by Rebecca Kelley
What’s your best bet for entertainment now that the summer movie season has come to an end? Should you bunker down in your media room with XFINITY On Demand or head to your local theater? “Ticket or Click It” is here to break down the options. Click on the movie titles for more information about ordering On Demand or purchasing tickets through Fandango.
What’s On Demand?
Tom (Jason Segel) and Violet (Emily Blunt) know they want to spend the rest of their lives together. But life keeps getting in the way of their walk down the aisle. She gets her dream job. He doesn’t get his. And between moving, living and wishing, they just can’t find time for a wedding.
Our take: Believable chemistry between the leads, delightful secondary characters, some solid laughs and a grown-up script make this movie quite enjoyable. The film questions modern presumptions about love and marriage, especially the ideal that everything has to be perfect before slipping into that white dress. It’s funny, a little raunchy and –at its core – encouragingly optimistic.
The pesky piranhas lurk below the surface of Lake Victoria, and not even super-inflated, extra-large, entirely unnatural implants can save you. David Hasselhoff co-stars.
Our take: Look, I’m not judging. There’s nothing of value here – from the acting to the script to the effects. Sometimes you just need to see people in bikinis get devoured –or not – by ravenous schools of sharp-toothed fish. As it turns out, that sometimes causes them to lose their bikinis. We get it. Good, bloody fun.
Three bridesmaids (Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzie Caplan) set out to fete the bride (Rebel Wilson) in Las Vegas. But their tremendous flaws and resentment of the bride’s happiness emerge after more than a few drinks, and then all bets are off. Which, in Vegas, can be a very memorable thing.
Our take: This film tries to follow the footsteps of “Bridesmaids” as a female-centric raunch-fest. And it definitely gets the raunch. What it misses is the sweet core of friendship that made “Bridesmaids” worth the journey. This bridal party clearly doesn’t like the bride or each other, so their simmering issues come out as mean and caustic with no love to soften the blows. It’s an invitation you’ll want to decline.
What’s In Theaters?
Bradley Cooper stars as a fictional writer – the main character of a book – who stumbles upon the story of his dreams. But can plagiarism ever lead to true happiness? Dennis Quaid, who plays the author of the book, raises all the questions.
Our take: This movie tries to be literary and deep, but falls short. The odd enveloping of the Quaid story takes away from the central story of the author played by Cooper. It’s a story within a story, but that only leads to confusion.
Ticket or Click it?
Click it! Watch the ever-likable Jason Segel and Emily Blunt stumble towards lasting happiness in “The Five-Year Engagement.”
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