Girls Trip (2017)

Girls Trip Movie Review

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Girls Trip Movie Review

Girls Trip is a 2017 comedy film starring Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Tiffany Haddish and Jada Pinkett Smith. It is a solid film, but not as great as everybody says it is.

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That’s some white boy shit right there

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Girls Trip Movie Review

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The major problem with this film is the plot. I like my comedies to either have no plot at all or to have a meaningful, good plot and this one has such an archaic, cliched storyline with Regina Hall’s character where she stays married to a cheater just because they are a famous couple and eventually backs away from it. A very cliched story that ties all of the movie together but is so dull that it hurt it tremendously.

Girls Trip is funny, quite funny at times. I liked the movie the most when the girls were just having fun and being crazy. Those were the best parts and I wish the whole film was like that. They did not need all of that relationship drama in there. And this crew of women is so strong and they are such wonderful friends mostly because of the cast which has an infectious dynamic between each other and great charisma and likability factor.

Let’s talk about all of the four girls. There are some fine supporting players in here such as Kate Walsh who is funny, but this is mostly about just these four women which is great. I had not recognized Jada Pinkett Smith as Lisa is not like her usual sexy character, but still she remains an annoying actress, at least to me. And she is the most boring part of this whole film.

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Girls Trip Movie Review

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Queen Latifah is excellent in the role as Sasha is quite likable and I loved her relationship with Regina Hall’s Ryan. As I said above, I really did not care for Ryan’s story whatsoever. But I could not deny that she gave a terrific, very strong performance in a not so great role.

I do agree with most critics and fans that Tiffany Haddish did absolutely steal the show here. She truly is a breakout star of 2017 as the actress who was basically unknown before but is now suddenly in the comedy spotlight. Dina is a typically over-the-top and sexually charged comic relief, but she is so great that she elevated the material. And her many funny lines were the highlights in terms of the humor here.

Girls Trip is a movie that is two hours a long and I just had a big problem with that. Comedies aren’t supposed to be longer than an hour and a half and this one is certainly overlong and the entire third act was just so sappy and unfortunately very archaic, it felt too much like a 2000s romantic comedy and it was overly triumphant. It should have ended before and much stronger.

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Girls Trip Movie Review

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Another problem here is that the humor is not as great as I thought it would be. Its R-rated style sometimes felt unnecessary as those scenes with the most profanity were usually too forced in their execution (the pee scene is absolutely ridiculous). But the grapefruit scene is pretty funny and some facial expressions and lines of dialogue definitely were excellent, mostly coming from Haddish’s character. But still this isn’t all that better than ‘Rough Night’ which remains a very underrated comedy flick which I honestly may even prefer over this one.

Girls Trip can be really funny, I loved the dynamic between its talented cast and Tiffany Haddish definitely is the highlight here in a true breakout role for her. Whenever the film relied on the girls’ friendship and their various shenanigans, it was very good. However, it also included that very unfortunate celebrity cheating storyline and no matter how strong Regina Hall’s performance is, she just couldn’t save this story from being so dated and cliched. And the third act is just too sappy. All in all, it is a solid flick, but not all that better than very underrated ‘Rough Night’.

My Rating – 3.5

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Harvey (1950)

Harvey Movie Review

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Harvey Movie Review

Harvey is a 1950 comedy film starring James Stewart and Josephine Hull. It is a very strong, but ultimately flawed comedy flick.

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Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for 35 years, Doctor,

and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it

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Harvey Movie Review

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Harvey is about Elwood, a man who goes everywhere with his imaginary friend who is a giant white rabbit. Upon many embarrassments that he has brought to the family, his sister finally decides to put him in a sanatorium. But hilarity ensues when the doctors assume she is the crazy one and she ends up in the hospital herself…

This is for better and for worse a situational comedy. And although the situations are highly improbable, this is still one of the better examples of this type of comedy with a particularly strong use of its various hijinks and crazy scenarios. The film is definitely very funny and the sister is easily the most hilarious character here. They managed to treat such a serious issue very comically and whether it is Elwood talking to his “friend” or Veta being paranoid and losing it, you are bound to get a great laugh with these funny, crazy people.

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Harvey Movie Review

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There is only one problem, a major problem, I have with Harvey and that is its second half or mostly just the third act. It is so problematic and inferior to the rest of the picture that it brings the whole movie down to a four-star film for me. The once immensely funny affair turns dead serious which I did not like. I liked how it has a heartwarming ending and how respectfully it treats its subject and characters, but it just lost its steam almost entirely, it felt long and slow and there was too much drama and just not enough humor.

This is one of James Stewart’s most different and unique roles and he did such a good job as usual with him having been such a greatly talented guy. I liked his character and he was great, but I thought it was a missed opportunity that we didn’t see his projection of the rabbit at least in its very end. I liked the doctors and that relationship between one doctor and a nurse was very well established. Myrtle Mae is also pretty good.

But this is almost entirely Josephine Hull’s show. The character is amazing and so complex as she believes and does not believe in the rabbit at the same time. But Hull gave a purely brilliant comedic performance and the film and this character wouldn’t work without her phenomenal performance. She managed to give a terrific performance against all odds (an extremely difficult role) and thus her Oscar win is highly deserved. For once, the Academy managed to honor a comedic performance. Thank God.

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Harvey Movie Review

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Harvey is not all that well directed and shot as it is based on a play and it shows. But the technical aspects weren’t needed for this story and are competent enough. The characters are so vivid, the humor is exceptional and the dialogue is witty that the film successfully transcended its one big flaw.

Harvey is a very strong comedy, but not as great as it could have been. That third act is so serious, overly dramatic and slow that the once hilarious film suddenly stopped and lost all of its steam. Yes, the humor is terrific as the film is very funny in its great use of situational comedy and witty dialogue. The characters are memorable and very likable. James Stewart is reliably great here but this is actually Josephine Hull’s show and she absolutely killed it in a very demanding, complex role and indisputably deserved her Oscar in the process.

My Rating – 4

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Rough Night (2017)

Rough Night Movie Review

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Rough Night Movie Review

Rough Night is a 2017 comedy film with the ensemble cast consisting of Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer among others. It is a very underrated movie.

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He’s fine.

Yeah, he’s really fine.

Jesus. Oh my God.

You need to masturbate more,

you’re like, severely horny

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Rough Night Movie Review

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It follows a bachelorette party which suddenly goes horribly wrong when one of the girls accidentally kills a male stripper. Now the film started off with a typical girl night, girls going crazy storyline and only after the murder it got a lot more entertaining and interesting. I really liked its dark humor and the interactions between the characters.

They are all so memorable and stupendously well developed for a comedy. The actresses here did a very good job and I found each one of them very likable. Scarlett Johansson was quite good and actually highly likable here. I was at first skeptical at her being in a comedy movie, but she plays a straight character here, the most serious one, and it suited her really well.

Zoe Kravitz is also quite good. At first she was boring, but once she got in that three-way, she became much more interesting. Her sexual awakening was actually really well done as it did not come out of nowhere and was well hinted at previously. I loved that her and Ilana Glazer’s character ended up together in the end. But Ilana was unfortunately underutilized here. I loved her in ‘Broad City’ and she was very good and funny here, but she deserved a more prominent, if not a starring role.

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Rough Night Movie Review

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Kate McKinnon portrays one of the funniest characters here and here she was much better utilized than she was in ‘Ghostbusters’. Her Australian accent is great and her character is just quirky and energetic enough to not become overbearing.

Of course Jillian Bell stole the show here almost completely. I loved her in this movie! Her Alice is such a funny character, but also really well developed too. All of these characters felt like real people and both their interactions and relationships were sincere and so well realized. Bell killed it here with such an immensely charismatic, hilarious performance.

The men were a mixed bag to me personally. They felt unrealistic and too boring and even though Peter was very well played by Paul W. Downs and his adventures on the road were mostly fun (the highlight is the blowjob part which was so freaking funny), he was still used a bit too much and the movie cut to his scenes too much almost to the point of becoming detours. The editing should have been better.

But the biggest problem in Rough Night is that crime storyline. Seriously, was it overly convenient that the stripper that they killed turned out to have been a dangerous criminal all along. That was just too implausible and convenient so that they would not end up in jail that I really disliked that development.

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Rough Night Movie Review

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Also those two other criminals did lead to some pretty fun action scenes, but still the movie became a mess by that point with an overly convoluted, implausible and just unbelievable storyline that it really hurt the entire movie in the long run.

But the humor in Rough Night is strong. Sometimes it relied too much on vulgarity and profanity, but still Jillian Bell cracked me up more than a couple of times, I loved the jokes with the stripper and especially with Ty Burrell and Demi Moore who are so memorable and crazy here. The film is so energetic and so positively crazy but still likable and well realized in characters that I deem it very underrated as the critics were just wrong with this one in my opinion.

Rough Night definitely has an overly implausible and extremely convenient conclusion to its overbearing crime story and some scenes worked less than the others, but still this is one incredibly underrated comedy flick which made me laugh quite a lot as its humor is pretty strong and the acting is fabulous from its great cast. Jillian Bell absolutely stole the show here and she was simply hilarious, but the fact that these characters were actually well developed and their interactions were so good led to a much better than average and again very underrated comedy.

My Rating – 3.5

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The Full Monty (1997)

The Full Monty Movie Review

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The Full Monty Movie Review

The Full Monty is a 1997 British comedy film starring Robert Carlyle and Tom Wilkinson. It is a solid, but overrated film.

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He’s fat, you’re thin, and you’re both fucking ugly

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The Full Monty Movie Review

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The film is about a group of friends in England who start a male striptease act to gain money. Now, this was obviously a very bold and interesting idea for a film back in 1997, but for now unfortunately it isn’t as we have ‘Magic Mike’ now and that movie goes much further with this story. This is still a better film, but not by much.

That is because it lost its edge by this time and the film really isn’t all that sophisticated as critics proclaimed it is. It actually deals with a lot of themes such as obesity, homosexuality, unemployment and mostly body image and fathers’ rights. But because you have just ninety minutes, most of these themes are left unexplored and barely touched upon.

The Full Monty is still entertaining and definitely a lot of fun, but not as well crafted and somehow rushed. The characters are solid, but there are too much of them in my opinion and thus some are left entirely unexplored such as Guy and Lomper who are forgettable, underutilized and their eventual romance was barely hinted upon.

I honestly had a big problem with the film’s subplot with Nathan. Kids should not watch their father naked and doing striptease and that was just wrong to me. I got why they did it, but still they could have maybe gone with a different route.

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But Gaz is a relatable character and especially his friend Dave with his obesity problem. Their friendship is great and the actors did a great job, especially Robert Carlyle and it was so weird seeing him so young here.

The Full Monty has a couple of really great scenes and it really benefits from being a British film in location and dialect, but it is never really hilarious and it thus fails as a comedy. The score is pretty solid and the use of its famous songs is excellent. The film is engaging, pleasing and sometimes even charming. But it just did not deserve all of those Oscar nominations and is frankly never great.

The Full Monty has a couple of excellent performances, a good use of its soundtrack, many fun scenes and it deals with some interesting themes, but it doesn’t really explore all of those themes, some characters are underutilized, some plot elements were troublesome and the film is overall just solid and never as great as critics say it is as it is very flawed and it lost its edge after all this time.

My Rating – 3.5

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)

Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Review

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Review

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a 1987 comedy film directed by John Hughes and starring Steve Martin and John Candy. It is one of the decade’s finest comedies.

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You wanna hurt me? Go right ahead if it makes you feel any better.

I’m an easy target. Yeah, you’re right, I talk too much. I also listen too much.

I could be a cold-hearted cynic like you… but I don’t like to hurt people’s feelings.

Well, you think what you want about me; I’m not changing.

I like… I like me. My wife likes me. My customers like me.

‘Cause I’m the real article. What you see is what you get

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Review

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Two guys sharing time together during their prolonged trip home where they have problems with each mode of transportation is a very simple, yet ingenious idea for a movie executed superbly here. This is basically a toad trip film, but much deeper than most of the similar flicks.

John Hughes surely is one of my favorite directors, but I was pleasantly surprised to witness that he was as great at an adult comedy as much as he was great at teen movies. It’s a shame that he didn’t do more of such movies, but at least what we got here is a classic for the ages.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a funny movie, at times even hilarious. Its humor is subtle and great and the kind of humor which relies on situations and facial expressions and I love that. The actors did most of the heavy lifting here, but the humor is also great thanks to such a smart script and truly terrific dialogue, courtesy of Hughes of course.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Review

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Steve Martin is phenomenal here and this is probably his best role ever. I am usually not a fan of him, but here he was so relatable and even funny and a great dramatic counteract to Candy who is also excellent here and better than usual. The film made me love these two actors whom I usually did not like and that is a testament of how great it truly is. Their dynamic is gold and their chemistry is absolutely terrific. This is a great example of how comedic performances can be just as strong and should be just as treasured as the dramatic ones.

But the movie is great because it also has a lot of heart at its core. The ending is lovely, but most of the scenes between the two really were terrific and some were heartfelt such as Candy’s honest speech about his personality. The two counteract each other so well as they are so different, but I still could see how they would become friends so I bought that plot progression even though it was typical. The film counteracts the comedic scenes with some great dramatic stuff so well and that is why it is such a classic.

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Planes, Trains and Automobiles Movie Review

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Now the movie is not without its flaws. Some of the scenes in the second half, mostly in the car, and that extended action scene were not as interesting as the rest of the film and the ending is naturally too emotional. Sweet, but emotional. And of course the realization that Del doesn’t have a family or a house came as no shock to me as it was quite obvious. But the movie is so well paced, directed and really well scored that it ultimately rendered those minor flaws unimportant.

Planes, Trains and Automobiles is a rare 80’s comedy that really works and that truly is a classic for the ages. John Hughes gave us a different movie than usual for him here and thus proved his greatness, but Martin and Candy’s performances are also top-notch as is the excellent dialogue and script which balances the humor with a lot of drama and heart. Nifty and thoroughly pleasing, touching and funny, this film certainly is a genre gem.

My Rating – 4.5

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Top Ten It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Characters

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Top Ten It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Characters

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia doesn’t have a lot of recurring characters so ranking them was a pretty easy task for me. However, ranking the gang was very difficult as all five of them are amazing, unforgettable characters so I only ranked them by my personal preferences and even that approach did not make it any easier. So here is my ranking of the show’s characters, both major and minor.

10. The McPoyles

To me this crazy family is repulsive and sometimes too disgusting. But I cannot deny their presence so they cracked the top ten. All of the family is ridiculous and the humor aimed at them was great, but of course Liam, Ryan and Margaret are the three that appear the most and they have quite a handful of classic episodes with The Gang Gets Held Hostage being the best example of their signature dynamic.

9. The Lawyer

A straight character but a necessary one nonetheless, he is great for giving us the opportunity to see just how crazy the gang is when interacting with normal people. But I liked his character because he was the only one who could get the better of them as he did in a couple of occasions. The highlight was Charlie’s rivalry with him as he tried to prove himself as a competent bird lawyer.

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8. Mac and Charlie’s Moms

These two are such comedic gems and they bring a different kind of humor to the table wonderfully. Watching Bonnie’s ridiculous OCDs and interactions with Charlie was a lot of fun whereas Mac’s mom is hilariously gross. They interact so well with their sons, but to me the highlight was the dynamic between themselves as best exemplified in stupendous Old Lady House: A Situation Comedy.

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7. The Waitress

Another straight character who is nevertheless extremely important, watching Charlie trying to win her over was always a treat. Every episode with her is amazing and the writers always found a great and different use of her. She is also great for being a fully realized character in her own right and following her hit rock bottom and then eventually end up with Charlie was a really fun journey.

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6. Cricket

Of course Cricket gets the top spot when it comes to minor characters as he is such a ridiculous, incredibly funny character who is best at being a sparringly used sidekick. He appeared from time to time and rarely for a full episode, but whenever he was on screen, he was bound to get a lot of the laughs and entirely steal the show. His journey from a priest to a street rat was so well written and consistently hilarious while being a great proof of how the gang destroys everyone who gets close to them.

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5. Frank

And now we get to the members of the gang themselves. Yes, Frank gets the last spot, but that is only because in the second half of the series he isn’t as great as he was in the first half. But his ”living on the fringe” shtick provided some of the most repulsive and hilarious moments on the show. He is the best at being gross and at being the mastermind as he certainly was in most situations. He truly is the brain of the group and the first season wasn’t the same without him.

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4. Dennis

Dennis also lost some of his momentum as the series progressed and he could get too creepy at times, but his narcissistic behavior consistently led to a lot of very funny situations. At first, he was just a manipulative, lying narcissist, but eventually he got crazier and crazier with each season to the point of becoming a sociopath and even a psychopath at times. He definitely provided some of the edgiest and darkest comedy on the show along with great sexual humor.

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3. Dee

Dee should have been used more often, but whenever she got more to do, she killed it. Kaitlyn Olson is terrific in the role and she gave the best performance on the show after Danny DeVito. Always being a butt of the gang’s jokes (she is after all ”one giant bird”), she can also be pretty smart and manipulative in her own right as evidenced in episodes like PTSDee. But the highlights were her pursuing of an acting career along with her crazy, humiliating sexcapades.

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2. Mac

I didn’t like him all that much at first, but Mac truly got better and better with each passing season until eventually becoming my second favorite character on the show. He is a superbly developed character and his interactions with his parents are always terrific. But it is his desperate attempts at being cool (proclaiming to know karate and how to do a backflip) coupled with his closeted homosexuality that gave us his best episodes (Mac Day is his finest hour). In the series’ late run, he is the best.

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1. Charlie

I love all five of the gang members and it was very difficult to decide the number one, but I eventually went with Charlie for a number of reasons. One is that stupid and disgusting characters are overly familiar by now, but his character gets some of the best use of those qualities and he is consistently funny. The other reason is that he is the most likable and certainly the best person of the entire gang which is why following him was very rewarding and I rooted for him throughout most of the episodes. His budding relationship with his could-be-father Frank is great, his living in filth and squalor is very amusing, his musical episodes were very funny and of course his pursuit of the Waitress was a lot of fun. It was a difficult choice I had to make, but in the end I am happy that I chose Charlie as my number one.

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Honorable Mentions:

Barbara Reynolds – ”My whore wife”, as Frank so often called her, only appeared in a handful of episodes before she died, but she was very funny as Dennis and Dee’s absolutely horrible mother.
Maureen Ponderosa – Maureen is the campiest and silliest character of all and her journey from Dennis’s wife to a full-on cat before her death was hilarious to follow.
Carmen – Carmen the Tranny gave us a couple of terrific episodes and was an essential love interest for Mac in his coming out journey.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 (2015)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Review

The tenth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia continues its consistent streak with a high number of quality episodes.

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I’ve seen many pigs eat many men. It was a bloodbath

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 10 Review

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The Gang Beats Boggs is a highly uneven episode with an exceptionally strong premise, but weaker execution. I am talking about the characters. Whereas Dee and Dennis are great here, all of the others are mostly pretty forgettable.
The Gang Group Dates again features superb Dennis and Dee who really killed it this time around. The premise is amazing and I wonder why they haven’t done this already. Dennis being paranoid led to a lot of funny scenes and the highlight is Dee banging lots of men to give them bad grades as it turned out they thought she was a whore.
Psycho Pete Returns is odd and uneven, but Cricker is so funny here in a typically brutal fashion plus you gotta respect the show for being consistent and introducing us constantly to the people from their high school we heard a lot about, very rewarding.
Charlie Work started off pretty weakly, but it still ended up being one of the most intriguing and mostly satisfactory experiments from the show with a uniquely executed scenario.

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The Gang Spies Like U.S. just didn’t mash well with its two subplots and Dee’s part was oddly put together, but the jokes around the term creampie were very amusing.
The Gang Misses the Boat is simply great! As the standout of this season, it is also one of the essential episodes when characterization is concerned and one of the most different and ultimately truthful. Everyone was great here, but Dee and Charlie having sex I did not see coming and I honestly gasped at the sight of it. It was a weird, yet sort of expected thing to happen and I really liked it despite it being a one-off. But the best part is the ending where Mac absolutely shines. It is a great, important moment when we realize that he truly is gay and very closeted and that he likes to remain that way. But it was also a pretty hilarous scene.
Mac Kills His Dad is a pretty good episode. I dislike the constant use of Bill Ponderosa, but Maureen got some great moments and the highlight is again Mac and his analysis of his father’s gay sex with another prisoner.
The Gang Goes on Family Fight has a couple of awesome moments, especially with Charlie, but I still expected much bigger things from a great premise such as this one. But Keegan-Michael Key was a great guest star here.
Frank Retires is another odd episode in a season full of them. The conclusion was weak, but some scenes like the guys getting too much blood from Frank cracked me up for sure.

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Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult is another weird, this time even campy episode that has its moments, but is ultimately too silly to stick in the mind.

In the end, this tenth season is too weird and too many episodes are uneven, but some are great, Dennis is superb here and Mac continues to be one of the highlights.

Worst Episodes: The Gang Beats Boggs and Ass Kickers United: Mac and Charlie Join a Cult.

Best Episodes: The Gang Group Dates and The Gang Misses the Boat.

My Rating – 4.1

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 (2013)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 Review

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 Review

The ninth season of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is a pretty good season that is mostly very satisfactory.

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I hate people who are different than me

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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Season 9 Review

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The Gang Broke Dee is phenomenal. It is a very rewarding episode as it is a culmination of sorts for Dee’s character as she gets everything she wanted here only for the twist ending where it turns out that she was tricked by the guys. She is great here and the story is phenomenal, but it is Dennis who surprised me here and almost stole the show from Dee in her episode.
Gun Fever Too: Still Hot is an interesting episode with a smart storyline and it has its fair share of terrific scenes, but it is in the end too much lacking in real laughs.
The Gang Tries Desperately to Win an Award is such a classic. It is an episode that finally serves us some real bar business stuff and it again showcases how horrible at bartending they trully are. The major hihlight is the scene in that bright bar which is filled with hilariously cheesy lines.
Mac and Dennis Bye a Timeshare is the only bad season nine episode. It truly is bad. Everything here is boring and lifeless with both of its subplots being unoriginal and unfunny.
Mac Day is absolutely amazing for a variety of reasons. One is that it is just a damn fun episode from beginning to end, not to mention frequently hilarious. Furthemore, it is a perfect exploration of Mac’s character and probably the best and most important one yet. Not only do we see clearly that he is truly gay here, but it is brilliantly played for laughs along with his poor karate skills. And country Mac is such a memorable one-off character. Both the premise and the execution of this episode is top-notch.

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The Gang Saves the Day is another classic and again it succeeds in almost every way. The gang witnesses a robbery and everyone acts out their fantasy situation out of it. Frank’s scenario is too short and definitely the weakest one here, but Charlie’s is such a fitting, wonderful parody of ‘Up’. Dennis is really funny with that broadcaster and the emphasis on her tits is hilarious. But Mac and Dee are the two standouts for sure. The former is hilarious for again playing out his karate and gay fantasies with the fighting and the heaven scene being so funny, but the latter is even better as it is such a spot-on scene for the character that playes out brilliantly. The butler and Josh Groban parts are the best.
I’m not a big fan of The Gang Gets Quarantined. It definitely has its moments, but it is overall a rehashed episode from some previous ideas and it is never as funny as it should have been.
Flowers for Charlie is ridiculous, but in such a good way. Watching Charlie become smart is very funny and refreshing, but the twist ending is satisfactory and logical.
The Gang Makes Lethal Weapon 6 suffers for tackling this premise for the second time, but it still has its funny moments with Mac’s gay scenes being very funny and Dee’s presence is surely appreciated.

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The Gang Squashes Their Beefs is such a funny, entertaining execution of a great premise. Cricket being stabbed once again is hilarious and the McPoyls got some great scenes. It is a great episode which amusingly shows us how many enemies the gang has created throughout the seasons.

This ninth season of Sunny has its quite weak episodes, but it is mostly really good. I gave it the same rating as I did to the eighth season but only because those weak couple of episodes drown it down. Otherwise it is a stellar season with Mac being the funniest and the best realized member of the gang this time around.

Worst Episodes: Mac and Dennis Bye a Timeshare and The Gang Gets Quarantined.

Best Episodes: The Gang Broke Dee, Mac Day and The Gang Saves the Day.

My Rating – 4.1

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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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Lilo & Stitch Movie Review

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 animated science fiction comedy film directed by Chris Sanders. It is Disney’s 42nd animated feature and a pretty good film in its own right.

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Ohana means family.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

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So this is an interesting mix of sci-fi and family drama and comedy. I thought that the sci-fi elements were childish, yet charming and a lot of fun. The humor is good, but the film isn’t as funny as critics have been saying it is. It succeeds the most as this family drama of two sisters and their relationship. That is where the heart and soul of the movie is along with Stitch’s place in the new family. To me the film used that ohana quote way too often to the point of verging into childish preachy territory, but it’s still such a great, memorable quote from the film that is wonderfully pro-family, but in a very modern way. I thought it was also quite emotional in some scenes, but also in a good, heartwarming manner. And by the way, I got some serious ‘Men in Black’ vibes from this movie which was interesting.

Lilo is an interesting protagonist for the fact that she is far from perfect and is actually a very problematic individual. A parentless orphan is a Disney cliché by now, but it was still done really well here with a lot of emotion and seriousness. Her personality is quite different than the rest of Disney protagonists and she is more relatable and realistic because of it. Nani is sometimes annoying, but still a positive, respectable character and the relationship between these two sisters is moving, so well established and quite sweet.

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Stitch is an interesting case as well. Both him and Lilo are unusual Disney characters in that he is for once an ugly creation and that was great to see and only further brought a lot of charm from him. His change in personality was expected, but still well handled and the relationship between the titular duo is quite wonderful. He could have been funnier, but he still ended up being a lot of fun.

Dr. Jumba Jookiba is a good sidekick, but in my opinion Pleakly is better and funnier. This duo is surprisingly solid in their own right. Cobra is memorable and I liked the twist in his background. Captain Gantu and David Kawena serve their purpose and David is a likable dude, but way too underdeveloped unfortunately. The voice acting is pretty good in this flick.

Lilo & Stitch is interesting for featuring watercolor animation which is a style the studio rarely does. And that’s why I really enjoyed it. The colors are pleasing and very inviting and to me the Hawaiian setting is gorgeously utilized here both in terms of animation and storytelling. The character designs are pretty good and the highlights are some of the more artistic and painterly color palettes and landscapes.

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Lilo & Stitch is not a musical, but it does heavily utilize on its soundtrack. It has quite a lot of Elvis songs in it and I am a fan of his so I liked that choice quite a bit. It fit so well within this world in my opinion. Suspicious Minds is the highlight as not only do I love this song, but the sequence itself is unforgettable and very inventive and funny.

There are two original songs to be had here and I have to say that I liked both of them and they are quite underrated if you ask me. Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride is a lot of fun. It is such a cool and laidback Hawaiian song and I really enjoyed its rhythm and the accompanying scene. But to me He Mele No Lilo is even better and such an unfortunately underrated song. I learned it by heart by now and I really enjoy it for being such a catchy tune and for being a good introductory opening for the character of Lilo.

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This script demanded better dialogue as what we got here is too preachy at times and way too simplistic. I liked its themes of course, but better dialogue was needed nonetheless. And the pacing is all over the place. The film is fun and it flies by quickly, but its overly extended beginning and rushed ending are super troublesome as they significantly reduce the enjoyment of the film in my opinion. But it is still such an endearing, fun flick that is one of Disney’s best in this decade, certainly the finest after ‘The Emperor’s New Groove’.

Lilo & Stitch has weaker dialogue despite a couple of instantly recognizable lines and its pacing is all over the place as the beginning is overly extended and the ending is rushed. However, this is still one of Disney’s best 2000s efforts owing to very good characterization with interesting and different main characters than usual, fun sci-fi elements, pleasing watercolor animation, good score and a heartfelt, well explored family drama.

My Rating – 4

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Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Singin' in the Rain Movie Review

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Singin’ in the Rain Movie Review

Singin’ in the Rain is a 1952 musical comedy film directed by and starring Gene Kelly along with Debbie Reynolds. It is one of the best musical as well as comedy films ever made.

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“What’s wrong with the way I talk?

What’s the big idea?

Am I dumb or something?”

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It offers a satire on the late 1920s film industry and how the arrival of sound changed the Hollywood landscape. I love this story. It was such an important transitional period for the film industry and here it was showcased beautifully. I loved its various homages to the classic musicals of the late 1920s and 1930s and the whole film serves wonderfully as a film history lesson, but done in a comedic manner which was great and such an approach fits this material so well.

The characters are so likable. Both Don Lockwood and Kathy Selden are heartwarming and sympathetic and I loved their romance. Cosmo was to me the only a bit annoying character here, but even he got some fun and charming moments. But of course Lina Lamont takes the cake for being the most memorable character and the overall finest aspect of the film. Jean Hagen is over-the-top and theatrical, but that fits this role like a glove and she turned out to be incredibly funny. Debbie Reynolds is very charming and of course Gene Kelly is great not only in his dancing and singing, but in his performance as well as he is so inherently likable and charismatic. And the fact that he directed the film as well just goes to show how much talent he possessed.

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Singin’ in the Rain is a glorious musical filled with unforgettable technical aspects from the costumes which are actually some of the best ever put on film to the imagery which is highly memorable and sometimes even unforgettable. That titular sequence is one for the ages, original and charming. But the entire musical piece near the end when they filmed the film is so well done and actually sometimes incredibly authentic and beautiful. The colors are vivid and the musical sequences are perfectly constructed with of course very professional dancing in it.

Let’s talk about the songs. All I Do Is Dream of You is sweetly romantic and Make ’em Laugh isn’t the best scene, but it serves its purpose and the song itself is quite catchy. Should I? and Beautiful Girl are solid, but Moses Supposes was a bit too goofy and childish in my opinion. Good Morning is so inherently catchy with infectious energy in it and the entire scene is so charming.  Would You is also quite sweet and a great scene. But of course Singin’ in the Rain is a classic song. The entire sequence is beautiful and authentic, featuring probably the best and most romantic use of rain ever, but the lyrics are sweet, Gene Kelly is absolutely superb here and the song is both beautiful and romantic.

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Obviously Singin’ in the Rain is a great musical. However, I do think that the film should be remembered and cherished more for its laughs than the songs. Do not get me wrong, it surely is one of the best musicals ever made, but it is to me just as much one of the best comedies of all time as the film is just so funny throughout its whole running time.

Lina is hilarious and the highlight is the microphone sequence. Perfectly constructed, this scene is consistently entertaining and hysterical from beginning to end. Really, this is comedy gold and a great proof of how some comedies from this period are funny to this day. It is one of the funniest films I’ve seen recently for sure. Another classic was the theater scene when they played their finished product for the test audience and to me it was a perfect parody of the poor sound quality of early sound films, so truthful.

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The film is great because it doesn’t sacrifice one for the other as it succeeds both in the musical and in the humor department. The tone is consistent and the transitions are swift and professional. The movie is also deftly edited and never prolonged or rushed. It lasts for just the right amount of running time and is always riveting to watch. Such a classic.

Funny and romantic, grand and smart, Singin’ in the Rain has it all and it is not only one of the best musicals ever made with many classic and unforgettable songs accompanied by great imagery and all around superb scenes, but it’s also one of the best comedies as it is consistently funny with a couple of scenes that are comedy gold, so perfectly constructed and absolutely hilarious. It is such a great satire on early sound films and it serves as a great and funny film history lesson. The film is also a visual marvel to behold leading to an undisputed classic for the ages.

My Rating – 5

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