The Kids Are All Right tells a story based on an interesting situation. A lesbian couple each obtain donations from a sperm bank in order to have children as they start their family together. The kids are now 18 and 15 and they want to meet their biological father for the first time. They find him and hijinks ensue. I liked the concept, and this this film is acted decently. It was funnier than I expected, and I had a good time watching it. However, there was something that kept me from really getting into it. I was always aware it was a movie, whatever that means. Arbitrary rating is a 6 out of 10.
|◆||#112: Easy A (6/10)|
High school comedies are a crap-shoot. Easy A is one of the better ones, but it is not without its problems. There are a lot of funny jokes, but there are also a lot of lame ones. I laughed quite a bit, but I cringed almost as much. I would have given this a higher score, but there were too many moments that were just... stupid. Don't let that stop you from watching it. It has more good than bad. I can't recall any one specific dumb moment, but there were some pop culture references in there that felt forced. There were also times when it tried to be a little too clever, and it fell flat.
|◆||#111: Exit Through The Gift Shop (9/10)|
|◆||#110: Where The Wild Things Are (2/10)|
I had this film on my shelf for a month before I finally sat my wild rumpus down to watch it. I still wasn't really in the mood to see it, I just felt so bad about keeping it that long that I had to pop it in and give it a whirl. The first bit was quite entertaining. I liked Max in the real world, and thought his character had potential. As soon as he went off to fantasy land the whole thing fell apart. The introductions of the beasties was awkward. Most everything that happened felt random and pointless. It was almost impossible to sit through. I realize the wild things represented different aspects of Max's personality and all that crap, but it just wasn't interesting or good in my opinion. If you liked the movie, that is fine, but I would enjoy hearing your reasons. The only way it got a 2 was the beginning part.
|◆||#108: Grown Ups (4/10)|
I was the perfect age to latch onto Adam Sandler in his heyday. Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore were two of my favorite movies through my teen years. I want to like everything he does, but I have to acknowledge that lately he has not impressed. I am probably outgrowing his style of comedy. Nonetheless I still love those "classics" and wonder why he hasn't been able to offer the same level of enjoyment he once did. Going in my expectations were extremely low for Grown Ups. It seems like my expecatations are set low by default for any comedy that comes out these days. Grown Ups was able to make me laugh more than I expected. Seeing how the point of a comedy is to make the audience laugh, I would have to say it was a slight success even though it was a horrible movie. A few chuckles won't keep this mess from getting more than a 4 out of 10 on my totally arbitrary movie rating scale.