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Step Brothers, a review by Jon


Step Brothers
2 out of 5


Brennan (Will Ferrell) and Dale (John C. Reilly) are two middle-aged loafers who are forced to live together when their parents get married. When the reluctant step-siblings' immature antics over TV privileges and personal property take their toll on the marriage, the devious duo hatch a hysterical scheme to reunite the couple.

Oh dear. It seems Anchorman was a fluke. This isn't as bad as Talledega Nights, but it's nowhere near the lunacy of Adam McKay's first hit. He needs to do Anchorman 2 now.

As far as man-child films go, Big set the bar. I'd hoped that this would be Big, with knob and fart jokes. Nope, it's a sketch show. Admittedly with one very funny fart joke. Some sketches are good (bunk beds!), some are bad (anything with little brother in), but like all sketch shows, it really falls apart when they try to build meaning in and join up the sketches with a plot that stretches the thin premise way past breaking point. It fails miserably when they finally grow-up, moving from one extreme to another.

Everything is in place for it to work. Will Ferrell does this sort of thing very well and John C. Reilly continues to prove a worthy match. Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins are very good at making the parents believable. Jenkins is very funny when he swears at the same time as telling the "boys" off and his "Don't lose your dinosaur" speech worked well. But the far more successful younger brother (Adam Scott) was terrible. I think, to be honest, he was a piss-take of a Tom Cruise style ultra control freak, and if Cruise could have done it (which I'm sure he would have considered), it would have worked. Here, surely, it would have been better for him to simply be very normal?  :shrug: Ferrell is so much of a cartoon character, it needed a foil. The affair between Dale and Alice was funny ("oooh, it's all slippery!" :devil:). The bullies were impossible to believe though and the shit-licking too far.*

But what really annoyed me is that my favourite, I-Have-To-See-This-Movie moment in the trailer, wasn't in the f***ing film. ARGH! I hate it when they do that. And this was the extended edition, too. :suicide:

*= Mind you I was shocked to see white dog shit. What causes it to be white? We had loads years ago, but it dissappeared in the 80s. The UK is all out of white dog poo! :laugh:

(From Jon's Random Reviews on April 30th, 2009)

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Society, a review by Jimmy


MOVIE / DVD INFO:



Title: Society (1989)

Genre: Horror
Director: Brian Yuzna
Rating: NR
Length: 1h39
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1
Audio: English
Subtitles: English

Stars:
Billy Warlock
Connie Danese
Ben Slack   
Evan Richards
Patrice Jennings   

Plot:
Even though he's from a wealthy family, teenager Bill Whitney (Billy Warlock of BAYWATCH and GENERAL HOSPITAL) just can't seem to fit in among the mysterious upper class of Beverly Hills. But when he learns that his parents and sister may be involved in secret sexual depravity, Bill begins to suspect that rich people are indeed very different from the rest of us. Can Bill escape his initiation into a nightmare world of privileged perversion or will he be forced to make the ultimate contribution to SOCIETY?

My Thoughts:
This one sure feel like watching like a George Romero's zombie movies films, not because it's a zombie movie but because it had a social message big as the arm... no subtility here. Not that I don't agree with this message, but I want to watch a horror movie not a Michael Moore "documentary".

Anyway this isn't really scary or interesting untill the end (even if we have a good idea of what will happen). That part had some pretty good effects but is, at least for me, ruined by the fact there is too much humour in what is a strange and scary situation. The acting isn't that good, but I thing it's mostly because of the way it was directed.

I've seen better I've seen worst, but as you know horror and humour doesn't mix well with me.

Rating :

(From Jimmy's - 2013 Ooctober Horror Marathon on October 23rd, 2013)

Member's TV Reviews

The 2013 Pilot Review, a review by DJ Doena


Mom

Mom @ IMDb
Mom @ Wikipedia

Synopsis: Christy (Anna Faris, The Dictator) used to be a teenage mom who has now a teenage daughter, is working as a waitress at a restaurant and is having an affair (on his side) with her boss. And then there is her mother (Allison Janney, The West Wing) who - like her daughter - is a recovering alcoholic and Violet (Christy's daughter) who's also becoming a teenage mom. A laugh track sitcom.

My Opinion: This is the newest creation by Chuck Lorre (Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly). The characters are enjoyable and grow on you over the first few episodes. I'm not completely sure about the show yet but I'm willing to give it a chance.

(From The 2013 Pilot Review on October 8th, 2013)