Posts Tagged ‘cameron diaz’

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Bad Teacher (2011)

October 27, 2011

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segal, Lucy Punch
Director: Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Orange County)

Quick Thoughts: Bad Teacher is a predictable, raunchy comedy that features a decent performance from Cameron Diaz and a miserable one from Justin Timberlake. JT is an underrated actor, but his character in this movie is tediously bizarre and makes you wonder why he decided to take the roll. The story is about a gold digger that works a day job as a teacher while she tries to secure a man that can take care of all her needs financially. She’s superficial, selfish, and completely uninterested in her profession. She smokes pot in the school parking lot, has no regard for her students, and plays movies in class. All day. Every day. The movie made me chuckle a few times, particularly when Diaz decides to screen the movie Scream for her class. After a series of films that center around teachers and school (like Stand & Deliver and Dangerous Minds), it’s pretty amusing that she thinks Scream fits the theme simply because Sidney and Co. are high school students and a principal gets murdered. Not to mention that film is rated a hard R. That said, the story is predictable and the character development is really shoddy. By the end of the film, you still don’t really believe this woman is a good person.

Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Nothing more than a one-time viewing for me.
Sequel Potential: Zero potential.
Nudity: Diaz’s character has her eyes set on breast implants, so we get some good looks at some doctored tig oles.
Grade: 4.5/10 (Netflix It/Worth A Watch)
RottenTomatoes Scores: Critics: 45% Audience: 39%
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10
Recommendation: A moderately funny film with a predictable plot. Not a big deal if you skip, but not a complete waste of time if you watch it.

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The Green Hornet (2011)

February 21, 2011


Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Tom Wilkinson
Director: Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, Be Kind Please Rewind, Human Nature)
Quick Thoughts: When Seth Rogen was starring in “Undeclared” a decade ago, I didn’t really envision him becoming an A-list movie star and I certainly didn’t expect him to star in a superhero film. Boy how times have changed. It’s still hard to accept Rogen as a superhero, but The Green Hornet isn’t really one of the most beloved comic book icons. Surprisingly enough, Rogen makes it work, both as a writer and an actor. Rogen penned the script with good pal Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) and turn The Green Hornet’s story into something worth watching. Rogen plays Britt Reid, the spoiled, unambitious son of a billionaire newspaper mogul. He spends his days sleeping in until the afternoon, waking up with girls he doesn’t recognize and slouching around after another night of hard partying. His world is shaken up when his father dies suddenly and he finds himself at the head of the family business. Reid ends up befriending one of his father’s employees, Kato, a young man with an amazing skill set that includes martial arts mastery and ridiculous engineering abilities. Inspired by Kato’s prowess, Reid takes up the identity of The Green Hornet and together they set out to take on the city’s underworld.

The Green Hornet is a perfect mesh of comedy and action. Kudos to the production team for turning a film about a C-List superhero and it something that’s consistently funny, fast-paced, and entertaining. In a lot of ways, The Green Hornet asks the question: What if Kick-Ass had Bruce Wayne’s resources and a Tony Stark/Bruce Lee hybrid for a sidekick? Rogen is perfectly cast as Britt Reid, playing our inexperienced hero with naivety and a sense of wonder about what he’s doing. Wanting so desperately for a rush in his life that he’s willing to ignore just how easily he could be killed. Jay Chou makes for a good sidekick and does solid work throughout the film, putting his martial arts skills on display. He does Bruce Lee’s former roll justice. Christoph Waltz, who won an Oscar for his role in Inglorious Basterds last year, doesn’t have quite as much to work with this time around, but manages to give a cold-blooded killer a believable sense of humor. James Franco has an awesome cameo at the beginning of the movie that is straight up hilarious. The special effects in this movie are a little cheesy at times, but don’t take away too much from the film. I enjoyed The Green Hornet. It’s not The Dark Knight, but it’s much better than I ever thought it would be and is at least better than any of the superhero movies that came out last year.
Viewings: 1
Replay Value: Might actually improve with multiple viewings. Comedies tend to do that.
Sequel Potential: I’m down.
Oscar Potential: January movies don’t tend to get much Oscar buzz.
Nudity: None
Grade: 6/10 (Recommended)
Recommendation: A surprisingly solid and funny action flick about a superhero no one really cares about.