“Fired Up”

Tuesday, 9 June 09

firedupNicholas D’Agosto
Eric Christian Olsen
Sarah Roemer
Molly Sims
Danneel Harris
Adhir Kaylan
AnneLynne McCord
Philip Baker Hall
John Michael Higgins

Unrated         91min         2009

In this laugh-out-loud comedy, Ford High’s star football players Shawn Colfax and Nick Brady sheme to ditch football camp so they can spend the summer surrounded by beautiful girls… at cheer camp. The guys are having the time of their lives as they use their new reputations as “sensitive guys” to talk the hotties into skinny dipping, cheering naked and hooking up. But when Shawn falls for the gorgeous head cheerleader who’s suspicious of their motives, the players must change their game to prove Shawn’s intentions before the thrilling cheer competition finals. – back of box

“Fired Up” is the comedy of every male on the planet. The premise of this film is so simple. It makes them think: why didn’t I think of this. Once you start laughing you don’t ever stop until you see the menu again.

Every male on the planet can enjoy “Fired Up” but its a guilty pleasure. Filmmakers should have known from the start. You can take your girlfriend to this film and expect to get some later. That’s why it was a box office failure, but will be a home video classic. It’s a film that guys can get together, watch, and enjoy together sans women.

The premise is so simple but sexists to the max. That’s why they have not be done. But are an enjoy to watch. “Fired Up” does a great job of this. Horny males nabbing tale and lots of it. What makes this film works is that it knows its absurd and makes the jokes on themselves.

I give “Fired Up” 3 out of 5 Gs.


“Sydney White”

Tuesday, 22 January 08

sydneywhite.jpgAmanda Bynes
Sara Paxton
Matt Long
Jack Carpenter
Jeremy Howard
John Schneider
Crystal Hunt
Adam Hendershott
Danny Strong
Samm Levine
Libby Mintz
Donté Donner

PG13           108min           2007

When tomboy Sydney (Bynes) is banished from the most popular sorority on campus, she is taken in by seven socially challenged but endangering guys. With the help of her new friends, Sydney stands up for outcasts everywhere and takes on the reigning campus queen in a popularity showdown! But can she succeed and also win the heart of gorgeous frat guy Tyler Prince? You’ll love this hilarious and sweet age-old story with a charming modern-day twist!

“Sydney White” is better than my perceived expectation. It is an amusing tale that the kids may not get all the jokes but is ok to watch. It has a message that kids of all ages should her. The young cast is interesting in their respective parts.

Snow White and her seven dwarfs, or little people to be PC are reconceived as Syndey White and her seven “dorks”. It is a live action version that I like a little better than the original tale. My perceived expectation may me think that this was a terrible interpretation based of its box office performance. It is geared to a younger audience but it is bearable and even enjoyable by an older audience.

As the tale is reconceived from a Disney tale it is somewhat geared to a younger audience but the story is more mature. Some of the subject matter kids are facing younger and younger. In the end, though “Sydney White” has a message that all should here about accepting one self and embracing your differences… “I’m a dork.”

This is a talented young cast. It is lead by Amanda Bynes someone who in her young years grasps the art of comedy better than comedians three times her age. The dorks all play their parts by many characters actors familiar and not so familiar to many audience. Just as in Snow White, you root for the “dorks” in all their endeavors.

There are several special featurette. It has the standard gag reel and deleted scenes. There is a featurettes highlighting the director, bynes and long, the “dorks”, the kappas, the skooze, and the vortex. The movie previews on this DVD are ”Bring It On: In It To Win It” and “Veggie Tales: Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything”.

I give it 3/5.

“American Pie Presents Beta House”

Saturday, 22 December 07

americanpiebetahouse.jpgJohn White
Steve Talley
Christopher McDonald
Eugene Levy
Meghan Heffern
Jake Segel
Nic Nac
Jonathan Keltz
Bradford Anderson

Unrated           99min           2007

Erik, Ryan, and Cooze start college and pledge the Beta House fraternity, presided over by none other than legendary Dwight Stifler. But chaos ensues when a fraternity of geeks threatens to stop the debauchery and the Betas have to make a stand for their right to party. – from imdb

“American Pie Presents: Beta House” is the sixth slice of pie and one of the funniest yet. It takes male debauchery to another level. It raises the bar set in the “Naked Mile”. It breaks all kinds of rules against nature to the glimmer of a laugh.

The humor leans towards male. Most older adults will finds this humor tasteless and outrageously gross. Tip: Do not watch with your parents. Do even let them know you are watching If they have never had a slice of American Pie this is not the slice to start them off with.

For those christened to the pie, enjoy another slice. Laugh until it hurts and hope for another helping; because at this rate you can never have enough pie. “American Pie Presents: Beta House” definitely deliver the humor, that the audience has come to enjoy.

The slice is loaded with special features. There is an commentary, outtakes, deleted storylines and scenes. There are featurettes with Eugene Levy as Mr. Levenstein. There are several other featurettes and behind the scene games. There are two music videos by God Made Me Funky. It has movie previews for Bring It On: In It To Win It”, “Balls of Fury”, and “White Noise 2”

I give it 4/5 Gs.

“Bring It On: In It To Win It”

Wednesday, 19 December 07

bringitoninittowinit.jpgAshley Benson
Michael Copon
Cassies Scerbo
Jennifer Tisdale
Anniese Taylor Dendy
Noel Areizaga
Kierstin Koppel
Lisa Glaze
Adam Vernier

PG13           90min           2007

Southern California high school senior Carson arrives at the all-important “Cheer Camp Nationals” determined to lead her squad, the West High Sharks, to victory. However, chic New Yorker Brooke and her team, the East High Jets, are equally steadfast in their pursuit of the competition’s coveted “Spirit Stick.” As tension mounts between the two rival squads, Carson falls for fellow cheerleader Penn, not realizing he’s a Jet. When Brooke discovers the budding romance, she raises the stakes by challenging Carson to a one-on-one cheer-off. A spectacular “cheer fighting” sequence erupts into a no-holds-barred brawl and cheerleaders on both sides are suspended from the competition. With their dreams of taking home the top prize all but shattered, the leaders of both squads realize they’ll have to take drastic measures to stay in the game. — Written by Universal Pictures

“Bring It On: In It To Win It” is the fourth in the series and now it has reached the point where is time to stop. The lifted the plot from “West Side Story” and put it into a cheerleading movie. When a film series take the complete plot from another film, its time to stop making them. If you have seen West Side Story you have seen BIO: ITTWI; the only differences is that there is a middle part torwards the end where they get together and “rumble” for the top prize.

This time around the dialog was cheesier than a government grill cheese sandwich. The performs where hollow and so bitchy it’s a wonder that all those cheerleading ego got anything done. It does have some funny moments. When the teams start to confess there secrets to become closer, that was a pretty funny scenes one of the more memorable because of the revelations.

All this still does not help “Bring It On: In It To Win It”, it is a very cheap knock off of the orginial and the series is truly showing its age. It is time to let the horse die with some dignity. It is a series that is wrung of all its money making potential with this film

There are deleted scenes. There is a bubbly making of featurette call ‘Lights, Camera, Bring It’. The Rumble w/ Tony G is a featurette highlights the cheer moves in “Bring It On: In It To Win It”. “Cheer Off: Learn to cheer with Tony G” highlights the two differents styles of cheering. There are movie previews for Sidney White and Balls of Fury.

I give it 2/5 Gs.

“Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas”

Sunday, 23 September 07

Patrick Fugit
Olivia Wilde
Fran Kranz
John Cho
Clark Gregg
Cheryl Hines
Matthew Lillard
Reid Scott
Greg Pitts

R           80min           2006

When a sexy co-ed (Olivia Wilde) steals a book of mind-blowing theories written by brilliant but troubled college student Bickford Shmeckler (Patrick Fugit), his world is turned upside down. From the creators of American Pie, this wild rollercoaster ride to reclaim his book is an award winning clever comedy starring some of today’s hottest stars. – from the back cover

“Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” is a funny little comedy with quirky performances. This is a film with a story that been shown before but capture me do to the “prop of the movie”, The Book. It’s an old reliable comedy end predictably more about the journey that the destination.

Throughout the movie it has the obligatory jokes, the standard comedic situations, and the plot for a teen comedy. ‘The Book’ is the comic prop of the movie. This book gave most everyone that read it the funniest reaction. It was a book that I would love to have read. What were Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas?

“Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” is a comedy the journey more than about the destination. You know who’s it’s going to end but its everything that happens before that is interesting. Like why he gets so bent out of shape when the things in his life happen? There is so much happening within this small window of time in the lives of these characters. I think it would make a funny comedy.

I felt Fugit underplays Bickford’s troubles until you find out what they are and what caused them. Matthew Lillard plays a mentally unhinged homeless person that finds the funniest of cures when he comes to Bickford for help. John Cho and the merry band of Reality Isn’t Club are complete hilarity. Yes there are some over performances but they work in the confidences fo this film. Olivia Wilde again plays a believable smoked-out co-ed, who precipitates the drama of this story.

“Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas” is a bare DVD. It has a featurette “Living With Lew” talking about the director’s life with ALS. There is DVD-ROM content showing the ‘Dungeons and Dragons Character Sheet’. It has movie previews for “I’m Reed Fish” and “Rx”.

I give it 3/5 GS.

“Havoc (2004)”

Monday, 3 September 07

havoc.jpgAnne Hathaway
Bijou Phillips
Shiri Appleby
Michael Biehn
Joseph Gordon-Lewitt
Matt O’Leary
Freddie Rodriguez
Laura San Giancomo
Mike Vogel
Raymond Cruz
Alexis Dziena
Channing Tatum

Unrated           92min           2004

“Havoc (Unrated Version)” is about two friends who are done with playing it safe. When Allison (Hathaway) and Emily (Phillips) leave their rich suburb for a joyride through East L.A., they glimpse a frightening landscape of drugs, violence and gang brutality. Nut as their fear turns to infatuation, the friends find themselves seduced by a dark and dangerous world – where a pretty girl can get anything she wants… except a second chance.

Having seen a preview in a previous film I didn’t expect to see so much of Anne Hathaway. This is truly a departure from the squeaky Disney image. She showed that see could handle more mature subject matters and was ready to graduate from the children films. Although at times she does seem to be uncomfortable with unexplored facets of this role.

“Havoc (Unrated Version)” is a caricature of what would have happen but illustrates that there are worst things to fear than the boogeyman. Situations in this film are too easily solved or left open to the viewer’s interpretation. I think that it placed too much emphasis on the sexual nature and not enough on the characters development. It illustrated situations too black and white.

Even though it does have flaws it does what it set out to do…be entertaining and be a sort of cautionary tale. Showing that even with the sophistication of teenagers today they still have things to learn. Although they can emulate the “Hollywood” street life, the real life street is much more dangerous, complicated, and complex than they can imagine.

There are only special features for a DVD-ROM drive. It has movie previews for “The Purifiers”, “Refuse 2 Die”, and “11:14”.

I give it a 2/5 Gs.

“She’s the Man”

Sunday, 26 August 07

shestheman.jpgAmanda Bynes
Channing Tatum
Laura Ramsey
Vinnie Jones
Robert Hoffman
Alex Breckinridge
Julie Hagerty
David Cross

PG13           105min           2006

Amanda Bynes proves that girls can do anything guys can do in “She’s the Man”. The laughs are non-stop when Viola (Bynes) disguised as her twin brother Sebastian (James Kirk) joins the high school boys’ soccer team and helps win the big game while unexpectedly falling for Duke (Channing Tatum), the star forward. Viola discovers that dealing with high school politics and twisted love triangles is a major challenge when you’re a guy who’s really a girl. – from the back cover

Inspired by “Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare but more of a re-imagine of “Just One of the Boys”, a title to a movie that I had to research as I saw this movie when I younger. Amanda Bynes leads a cast of beautiful people trying to seem like their lives are normal. It’s a movie that does what it set out to do is be funny.

“She’s the Man” takes a lot of the names and places from the Shakespeare play and relies heavily on its plot. But as I was watching it I kept be reminded of this film that I saw when I was a kid and I just couldn’t remember the name. They play very similar to each other by following the same shtick or they are just following the line that William Shakespeare laid.

This is a cast of beautiful people in a beautiful world doing things that until recently people who have never done. Maybe Shakespeare wasn’t just a writer but a foreseer to and instead of making prophecies he wrote them into plays. There’s one moment when she steps out of the car that you believe she could be a boy. The rest of the time her voice betrays her, it sounds like a castrated six year old, which is fine for a girl. The old change in her voice is when she’s coaching Duke in one scene. Even though she’s not convincing to him as a boy she is a talented comedic actress.

“She’s the Man” does what it set out to do…be funny. It set its characters in situations that were bound to be funny. Amanda Bynes carries the majority of the load but she also surrounded by some talented comics too. David Cross and Julie Hagerty make you laugh the minute they hit the screen. It’s a teen comedy classic depending on your taste.

This DVD is full of features. It has a director and cast commentary and a pop-up trivia track. It contains several deleted scenes and a gag reel. There is a boiler plate behind the scene make of featurette and a music video by Dave Lichens called “Let Go”, pay close attention to extras in the video many of them are former child stars of the 90’s. There are movie previews for “Over the Hedge”, “Failure to Launch”, Laguna Beach, Season 2”, and “All You’ve Got”.

I give it 2/5 Gs.