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***2014 RECAP*** MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

They Came
Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | They Came Together (2014)

They Came
Molly: “Can I ask you a question; how do you sleep at night?” Joel: “I usually jerk off and then sleep pretty soundly”.

Parody or spoof movies are possibly the worst genre of movie being churned out today, but it’s not the genre’s fault. In fact, before the Wayans Brothers ruined it for everyone, and before the endless dribble of “Not Another…” movies managed to go even lower, the parody movie was actually a pretty sure thing for some solid laughs.


The Naked Gun movies perfectly spoofed cop shows and made for some of the funniest comedies of late 80s and early 90s. In 1980, Airplane! was such a successful and hilarious take on the 70s disaster movie, it’s more famous and enduring today than the genre it spoofed. And it’s the spirit of Airplane and The Naked Gun that makes They Came Together the best parody, spoof, joke machine movie in a long, long time. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | We’re the Millers (2013)

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We’re the Millers kind of snuck up out of nowhere.  I’d never heard a single thing about it until I saw the trailer one day before another movie.  And that trailer made me laugh out loud more than once.  Then it was out, no one took any notice and it disappeared (although it did make pretty good money).  Well, I finally got around to it and I know why seemingly no one took any notice of We’re the Millers.


The movie opens with David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) leading the carefree life of a small time drug dealer in Denver.  He runs into an old friend who is now a hen pecked husband and father.  When the friend talks about how lucky Sudeikis is to not be tied down to anyone and have no responsibilities, the lonely look on Sudeikis’ face lets you know how by the numbers We’re the Millers will be for the next hour and half.

Arriving home, he runs into his stripper neighbour Rose (Jennifer Aniston), his awkward teenage neighbour Kenny (Will Poulter) and homeless young runaway Casey (Emma Roberts).  Sudeikis is soon in the office of his wholesaler, played by Ed Helms, who forces him to go to Mexico to pick up a shipment.  Sudeikis decides the best cover to make it back over the border into America is that of an all American family road tripping it in an RV.  So he enlists the neighbours who luckily suit the roles of wife and kids perfectly, and much hilarity ensues.  Only, it doesn’t.  If you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen all the hilarity to be ensued.

There are a few sequences with Nick Offerman and Kathryn Hahn as a couple on their own RV trip with their daughter that leads to some kind of funny moments.  But again, if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ve seen most of them.

The cast isn’t to blame for the mediocrity.  I think Jennifer Aniston is generally underrated, especially as a comedic actor.  Her flops are more about her choice of movies than the job she does in them.  Poulter does a great job as the so-awkward-it’s-painful ‘son’, and Roberts is pretty fun as the ‘daughter’.  I guess Sudeikis is fine in the main role, but he’s such an ordinary everyman, he never really makes an impact.  He’s just there so all this stuff can happen around him.

We’re the Millers even resorts to bloopers in the end credits in an attempt to mine a few more laughs.  Now this is a devise that I actually think there should be more of.  In fact, I don’t know why every comedy doesn’t do it, because I always love them.  At least, I used to always love them and I used to not know why every comedy doesn’t do it.  Now I know.

There’s nothing terrible about We’re the Millers.  There’s nothing great about it either.  There’s just not much of anything to We’re the Millers and that’s the real problem.  Not many jokes, not many conceits you haven’t seen before and absolutely nothing happens that you won’t see coming a mile away.

We’re the Millers
Directed By – Rawson Marshall Thurber
Written By – Bob Fisher, Steve Faber, Sean Anders, John Morris

MOVIE REVIEW | The Hangover Part III (2013)

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Comedies have a pretty terrible track record for sequelisation and franchisation.  For every great comedy sequel like Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey or Police Academy4: Citizens on Patrol, there are dozens of shit bombs like Blues Brothers 2000, Weekend at Bernie’s II and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.  So when The Hangover was followed up by one terrible sequel, I can’t imagine why a single person was excited to see The Hangover Part III.


The wolf pack is back.  Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms) and Alan (Zach Galifianakis).  After a genuinely funny first movie and a genuinely pointless and redundant sequel, the upside of Part III is the writers actually bothered to come up with a new story this time.  The problem is, I just didn’t give a shit.

As the breakout character from the first movie, Galifianakis gets the central role this time around.  After the death of his father, he starts acting even crazier than usual, leading to his friends holding an intervention.  This then leads to some boring, attempted comedy until the core group is kidnapped by John Goodman as crime lord Marshall.  There’s some story here that linked to the first two movies, but I dare you to be interested enough to pay attention.

This is where The Hangover Part III goes full blown Urkel.  Ken Jeong was legitimately funny as Mr Chow in the first movie.  And after watching Part II, it was blatantly obvious that he was so funny because he was used so sparingly.  So when Part III trots him out as the central character to everything that keeps the movie moving forward, he wears out his welcome almost immediately.

Galifianakis is a really funny screen presence.  Ed Helms has proven himself to be super funny in other things.  Bradley Cooper is one of those effortlessly charismatic actors who makes even the most extreme ass holery somehow charming.  But Todd Phillips found a way to make me hate all three.

The Hangover trilogy runs a tight parallel with Steven Soderbergh’s Oceans trilogyThe first was a surprisingly great genre movie that came out of the blue to become a big hit.  It was light, escapist fluff, but well mede, well executed light, escapist fluff.   The second was an exact carbon copy of the first, almost like the writers just used “find and replace” in Microsoft Word to change the location from Vegas to Bangkok.

The third…  Well, in both cases, at least the third tried something different and kind of interesting.  But in both cases, all goodwill from the original was long gone and long exploited before I ever got a chance to give a crap about the final installment.

The Hangover Part III isn’t a terrible movie, it’s just a totally unnecessary one.  There are a few funny moments, but nothing that wasn’t done better and funnier in the first movie.  Parts II and III are the kinds of sequels that even manage to take some of the shine off the original.  So if you’re fan of the first and have managed to so far avoid the sequels, keep it that way.  You’ll like the original all the more for it.

The Hangover Part III
Directed By – Todd Phillips
Written By – Todd Phillips, Craig Mazin