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THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS 2

Rated: PG

Release Date: June 7, 2019

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Harrison Ford

Plot: The dogs have a kid in the house now and are doing everything they can to protect him

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

 

 

Here is all you need to know about this movie. My young daughter is a much harsher movie critic than I am. I loved this film and so did she. Therefore this may be one of the greatest movies ever made.

 

Okay, that's taking it too far, but it is a very good movie.

 

There are two greatest things about this film, First, it is laugh out loud funny. There are tons of jokes and sight gags for kids and adults. Several times during the screening I attended the entire crowd was laughing. Even my hard to please child was doubled over with laughter on a couple of occasions.

 

Second, it is mercifully short for parents. The running time is listed at 86 minutes. And because the pacing is fast and even, the time flies by. I never felt like I was bored. The short time also has another benefit. I didn't see a steady stream of parents chasing after their kids on the way to the bathroom. It seems we may have scientifically proven that young children can watch an 86 minute long film without needing a potty break as long as the movie is really good.

 

This sequel was also much less dark than the first one. You may recall the first film had several pretty scary and suspenseful moments for younger kids. This one still has some of that, but overall it is much more lighthearted and fun.

 

If you are looking for a good reason to get the kids out of the house for a couple of hours this is a great way to spend the time. You'll laugh a lot and you won't feel like you've wasted your time or money.

 

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NOBODY'S FOOL

Rated: R

Release Date: November 2, 2018

Director: Tyler Perry

Stars: Tiffany Haddish, Tika Sumpter, Whoopi Goldberg, Omari Hardwick

Plot: A girl, just out of prison, tries to help her sister with her love life

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Clint Says: Wait for the digital release

 

 

Thank goodness for Tiffany Haddish. Without her this movie would have been almost completely unwatchable. Fortunately, she is funny and brings some life to an otherwise DOA flick.

 

Tyler Perry is up to his old tricks again. The kind of tricks where he slaps a script together that is formulaic and the characters never learn anything, shoots the whole thing for less than $20 million, shoots it in less than six weeks and doesn't worry about things like reshoots or continuity errors, then he sits back and watches $65-70 Million roll in.

 

Tika Sumpter is a fine actress, but this role is terrible. She is entirely unlikable. Then there are her potential suitors. One is perfect, one is a complete idiot. This is the kind of stuff that drives me crazy about Tyler Perry. It's so much more of a compelling story if she has to choose between two worthy people rather than just take the one that isn't a massive loser once you peel back one layer.

 

It's also thoroughly predictable with one exception, and even that twist turns out to be a waste of time in the long run. 

 

Don't be a fool. Don't waste your money on seeing this in theaters. You won't miss anything by waiting a few months for the digital release. And then you'll be able to turn it off when you get bored.

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THE OATH

Rated: R

Release Date: October 19, 2018

Director: Ike Barinholtz

Stars: Ike Barinholtz, Tiffany Haddish

Plot: Thanksgiving with the family becomes a political debate after a controversial decision is made by the Government

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Clint Says: Don't even bother

 

 

Why on earth would anyone want to watch a bunch of people yell at each other about politics for nearly two hours? If that is your jam, then by all means enjoy sitting in the theater all alone for this heap of trash.

 

I was especially disappointed because Ike Barinholtz and Tiffany Haddish are two of the best comedic actors in Hollywood right now. Unfortunately, Ike wrote and directed this like he was really trying to win a political debate with his brother rather than making something that could at least be mistaken for comedy. Tiffany Haddish completely mails it in with her role. It feels like she knew she was in the middle of a terrible situation, but was obligated to finish as a favor for her friend.

 

There were so many pacing problems, out of focus shots, and bad dialogue that this could have easily been mistaken for a high school project that got a C-.

 

This will almost assuredly be a candidate for one of the worst movies of 2018. 

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NIGHT SCHOOL

Rated: PG-13

Release Date: September 28, 2018

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Stars: Kevin Hart, Tiffany Haddish, Taran Killam, Megalyn Echikunwoke

Plot: A hustler returns to school to get his GED, but the night school teacher won't let him cut corners

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

 

 

It's hard to believe that anyone could steal the spotlight from Kevin Hart in a movie written by him and starring him, but Tiffany Haddish isn't just anyone. She is a comedic force, and she kills it in this movie.

 

Without Haddish this would be a fairly typical, mostly average comedy, but she raises it up a couple of notches to a film that is worth seeing in theaters. Ironically though, she isn't in the funniest scene in the whole movie. It is a scene which I wish I could see again because I missed nearly all of the dialogue for the following 2 minutes due to the audience, and me, laughing so hard.

 

 

While this isn't an instant classic like GIRL'S TRIP, it is one of the better comedies of the year and may be one of the best of Hart's career. We also get great performances from Romany Malco and Rob Riggle.

 

There are several laugh out loud moments throughout the movie, but it is also a heartwarming and triumphant story, a fun and engaging plot, and characters that are compelling to follow.

 

Technically speaking, there are a few annoying moments where we hear overdubs. It looks like the crew wanted to make R-rated jokes, but the studio wanted a PG-13 film. So there are times where we see the lips of someone saying one thing, but the sound is completely different...and almost always much more tame if you are a lip reader.

 

This is a great date night movie. It's a lot of fun and it's funny. You won't be upset you spent the money to see NIGHT SCHOOL.

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GIRLS TRIP

Rated: R

Release Date: July 21, 2017

Director: Malcolm D. Lee

Stars: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish

Plot: Things get wild when four friends get together for a vacation in New Orleans

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

 

 

I knew this was going to be a funny movie, what I wasn't expecting was to leave the theater with my stomach and jaw hurting from laughing so hard through the entire movie. There are several scenes where the laughter of the crowd was so loud and lasted so long that we missed the next 30-60 seconds of the movie. 

 

Not only is the movie funny, but this is the breakout film for Tiffany Haddish. She completely steals the show. She is spectacularly funny, but completely real and believable at the same time. The rest of the cast does a fine job, but it feels like they are all there just to support Haddish. She is going to be a huge star. 

 

It is also important to note that this film is incredibly raunchy. There is something going on in just about every scene that will make you blush. And there are a few scenes that are just plain over the top in how ridiculous and raunchy they are. So, if that isn't your thing you may want to skip this movie. 

 

The downside to this movie is that it is formulaic. We've seen a variation of this plot many times before, and while this movie is good it isn't even close to being original. You know where everything is going from the beginning, and the twists along the way are easy to spot.

 

If you are going to see this movie, I highly recommend seeing it in a packed theater. It makes the experience that much better when half of the audience is shouting advice to the main characters like they can hear them and will change their ways. 

 

Not only is GIRLS TRIP one of the best comedies of the summer, but it may be one of the best comedies of the year. Grab your girlfriends and make your own trip to go see this movie soon.