Tried to be a concert movie and a documentary, but failed as both. Although the songs were undeniably strong (hello, King of Pop!), the movie didn’t really offer any new insights. It just provided glimpses of the icon being nice to his crew and being human just like everyone else. I would have had more fun listening to his Thriller album.
Any movie that places a kid in danger to elicit laughs will get no love from me.
In this flick, the baby gets dropped, shoved, placed near an exhaust fan, abandoned on a couch, fed junk, bounced around, and any other uncomfortable situation you can think of. I kept groaning, not laughing.
And that didn’t even include the requisite rom-com scene involving a race to the airport to profess one’s love. More groans.
A movie like this brings out the regular/mainstream viewer in me. I got lost in all the metaphors and symbolisms and I really couldn’t appreciate whatever the movie was relaying.
I usually have a soft spot for anything subtitled but this one barely piqued my interest. And was that a sex scene with a catfish?
(Originally published March 6, 2012.)
Emma Stone is a star and in a cast where everyone seemed to fit their roles to a tee (Amanda Bynes as the Bible-thumping beeyotch, Thomas Haden Church as the professor of reason, Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson as the coolest parents on Earth), she still managed to outshine everyone. It might be hard to believe that someone as lovely (and hot!) was considered a loser at school but she played the part perfectly that you’d end up sympathizing with her character.
Credit to the smart screenplay as well for making this the funniest teen movie since Mean Girls. So happy Emma dropped out of Sucker Punch for this.
I felt sad that this supposed rom-rom was actually offensive to women and mothers. The main character played by Jennifer Lopez was a dimwit that didn’t learn anything from What to Expect When You’re Expecting (yes, she was seen reading the book in one scene).
Imagine a woman who desperately wanted a child so she opted for artificial insemination. After the procedure, she walked in a funny manner by squeezing both of her legs (to probably prevent the sperm from falling out of her vagina?). And then she came out of the clinic and danced under the rain. Where was the logic in that?
While pregnant, she dove into a dumpster to get back her security pillow. Oh, and she also jumped face first in a cab. I thought that she wanted to have a baby? Why was she not even taking good care of herself?
And please don’t get me started on all the poop jokes. Offensive, I tell you.
This was probably one of my least favorite Alix movies.
The gay theme just seemed to be out of place in the heavily political setting. It was hard to feel for the central characters when the movie didn’t really establish much of their love story. They just seemed to be two confused people in need of a fuck buddy. Sid Lucero gave a powerful performance that sadly wasn’t matched by Cogie Domingo.
They found love in a hopeless place. So what?
What sands? I just kept wishing that I had Jake Gyllenhaal’s abs. He was supposed to play a Persian prince and from there I couldn’t stop giggling. The movie did feel like a videogame with its excessive special effects but the story seemed to have been lost in translation. Even Gemma Arterton seemed to have been made of 16-bit icons. I’ve seen better acting from Aeris Gainsborough. Overall, the movie was one big, bloated mess that should have stayed in a console.
The movie, the characters, and the storyline were all completely despicable. It was hard to root for anyone in this awful movie because the characters probably weren’t written to make clear judgements.
Don’t get me started on the horrendous non-acting of Richard Gutierrez. Stupid decisions were made, improbable outcomes happened, and then the movie had the gall to fast-forward two years later where the characters simply forgot everything that happened and lived happily ever after. “Hey, you made out with my sister but that’s okay since we all have green cards now. Let’s fix our relationship and forget everything. Call me maybe?”
You would definitely want to take a long cold shower to remove this much filth from your mind.
I considered this movie as one of the worst of 2010. After another viewing, I realized that it wasn’t so bad after all and it did have its genuine warmth and charm.
The movie rested solely on the shoulders of Julia Roberts and she succeeded in making a whiny, selfish, self-centered woman somewhat relatable and sympathetic.
I especially enjoyed the “Eat” part with all the dining, drinking, and laughing. I just added “Italy Food Trip” to my growing bucket list.
I initially wasn’t a fan of this Rapunzel retelling but another viewing made me really like it. It hewed closely to the typical Disney classic and even the songs were good and not annoying.
Inasmuch as I love 3D animation, nothing can still beat the traditional 2D. Oh, and don’t get me started on the lantern scene.