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It doesn't work on so many levels. It's really impossible to tell who the intended audience might be.
Starts out OK but lapses into PG-13 level torture porn. Lots of shouting. Meh.
A great piece of 80s sci-fi/horror, with wonderfully cheesy dialog, puppetry, special effects, and the extremely dishy Matilda May. Overblown music, silly gags, lots of shouting (acting!). What's interesting is that so much of this film will turn up in others over the years. For fans of the genre there is much to see and enjoy.
Basically a feature length zombie shooting gallery.
Interesting gag here, and the acting is more than good. It's fun to watch even though there's no explanation about the gag; we find out what's going in but not why. Still, it's a nice way to spend some time in a mind bending environment.
OK version of psychos doing a murderous invasion, better in fast forward because the format is not violated at all.
Kind of a fun romp in a dystopian prison desert, as long as you have tremendous powers of suspension of disbelief. Future dystopian environments always have one asking "where did they get that?" and "they're roasting over a camp fire on a plain with no rocks and no firewood!" and such. But let these slide by and you've got the adorable amputated Suki Waterhouse running around, Keanu Reeves as an incoherent cult leader and an unrecognizable Jim Carrey as a wandering emergency services worker. Really.
A wonderful piece of absurdist theater, but obviously not for everyone. If you like Samuel Beckett, Monty Python, and just a touch of slapstick this is for you. If you're looking for jokes and plot, don't bother.
This is a good movie but painful to watch, like a non-comedic version of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Never cared for Adam Sandler's Everyman style but here he engages in actual acting instead of his usual schtick and it really works. His creates this incredibly unlikable character - very out of the lovable schmo character he usually does. Great appearances by actors old school and new in a world of gemstones, credit, gambling, and murder. Compelling but cringe inducing. Good entertainment.
I went in with low expectations so that helps a lot. It's really not a bad gag, but it's not very well done. There's a lot of stilted dialog and unwarranted screaming as well as many really stupid decisions and actions, including the "inheritance" itself, given with no explanation or warning. One glaring mis-cast is the adorable Lily Collins as the high powered New York District Attorney (generally a 60+ guy) who looks like a teenager. Aside from that, she's given some really weird direction, like horrified to the point of not being able to breathe by finding out that her super-rich father had (gasp!) a mistress. There are plenty of holes in this plot that they could have filled, but I guess, why bother. The checked off the elements of a movie like this and that's good enough. Even so, it's watchable and not a complete waste of time.
A long walk to nowhere.
This is a strange story that seems to make no sense but it you can stick it out to the end it does... sort of. But it's a long walk to get there.
This movie certainly gets a lot of hate, and much of it is really out of place. This is a perfectly good format demon story with a very nice cast and a typical arc. It's pretty nicely constructed with some shock scares and some action scares. A lot of the hate seems to be that it's format; there's nothing new here but that's true of 90% of the horror market. If you're like the demons-released-from-captivity genre this is a perfectly good telling of that tale. Plus some A list cast.
This is a much under rated film -- it's got a great cast doing an interesting slice-of-life thing. It's pretty bleak and some characters get happy endings who don't really deserve it. Emotionally grabbing and ambiguously ethical. Good work!
About all you can say about this is that it's a movie. Everything about it is so trite. The script sounds like a cobbled together from another language. The action is silly and the writer didn't even consider any relations to the real world or how people actually speak. Makes no sense and the actors, who are really trying, can't do a thing with the script.
It conforms to the usual ROM-COM tropes but it's more clever than usual and plays with the format well. Plus the utterly adorable Emily Hampshire is in it with her deadpan comic delivery. A fine farce telling of the stripper-with-a-heart-of-gold story.
An excellent entry in the 'in-a-horror-movie-but-you-know-it-and-you-know-the-conventions" genre. Clever arc and great cast. A fun ride, with a good dose of humor, plenty of absurd plot holes, no explanation for the gag, and the obligatory happy ending.
If you were, like me, a teenage subscriber to the National Lampoon, you'll find the first half of the film wonderfully nostalgic and funny as you remember the covers and the Foto Funnies. The it sags into typical biopic tropes and becomes something of a bore, and plays the tortured genius tropes too heavily.
I think they were going for a Waiting for Godot vibe, with desperate people waiting for a ride to safety from their awful lives. Fall flat. Kind of a mystery because of the cast - I saw who was in it and thought it couldn't be a dog with a cast like that, but alas, it was.