Tag Archives: Jason Sudeikis

The Angry Birds Movie

WHY SO ANGRY? On Bird Island, Red, who’s attending an anger management class, becomes suspicious of a boat full of green-colored pigs that arrives one day; what are they after…? After the success of The Lego Movie (2014) there would obviously be more attempts to take a lucrative commercial franchise and try to make something … Continue reading The Angry Birds Movie

Downsizing

WE ARE MEANT FOR SOMETHING BIGGER.  In the near future, scientists find a way to shrink people down to five inches; this ”downsizing” becomes an environmentally friendly, even luxurious, option for a married couple in Omaha (Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig). Alexander Payne worked on this idea for many years before it finally became a movie, … Continue reading Downsizing

Movie 43

COMEDY. EXPOSED.  It’s unbelievable that so many talents would be willing to work on and off on this collection of raunchy sketches for ten years and come up with so little. The title has nothing to do with the movie itself and there doesn’t seem to be much of a theme, even though Peter Farrelly’s … Continue reading Movie 43

Horrible Bosses 2

NEW CRIME. SAME TOOLS. When Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) try to start a company together and are screwed by their financier (Christoph Waltz), they come up with a scheme to get back at him. As is the case with far too many sequels, the story is thinner but the … Continue reading Horrible Bosses 2

We’re the Millers

When pot dealer David Clark (Jason Sudeikis) agrees to smuggle a stash of marijuana from Mexico, he comes up with a perfect plan; hire a stripper and two wayward teens and pose as a family on vacation. After Horrible Bosses (2011), Jennifer Aniston returns in a similarly crass comedy, this time as part of an … Continue reading We’re the Millers

The Campaign

MAY THE BEST LOSER WIN. Four-term North Carolina Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) usually stands unopposed, but this time he’s challenged by a Republican newcomer, the meek-looking Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). The same year as Jay Roach chronicled Sarah Palin’s path to the GOP vice-presidential nomination in Game Change, he also poked fun at political … Continue reading The Campaign

The Bounty Hunter

IT’S A JOB. IT ISN’T PERSONAL. WELL, MAYBE A LITTLE… Bounty hunter Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler) is thrilled to learn that the next person he’s hired to track down is his ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston), who’s skipped a bond hearing. Another mediocre action-comedy from Andy Tennant, who in this case would have loved to deliver another … Continue reading The Bounty Hunter

Hall Pass

GOOD FOR ONE WEEK OFF MARRIAGE. Tired of watching their husbands (Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis) still behave like college kids, Maggie and Grace (Jenna Fischer, Christina Applegate) give them a “hall pass” – one week off from marriage during which they can have sex with other women if they want. Die-hard fans of the Farrelly … Continue reading Hall Pass

Going the Distance

A COMEDY ABOUT MEETING EACH OTHER HALFWAY. Erin (Drew Barrymore) hooks up with Garrett (Justin Long) in New York City, but as their relationship becomes increasingly serious they need to deal with the fact that her life is in San Francisco. Nanette Burstein is actually a documentary filmmaker and this comedy does offer a romance … Continue reading Going the Distance

Horrible Bosses

EVER WISH YOUR BOSS WERE DEAD? Best buddies Nick, Kurt and Dale (Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day) are all abused at work by their mean-spirited bosses; eventually they come up with a radical solution. This raunchy comedy borrows its premise from Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train (1951) in a not too inspired way, but offers many laughs … Continue reading Horrible Bosses

Semi-Pro

PUTTING THE FUNK INTO THE DUNK.  1976, Flint, Michigan; one-hit wonder Jackie Moon (Will Ferrell) now has a struggling basketball team and serves as both coach and star player, but a new arrival on the team shakes things up. Ferrell reportedly said that this will be his last sports-related comedy. Let’s hope so, because I’m … Continue reading Semi-Pro

What Happens in Vegas

GET LUCKY.  In Las Vegas, slacker Jack Fuller (Ashton Kutcher) meets Joy McNally (Cameron Diaz) who’s just been dumped by her boyfriend; they get drunk… and married… and win a fortune, all of which lead to a variety of annoying consequences. It is easy to like this movie, at least on a superficial level (and … Continue reading What Happens in Vegas