SO what happens when you have extremely funny writers and great actors who do a lot of improvising with the script? You get plenty of tangents and potentially a lot of left-out jokes. THis movie had a bunch of story arcs completely missing from the first film that were super imposed with differently improvised scenes from the original cut. NOW - this direct-to-DVD bonus movie is also a film school lesson for Judd Apatow who - unlike McKay, cannot reasonably edit his movies down to a consumable format. Take notes, Judd - your last couple of movies were great for the first 90 minutes. The second 90 minutes ruined the first.
I appreciate this movie more and more over the years - especially when you re-watch after seeing all of the Internet Memes and clips you've seen over and over - as well as the sheer talent that gels perfectly in this film. It is Will Ferrell at his best - playing the pompous blowhard - more of a witless Disco-era Don Draper to the point you love the character. Champ Kind is a TRUE composite of every local sports guy I saw as a child - COMPLETE with costume. I truly believe this was a career-reviver for Christina Applegate (who had just come off beating breast cancer) who demonstrated great range. The cameos are great in the "rumble scene." Finally - what can I say about the movie that brought us "Sex Panther."
Great adaptation of a popular play. Not a lot of action here - it is more of a period drama that focuses on character study. You also finally find out where Oliver Platt went. Is it me or did it seem like he was in every movie in the late 1990's? I was very skeptical about Langella as Nixon. I was pleasantly surprised. Worth seeing for sure! More obscure English actors can now be connected to Kevin Bacon as well!
It's like "Terms of Endearment" - except it's for dudes! And it ends better. Yikes, that's probably a spoiler. Anyway, a true comedy-drama that sheds some light on cancer and cancer treatment. Bryce Dallas Howard's continues her theme of despicable characters - carrying over "The Help." Seth Rogen delivers an above-average performance again as himself (but I still love it!) Angelica Houston has a great role as the martyr.
Who knew this would be the darkest of dark comedies? I'm talking Pet Semetary level twisted. An eclectic mix of characters led by the protagonist who is a baby boomer who has lost everything and has reached the end of his rope. He then goes on what many would view as a revenge fantasy.
Great Comedy. The Hollywood 21st century "Frat Pack" play themselves. Here's something you won't expect: It's a moral tale (yes - Religious Comedy) on the book of Revelations - as only these guys would do it, I guess. The cameos are wild - and hilarious.
Wonderful cast and screenplay! The main casts gets a lot of the credit, but there were minor parts that helped complete the movie (Ned Beatty, Conchata Ferrell.) This is the movie that brought us "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take it any more!" and the less known but my favorite "You have meddled with the forces of nature, Mr. Beale, and you must atone!" This movie - predicted the future: CNN, News as Entertainment, FOX News, punditry, everything many would call questionable about the news media today. Yet, like in the movie, we still tune in. I've seen this movie a dozen times and it keeps getting better.
Wes Anderson's best to date in my opinion. It pushes the "Wes Anderson Quirkiness" into the background and focuses the story on an unlikely pairing of two star-crossed lovers. If Wes Anderson were to have directed Romeo and Juliet and changed the ending, the outcome would be this movie. I will not risk spoiling things any more. The period and geographical setting is accurate as well!