Tag Archives: Vince Vaughn

Fighting with My Family

MEET AN OUTSIDER WHO CHANGED THE GAME. 18-year-old Saraya Knight (Florence Pugh) comes from a wrestling-crazy working-class family in Norwich, England; when she’s selected, and not her brother (Jack Lowden), by the WWE to train in Miami she’s both thrilled and heartbroken. A film that celebrates the unlikely rise of Knight as a wrestling star, … Continue reading Fighting with My Family

Hacksaw Ridge

WHEN THE ORDER CAME TO RETREAT, ONE MAN STAYED.  In 1945, Desmond Doss (Andrew Garfield) is deployed to the Pacific theater; trained as a combat medic, he is also a conscientious objector who refuses to touch weapons. Mel Gibson’s comeback as a director for the first time in ten years is an impressively staged portrait … Continue reading Hacksaw Ridge

Swingers

COCKTAILS FIRST. QUESTIONS LATER. Unemployed actors Mike and Trent (Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn) are trying to find jobs and girls in Los Angeles… but Mike is still hopelessly hurting from a breakup. Doug Liman’s breakthrough film also introduced its two stars to a wider audience. Favreau clearly poured all his own experiences into the script … Continue reading Swingers

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

IT’S KIND OF A BIG DEAL. After getting kicked out of a prestigious news job in NYC, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) is offered to join the world’s first 24-hour news channel, and gets the old gang back together. Getting this sequel off the ground took its sweet time, and once again it seems impossible to … Continue reading Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

The Watch

GOT PROTECTION? When a security guard is murdered in a Costco store in Glenview, Ohio, its manager (Ben Stiller) forms a neighborhood watch, little dreaming that they’re facing… aliens. The script bears hallmarks of its childish writers, but has very few jokes and seems to rely entirely on Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Jonah Hill to … Continue reading The Watch

The Internship

Middle-aged watch salesmen Billy and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson) lose their jobs and take a chance applying for internships at Google even though they don’t know the first thing about coding. A comedy that may look like mere paid advertising for Google. But on the other hand, the intrigues at the company’s famed campus … Continue reading The Internship

The Dilemma

TWO BEST FRIENDS. NOTHING COULD COME BETWEEN THEM… OR COULD IT? Best friends Ronny and Nick (Vince Vaughn, Kevin James) are working on a business deal that’s crucial to their firm when Ronny suddenly one day sees Nick’s wife (Winona Ryder) kiss a strange man. Director Ron Howard’s first comedy since Ed tv (1999) is … Continue reading The Dilemma

Four Christmases

HIS FATHER, HER MOTHER, HIS MOTHER AND HER FATHER ALL IN ONE DAY. Brad and Kate (Vince Vaughn, Reese Witherspoon) have no intention of spending Christmas with their families, but a getaway attempt fails and they’re forced to face the music. The King of Kong (2005) director was hired for his first fiction feature, a Yuletide comedy that … Continue reading Four Christmases

Couples Retreat

IT MAY BE PARADISE… BUT IT’S NO VACATION. Jason and Cynthia (Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell) are considering divorce and plan to attend a therapy resort on a tropical island; their best friends, also couples, are persuaded to join them. Co-producer, co-writer and star Vince Vaughn makes sure to give himself plenty of room in this … Continue reading Couples Retreat

Fred Claus

SANTA’S BROTHER IS COMING TO TOWN. Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn) is in trouble and needs money; his brother (Paul Giamatti), who happens to be Santa, is willing to give him a loan only if he comes to the North Pole and works for it. Director David Dobkin reunited with Vaughn after Wedding Crashers (2005), but there isn’t a … Continue reading Fred Claus

Into the Wild: Dream or Death Wish

YOUR GREAT ADVENTURE ON ALASKA. The story of Christopher McCandless continues to be controversial. Jon Krakauer’s book, the documentary, and now this film by Sean Penn all address the positive aspects of the young man who ended up starving to death in 1992 in the Alaskan wilderness. But, as a friend of mine told me, … Continue reading Into the Wild: Dream or Death Wish

The Break Up

… PICK A SIDE. Brooke and Gary (Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn) hook up, fall in love and move in together; eventually, they fall out of love and the fight for the ownership of the apartment ensues. There was a bit of media hype surrounding this film because of the stars’ real-life relationship, but this is … Continue reading The Break Up

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

There isn’t much spark in the marriage between John and Jane Smith (Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie)… until they discover that they’re both secret agents targeted to kill each other. The man behind The Bourne Identity (2002) delivers another fast-paced action movie, featuring thrilling shootouts, a violent car chase, the comedy of Vince Vaughn, and the … Continue reading Mr. & Mrs. Smith