Lake Bell stars as Carol, a voice coach who suddenly finds herself in a position to start being a competing force in the industry of movie trailer voiceovers. But her competition is an arrogant father who's been a staple of the scene for decades, his protégé, and the fact that this work has been dominated by males since its beginning.
Jake is a driver for a club that runs a prostitution ring, taking the girls to their rendezvous and keeping them safe. But when the woman he's developed feelings for winds up dead, he begins a quest for revenge as he evades the cops, gangsters, and his boss' goons.
The evil Mr. Business controls all the lands of LEGO. He is obsessed with order and plans to unleash his devastating weapon The Kragle on the world on Taco Tuesday. However, there is a prophecy that a Master Builder will arise to stop him. In comes Emmet, a construction worker who finds the legendary Piece of Resistance that marks him as the one the prophecy spoke of.
If The Other Guys didn't give you your fill of Will Farrell (or you want to try something a bit stranger), then perhaps this would interest you; Farrell teamed up with just about every major player in the Mexican movie industry to create an entirely-in-Spanish comedy lampooning the traditional over-the-top telenovela style. Essentially, Farrell plays Armando Alvarez, the somewhat slow (but genuine) son of a well-off Mexican ranch owner, and he must save the ranch and the day from evil drug cartel members. The more you know about Mexico or Mexican programming, the closer to home this film will hit for you. It's very entertaining and clearly was made as a labor of love; whether you speak Spanish or not, there is a lot to like about this film, and it's a very easy recommendation for both fans of Farrell and those who think he's a bit played out at this point.
THE LIFE OF THE PARTY
This movie is loaded with Naked Gun type gags that make it really accessible for everyone, but the true gem here is how many tropes of Mexican daytime TV get mocked. The whole script is needlessly flowery and silly, and as someone who speaks Spanish, I was utterly amazed at how proficient at the language Will Farrell is. The best part is that even though he's super white, no one even seems to notice, which adds this extra layer of comedy when he's over-enunciating like he's onstage in a theater production at actors and actresses who clearly are speaking in a very natural tone. The script is awesome, the plot is fully aware of how contrived the general story is, and everything is acted excellently. Considering all the humor has to work in two languages at once, it's all very natural and manages to do the unthinkable by genuinely being funny. Also, and this may be minor to some, the costuming and music kicks as much ass as the wardrobe and soundtrack in Mexican westerns tend to.
This movie is pretty damn silly. Anyone who's seen El Sabado Gigante is already going to be used to this, but even so, if you aren't a fan of sight gags, you may find this movie tiresome. Also, the whole movie is in Spanish except for an English speaker at the very beginning warning you that it's entirely in Spanish. This should tip you off that this film has a good deal of meta humor in it, which I have heard does not float everyone's boat. Also, it really does shine mostly for those who have seen enough latino programming to catch the fairly large number of references the movie makes, meaning it may be less of an experience for you if that's not really your thing. Considering this was made for Americans, though, it really does translate well.
THE ATMOSPHERE: Date Night, Casual Gathering, Cocktail Party
This really is a nice movie for casual occasions. Being that it's PG-13 and could conceivably be referred to as a cultural experience, it works for situations where less graphic material is desired. It's genuinely funny, has an easy to follow story, and is legitimately well made as a movie. You could do worse than to put it on for some open-minded, relaxed guests, and I hope you do! It really deserves more attention than it got.
Once for each simile or metaphor
Twice for each tobacco product smoked onscreen
Thrice for each time you hear or read English (excluding subtitles)
(Cartel Killer mode) Take a shot for each person who gets shot
The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy which follows the novels of the same names, we see Katniss and Peeta adapting to life as victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Forced to continue the false love affair, that saved them in the games, in front of the public and go on a Victory Tour; the two see that they are seen as symbols of a growing rebellion against the Capitol. President Snow tries to convince Katniss to placate the populace, but her stubborn attitude doesn't allow that. Forced to remove Katniss from the equation in a manner that will not cause riots... President Snow and his new head game master Plutark devise that the 75th Hunger Games will be fought by previous victors... placing Katniss and Peeta back in the arena to fight for their lives.
Ex-special forces soldier Joey (Jason Statham) now lives on the streets while trying to hide from society and a court-martial. But unforeseen events allow him to take on the identity of another man, and with it a chance to do some good, and possibly redeem his sins.
A young troubled teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) narrowly escapes death by following an “imaginary” friend named Frank out of the house one evening. Frank warns Donnie that in 28 days the world will end and Donnie begins seeing visions that force him to question reality and man's place in space and time. By the end of the film Donnie realizes he must make a tough choice and sacrifice in order to put right all he's done.
It's Halloween and stoner high school student Anton (Devon Sawa) can't find his parents (Fred Willard and Connie Ray). Mostly this is because they were killed in the night by the murderer terrorizing his town. When Anton and his buddies Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green) realize all evidence points to Anton they soon realize that his hand has become possessed by a demon. His hand murder's his friends, they return from the dead, his hand tries to kill his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), and generally blood and comedy ensue as Anton hunted down by a Druidic priestess played by Vivica Fox (funny, she doesn't LOOK Druish...).
Eric Draven and his fiancé Shelley Webster are murdered on the night before Halloween, the holiday the two intended to be married on. A year later Draven is summoned from the dead by a crow to enact revenge on the thugs who killed him and his love and finally bring peace to Detroit (unfortunately we've all seen Robocop and know it can't last long…). The film was Brandon Lee, beloved actor and son to legendary martial artist/actor Bruce Lee, final film. He was tragically shot while filming a scene for one of the flashbacks which almost caused the film to never be released. Luckily, Miramax picked it up and made sure it was finished so that we have this fantastic flick that is a perfect eulogy to Lee.
Kuzco is a self centered emperor who is turned into a Llama and forced to become appreciative of the power of friendship in order to get his human body back. Yzma is a power hungry witch who vengefully turns Kuzco into a llama in order to usurp the throne. Kronk is a dim-witted muscle bound lackey of Yzma who secretly struggles with following the orders of a mad woman. Pacha is a simple farmer who just wants to protect his family and village from destruction by the uncaring Kuzco, but is also driven by doing the right thing to help Kuzco get his human form back. All in all a largely stereotypical set of characters in generally predictable plot somehow turn this into a lesser known gem of Disney.