Movie Reviews

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Mrs. Winterbourne (1996)

Director:

Richard Benjamin

Writers:

Phoef Sutton

Lisa-Maria Radano

Starring:

Shirley MacLaine

Ricki Lake

Brendan Fraser

Blurb:

Connie, unwed and pregnant, is heading to Boston by train when she meets wealthy newlyweds Hugh and Patricia. The train crashes, and when Connie comes to in the hospital, she is mistaken for Patricia, who died in the crash with Hugh.

Review:

With Brendan Fraser.

Sorry, I had to. When I found this movie, Starz ended the description that way, and it struck me as hilarious, so everything in our house has been with Brendan Fraser.

Anyway, Mrs. Winterbourne was a perfect adaption of a romance novel. I haven’t read the book it’s based on, but it hits all the marks you would expect from that type of book. We have mistaken identity, an instant dislike by one of the protagonists, and then falling helplessly in love. Someone is blackmailed, there’s a murder, and rich bitches get told off. It’s all perfectly over the top.

My only complaints are that Brendan Fraser’s feelings and personality changed without much reason. Also, I’m not much of a fan of Ricki Lake. Other than those two things, the movie was pretty solid. Not something I need to own, but I’d watch it again.

3/5

Bad Trip (2020)

Bad Trip (2020)

Netflix Movie

Director:

Kitao Sakurai

Writers:

Eric André

Kitao Sakurai

Andrew Barchilon

Dan Curry

Starring:

Eric André

Tiffany Haddish

Lil Rel Howery

Michaela Conlin

Blurb:

This mix of a scripted buddy comedy road movie and a real hidden camera prank show follows the outrageous misadventures of two buds stuck in a rut who embark on a cross-country road trip to NYC. The storyline sets up shocking real pranks.

Review:

I never really got into the Jackass movies or TV show and I only kind of like Sacha Baron Cohen stuff. I’ve seen them, but it wasn’t for me. Bad Trip, on the other hand, was freaking hilarious. It had enough of those types of gags, without going too far, and there was a “story.” They weren’t mean to people with their pranks. Well, mostly not mean.

I’m a fan of Tiffany Haddish after watching Girl Trip, and I absolutely loved her parts of the movie. Watching a clip where she escaped from prison is what brought Bad Trip to my attention. I laughed through this movie. There were a few moments when I was afraid that the people in the South would play into stereotypes, but for the most part, they didn’t. I was happy about that, and I don’t want to know if it took multiple takes to get there.

There was only one skit that I rolled my eyes at, but it was amusing enough not to be a deal-breaker. It was more of a there is no way anyone thought that was real sort of thing.

All in all, I really liked it.

4/5

Moxie (2021)

Moxie (2021)

Director:

Amy Poehler

Writers:

Tamara Chestna

Dylan Meyer

Starring:

Hadley Robinson

Lauren Tsai

Alycia Pascual-Peña

Nico Hiraga

Blurb:

Fed up with the sexist and toxic status quo at her high school, a shy 16-year-old finds inspiration from her mother’s rebellious past and anonymously publishes a zine that sparks a school-wide, coming-of-rage revolution.

Review:

Listen, I am not a fan of young adult and high school centered media. Except, apparently, I am? Netflix has me watching and enjoying movies and TV shows set in high school, with Moxie being the most recent. It’s mind-boggling. I didn’t have a horrible experience in high school. I have just never liked angsty teens.

Moxie is about a school in Texas that has a problem with toxic masculinity. It isn’t until a new girl in school pushes back and inspires another girl that things start to change, though. Everything bad that happens in this movie is entirely too believable. What I love, though, is that the students fighting back are able to make a difference. Even if it’s just learning that they aren’t alone. The female bonding was awesome.

Something that I love to see is women working together instead of working against each other. For too long, the toxic idea that if another woman succeeds, then you can’t. Having that be completely flipped and women beginning to rely on and help each other is wonderful.

Moxie was inspiring. It was hopeful and fun. There was a complete, angst-ridden meltdown at one point, but I fast-forwarded through it. I would watch more young adult movies like this in a heartbeat.

4/5

Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

Director:

Julien Temple

Writers:

Julie Brown

Charlie Coffey

Terrance E. McNally

Starring:

Geena Davis

Jeff Goldblum

Damon Wayans

Jim Carrey

Julie Brown

Michael McKean

Charles Rocket

Blurb:

A Southern California girl befriends three furry aliens after their spaceship lands in her swimming pool.

Review:

Earth Girls Are Easy is the epitome of an 80s movie on steroids. It’s got the fashion, it’s got the music, it’s got young, sexy Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. Plus, Jim Carey before anyone knew him and Damon Wayans early in his movie career. It is so crazy and ridiculous it was not a surprise to learn that there were issues behind to scenes with the director.

Valerie, Geena Davis, discovers that her long-term boyfriend/fiancé has been having sex with women that weren’t her. She reacts how every woman would. She “sings” while destroying all of his stuff around the house. She smashes his Commodore PC with a bowling ball rolled down skis. Thankfully for her, horny aliens spot her the next day, sunbathing and crash land on Earth.

The aliens are covered in fur and don’t initially speak English, but after hours of watching TV and gallons of Nair, they’re mostly assimilated into the local culture. Mac, Wiploc, and Zeebo are revealed to be young, attractive men with the hair removed. They have incredibly long tongues and a love touch that consumes the person they touch with affection. They are definitely compatible with humans, and sex with them seems to be out of this world. *smirk* Basically, human men would not stand a chance if these aliens decided to take over.

Thankfully(?), that’s not their end goal. They just want their ship dried out and ready to take off, which happens after a few musical numbers, armed robbery, arrests, and a close encounter with a medical professional. As they fly off, Valerie fights off the love touched advances of her ex to tell Mac she wants to go with him. Since he’s her, Mr. Right, he, of course, takes her. I assume that Wiploc and Zeebo continue to be sexually frustrated until they make it back to their homeworld since Valeria cock blocked them at every opportunity.

4/5

The Good Liar (2019)

The Good Liar (2019)

Director:

Bill Condon

Writer:

Jeffrey Hatcher

Starring:

Helen Mirren

Ian McKellen

Russell Tovey

Jim Carter

Blurb:

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes.

Review:

**Trigger warning for rape**

I’ve had The Good Liar on my to-watch list on HBO for a while. Mainly because I love Helen Mirren, and with the inclusion of Ian McKellen, I knew the movie had to be good. I was not wrong.

You discover fairly quickly that McKellen’s character is a con man. It takes you a little bit longer to learn just how far he’s willing to take it. I was shocked to see it, but it made the twist at the end absolutely believable.

Mirren’s character, Betty, came off as smart and capable. She seemed to be looking more for companionship than love. She wasn’t a pushover, but she was trusting. Still, I loved that she noticed when he slipped up in his con. It was always little things that could easily be explained away, but she noticed them. She was sharp.

I won’t reveal the twist, but I definitely didn’t see it coming. The ending was a great payoff after the twist was revealed, too, so things weren’t ended on a sour note. The Good Liar was an entertaining film that I’m glad I could take the time to watch.

4/5