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BARB AND STAR GO TO VISTA DEL MAR
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: February 12, 2021
Director: Josh Greenbaum
Stars: Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo, Jamie Dornan
Plot: Two midwestern friends cut loose in Florida, but their trip turns into an adventure that may cost them their lives
 
Clint Says: Rent this for a decent laugh
 

 

(Available on VOD)
 
It feels like there haven't been any decent comedies released in several months. And the reason is because it is true. The last time a film was released that could be considered a comedy was in November of 2020. Maybe that is why this movie feels so refreshing. 
 
If we were back to a normal theatrical release schedule, this would be an average comedy at best. It would probably pull in about $40 million and by the end of the year it would be forgotten. Well, these aren't normal times. This actually has a chance to be one of the better comedies of the year. 
 
That doesn't mean this is a great movie. The truth is, this movie is pretty dumb. It isn't anywhere near what I would consider to be a great comedy. It just happens to come at a time when there isn't a lot of competition and we could all use a good laugh. 
 
Sure, it has several good laughs, but there is more about it that is annoying than funny. Currently, you can rent this on VOD for about $20. To me, that is about $15 too much to enjoy this film. I would wait until it shows up on another streaming service or they drop the rental price. It's not $20 worth of funny.

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DESPICABLE ME 3

Rated: PG

Release Date: June 30, 2017

Director: Eric Guillon, Kyle Balda

Stars: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Trey Parker

Plot: Gru finds out he has a twin brother who wants to get Gru back into the world of crime

Trailer

 

Clint Says: Drop everything and go see this movie now

 

 

This franchise just keeps on putting out great movies. And not only are they fun for kids, but they are entertaining for adults, too.

 

For those of you that were drawn to the family story of the first film, you'll get that story line again, and it's just as good the second time. Also, there may not be a cuter character in movie history than Agnes. Dying from the cute is a strong possibility while viewing this film.

 

Once again, the animation is superb, the minions are hilarious, the story is entertaining, and the pacing is near perfect. I took my 7 and 5 year old daughters and neither of them were squirmy for the full 90+ minutes. It's quite a movie that can pull off that feat.

 

I will say there were a few scenes that the 5 year old found to be too intense, but the 7 year old loved every minute of it.

 

If you are looking for a fun outing with the family, look no further than the theater. DESPICABLE ME 3 is well worth your entertainment dollars and time.

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MASTERMINDS

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 30, 2016

Director: Jared Hess

Stars: Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis

Plot: A crew of idiots decide to rob a bank using their armored truck jobs as cover

Trailer

 

 

Clint Says: Wait for the DVD

 

 

This is one of those films that has an incredible cast and an interesting story, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The plot is choppy and slow, but there are several laugh-out-loud moments. One thing that makes the movie more compelling is that it is based on a true story. In fact, the real guy played by Zach Galifianakis was a consultant on the film. 

 

This movie was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2015. In fact, there were even trailers and commercials promoting it, but then it got put back on the shelf due to the studio filing for bankruptcy. Now, 13 months later the studio is back in business and so is the film. 

 

Zach Galifianakis and Kristen Wiig are superbly awkward together, but Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis's characters fall flat. One interesting thing about this movie being on hold for as long as it was, is that it has two role players that are big-name stars now in Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones. 

 

While MASTERMINDS is a decent comedy. There isn't anything in this flick that makes it worth seeing in theaters. Save your money and wait for the DVD and enjoy the blooper reel. 

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GHOSTBUSTERS (2016)

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: July 15, 2016

Director: Paul Feig

Stars: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones

Plot: Four women try to figure out why ghosts are showing up in New York City and stop the infestation before the apocalypse happens

Trailer

 

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

 

 

When I see any movie I go into it thinking, "this is going to be the best movie of the year". It takes most films about 3 minutes or less to crush that feeling out of my soul. I must admit that when I saw the first trailer I was skeptical that they could pull off a good reboot of a classic comedy. However, I went into the screening giving the movie every opportunity to astound me, and it did. 

 

This new version of GHOSTBUSTERS is a ton of fun, it is incredibly funny and, while there isn't much of a plot, what there is of a plot is a passable conduit for the rest of the good stuff. The cast also makes fun of all the internet haters that said an all-female cast wouldn't work. The scene is comedy gold. 

 

This movie is full of make-you-smile throwbacks to the original, laugh-out-loud cameos, and a scene-stealing Chris Hemsworth. By the way, all you Hemsworth fans out there, make sure to stay through all of the credits. You'll get several minutes of him dancing like a maniac. 

 

The movie does go a bit overboard at the end. It goes beyond comedy into the realm of cheesy, but overall it is a great film. So, who you gonna call? Your friends to make a date to see this movie soon!