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The Trip
The Trip (2011)
5 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

'The Trip' is a great pleasure as it chronicles the epicurean venture shared by two middle-aged actors. Divorced Steve planned a trip with his love interest Misha, but she is in the USA as their relationship is on shakey ground. Rob, a happy family man and 11 year friend of Steve's, is recruited on short notice to travel with Steve and partake of culinary delights in the north of England.

The scenery is spectacular, but we spend much of the film in dialog shared by the two friends, particularly in restaurants or in the Rover. References to famous authors and their history enrich the context, as well as a few brief treatises on geological history. Hilarious banter is punctuated by telephone conversations connecting the travelers to other people in their lives: Rob's wife, Steve's agents, girlfriend and son. In summary, the film pulls together travel in beautiful country with fine food and very funny conversation. In the end, Steve makes an understated but very powerful move regarding his priorities in life, precipitating a cohesive finish.

(Appropriateness for children: The movie has some adult language [c*** and f***] and low key adult themes [one night stands, phone sex]. No significant violence or graphic nudity are presented in the film.)

Inkheart (2009)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Inkheart pivots on a single premise, that certain people have the effect of causing interactions between stories and reality by reading stories. The acting is marginal, as is the writing. Inkheart might be scarey if you are 11 or younger. The special effects are passable. The limited humor is weak. Good for kids.

W. (2008)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

I can't attest to the historical components of the film, but this is an interesting look at President George W. Bush. It is a bit oversimplified in portraying W. as a boy who could never gain his father's approval. The relationships between Bush family members and between W. and his cabinet are quite interesting. I rewatched "Fahrenheit 911" and "Syriana" after seeing this, and it was an interesting combination in putting together a portrait of W.'s White House. This is a "must see" for political history fans, whether it is historical fiction or not.

The Love Guru
The Love Guru (2008)
7 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

This film has been charged with being immature and inconsistent. That was fine with me. The characters are about as deep as the characters in "Goldmember." Don't watch this film expecting to enlarge your intellect. Go for a laugh, and if it doesn't float your boat, take consolation in the fact that there aren't many other creative comedies out there.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall
8 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Fun movie. Frumpy guy has unlikely relationship with an unfaithful movie star, who leaves him. He stalks her at a resort, where she is vacationing with her lover. He stumbles on a sympathetic beatiful hotel clerk and realizes that it is important to be around someone who will be good to you. This movie throws in silly character comedy at most opportunities, some of which is pretty funny, and some of which doesn't quite hit the funny bone. But all in all, it is funny. Kristen Bell as Sarah Marshall does a good job of playing the unsympathetic Barbie-doll. Mila Kunis is enchanting as the savior of the heartbroken loser. Peter Bretter makes his character sympathetic enough to stay interesting and does a good job being straight man through a number of marginally funny scenes. The audience seemed to freak out at the male frontal nudity, which was brief and nonsexual. There are other fairly sexual scenes in the film, and the dialog deals with sexual topics.