Friday Five Fast Film Reviews (11/14): The Wedding Singer, Signs, Grandma’s Boy, Duplex, My Super Ex Girlfriend

Five Fast Film Reviews

This week on Friday Fast Five Film Reviews I dig into my backlog of quick movie ratings. You won’t see names under the reviews, as we usually do, because this week all of them were written by me. As I said, this is dipping into the backlog of reviews we have that haven’t been published here, so all of these we written in 2006 or 2007. We’ve got four comedies, two of which co-star Drew Barrymore, and one “thriller” on tap tonight. On with the show.

The Wedding Singer (1998)
Official Score: 3 stars – GOOD

Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a local favorite as a wedding singer, who gets stood up at his own wedding. However, he soon falls for the new girl in town, Julia (Drew Barrymore), but unfortunately she’s engaged to a man that thinks he’s Don Johnson. Naturally, Julia falls for Robbie as well, but of course a lot of random things happen in order to keep things from being that simple. This movie is hilarious and has become one of my favorites. I insist that any self-respecting comedy fan must watch this movie as often as possible. DO IT NOW!!!

Signs (2002)
Official Score: 4 stars – GREAT

Mel Gibson is a preacher that lost his faith after M. Night Shyamalan fell asleep at the wheel and pinned Gibson’s wife to a tree. One day, crop circles appear in Gibson’s corn field. Turns out, these circles are popping up all over the world, signalling a possible alien invasion, leaving Gibson’s character to try and devise a way to outsmart the green men from another world, protect his family, and struggle with his faith in the Lord. I thought this was a pretty entertaining movie. In my opinion, it might be the best of the Shyamalan collection. I must insist that you view this movie as soon as possible, The Sandman commands it.

Grandma’s Boy (2006)
Official Score: 2 stars – DECENT

Alex (Allen Covert), a 35-year old video game tester, has just been evicted because his roommate took the rent money and spent it on Asian massage girls. Needing a place to stay, he crashes at his best friend’s place, but only until he masturbates on the guy’s mom in the bathroom. Stuck, he winds up moving in with his grandmother and her two roommates. Attempting to save face, Alex tells all his buddies at work that he’s living with three hot chicks that keep him up all night, but eventually everyone finds out the truth. Other things in this movie you might enjoy: Alex’s new boss isn’t bad to look at, lots of pot being smoked, a bare-chested blonde with big breasts, race car beds, footie pajamas, and a man that thinks he’s a robot from The Matrix. Not a really great story (and the new boss could’ve been hotter and gotten naked, but oh well), but some pretty good laughs. Worth a watch if you enjoy pointless, crude comedy.

Duplex (2003)
Official Score: 2 stars – DECENT

Ben Stiller and Drew Barrymore are a married couple that buy a duplex in Brooklyn. Unfortunately, due to rent control, the sweet old woman upstairs cannot be kicked out. It would seem this shouldn’t be much of a problem, but kind, old Mrs. Connelly turns out to be a handful and then some.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006)
Official Score: 2 stars – DECENT

Kind of a middle of the road movie. Luke Wilson plays a guy who starts dating what seems to be an ordinary librarian (Uma Thurman) until he discovers that she is the superhero G-Girl. G-Girl doesn’t take kindly to being dumped, and proceeds to make the young man’s life a living hell. My main problem with this movie was the “other” love interest being played by Anna Farris. She’s not ugly, but she’s in no way hotter than Uma Thurman. What the fuck?


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