Sunday, June 04, 2006
Movie Reviews: THE BREAK-UP & DATE MOVIE
After their latest squabble, art dealer Brooke (Jennifer Aniston) decides to break up with her boyfriend, Gary (Vince Vaughn), who hosts bus tours of Chicago. But breaking up and moving out is hard to do, especially when the former couple's friends and family and even complete strangers offer their advice on how to deal with the situation. To make matters worse, the former flames live in a sweet downtown condo, and neither of them wants to move out.
Cast Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Bateman
Director(s) Peyton Reed
Writer(s) Jay Lavender, Jeremy Garelick
Status In theaters (wide)
Genre(s) Comedies, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy
Release Date June 2, 2006
Running Time 106 minutes
MPAA Rating PG-13
I was actually looking forward to the Break Up, hoping there would be some good laughs to be had in this modern retread of War of the Roses. Sadly, I was let down by a new release for the 2nd week in a row. The Break Up simply doesnt work. There are a few laughs to be had but most of them have already been shown in the movies trailer. The main problem with the movie is that Aniston and Vaughn have zero chemistry together on screen. It doesnt help that neither of them can make their characters likable. Vaughn does have some good moments but for the most part watching him and Aniston, who needs to eat a freaking graham cracker, argue for the better part of this movie is just a chore. Jon Favreau has a small part in the film as one of Vaughns best friends, hes one of the few highlights in the movie, and their exchanges are excellent. I had hoped The Break Up would have been a memorable experience but alas I cant get everything I wish for.
Quick tangent, but as anyone who reads this knows I watch a ton of movies which also means I watch a ton of trailers. For the most part, I love trailers but the trailer for new Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep movie, The Devil Wears Prada, has got me a bit annoyed. I actually kind of wanna see this movie but I dont know who the hell thought itd be a good idea to use what looks like the first 5 minutes of the movie as a trailer. The first time it was fine but Ive seen that freaking clip 3 times in the last 2 weeks and its getting on my nerves! I know Im weird but just need to rant..
Julia Jones (Hannigan) has finally met the guy of her dreams, Brit Grant Funckyerdoder (Campbell). But before they can have their big fat Greek wedding, they have to meet the parents, deal with a wedding planner and confront a woman who wants to stop her best friend's wedding.
Cast Alyson Hannigan, Jennifer Coolidge, Fred Willard
Director(s) Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Writer(s) Jason Friedberg, Aaron Seltzer
Status On DVD
Genre(s) Comedies, Spoof, Satire, Theatrical Release, Romantic Comedy, Families, Couples
Release Date Feb. 17, 2006
DVD Release Date May 30, 2006
Running Time 80 minutes
MPAA Rating Unrated
Date Movie is another entry into the spoof genre which has some good moments but is mostly filled with jokes that just fall flat. Hannigan seems to be doing her best Anna Farris (Scary Movie franchise) impression throughout which kept me wondering why they didnt just hire Ms. Farris in the first place. Like any of the recent Scary Movie entries some gags work really well but most just dont work at all, I mean how many more Michael Jackson jokes do we have to be subjected to in spoofs? Regardless, if youve got some time to kill and have watched enough Romantic Comedies to catch all the references, hell they even spoof Kill Bill, then you might enjoy Date Movie, just dont expect to be blown away.