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Interview: Cheap Thrills’ Ethan Embry

Ethan_EmbryHaving grown up watching Empire Records and Can’t Hardly Wait on repeat, Ethan Embry is nearly unrecognizable as Vince in the Drafthouse Films release Cheap Thrills. Whereas Mark and Preston are both lovable dorks, Vince is a badass through and through.

The film features Pat Healy as Craig, a loving father and husband desperate to earn a living for his family. Trouble is, he faces eviction and loses his job in one fell swoop. While drowning his sorrows at a bar, he bumps into his old high school buddy, Vince (Embry), and the pair is invited to join a wealthy couple (David Koechner and Sara Paxton) for drinks. Soon thereafter, Craig and Vince find themselves partaking in one reckless dare after the next, amusing the couple by proving how far they’re willing to go for money.

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Jobs That Are Way Cooler in the Movies

No, every little kid in the country isn’t going to tell their parents that they want to grow up to be a bike messenger because of Premium Rush, but we’d like to bet there will be a spike in applications. Joseph Gordon-Levitt may look pretty cool zipping around Manhattan on that bike, but, odds are, should bike messaging be in your future, it’ll involve an exhausting amount of pedaling, one too many cabs cutting you off and not a single package with the power to turn you into a hero on the run. Now that we’ve nixed bike messaging as a dream job, how about a few others that the big screen is known to make look cooler than they actually are?

Teacher

You bust into a classroom packed with disgruntled students with zero motivation, but tons of potential and manage to make such an impact that they insist you keep teaching them, and it’s all set to the tune of Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Sorry, aspiring educators, but it only goes down like this inDangerous Minds. Schooling may be the key to our future and teaching an endlessly important job, but without singing nuns, fake subs turning their classes into a rock bands or student government advisors trying to fix elections, a day at school is just jumping from class to class, reading from textbooks and plowing through lesson plans.

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Cast Reunions that Should and Shouldn’t Happen

If you haven’t noticed, this industry loves to use and reuse material, spawning sequels, reboot and now reunions. There’s been a whopping six American Pie movies since the very first hit theaters in 1999, but come Friday, we’ll see the entire original gang back together again for the very first time since 2001’s American Pie 2. Should American Reunion blow away the box office, there’s certainly a good shot reunion movies could become the next big thing and, should that be the case, we’re prepared with some good options, and some not-so-good ones, too.

Spoiler Alert – Plot/movie conclusion discussion ahead!

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Cinematical Seven: Epic School Parties

In a genre overrun by tacky romantics movies, a film like ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ is wonderfully refreshing. Yes, it’ll have some romance as Topher Grace’s character bumps into his old high school crush, Tori Trederking (Teresa Palmer), but what sets this film apart from the rest is that it revolves around what could be an absolutely epic party, or, as the film’s tagline suggests, the “Best. Night. Ever.”

Now here’s something we haven’t seen in quite a while. ‘Easy A’ is certainly a hilarious high school comedy, but party-wise, there’s really nothing worthy of the “epic” title and something feels wrong about calling a party epic in a film that actually dubs itself “an epic of epic epicness.” Sorry, ‘Scott Pilgrim.’ Oh, and the trippy casino party in ‘Percy Jackson?’ Not school-related and more of an epic and awkward fail than anything. We’re in need of an onscreen schoolparty that isn’t just a scene in a movie, rather the reason for the movie’s existence – all roads lead to this party. So, before you indulge in what will hopefully be just that in ‘Take Me Home Tonight’ this weekend, check out an epic list of epic pastime favorites.

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