MOVIE REVIEW: WE BOUGHT A ZOO (Cameron Crowe, 2011)

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A sweet little movie that didn’t offer much to its audience, making it a big disappointment for Crowe fans (myself included). I expected the screenplay to be meatier and smarter and yet the title was mentioned about three times in its duration. Although based on another unbelievable true story, a lot of the emotions felt fake and corny.

Matt Damon was moving as the father in grief, Thomas Haden Church stole most of his scenes, and Elle Fanning showcased more than what’s required of her character.

Overall, it was a harmless, lightweight dramedy for all ages.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

(Originally published January 19, 2012.)

MOVIE REVIEW: EASY A (Will Gluck, 2010)

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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.

Rating: ★★★★☆