Pygmy Reviews #29 – Movies

Thunderstruck (2012)

One Line Description: A high school basketball player steals Kevin Durant’s basketball ability and becomes an overnight sensation.

When a movie goes straight to DVD/streaming there is a reason. This movie is no exception. Kevin Durant stars as himself in a movie that is basically Space Jam meets Teen Wolf. Jim Belushi continues to prove how terrible of an actor he is based on the fact that he can’t even outact the people in this movie. This movie is really bad. Maybe it deserves more credit since it probably belongs in the class of like Air Bud instead of like Hoosiers, but Space Jam proved that superstar basketball players can act, just not this one.

Save the Date (2012)

One Line Description: A girl deals with her own relationship issues as her sister is about to get married.

The cast (Lizzy Capaln, Alison Brie and Martin Starr) drew Chris and I into this one, but it was a major letdown. IMDb refers to it as a comedy, but the laughs are few and far between, and that’s the best way to sum up this movie. Just not funny like it should be with the cast it has. It’s nice that these actresses/actors want to branch out, but combining them all together without some existing drama talent hurt this a bit. This is one of those movies that might be better on a second viewing with adjusted expectations, but it definitely was not what I was expecting.

Robocop (1987)

One Line Description: A wounded copy is made into a crime stopping cyborg.

This movie escaped me for many years, but it was easy to find out why. This is a bad ’80s movie. Cheesy action, cheesy dialogue, and pretty lousy special effects. It spawned multiple sequels, including an upcoming one, as well as video games, toys and more. In reality it’s probably not as bad as it seems because this is how ’80s action movies worked, and it feels a lot like Terminator, which I also just recently saw and thought was bad news. It’s going to be very interesting to see where the 2014 version takes things and if it can re-vitalize the franchise. In the meantime, I promise you I won’t be seeking out the ’90s sequels.

Clear History (2013)

One Line Description: A former auto industry executive seeks revenge on the former boss who inadvertently disgraced him.

Guys name David have carte blanche at HBO. David Chase, David Milch, David Simon and Larry David can pretty much do whatever they want and HBO will make it. Larry David used this as a chance to make a movie with a ton of improv, that is a distant relative to his hit TV show Curb Your Enthusiasm. David put together a monster cast: Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Bill Hader, Michael Keaton, Danny McBride, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, Phillip Baker Hall and JB Smoove. The problem though, is that this cast (save Smoove) is 1) not known for their improv prowess, and 2) doesn’t have the chemistry the Curb cast has by now. And because of that, this movie falls flat, like a bad episode of Curb that has a couple of laugh out loud moments, but ultimately misses. Even for people who are huge fans of David’s style and uncomfortableness will probably be disappointed.

Our Idiot Brother (2011)

One Line Description: After a stint in jail, a man disrupts the live of his three sisters.

Paul Rudd seems to be decidedly average. Mostly because his performances generally end up being such wild swings of hits (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Role Models, I Love You, Man) and misses (Dinner for Schmucks, Wanderlust, How Do You Know). Rudd is the full extent of the comedy in this one that is mostly a drama about his three sisters play bed Elizabeth Banks (as a brunette who is a dead ringer for Parker Posey), Zooey Deschanel (playing a bisexual woman who is dating Rashida Jones) and Emily Mortimer (struggling mightily to do a U.S. accent). Rudd plays and idiot, who inadvertently keeps exposes his sisters (and their friends/partners) secrets, which of course teaches them a lot about themselves. But much like the aforementioned Save the Date, this one just isn’t funny enough. And when it’s all over, it falls in the misses category.