Tempted by the idea of a farce along the lines of Robin Hood: Men In Tights, I found myself watching Your Highness and almost instantly regretting it. Prince Thadeous (Danny McBride) has always lived in the shadow of his heroic brother Fabious (James Franco) but when Fabious’ bride (Zooey Deschanel) is kidnapped by an evil sorceror, Thadeous decides to join the rescue in order to prove himself. What made Men In Tights cool was that it was clever and tongue-in-cheek but Your Highness is so crude that I found myself cringing at every opportunity and wondering why Franco, Deschanel and Natalie Portman (who randomly strips off, while appearing as a warrior princess) agreed to this drivel. Avoid.
Friends Nick (Jason Bateman), Dale (Charlie Day) and Kurt (Jason Sudeikis) are all plagued by horrible bosses. Trapped in their increasingly unfulfilling jobs, they decide the only solution is murder. There’s no denying that this is film is extremely silly but it also packs some pretty serious laughs and Kevin Spacey, Jennifer Anniston and Colin Farrell all clearly have a whale of a time playing the outrageous bosses. Good fun if you’re in the mood for a light-hearted giggle or if your boss has been driving your mad.
In this real life sports flick, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, the manager of a beleaguered baseball club called the Oakland A’s. Stuck for budget and desperate to win, Beane employs statistician, Peter Brand (A pre-skinny Jonah Hill) to help him choose his players according to mathematical formulae, much to the horror of everyone else involved in the club. Pitt is excellent as the unorthodox Beane and you don’t have to understand baseball to get sucked into this gripping story.
When uber-fan, Walter discovers that The Muppets are going to lose their famous theatre to Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) he ropes his brother, Gary (Jason Segal) and Gary’s long suffering girlfriend, Mary (Amy Adams) into helping him convince The Muppets to reform for one show. But does anyone even remember The Muppets? And how will Walter decide if he’s a manly muppet or a muppet of a man? This is very cute and very cheerful and likely to put a smile on your face. It was probably a little bit too saccharine for me but if you need cheering up, go for it. Also if you’re a fan of Flight of The Conchords, you’ll be able to see music director, Bret McKenzie’s stamp all over this.