Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Writer: Josh Klausner
Director: Shawn Levy
Starring: Steve Carell, Tina Fey
a suburban married couple with two kids goes on a date night for adventure in the city to escape their humdrum existence. hijinks ensue.
This was funny. It wasn't shpadanamalously funny, like the original Death at a Funeral, but it was funny. It was funny enough that the trailer, while funny, didn't include the funniest of the jokes. The situation as it unfolds doesn't become overly ridiculous for quite some time; and that helps us to see how this sort of thing would just continue to get too far out of hand. While it's easy to criticize the choices of some of the characters, that is not the point of the movie.
Fey and Carrell have great chemistry here, and I wouldn't mind seeing them become a more intellectually satisfying Hanks/Ryan (or, better, Crystal/Ryan; but I lost that argument with America a long fucking time ago). Some of the marriage stuff is a little too close to home, but that does more to bring viewers in than to alienate them.
We might argue 3 vs 4 on this one because while I thought it was a fully-competent, uninsulting, high-three I didn't think it really crossed that line into uncharted territory. That said, married or not you should totally watch this movie.
(Yes, I understand the superfluousness of recommending to y'all a movie which was hugely popular almost a year ago.)
i laughed a lot. this was the perfect mix of too true and severe ridiculousness. during the credits were outtakes which made me realize a lot of the dialog /jokes were improv, which endears this movie even more. marky mark has to be given semi props for a good job being the post in which carrell bounces off of to make funnyness happen. that's all. if you haven't seen it by now you probably should.
my favorite line is the i have to go home and fart in a shoe box. there i've ruined it all for you, not really.
moster let go of the damn crystal ryan bull. he's too old for her. that one movie isn't that great.