Comedy Movie

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

Ghostbuster (1984)

The Great Movie Re-Watch

Ghostbuster (1984)

Director:

Ivan Reitman

Writers:

Dan Aykroyd

Harold Ramis

Starring:

Bill Murray

Dan Aykroyd

Harold Ramis

Sigourney Weaver

Rick Moranis

Annie Potts

Ernie Hudson

Blurb:

Three former parapsychology professors set up shop as a unique ghost removal service.

Thoughts:

Bill Murray in Ghostbusters is hilarious. He’s dry and sarcastic and makes the movie. Reading more into the film, though, it sounds like he was a bit of a diva. He said he’d do the movie but never actually signed anything, so it was never a sure thing. He also took a lot of time away from Ernie Hudson, who took a pay cut to be in the film because he liked the role so much. So while I love Bill Murray’s character in the movie, I feel bad for the people who worked with him.

Ghostbusters is one of those films that a LOT of people have truckloads of nostalgia connected with it. Oddly enough, I don’t. It wasn’t one I got to watch much growing up, so while I think it’s great, I do feel like I get to look at it from a distance. It’s fun and entertaining, and unique. The closest modern equivalent, besides the reboot, would have to be This is the End. Even that’s a stretch, though. It’s crazy that no one tried to emulate it. That’s what Hollywood does, after all.

And now it’s time for Random Facts from the Wikipedia Article!

-The day before the deadline for Slimer’s puppets Richard Edlund, his creator, was informed they wanted it to look like John Belushi. Edlund took three grams of cocaine and believed Belushi’s ghost guided him in Slimer’s creation.

-Universal owned the rights to the name Ghostbusters because of a children’s show but allowed Columbia to buy the rights for $500,000 and 1% of the profits. Which, of course, never happened because movies never make a profit. This only happened, though, because one of the people originally attached to Ghostbusters became the head of Universal.

-One of the only things that made it through all versions of the script was the Marshmallow man. It sounds like it was Aykroyd’s favorite part, and the movie wouldn’t get made without it.

– Julia Roberts was considered for the role of Dana Barrett

And that’s the end of another edition of Random Facts from the Wikipedia Article!

It’s always interesting to know who potentially could have been cast. I can’t imagine anyone else in the role of Dana after seeing Sigourney Weaver. Likewise, I can’t imagine Eddie Murphy in the role of Winston.

Ghostbusters is a highly quotable, classic comedy that everyone should see at least once.

Get Hard (2015)

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Get Hard (2015)

Director:

Etan Cohen

Starring:

Will Ferrell

Kevin Hart

Alison Brie

Plot:

When millionaire James King is jailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.

Review:

Was not expecting to laugh as much as I did for this movie. I mean, I went in hoping to laugh, but anticipating a mediocre comedy. When in fact it was slightly more than that.

I appreciated the fact that there was not an over abundance of short jokes like there normally are with Kevin Hart movies. There didn’t need to be because of how well the movie was shot. All they had to do was show Ferrell and Hart standing beside each other.

Ferrell’s character was the best part of the movie, though possibly the weakest too. He was supposed to be so smart and make so much money on the stock market but he was too trusting. Not really a trait people in his position tend to have, but oh well. His interactions with Hart and the gang bangers were hilarious, though.

Hart was fine, though a little flat character wise, it’s not a huge deal in a comedy movie. However, that’s actually something that’s starting to bug me. Certain comedies I don’t expect too much realistic behavior, for example Stepbrothers, but others I feel like the story should still be plausible. Maybe I’m starting to expect too much?

Oh well, it was a funny movie and if you’ve got nothing better to watch why not?

3.5/5

Stepbrothers (2008)

Brennan Huff (Will Ferrell, right) and Dale Doback (John C. Reilly, left) are two middle-aged, immature, overgrown boys forced to live together as stepbrothers when Dale's single father, Robert (Richard Jenkins, center) marries Brennan's mom in Columbia Pictures' Step Brothers. The film is directed by Adam McKay.  The screenplay is by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay from a story by Will Ferrell & Adam McKay & John C. Reilly.  The producers are Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow.

Stepbrothers (2008)

Director:

Adam McKay

Starring:

Will Ferrell

John C. Reilly

Mary Steenburgen

Richard Jenkins

Plot:

Two aimless middle-aged losers still living at home are forced against their will to become room-mates when their parents marry.

Review:

I worked at a movie theater when this came out and we had a preview reel that played in the lobby that was looped every thirty minutes. This was the only preview that I did not end up loathing and in fact still laughed at every time I saw it.

Easily one of the best Will Ferrell movies. His chemistry with John C. Reilly is great and the fact that the parents don’t act like their actions are ridiculous makes it even better. They’re grown men asking to build bunk beds for crying out loud. No matter how many times I see it this movie never fails to make me laugh.

It’s not just the leads that make this movie, though. It wouldn’t hit nearly as well if it wasn’t for the amazing supporting cast. They’re all perfect and just nail it from the shitty little kids to Ferrell’s coworkers. Totally worth watching.

5/5

 

Spy (2015)

Spy-Movie

Spy (2015)

Director:

Paul Feig

Starring:

Melissa McCarthy

Rose Byrne

Jude Law

Peter Serafinowicz

Miranda Hart

Jason Statham

Plot:

A desk-bound CIA analyst volunteers to go undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent diabolical global disaster.

Review:

I laughed a lot with this movie and that’s always a good sign. It wasn’t perfect and I again got tired of the jokes making fun of McCarthy’s weight and unremarkableness, but it was nowhere near as bad as some of her other movies.

Some of the best parts of the film were the supporting characters. I loved the sex obsessed Aldo, Peter Serafinowicz, and Nancy, Miranda Hart, played a great best friend. I liked that they didn’t make Nancy as field capable as McCarthy’s character.

I was surprised at what they did with Ford, Jason Statham’s character. Based on the previews I thought he was going to be a sort of mentor to McCarthy’s character but instead he was a macho idiot. I’m not sure if I liked him or not.

***Spoiler***

I really liked the ending and that she didn’t wind up in bed with Jude Law’s character, I did wish that he had stayed bad and that they hadn’t made him a triple agent.

If they do a sequel I hope it’s with the same characters.

3.5/5