I love a good inspirational film. A film that has the ability to motivate you, touch your soul, and give you all of the warm, tingly feelings. 

 

This is not one of those films. 

 

It wants to be, but it isn't. 

 

This is based on a true story, and the real story is quite inspirational. I'm not really sure how the people in charge of this movie managed to swing and miss when it came down to it, but they did. The whole time I was watching the part of the movie that should have been moving me emotionally, I found myself just sitting there, waiting for the next event to happen. 

 

Jillian Bell does a good job in the lead role when she stays on script. There are a few moments where you can tell that they let her do her own thing and most of it isn't funny at all. The supporting characters are the ones that make the film much better.

 

If you are a runner, or a health enthusiast, this is a movie you'll probably want to see and will most likely enjoy. If you are just a movie fan looking for a decent comedy, this may not be your best bet for laughs. 

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GOOD BOYS

Rated: R

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Gene Stupnitsky

Stars: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon

Plot: Three tweens find themselves in the middle of a very grown-up adventure

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait until after opening weekend, but see this in theaters

 

 

It isn't very often that you can see a movie that is sweet, heart-warming, and adorable, and at the same time it is, insanely raunchy, foul-mouthed, drug-filled, and ridiculously hilarious. It's even less often that those opposite elements can be combined to make a great movie.

 

In this case, they work.

 

Jacob Tremblay (ROOM, WONDER) is fantastic in his first coming-of-age role. He's been a great actor for years already, but this film proves that he also has comedic timing. His co-stars are wonderful in their own ways. Keith Williams steals a ton of scenes. He is a fantastically funny straight man. And Brady Noon plays a perfect version of a 6th grader who wants to be tough, but has no clue how to make that happen.

 

What makes this movie work so well is that the kids are wanting to do adult things, but they are too innocent to figure it all out. If it had just been a movie about three potty-mouthed tweens that are wise to the ways of the world it wouldn't have worked.

 

This movie is very rated R all the way through. If you can handle 90 minutes of nastiness, then you will have a blast watching this movie. Just make sure you don't take the kids or you will have a TON of explaining to do.

 

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BLINDED BY THE LIGHT

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: August 16, 2019

Director: Gurinder Chadha

Stars: Viveik Kalra, Aaron Phagura, Nell Williams

Plot: A teen, growing up in 1980's England, finds his inspiration through the music and lyrics of Bruce Springsteen

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

I don't really like to compare movies to other films, but in this case I almost have to do it. This is a British comedy focused on music. It would be shelved right beside films like YESTERDAY and SING STREET. Unfortunately, both of those films are far superior to this one.

 

This movie feels like a low-budget, second-year-film-student project. It has pacing issues, the acting, aside from a couple of secondary characters is bad, the dialogue is stilted, and for a movie about a teen's love for all things Bruce Springsteen, it feels like there aren't a lot of songs from The Boss. (In reality there are 12, but most are barely used at all, and two are used extensively, so it makes it feel like they couldn't afford all of the songs they wanted so they licensed a couple a used them every chance they could get).

 

The story is interesting, but it doesn't offer us anything we haven't seen before in movies about teens chasing their dreams and breaking away from their parents. In fact, this movie doesn't even do that very well. Most of the character development happens in the last 15 minutes of the film. Essentially, everybody stubbornly stays the same for the first 95 minutes, then finally, everyone has an life-changing moment all at the same time.

 

Even if you are a huge Springsteen fan, I think you are going to have a hard time enjoying this film. If you aren't a fan of The Boss, take this one off of your list now. There is nothing for you to see or experience in this movie.

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STUBER

Rated: R

Release Date: July 12, 2019

Director: Michael Dowse

Stars: Dave Bautista, Kumail Nanjiani, Natalie Morales

Plot: And undercover cop and a timid Uber driver team up to take down the bad guys

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Dave Bautista is quickly becoming a perfect straight guy in comedies. He proved it in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and he keeps it going in STUBER. Along with the continuous, hilarious one-liners from Kumail Nanjiani, these two have seriously funny on-screen chemistry.

 

The two characters are polar opposites, so we get the entertainment of their constant clashing and total misunderstanding of each other. It makes for several good moments, and allows the characters to grow throughout the story.

 

The film takes a good 30 minutes to really get going. Before that it is pretty slow and boring. But once it kicks in it is a funny ride to the end. Unfortunately, the jokes are just about all this movie has to offer. The story is mediocre, the mystery is too simple, and it feels too long even though it is only 90 minutes.

 

If you are just wanting a few good laughs, this film will hit the spot. If you are hoping for something funny and smart, you'll need to look elsewhere.

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LATE NIGHT

Rated: R

Release Date: June 14, 2019

Director: Nisha Ganatra

Stars: Emma Thompson, Mindy Kaling, John Lithgow

Plot: A young, aspiring comedy writer goes to work for a late night talk show host near the end of her career

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

One would think that a film about a late night comedy show would be filled with comedy. One would also think that a movie written by  Mindy Kaling, who wrote several of the best episodes of THE OFFICE, would be smart as well as funny.

 

One would think those things, but one would be wrong.

 

Unfortunately, this film is barely funny and so formulaic that it loses all of its own character. It is also filled with ridiculously flimsy circumstances just so our hero can knock them out of the way with unrealistic ease.

 

Ironically, in a movie about girl power, the best thing is the character played by John Lithgow. He is wonderful, lovable, and dispenses timely and appropriate advice throughout the film. Without him the film would be too harsh.

 

The film is also very slow and has several pacing issues. It felt like we were skipping over important chunks of time and information. Then it felt like we were dragging through every detail of information that didn't matter. I was already checking my watch 40 minutes into the movie.

 

The character arcs were strange as well. It was like everybody stayed the same for the first 3/4 of the film then everyone changed all at once as the end approached. And the main character didn't really change at all.

 

This isn't a terrible film, but if you are expecting a lot of laughs, this movie will not deliver. You may just want to wait for the comfort of your own couch to watch LATE NIGHT...just like most of us do with real late night shows.

 

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BOOKSMART

Rated: R

Release Date: May 24, 2019

Director: Olivia Wilde

Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Beanie Feldstein, Jason Sudeikis

Plot: Two girls that spent their entire school careers studying, decide to party hard on the last night of high school

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

It seems like every year we get one or two coming of age movies, and most of them are average at best. This one may be one of the best coming of age movies in the last 20 years. Just like John Hughes used to do 30 years ago, director Olivia Wilde manages to catch the true essence of teen life in the current era. This film doesn't go as deep as Hughes's films went, but it does get deeper than just the surface emotions.

 

It is also a very funny, very raunchy film that will have you laughing constantly and cringing at the embarrassing moments. There are several times where you will be doing both at the same time. The great news is that the film also goes through several other emotional moments that will make you really feel for the characters.

 

The acting is spot on from the lead actors. Some of the minor players leave a little to be desired, but none are so bad that it pulls you out of the story.

 

My only issue with this film is with first-time director Olivia Wilde missing "the" shot in a few of the scenes. For example, without giving anything away, there is one scene that had a perfect physical comedy moment set up. Wilde gives us the before and after, but we don't see the actual moment happen. This occurs four or five times throughout the film.

 

Aside from that, this is a fantastic film that is perfect for today's climate, but it will also take you back to your fond memories of high school life. If you can handle the raunchiness, you should absolutely take the time to see this movie as soon as possible.

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A DOG'S JOURNEY

Rated: PG

Release Date: May 17, 2019

Director: Gail Mancuso

Stars: Josh Gad, Dennis Quaid, Kathryn Prescott, Marg Helgenberger

Plot: A grandpa asks his old dog to come back as a puppy and help watch over his estranged granddaughter

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Here is the good news...this movie is so much better than 2017's A DOG'S PURPOSE. The bad news...That movie was terrible, so this one is just barely average.

 

Thankfully, they stayed away from all of the tragic and traumatic dog death this time and tried to stick with the sweet and funny side of dogs.

 

The story is okay. It isn't anywhere near an exciting and compelling tale, but it does have enough conflict and twists to make it somewhat interesting.

 

Josh Gad plays the voice of all of the dogs. He's the best part of the movie delivering several funny lines. The rest of the actors are passable at best.

 

If you have young children that are interested in seeing this movie, you should probably see it first without them just to make sure they can handle it. In fact, it is probably better to just wait for the film to come out on a digital platform before you see it. That way you can pause it and answer some of the tough questions that will inevitably arise while watching this film.

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THE HUSTLE

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: May 10, 2019

Director: Chris Addison

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Rebel Wilson

Plot: Two con artists team up to scam men

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Oh, look. Another movie in which Rebel Wilson plays the exact same character she is in every movie she's in. I'm starting to think that she has zero ability to act and what we see on the screen is how she is in real life. Thank goodness Anne Hathaway is there to make this film somewhat tolerable and amusing. 

 

For a film about con artists, the cons are overly simplistic and easy. There are a couple of good twists, but those do more to set up another movie than to do anything to help this one be better.  It would have been nice if the women were as smart as the men are stupid. 

 

It is a comedy, and there are a few laughs, but not enough to make this a movie you'll want to see more than once. And only a couple of times are the comedic moments worthy of a big laugh.

 

There are plenty of great con flicks and comedies to choose from. Save your money by skipping this movie and watch one of the really good ones on your TV or computer.