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Old 04-21-2008, 04:36 PM   #541
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Not a whole lot to add that Lance hasn't already noted in his review. The dialogue was definitely clunky in places and it can't even be put down to the American vs Hong Kong argument ("How's it hangin'"?!). And the scene where Jude Law shares a smoke outside his cafe with a woman was horrible, mostly due to her not being able to act in the slightest.

There are positives. Norah Jones seems to settle into her role quite ably as the film goes on and each setting captures a distinct vibe. The location choices for the three major sections are also well chosen, at least for someone like me with a tourists' perspective of the US. Ultimately the film started to dip when we get to the Vegas / Natalie Portman segment. It's not her fault, just the story didn't grip me and the film didn't go anywhere new. Possibly after the sweet opening act and the void left unfilled from Weisz and Straithern it simply floundered.

A lot of people seemed disappointed in the screening I saw and after talking to a couple I'm tempted to put it down to the audience not being familiar with Wong Kar-Wai and not getting what they expected from a film with such stars. But I certainly don't rate it as a bad film; sub-standard WKW for sure but not by any means bad. As with the other of his films I've seen I get the feeling multiple viewings will open them up.
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:22 PM   #542
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Yeah, its a kid's movie, but it was soooo cute! It was funny in some parts. But like I said, its a kid's movie. No character development, the villains are exagerrated, and so on. But still, all three chipmunks were just .

Rent it for the kids. Have them get to know something other than Spongebob!
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:09 PM   #543
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Forgetting Sarah Marshall. 8.5/10

the one thing that's kind of getting tired with respect to this genre is this idiotic suggestion that it's fine for a man to be tubby, kinda lazy and unambitious but so long as he's a nice guy who can laugh at himself (and has a sensitive side), he'll land some hot chick who will see past his many, many faults. Yarite.
I have not seen this yet

But, I do agree this premise is stupid


Knocked Up, I could not buy the premise at all

what a stupid movie, every teenage, slacker's wet dream
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:13 PM   #544
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Their comedies, not high art. Your criticisms all make sense and are perfectly legit, but to expect it out of movies like that is a little off, to me at least.

It's like not liking Animal House because it promotes frat life in college. Or maybe it's not, I haven't been good with comparisons tonight.
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Haven't seen it yet but when I saw the trailer I thought the same thing. I had a similar response to a rental I saw last night, "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," which opens with an astonishing sex scene with a tubby Philip Seymour Hoffman and a hot Marisa Tomei. I'll spare you the details of the position but it was way more than I wanted to see of Hoffman (great actor and all...but please, stop encouraging this male fantasy).
I really liked this movie
opening scene. I said who is that actress? she looks like a 23 year year old Marisa Tomei,

she is still something to behold

as for the concept?
she might be with that character because he appeared successful, good job, educated, well spoken, perhaps even charming when they met.

I see couples like that in real life

not loser, slackers with sharp, hot women


also, sometimes the hot woman strays with a guy at the gym or even a hot, brother-in-law
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Which male fantasy does it encourage?
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:23 PM   #547
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Their comedies, not high art.
look I don't want to ruin any fantasizes here


but movies are made to make money

and anyone in that industry or in advertising will tell you that young males drive the market

even the sitcoms on TV have a lot of average or even losers with hot women

I am a average guy
I have had a few semi hot girlfriends

I am also reasonably successful and have some net worth

I like to think I am charming and good looking

at least, I can work on the charm
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What on Earth are you talking about anymore?
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Which male fantasy does it encourage?
I think joyful meant a guy that looks like hoffman could get a woman that looks like tomei

I gave my reply on that situation

if you see the movie, he does not have her all that well


as for Knocked Up
the fantasy that a hot successful on air TV news lady can't find a date

and that she would put up with a loser that sits at home, smokes pot and watches porn and calls it a job.
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Knocked Up, I could not buy the premise at all

what a stupid movie, every teenage, slacker's wet dream
I agree and found that one to be far worse. I guess maybe because there was a baby involved, that the level of stupidity reached new heights.
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I guess I just didn't have trouble imagining Katherine Heigl as a complete dumbass, so the relationship worked pretty well
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Maybe on the weekend.

But only if you are 30 lbs overweight, don't care about your appearance and live like a college student and have loser friends. Otherwise, I am not interested.
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