Ticket or Click It: Ice, Ice, Baby

by | July 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM | Movies, Ticket or Click It

'Ice Age: Continental Drift' (Photo: Fox)

There’s only one week until what many of us hope will be the movie of the summer. How should you pass the time? Another movie, of course! Is it better to watch something comfortably at home with XFINITY On Demand? Or should you travel to your local theater? Click on the movie titles for more information about ordering On Demand or buying tickets through Fandango. And in one week, The Dark Knight… he rises.

 

What’s On Demand?

American Reunion

As the gang gathers for its 13-year high school reunion, they prove that they may have gotten older, but not much wiser. After losing the passion in their relationship, Michelle wants to spice things up with her now-husband Jim. Oz reunites with Heather. Kevin is married to someone other than Vicky. Finch has the perfect life. And Stifler is, well, still Stifler.

Our take: There’s some sentiment in seeing the horny, sex-obsessed group back together, but the things that were cute at age 17 are a little creepy in your 30s. Like all high school reunions, the jokes are old, the fizz is flat and the curiosity of seeing how everyone turned out rules the day. Even if you have a good time, you’re not sorry to leave when it’s over.

Friends with Kids

Two New Yorkers – the last singles in a group of now-committed buddies – look around and find that everyone is having kids but them. Since they know each other well, they figure, why not have a kid together? It’s a way to beat the ticking clock and crushing responsibility while still looking for Mr. and Ms. Right.

Our take: Smart and funny, this comedy benefits from a well-written script and the casting of actors who are generally relegated to the background. While it feels rehashed in some places, “Friends” is an enjoyable movie about people who want to have their baby shower cake and eat it too. Turns out, it’s not as easy as it seems.

Ballplayer: Pelotero

This documentary follows Juan Carlos and Miguel Angel, two aspiring baseball stars who are about to turn 16. They’ve both won a spot in the MLB training camp in the Dominican Republic. For them, baseball is more than following a dream – it’s a chance to escape the crushing poverty of the island.

Our take: I have not seen this film, but hear it’s fantastic. There’s a thin line between hope and exploitation, and a wild mix between pursuing a dream and selling your soul.

 

What’s In Theaters?

Ice Age: Continental Drift 3D

A Teutonic plate upheaval leaves the guys (Sid, Diego and Manny) separated from Manny’s family (Ellie and Peaches). The groups can meet up at a rapidly sinking land bridge, but first they have to get past pirate monkeys. Yes, you read right. Pirate monkeys. Plus, that poor squirrel is still chasing that acorn.

Our take: Like the previous three installments, this “Ice Age” is all laughs and no heart with fine animation. The action and jokes keep coming rat-a-tat-tat, and the visuals are beautiful, but you’ll forget just about everything about the movie as you walk out the door. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing.  In the heat of July, sometimes it’s enough to sit in an air-conditioned theater and enjoy a good, iceberg-chilled laugh.

 

Ticket or Click It?

Click It! Check out “Friends with Kids,” a comedy for grown-ups.

 

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