Film Friday #151

How Do You Know

Reese Witherspoon plays Lisa, a professional softball player left at loose ends after she is cut from the national team. Unsure of what to do with herself she pursues a relationship with self-absorbed, emotionally stunted baseball player called, Matty (Owen Wilson). At the same time, George (Paul Rudd) is facing a federal investigation after it comes to light that his company may have done some dodgy deals. As Lisa tries to figure out what to do with her life and George grapples with his manipulative father and boss (Jack Nicholson) the two cross paths and form a friendship, which mostly involves them sitting around talking absolute nonsense to each other. The rest, as you can imagine is pretty predictable. I suppose it isn’t really fair to call this film a romantic comedy… because really it’s not very funny or romantic and neither are the subjects it covers, but that leaves it a bit lost. It also doesn’t benefit from the fact that a lot of George’s behaviour is utterly bizarre and most of the dialogue is nonsensical. Bland. 2/5

You farted, didn't you?

You farted, didn’t you?

SLC Punk

Steveo (Matthew Lillard) and Heroin Bob (Michael A. Goorjian) are a couple of punks, living in Salt Lake City… where they spend their time fighting rednecks, talking about anarchy and trying to root out “posers”. The irony is that Steveo is actually a bit of a swot who comes from a very wealthy family and Bob is vehemently anti-drugs and has never touched anything stronger than beer. Initially watching these two bounce from one crazy incident to the next is very funny but as more about Bob’s sad past is revealed and Steveo starts to question his beliefs this becomes a touching coming of age tale about friendship and loyalty with a some heartrending moments. Lillard gives a great performance, proving that he has got the ability to pull off a dramatic role. 4/5

Punk baking: not for the faint of heart

Punk baking: not for the faint of heart

Do the Right Thing

The Spike Lee classic chronicles one day in a deprived multicultural Brooklyn suburb. It’s the hottest day of the year and the black, Italian, Puerto Rican and Korean residents of Bedford-Stuyvesant are going about their normal business and discussing the relative lack of merit of everyone who is different from them. Most of the action is situated around Sal’s Pizzeria, managed by Sal (Danny Aiello) and his two sons Vito (Richard Edson) and Pino (John Turturro) and worked at by Mookie (Spike Lee). When regular customer, Buggin’ Out (Giancarlo Esposito – yes Gus from Breaking Bad)  attempts to start a boycott of Sal’s because there aren’t any black people on the walls things soon escalate with terrible consequences. This film is less about plot and more about delivering a hard-hitting message through an identifiable situation, which I think it does extremely well. It’s impressive that it’s still really relevant 24 years after it was made. 4/5

I'm gonna punch some love into your motherf**king face!

I’m gonna punch some love into your motherf**king face!

A Few Best Men

While backpacking Brit, David (Xavier Samuel) meets Aussie, Mia (Laura Brent) and after a seven day whirlwind romance they decide to get married. So David, who has no family of his own, bundles his three best mates onto a plane and heads south for the wedding. Tom (Kris Marshall) is a terminal ladies man, Graham (Kevin Bishop) is painfully socially awkward and Luke (Tim Draxl) is obsessed with getting back together with his ex. Of course none of this is a good fit with Mia’s snooty upper class parents, Barbara (Olivia Newton-John) and Jim (Jonathan Biggins) and absolute carnage ensues. Will David be able to overcome insane drug dealers, Hitler mustaches, sheep and his friends’ terrible behaviour to keep his new bride? This film is very, very silly and it gets off to a bit of a slow start but it’s also very, very funny and the last third makes everything worth it Better than it’s IMDB rap. 3/5

That moment when you realise your mum has eaten all the special brownies

That moment when you realise your mum has eaten all the special brownies

10 Comments

  1. Great post, I love Do the right thing.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks. I found it really gripping. I think I need to do a top 10 of films set in one day. It’s a format I really like!

      1. That’s interesting, yeah movies set over one day are usually very effective indeed.

  2. I watched How Do You Know on LoveFilm instant recently and thought it was alright, though I am obsessed with Paul Rudd so that probably made it more watchable for me. Thanks for the heads up about A Few Best Men. I hadn’t heard of it, but I like Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop so I’ve added it to my LoveFilm list 🙂

    1. Abbi

      I actually thought Reese Witherspoon gave a pretty decent performance but that the script let the whole thing down. I think you’ll enjoy A Few Best Men. It’s a bit ridiculous but it really made me laugh.

  3. Oh lord, How do you Know (without a question mark, which bothers me greatly) was totally forgettable. The only thing I remember was that it sucked.

    1. Abbi

      Yeah… where the hell is the question mark???

      1. I vote they re-release the film with a question mark! haha

  4. I’m way behind – almost time for another Film Friday! How Do You Know was disappointing – I watched it because I love Nicholson & Rudd. Pretty boring. Haven’t seen Do The Right Thing in years! Gotta love some Public Enemy. Always wanted to see SLC Punk… Not sure about that last one though. Great reviews again – you often have one or two I’ve not seen so I like seeing what you think of those. 🙂

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! These Fridays come around way too quickly, don’t they! I think you’d really enjoy SLC Punk. I have got a bit of a soft spot for Matthew Lillard, which I think might make me slightly impartial but watching his character going through that stage of realising his ideologies are completely impractical is really engrossing.

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