Friday, May 13, 2022

Senior Year: Movie Review

Too subdued and unoriginal.
Senior Year is Rebel Wilson’s latest comedy offering. She’s 37, has been in a coma for the last 20 years, and now she’s returning to high school to graduate finally be named prom queen (graduation is for the un-cool kids). Cue all the 2002 jokes and how society has become so pretentious. It definitely has its fair share of cell phone jokes, an Ally McBeal joke, and how non-confrontational everything is now, but it’s relatively tame. I was expecting way worse.   2022

Directed by: Alex Hardcastle

Screenplay by: Andrew Knauer, Arthur Pielli and Brandon Scott

Starring: Rebel Wilson, Sam Richardson

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

The Perfect Family: Movie Review

Universal themes, well crafted characters.
What starts as a rom-com about family turns into a bittersweet comedy about the collapse of a picture-perfect family and an examination of gender roles in today’s society. The Perfect Family is not a pure comedy and it also shifts away from not one but two tales of romance to eventually reveal itself as an unexpected dramedy about women finding themselves at all stages of life.   2021

Directed by: Arantxa Echevarría

Screenplay by: Olatz Arroyo

Starring: Belén Rueda, Carolina Yuste and Gonzalo Ramos

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Getaway King: Movie Review

A silly dated action comedy.

A Polish true story masquerading as an action crime comedy, The Getaway King is more chaotic than it is interesting and more silly than it is entertaining. The backdrop is 1988 Poland at the end of Communism, and I would have to assume those that lived there at that time got a lot more of the backstory that would have made this more interesting. For the rest of us the historical and cultural significance is downplayed so much, it’s missing that crucial touchpoint.   2021

Directed by: Mateusz Rakowicz

Screenplay by: Lukasz Maciejewski and
Mateusz Rakowicz

Starring: David Ogrodnik, Robert Wieckiewicz