Over Her Dead Body Reviews
Nate's Grade: B
Burn After Reading - The Coen brothers tend to follow serious works with silly, and now that they have a heap of Oscars from 2007's [i]No Country for Old Men[/i] audiences can expect extreme silliness. [i]Burn After Reading[/i] is a farce in the best sense of the word; it's a send-up of the spy thriller where morons inhabit every role. The incompetent characters repeatedly act impulsive and the whole movie's tone is cranked to outlandish heights. The score by Carter Burwell is like a continuous thundercloud that underscores the ridiculous and faux ominous atmosphere. The Coens have been accused of ridiculing their characters and being too detached and clinical as screenwriters. I do not believe this for a moment. Anyone who watches [i]Burn After Reading[/i] can tell that the Coens love their characters, especially Brad Pitt's ebullient personal trainer. Pitt is a comic joy and brings fresh life to his fun character, a highly cheerful doofus who can't stay still. Even the funky way Pitt walks is worth a giggle. [i]Burn After Reading[/i] takes some surprising twists and turns and could have been much longer than 96 total minutes. The Coens go to such terrific lengths establishing great oddball characters and great comedic scenarios, and then the whole movie just comes to a close when it feels like it's hitting another gear. Still, [i]Burn After Reading[/i] may be no masterpiece but its yet another unconventional and mostly entertaining comedy from the reliably quirky Coen brothers.
Nate's Grade: B+
Over Her Dead Body - This is abysmal comedy from beginning to end. It peaks in the second minute when Eva Longoria-Parker's shrewish character is killed by a large angelic ice sculpture. It's all down hill from there, my friends. Longoria-Parker stars as a deceased bride who won't let her still-living fiancé (Paul Rudd) find happiness. The bland comedy could have more accurately been retiled, "Cockblock from Beyond the Grave" (it was at one time titled [i]Ghost Bitch[/i]). I have no idea why Rudd is apart of this travesty and seeing him do his trademark smirk and shoulder shrug just made me weep. The comedy is nails-on-the-chalkboard obvious. There is nothing smart, clever, or interesting within any of this movie's 95 minutes. Writer Jeff Lowell ([i]John Tucker Must Die[/i]) felt the need to direct as well because surely there was no one else on this planet that could interpret his artistic vision. Longoria-Parker is powerfully obnoxious and egotistical until her last-minute personal epiphany that others deserve to be happy too. What did Rudd ever see in this ghost bitch?
Nate's Grade: D
There's a lot of cliches, like in the ending, which really let me down. But the actors are doing a good job, especially Paul Rudd and Lindsay Sloane (her I liked very much). Eva Longoria acts in the same way as in "Desperate Housewives" but I'm a fan of the show so that doesn't bother me at all.
Recommended for a date movie but just a reminder, there are better ones available...
It is no spoiler to note that Eva Longoria plays the anal shrew of a fiance that annoys the life out of you even as the life is taken from her. Her character really has no redeeming qualities and why Rudd's character was to marry her we are left to imagine.
Lake Bell plays the psychic that joins forces with those who care for Rudd in order to lift his 'spirits' and trying to get him to "move on."
Now, there is love in the air (and for good reason as Bell is a beauty, full of life and passion).
Problem is that Longoria does not wish to see her man happy with another woman and looks to thwart this budding romance by bugging the hell out of Bell...and the audience.
Will hilarity ensue?
No...it will not.
This movie is truly annoying. Not just bad, but annoying. I am ashamed that I sat through the whole thing.
It had a shot at being a cute, romantic comedy with a message (which it, of course attempts to impart upon ending), but it comes off bedraggled and grating.
Watch this if you are a die hard Stephen Root or Paul Rudd fan and if not...run away fast.