Tag Archives: Jon Lovitz

Grown Ups 2

THEY’LL DO ANYTHING FOR THEIR FAMILIES… EXCEPT GROW UP. The original had these characters on a holiday trip, but this sequel lets us just follow their small-town lives at home. The idea is to say something about the need to keep a childhood sensibility while also trying to be a role model to your children… … Continue reading Grown Ups 2

Sandy Wexler

In 1994, fledgling Hollywood agent Sandy Wexler (Adam Sandler) finally finds a talent worth promoting, singer Courtney Clarke (Jennifer Hudson)… but his lack of skills is a constant roadblock. A comedy loosely based on Sandler’s own colorful agent, Sandy Wernick, that plays out over several years. That’s one explanation for the massively bloated running time, … Continue reading Sandy Wexler

A League of Their Own

A WOMAN’S PLACE IS ON HOME, FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD. When America enters World War II, Major League Baseball is forced to change; a newly formed women’s league attracts unorthodox players… and one very reluctant coach (Tom Hanks). Big (1988) director Penny Marshall reunited with the star of that film for another charming comedy, this … Continue reading A League of Their Own

The Ridiculous 6

“White Knife” (Adam Sandler), who’s been raised by indians, goes on a quest to save his kidnapped father (Nick Nolte), and runs into one peculiar man after another who turn out to be his brothers… The first movie in a four-picture deal that Sandler made with Netflix was released straight to the streaming service. This … Continue reading The Ridiculous 6

Hotel Transylvania 2

DRAC’S PACK IS BACK. Mavis and Jonathan are raising a little boy, but grandpa Dracula worries about him not growing fangs… The sequel moves a few years into the future and sends the Count and his monster buddies on an adventure (behind Mavis and Jonathan’s backs) to try to bring out the child’s inner vampire. … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania 2

Hotel Transylvania

WHERE MONSTERS GO TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL.  Count Dracula has built a luxurious hotel in Transylvania to serve as a getaway for the monsters of the world… and as a way to protect his daughter from mankind. Assembling all the familiar monsters for an animated comedy is not a novel idea (this one … Continue reading Hotel Transylvania

Casino Jack

HONOR. INTEGRITY. PRINCIPLES. EVERYTHING IS NEGOTIABLE. In the mid-90s, slick Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff (Kevin Spacey) gets involved in the world of Indian tribal gaming, which is eventually what will bring him down. The same year as Alex Gibney made his documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, this equally flashy (but less … Continue reading Casino Jack

The Producers

Down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) talks a clean-cut accountant (Matthew Broderick) into joining him in a scheme where they will make money from putting on a show guaranteed to fail. This adaptation of the Broadway smash hit was done pretty much the way the play was produced; the original director made it together … Continue reading The Producers

Southland Tales

THIS IS THE WAY THE WORLD ENDS.  In the near future, America has turned into a police state and a German company offers an energy solution that has unimaginable consequences. The Donnie Darko director delivered a long-winded, confusing snorefest with overly ambitious ideas coupled with too much silliness that was widely derided by critics. A … Continue reading Southland Tales

Little Nicky

YOU KNOW HIS NUMBER. YOU KNOW HIS NAME. AND NOW YOU WILL MEET… HIS SON.  When his nasty brothers wreak havoc on Earth, Satan’s overly sweet son Nicky (Adam Sandler) has to bring them back to Hell. Every Sandler movie may be hell to some, but this really is one of his worst. The star … Continue reading Little Nicky

The Stepford Wives

MAKE ONE. Cynical TV producer Joanna Eberhardt (Nicole Kidman) moves away from New York with husband Walter (Matthew Broderick) and settles down in a small town where every woman seems to come straight out of a Republican fantasy about the 1950s. This remake of the 1975 classic keeps the satirical content, but the shock of … Continue reading The Stepford Wives

3000 Miles to Graceland

CRIME IS KING. After robbing a Las Vegas casino during a convention with Elvis impersonators, one of the criminals (Kurt Russell) goes on the lam with a single mom (Courteney Cox), her son and a bag of money. It’s hard to care for anyone in this really violent, overlong and sometimes just childish and even … Continue reading 3000 Miles to Graceland