The Change Up (2011)
One Line Description: Two men magically swap bodies and experience each other’s lives before realizing how good they both had it.
This is one of those classic movie cliches, like Freaky Friday, Vice Versa, The Family Man and many others. Jason Bateman and Ryan Reynolds both seem to be playing the kinds of characters that people have grown accustomed to seeing them play. Neither gives an out of this world performance, but the movie has it’s funny moments. Leslie Mann continues her run of playing a late 30s/early 40s mom. This movie was OK, but not worth going out of the way to see.
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
One Line Description: An aging baseball scout is joined by his workaholic daughter on what could be his last scouting trip.
I didn’t think Clint Eastwood made movies he didn’t direct anymore, but he did this one. I am a sucker for Amy Adams even though when I review her IMDb I haven’t seen a lot of her movies. Justin Timberlake is pretty solid in this and he seems to be able to throw together some decent movies here and there. This one is is OK, but not great. It’s hard to figure out who the target audience is for this since it’s a senior father/middle age-ish daughter buddy flick. The baseball part was enough of a hook to keep me interested but I didn’t love it.
One Line Description: A former smuggler comes out of retirement to perform a job to save his brother-in-law.
You probably know this movie until it’s original title Gone in 60 Seconds: On a Boat. It’s the same deal. Retired criminal comes back for another job to save his brother (in-law). He gets the old gang back together. And the brother (in-law) tries to screw it up by going rogue before the end. Giovanni Ribisi is even in the thing! This was a run of the mill Mark Wahlberg movie this days. Not great. Not bad. Interesting enough to not regret watching it, but not something that you would be sad if you missed.
Friends with Benefits (2011)
One Line Description: Two friends try to have casual sex while navigating the dating world.
Mila Kunis is gorgeous, and just talented enough that she will be able to string together a career for a while. I haven’t seen Black Swan (yet), but I am still waiting for her to make a really good movie. This one, like Ted is just OK. Justin Timberlake is good, but it’s hard to believe him in any role where he has trouble getting women. Unless you really love these two performers this one can probably be missed.
Dangerous Minds (1995)
One Line Description: A first-time teacher has to deal with the toughest kids at an inner city school.
I missed this one way back when, and DVR’d it recently since I hadn’t ever seen it. It felt a lot like season 4 of The Wire, but without the police angle. I was never really a Michelle Pfiefer fan, and because her peak was a little before my time I didn’t know what to expect. She was strong in this movie, and surprisingly believable considering her appearance. The movie felt like a lot of other movies, and had it’s enjoyable moments. It feels unbelievably dated at this point, much more than 18 years. Teachers probably wouldn’t have acted this way then, and they certainly wouldn’t now. This movie probably holds a place for some people, but if like me you you haven’t seen it by now, you probably can survive not seeing it.