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If Only, a review by Tom




Title: If Only
Year: 2004
Director: Gil Junger
Rating: FSK-6
Length: 92 Min.
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85
Audio: German: Dolby Digital 5.1, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, German

Stars:
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Paul Nicholls
Tom Wilkinson
Diana Hardcastle
Lucy Davenport

Extras:
Photo Gallery
Production Notes
Trailers

My Thoughts:
The basic premise of this movie is nothing new, but something I usually enjoy: Someone gets the chance to relive the day to right some wrongs.
But I don't really liked how this plot device was used in this movie and the movie suffered for me here. Though it picked up for me towards the end.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is good in this movie. If you are a fan of hers, then you will probably enjoy this movie (and she runs around in underwear a lot, which doesn't hurt :laugh:). Though Pete, just to warn you, she does sing in this movie ;)
I knew that she is also a singer, but I always thought she is just another one of those actresses-wannabe-singers. But she can actually sing really well! I enjoyed her song in this movie.

Rating:

(From Tom's Random Reviews on April 29th, 2009)

Member's Reviews

Observe & Report, a review by karmesinrot



Observe and Report

Cast: Seth Rogen Ronnie Barnhardt, Ray Liotta Detective Harrison, Michael Pena Dennis, Anna Faris Brandi, Collette Wolf Nell, Jesse Plemons Charles, John & Matt Yuan John & Matt Yuen.

Written and Directed by: Jody Hill

Plot Synopsis: THE FOOT FIST WAY director Jody Hill takes the helm for this Seth Rogen comedy concerning an ambitious mall cop who competes with a seasoned detective to bust an elusive flasher. Make a wrong move at Forest Ridge Mall, and you'll have to answer to no-nonsense security head Ronnie Barnhardt (Rogen). Ronnie sees skateboarders as the blight of society, and any shoplifter unfortunate enough to summon his wrath will be promptly busted and booked. Sure, Ronnie may suffer delusions of grandeur when it comes to his job, but perhaps with a little effort he'll eventually get to trade in his flashlight and patch for a gun and a badge. When a flasher begins tormenting the shoppers at Forest Ridge Mall, Ronnie seizes the opportunity to showcase his detective skills and impress gorgeous makeup counter girl Brandi (Anna Faris), who can't be bothered to give him a second glance. Perhaps by catching the culprit, Ronnie will finally earn himself a prized position over at the police academy. But the one thing Ronnie hadn't counted on was competition, and when Detective Harrison (Ray Liotta) of the Conway Police makes it his personal mission to nab the flasher, the two rivals begin working around the clock to crack the case before their counterpart. (taken from Amazon.co.uk)
My Thoughts: I went into this film expecting the adult version of Paul Blart Mall Cop. As a dark comedy, Observe and Report is obviously not going to be everyone's cup of tea and as a result has plenty of mixed reviews on Amazon. Seth Rogan plays the part of bipolar Ronnie reasonably well - I felt both empathy and dislike towards him during the course of the film, whilst Anna Faris plays a version of her usual ditzy blonde character.
I feel the movie relies way too heavily on cheap laughs from overuse of bad language, nudity and violence. The "dark humour" elements included Ronnie's alcoholic mother and fellow security officer Dennis' drug use. I'm not one for being easily offended, but personally I thought that the jokes were tired, have been done before and just weren't that funny.  :-\ The one laugh-out-loud moment that I can remember is Ronnie and Brandi's drunken sex scene  :P
 This was the first time I had seen Jesse Plemons in something other than Friday Night Lights - would have liked if he could have had a larger part.
Maybe I just don't understand dark humour properly, but I don't think this is one I will be watching again in a hurry.  :thumbdown:

Rating: 2/5

Hope you guys enjoy my first review! :)

(From Observe & Report on April 9th, 2010)

Member's TV Reviews

Tom's TV Pilots marathon, a review by Tom


     Pushing Daisies: Season One (2007/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Warner Home Video (United States)
Length:410 min.
Video:Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 5.1, Portuguese: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:Chinese, English, French, Korean, Spanish, Thai


Plot:
Every not-so-often, along comes a show that's different. Wonderfully different. Pushing Daisies, TV Guide's Matt Roush writes, "restores my faith in TV's ability to amuse, enchant and entertain." It's the story of Ned, a lonely pie maker whose touch can reanimate the dead. Cool, but there's a hitch. If Ned touches the person again, the miracle is reversed. If he doesn't, a bystander goes toes up. What to do? Easy: Team with a private eye, bring murder victims back just long enough to discover whodunit, and collect the rewards. Things go well until Ned's boyhood sweetie is the next dear departed, and he can't resist bringing her back for keeps! Dig the wit, style and quirky romance: If you're not laughing, you may need a visit from Ned.


Pushing Daisies
1.01 Pie-Lette (2007-10-03)
Writer: Bryan Fuller (Created By), Bryan Fuller (Writer)
Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Lee Pace (Ned), Anna Friel (Chuck), Chi McBride (Emerson Cod), Jim Dale (Narrator (voice)), Ellen Greene (Vivian Charles), Swoosie Kurtz (Lily Charles), Kristin Chenoweth (Olive Snook), Patrick Breen (Leo Gaswint), Terry Anzur (Newscaster 3), Ed Brigadier (Minister 1), Field Cate (Young Ned), Ted Garcia (Newscaster 1), Murray Gershenz (Rabbi), Tina Gloss (Ned's Mother), Brad Grunberg (Funeral Director), Sammi Hanratty (Young Chuck), Geraud Moncure (Newscaster 4), Leyna Nguyen (Newscaster 2), Sy Richardson (Coroner), Greg Suddeth (Gravedigger 1), David Trice (Martin Miltenberger), Julie Wittner (Deedee Duffield), Jeff Wolfe (Shiny Shoes Killer)

A short-lived series I enjoyed very much. But I must admit I am glad that it only had two short seasons. The premise is nice, but nothing which holds up multiple seasons.
The pilot episode is a perfect introduction to this series.

Rating:

(From Tom's TV Pilots marathon on June 24th, 2012)