Star power is no match for tasteless, offensive and unfunny comedy.
The “Movie 43” wraparound features Dennis Quaid as a lunatic with an abysmal script who forces Greg Kinnear’s movie producer to buy the piece at gunpoint. Coincidence? Probably not, as almost each and every sketch of this comedy anthology is so silly, nauseating and degrading it seems like the only plausible way the producers could manage to recruit so much top-notch talent.
Hugh Jackman and Kate Winslet make it through better than most. Jackman will likely never live down having a pair of testicles dangle from his neck for the sake of this movie, but between the giggle-worthy visual and the duo’s charm, “The Catch” is easily “Movie 43’s” finest few minutes. Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber’s “Homeschooled” is another portion that at least respects its leads, but breaks down entirely when the scenario drivels on and right into a strange and unsatisfying conclusion.
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Sometimes formulaic filmmaking isn’t all that bad, especially in the case of a film with an outlandish plot like Tower Heist. It basically plays out as you’d expect with a few good gags along the way and some bumbling attempts to snag the cash, but if you’re simply looking for an enjoyable hour and 45 minutes, what else do you need? There’s certainly nothing too deep about this one, but courtesy of colorful characters, some solid laughs and a festive Thanksgiving backdrop, Tower Heist makes for a pretty entertaining film.
It’s just another day at The Tower in New York City, the staff hard at work doing everything in their power to accommodate the residents, as building manager Josh Kovacs (Ben Stiller) believes they don’t just pay millions for their apartments, but for top-notch service, too. Josh knows every detail about everyone at The Tower, but he’s got a particularly close relationship with the man in the penthouse apartment, the wealthiest of them all, Arthur Shaw (Alan Alda). When the two aren’t playing digital chess together, Shaw is busy making millions through his investments. However, when his empire comes crumbling down, Shaw winds up taking the entire staff of The Tower with him as he manages their pensions.
Unable to bear watching his co-workers’ lives collapse, Josh takes it upon himself to get their money back – and then some. He hatches a plan to rob Shaw of his supposed safety net, roughly $20 million Josh suspects he keeps in a safe in his apartment. He recruits the concierge Charlie (Casey Affleck), the newly hired elevator operator Enrique (Michael Peña) and the recently evicted Mr. Fitzhugh (Matthew Broderick) to assist him with his plan, but, even with the know-how they have to offer, it isn’t enough. They need a real crook. In comes Eddie Murphy as Slide, Josh’s trash-talking neighbor with a criminal past. Together, with ski caps on and empty wallets in hand, they’ll sneak into Shaw’s apartment, crack the safe and give the swindler what he deserves.
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With Birth of Big Air making its big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival, the boys of everything and anything insanely dangerous, Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine, came out to support their latest project. The film is part of ESPN’s “30 for 30” series, 30 documentaries celebrating 30 different trends, people or occurrences in the world of sports. This film, directed by Tremaine and produced by Knoxville, focuses on the man responsible for inspiring the mega ramp event at the X Games, Mat Hoffman.
After chatting with me today about Birth of Big Air, Tremaine, Knoxville and Hoffman took some time to provide a brief glimpse of Jackass 3-D. Naturally, Tremaine and Knoxville assured us that round three will be just as traumatizing, if not more, than the first two. They’re in the midst of shooting the film right now, thankfully in 3D rather than relying on a post-production conversion, and in the words of Tremaine, there will be “poo-poo, pee-pee, throw up” galore. And why is Hoffman in on this conversation beyond the fact that he happens to be promoting Birth of Big Air? Because he’s making a cameo in Jackass 3-D! It’s a quick part of the interview that’s easy to miss, but Tremaine provides a nod of confirmation around the 35 second mark.
Knoxville also shared a little about the untitled omnibus comedy that’s been getting loads of attention. The cast boasts names like Elizabeth Banks, Gerard Butler, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloe Moretz and many more. The film will be comprised of 17 different shorts created by various directors including Griffin Dunne and Bob Odenkirk. Knoxville confirms he’s wrapped his segment, which was shot by Brett Ratner and features himself and Seann William Scott.
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