Archive for July 30th, 2010

30th July
2010
written by Adam

Tim (Paul Rudd) is an executive for a financial portfolio management company full of ideas, aspiring to move up in the world. When an opportunity to land a very lucrative and important client winds up in his lap, Tim appears to be the perfect candidate to manage the account. But, before Tim is given the opportunity, he needs to impress his boss in a bizarre and cruel ritual dinner in which all the executives for the company are asked to bring an “idiot” as a guest. The person who brings the biggest idiot is the winner and wins the affection of the boss. Enter Barry (Steve Carell), an IRS agent with an affinity for taxidermy of mice. When Tim meets Barry it appears he’s found his guest for the dinner, but, not if Tim’s girlfriend Julie (Stephanie Szostak) has anything to say about it. Stress between Tim and Julie rockets as Barry steps between the two, before long a series of misunderstandings builds to a peak in this comedy of errors. Predictable from the start there isn’t exactly suspense in this one; and, while there is some merit to the comedy here, situational and absurdist humor, I can’t exactly say the writing felt like true comedy gold for any of the players. Perhaps the fairly wicked spirited humor lent to part of this, but then again maybe it was just that the whole thing felt a little too drawn out and labored in general. Whatever the cause, I don’t think we’ll see this as a box office crusher this weekend despite the potential this film could have had. Maybe a matinee, but really more of a rental later. Dinner for Schmucks is rated PG-13.

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30th July
2010
written by Adam

The ongoing battle for human affection and dominance in the animal kingdom between cats and dogs is suspended as two canine secret agents: a rookie named Diggs (James Marsden), a K-9 German Shepherd, and old salt Butch (Nick Nolte), a golden lab, learn of a wicked plot to turn dogs against their humans and enslave humans to cats. Behind the evil plan is Kitty
Galore (Bette Midler), a former feline agent gone rogue with a score to settle. Before long, the two hounds are matched with a guile and agile feline agent named Catherine (Christina Applegate) and Seamus the pigeon (Katt Williams). But firepower and all, can the two species learn to put aside their differences and stop Kitty?┬áDesigned with kids in mind, but with plenty of subtle adult nods to spy film and detective cinema Cats and Dogs certainly gets a few points for cleverness; however, the overall laughs are sparse and performances rather hit and miss from what could otherwise be a strong cast. A cookie cutter screenplay doesn’t help the case for this film much either. Bottom line, despite it’s cute factor and occasional wit, this is a rental for younger audiences, I really can’t see adults finding much sustenance here. Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore is rated PG.

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