Discovered this one in a reader group I run on Facebook and, you guessed it, it was five bucks on Amazon, so I grabbed it.
So, first off, Jensen?! I didn't even recognize him on the cover! He was the best (with Trucker coming in a close second), but here are my issues with the character.
He got hit once by that douche bag, Tad. Once. While Danneel's character was hit multiple times, and yet, she had to help him up?! And then he had to be saved by Trucker?! What are you doing to the hero of the film?
And then he had to change himself at the end in order for Danneel's character to like him and go out with him. 👎🏻 Dockers and button downs do not make the man! They did my boy dirty. BUT, it was such a joy to see Jensen here and he really did nail that role.
All in all, the movie was fun and, though it came out in 2007, it had a total 90's movie feel. Personally, the main storyline about Piper's adopted baby actually brought the film down. It didn't feel necessary, and every time it got brought up again, I just wanted to get back to the misfits at the sandwich shop finding love and showing what loyalty really means.
I think what killed this film and why it's not more remembered than it is, is because of the title. It confused both me and my fiancée. By just reading the title and nothing else, you imagine some sort of Honey, I Shrunk the Kids type deal. They also never call a hoagie a hero in the movie, which makes it even more of a head scratcher. I get what they were trying to do, but I imagine it must have hurt them a great deal.
A worthy film for a quiet night at home.
I bought this movie because it was something like three bucks on Amazon and I used to love watching it when it came on cable every summer of my childhood.
I can certainly see why it's not as highly regarded of an 80's film as Breakfast Club and the like, as the story needed some work, and it bordered on creepy with the interactions between Pam and Mr. Shoop. But it was still a fun film and, at times, funny. Worth a watch for fans of 80's films.
I remembered seeing and liking this film as a kid and it was only five bucks on Amazon, a surefire purchase for me. I found that it hit all those same notes as when I was a kid. It's a very emotional film, leading to a few times where I had to fight hard not to get teary eyed. It's also charming, funny, imaginative, and shot very well. The performances stand out here. Downey is so fun to watch, and it's great seeing those hints of Tony Stark in his early performances. Gordon, Sizemore, and Woodard were also fantastic. The script could've used a little tightening, in my personal opinion, specifically scenes with Shue, but it's the only slight negative in an otherwise awesome film.
This film badly needed a 30 min trim and there were some truly awful performances (see: Chapa), but, all in all, this is a gripping film about gang life in East LA and the different paths one might take. Benjamin Bratt was magnificent in all facets of his character, Paco, and though stiff in the beginning, Jesse Borrego finds his character, Cruz, halfway through the film and gives a spellbinding performance from then on out. The length I can look past, but it's hard not to think that had a better actor played Miklos this film would be much more recognized today, a true masterpiece. He was without a doubt the weakest link, which is kind of tough when he is in almost every scene, and he brought humor to scenes that weren't intended to be funny... like, at all. I dove into a Damian Chapa wormhole after watching this and checking BIBO on IMDB and damn... At least he's still fighting the good fight, I guess.
An entertaining film with a crazy concept and outstanding special effects. I wanted more out of this film, but I'm not sure what more could've been done. Or what could've been done differently. Perhaps, it's just a bias I have with movies that have such extraordinary premises. It's hard for them to live up to it. I will say, the first hour had me on the edge of my seat. It felt to me like the setup was executed perfectly. I felt a shift after that and It didn't have quite pack the same punch. Worth a watch though! And perhaps a re-watch🤔