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Jun 25, 2010

TGITDNMAR (6/25/10)

It's that time again for TGITDNMAR, which (obviously) stands for Thank God It's The Day New Movies Are Released.

Sick of remakes, sequels, and adaptations? This is your week. Too bad neither movie looks all that great...

Grown Ups
Doesn't this just feel like the laziest movie ever made? I can picture Sandler and his buddies coming up with the general outline of it during Happy Hour over Amstel Lights and chicken wings. It probably took them all of 40 minutes.

Of course Dennis Dugan is directing (his 5th Sandler film). Of course Steve Buscemi makes an appearance. Of course Rob Schneider is onboard (his 496th Sandler film). And when I heard that the plot centered on the death of the gang's old basketball coach, I knew immediately who that was. I'll give you zero guesses.

Yep, you might not know his name, but it's Blake Clark aka That Guy That Talks Cajun Real Good. He's on his 6th Sandler flick, though he also had a cameo in Joe Dirt, too (and interestingly, he's Jim Varney's replacement for Slinky Dog in Toy Story 3). I like the guy, and really most everyone involved here to some degree, but does Happy Madison have to be so damned predictable? The only real shock is that none of The Sandler Non-Famous Buddy Crew (aka Allen Covert, Peter Dante, or Jonathan Loughran) are anywhere to be seen. Falling out? I hope not. Scratch that - further inspection of the cast and crew reveals that Loughran has a role in the film and Covert is listed as an executive producer. Only Dante is missing - I guess he was busy starring in this p.o.s. (nice Photoshop work on the poster).

Short story long - Grown Ups looks no different than every other Sandler flick these days. I'm sure it'll have its moments of amusement here and there, but I'm content to currently think it looks crappy and change my opinion to "Ok, that wasn't so bad" when I catch it on video in six months.
Fletch's Chance of Viewing (in the theater): 10%

Knight and Day
I've said all along that I've no interest in seeing this - the thought of Cruise being a chatty spy and Diaz being Diaz doesn't exactly float my boat - however...I must admit that the decent reviews streaming in (6.9/10 on IMDb currently) combined with the pretty sweet supporting cast have me intrigued. Hell, instead of watching the movie starring Cruise and Diaz, can I watch the one starring Peter Sarsgaard, Paul Dano, Viola Davis, and Maggie Grace?
Fletch's Chance of Viewing: 38%

6 people have chosen wisely: on "TGITDNMAR (6/25/10)"

Alex said...

Ha excellent assessment of Grown-ups!

And I've seen Knight and Day, and it's pretty ok. Diaz is really annoying but it's a fun action flick. The supporting cast is swell, but fyi Maggie Grace is in one scene for 2 minutes, and Paul Dano has the weirdest facial hair I've seen in a while.

Fletch said...

Well, we'll see about my Grown Ups assessment, but thanks!

Yea, "pretty ok" is just about what I've been hearing about K & D. Based on the cast listing at IMDb, it didn't look like Grace had a big role, but Hollywood being Hollywood, I replaced Diaz with her for my 'remake.'

Weird facial hair...interesting.

Castor said...

No interest in seeing any of those 2 movies. Hollywood is not getting my hard-earned dollars for that kind of junk :(

Reel Whore said...

No interest in Grown Ups. I cringe every time the audience bursts into laughter over the blue pee scene. I want to stand up and shout, "What the F@$% is wrong with you people?!" This looks completely lazy and uninspired, but it will no doubt do great.

I may see Knight & Day this weekend. It's a three-day and after Airbender, what else will there be to see?

Fletch said...

Castor - I hear ya. Hopefully, with bomb after bomb, they'll get the picture and stop allowing such lazy fare to be the "blockbusters" of tomorrow.

RW - Haha, no kidding. The Grown Ups trailer is monumentally unfunny. OMG - watch the fat guy hit a tree and roll down a hill! HI-larious!!!

I've been catching up on flicks in ye olde Netflix queue/DVR, and am completely fine with that. Also been catching a lot of smaller flicks lately, and am happy with what I'm getting there.

Reel Whore said...

I've been burning up NF (mail & instant) this summer. My postman has to be getting tired of all the red envelopes in my mailbox. My arthouse theater has kept me afloat with some good flix so that gives me my dark of the matinee fix.