Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is your typical responsible mother. She makes sure her kids are on time to school, she works a steady part-time job, and she participates in the PTA. When she discovers that her husband is having an internet affair, she loses all desire to keep things afloat and becomes a “bad mom” by focusing on herself and letting her kids become more independent. Did I mention that Amy quits the PTA, wages a “mom war” on the current PTA president (Christina Applegate) and decides to run against her?
Bad Moms obviously isn’t a movie aimed at me. I’m a male in my mid 30s with a wife and a child so I can relate with the story, but it isn’t something I “get.” Some parts of this movie made perfect sense while others seem petty and stupid. I enjoyed Kristen Bell as the timid friend, but Kathryn Hahn was over the top and unrealistic. I would have loved to have seen Christina Applegate as a friend rather than a foe, and let Kristen Bell be the bad guy but that is being picky, but the biggest issue I had with this movie was Mila Kunis. To me, she is Jackie from That 70s Show. I do not see her as responsible, an adult or as a mom. To me she is the stupid teenager who dates Kelso and sleeps around. So it was very hard for me to buy her as the lead role as a mother. Again, this is picky, but to me it was hard to believe that story with her at the helm, no matter how good she was at it (which she is.)
This movie might not be as raunchy as say Bridesmaids or most Melissa McCarthy movies, but Bad Moms is R for a reason so mothers be careful when you take your daughters. Many have compared this movie to Mean Girls and I can see the comparison. At the end of the day, for woman (and especially moms) this movie will be a nice fit for todays struggles, but for men, many things will be lost on you. At least the J.J. Watt cameo was funny! Co-starring Jada Pinkett Smith, David Walton, Emjay Anthony, Oona Laurence, Annie Mumolo, Jay Hernandez, Wendall Pierce and Clark Duke.
6/10 Stars – I might not be the target audience and I found most of the story to be weird, but some of the moments were funny and it is easy to watch. I just had a hard time buying Mila Kunis as a mom… or responsible.
Bad Moms is one of the movies that has a very specific audience. That target audience is either going to hate or love this film there will be no in between. I am proud to say, as a mom and wife who works full-time, I am part of that target audience. I did enjoy Bad Moms. It takes what a certain reality that we as mothers have to deal with and heightened it to a level of crazy, silly, ridiculousness. I couldn’t help but laugh at the various situations that the moms on film found themselves caught in. True no one is gonna win any awards for this. Plus, it certainly doesn’t have a powerful story but at least it has one; unlike so many whacky comedies out this year.
Listen the truth is that men you probably won’t enjoy this movie as much as women will – specifically women who are married or have been married and have children. A note to moms, take your friends to see this. It is much more enjoyable as a group for a moms night out. Oh and another thing don’t take it seriously. It isn’t meant to be serious. Bad Moms is a satire. It highlights the follies and exposes the worst traits of being a mom, but at the end of the day we all know its a hard job and we still love it!
6/10 Stars – In the scope of things it isn’t a fantastic film but it is a great mom’s night out flick and it will make you laugh then go home and hug your little ones!
All the food living in the local supermarket can not wait until they are chosen to be taken into “The Great Beyond,” but little do they know that they will be eat once they leave the store. Frank (Seth Rogen) and Brenda (Kristen Wiig) are oblivious to the doom that lies ahead, but they don’t care because they are a hot dog and a bun and they can’t wait to be wrapped up in each other. Yup, you read that right.
Sausage Party is your typical Seth Rogen raunchy film in the same vein as This is the End, The Night Before, and The Interview. This movie is full of ridiculous sexual jokes, drug references and toilet humor (as you can tell by the name.) The story is thin but the characters are somewhat interesting, but it is the design style that I didn’t care for. I think it is because the bun characters look stupid and some of the other characters are just plain ugly. The hot dogs are fine, but again, they are hot dogs with stick limbs.
There are some jokes in this movie that I thought were hilarious, but for the most part, these jokes are rehashed and stuff I’ve seen before. Watching food behave like this was just weird, but then so was Team America and I love that movie. There isn’t much else I can say about this. You will either love it because of the subject matter or be offended because you can’t handle raunchy sexual subject matter. The previews are pretty spot on, so watch that to gauge your level of anticipation. Co-starring voices of Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Jonah Hill, Salama Hayek, David Krumholtz, Bill Hader, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, James Franco, Nick Kroll and Danny McBride.
5/10 Stars – It tries to do something original and unique, but the humor and jokes are rehashed.
With Superman dead, the government needs a new group of people to help bring down the evil in the world. They come up with an idea to have all the super criminals that are behind bars fight for the good guys, knowing perfectly well that if they mess up, they will be thrown under the bus and if they try to escape they will be killed. With only their own personal freedoms to negotiate with, a group known as the Suicide Squad is birthed. Their first tasked, bring down the Enchantress and her demonic brother who wish to rule the world.
With a premise that loosely follows that of Guardians of the Galaxy from Marvel, DC has the Suicide Squad – a band of misfits thrown together to fight for good. Does it work? Well, this movie is heavily driven by its characters. The first 30 minutes of the movie is simply learning about the super villains who the government wants to recruit and how they can be of benefit. The next 30 minutes of the movie sets up the villain of the story and shows us how the group is set up and how everything is going to work. If you can add, you find out that the 1st hour of the movie is basically information on how the group is formed and who is in it! Talk about exciting!!!! Not!
After the first hour, the movie is basically “hey, there is a bad guy, shoot it.” The plot is the downfall of this movie. The story is paper thin and not interesting at all. The Enchantress reminds me of Gozer from Ghostbusters. She is a crazy, sexy lady who has demons doing her bidding but isn’t really that big a deal, and that is exactly what this movie becomes – not that big a deal.
Speaking of characters, Will Smith and Margot Robbie are the stars. They are front and center which pleased me very much, but what didn’t please me was the amount of screen time Jared Leto got as The Joker. You would have thought he was a major player from the way the previews looked, but he is on screen about 10-15 minutes. That was a let down, but these 3 actors did quite a good job and carrying the film.
If you go into this movie knowing it is a “popcorn movie” then you will be fine, but if you go into this movie thinking it is going to be at the level of the Marvel movies then you will be sadly disappointed. At this point in time, any DC Comics movie should have low expectations, but they can still be fun at some points. Right? Starring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Jay Hernandez, Joel Kinnaman, Karen Fukuhara, and Ben Affleck.
5/10 Stars – I’m not calling this movie “good” but it didn’t suck either. It was entertaining for what it was, but the story is so weak that it deserves better.
As a young boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley) is orphaned and left to live in the woods for many years, however, Pete is not alone. Pete is “rescued” by a mysterious and friendly dragon named Elliot who keeps him save from the dangers of the wild. After 6 years of living together, Pete is discovered by Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) and taken away from Elliot, but when Pete desires to return to the forest, Elliot is captured and Pete must do what he can to protect his best friend from harm.
I want to make this perfectly clear, this is NOT a remake! This movie is a reworking of the original idea because this movie is completely different from the original. I love the original. I grew up watching it and singing along to the many happy tunes and tearing up when Elliot lights the wick in the lighthouse. None of that is here. This movie is set sometime in the 1970s or 80s out in the middle of trees and a giant forest – far far away from any ocean. There are no songs, period. Other than Pete, the characters are very different from the original. Elliot is ALL green and acts like Pete’s dog. They should have made him Red and called him Clifford, making a whole different movie! Speaking of color, Elliot is green and PINK, yet no where on him is pink! They could have made his wings flesh-colored to give the pink look, or made the hair on his back lighter, but Elliot looks like a giant dog with moss growing all over him! I didn’t buy that dragon as Elliot for a second. They eliminated the hillbilly gang looking for Pete and the crooked doctor wanting to capture Elliot. They changed Nora’s name to Grace and the old man isn’t even drunk anymore! I really didn’t like this movie.
From the opening scene where we learn how Pete’s family dies and how Elliot rescues him from killer wolves (yup, it gets real) this movie is depressing and uncomfortable. Sure, this movie pulls at the heart strings when Elliot gets captured, but they turn Elliot into the BAD GUY! Seriously!?!? I mean, in the original, Elliot is a punk who plays jokes and is mischievous, but he doesn’t put people near death! The only saving grace that prevented me from protesting that no one ever see this version is the very end. They added something that I personally would have loved to see in the original film. The scene would have been a minor change for the original, but it was a saving factor for this one to prevent me for using the word “hate.” I don’t know who is giving this movie thumbs up, but they obviously never saw the original. I’m pretty sure if you showed this movie to a 12 year old, they would enjoy it, but that is in a vacuum.
At the end of the day, drastically changing the characters made me feel detached from the idea of “Pete’s Dragon” and removing the songs took away the happy moments that countered the depressing ones. This version of Pete’s Dragon is horrible, and it might have worked if they made it a stand alone film without ties to something we know and love, but they messed with something in the wrong way. The Jungle Book came out several months ago and they did that quite well. The characters felt the same and they even included songs! Ugh, avoid this mess. I need to go sing now! Co-starring Robert Redford, Karl Urban, Wes Bentley, Oona Laurence, and Isiah Whitlock Jr.
3/10 Stars – Maybe people who never saw the original might like this, but if you know anything about the 1977 version then you will have a bad taste throughout! It’s just depressing!
There is a new game that teens are playing with their cell phones called Nerve. As the game states, “it’s like truth or dare without the truth.” People can log on to their phones and either be a “watcher” or “player” and earn money as they do different tasks directed to them by the watchers. They either complete the tasks or bail out and lose all they have earned. When a high school girl (Emma Roberts) deemed boring by her friends decides to play, she meets a stranger (Dave Franco) and together they have one wild and crazy night that turns serious when things get too dangerous.
In what I like to call The Game lite, Nerve is an immersive movie that is a series of stunts and dares that are pretty clever and tense. The movie is short so it doesn’t over stay its welcome, but it could have been a little longer to add more background story that would immerse us more into this game world. I only say this because of how The Game played out, but I think Nerve hits on the levels it wants to.
The stunts are the focus of the movie and they are pretty fun and intense. They are thrilling and nail-biting and not once did I feel the need to get up and leave. The story might be simple and generic (I mean these people are simply playing “dare” for money) but the challenges work well. The ending of the movie could have been worse, but it also could have been so much better. It is slightly predictable but they pull it off decently and I would call it “memorable” which is something I always want. At the end of the day, Nerve doesn’t over stay its welcome, but I also think it could have been something much more. Perhaps a sequel will shed light into its creation and kick things up a notch. Co-starring Emily Meade, Miles Heizer and Juliette Lewis.
7/10 Stars – Thrilling, tense, and fun, wish it had a little more development to make it that much better!
His Review: Amy Mitchell (Mila Kunis) is your typical responsible mother. She makes sure her kids are on time to school, she works a steady part-time job, and…
His Review: All the food living in the local supermarket can not wait until they are chosen to be taken into “The Great Beyond,” but little do they…
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His Review: As a young boy, Pete (Oakes Fegley) is orphaned and left to live in the woods for many years, however, Pete is not alone. Pete is “rescued”…