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For many years, I've always had little interest in seeing any of the "Saw" movies. This mostly stems from how I actually saw the third one a while ago and absolutely hated it. However, I had always heard the first one is the only one the franchise that is truly worth checking out, and admittedly, it's a pretty good movie. The movie definitely has gross moments, but I feel it's focused on the mystery and thriller element more than anything else. The movie is well known for being pretty low budget and it's impressive how the filmmakers were able to tell an interesting story with minimal sets and actors. The movie does have some pretty cheesy dialogue at times and obviously shows some outrageous scenarios, but I will say it's entertaining. The thrilling moments are efficiently handled and the twists and turns are genuinely surprising. I will say if you've seen scenes from the franchise or one of the many sequels, I would still give the first one a shot because it feels a lot different and works pretty effectively as a gruesome and engaging mystery thrill ride.
Recently, it seems like the comedy genre has had a bit of a resurgence, and "Good Boys" is no exception. This movie was hilarious all the way through and such a good time. I had the pleasure of seeing this movie in a full theater where everyone was laughing out loud consistently because it is just a well-written movie. I love raunchy humor but the movie had some really smart bits of dialogue that were very unique and funny. Sometimes the movie relies heavily on shock humor and it can be a bit too much, but these moments are overshadowed by moments that had me gasping for breath because they were just so funny. The characters in this movie really felt like middle schoolers and I thought they all did a fantastic job. Despite the over the top situations these characters get into, I felt transported to those awkward middle school days while watching this movie, because the environment the movie created felt real. The movie also has a very sweet side where it shows an honest message that I guarantee you will relate to. It's a first-rate comedy that kept the laughs coming and had genuinely wholesome moments. In the end, it's a unique concept that is handled with hilarity and heart that I had an absolute blast seeing and recommend to fans of R-rated comedies.
"Swingers" is a charming little buddy movie with great performances from the two leads, Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau. The two characters in this movie just feel so real even when they're being over the top. The conflicts they face and the way they interact on screen is a lot of fun to watch. The movie has decent comedic moments, but I think more than anything it shines in the more dramatic and down to earth ones. I think when the movie first begins, it doesn't quite have a handle on the story but as it progresses it became clear what point this movie was trying to make. This movie really has some heartfelt moments and in the end, it put a smile on my face. It's a light and fun movie with a good heart that I think most people could benefit from.
If I was in middle school or just a lot dumber, maybe I would have liked "Disaster Movie." This movie is so bad that you really have to see it to believe it. The spoof genre has plenty of movies that are awful, but this one is easily one of the worst of the bunch. The references to things that were popular at the time are there, but the laughs are not. The movie features a ton of immature humor that made me smile here and there but I don't remember laughing even once because most of the movie is just plain bad. Every comedic moment that's awful in this movie goes on for way too long and it just started to make me uncomfortable. In the end, there are good spoof movies, there are bad ones, and there are ones like this movie that are downright unwatchable.
"The Oath" is a bizarre yet interesting take on the political divide in America today. I thought the movie worked pretty well as a satire, and at times, was also pretty funny. The movie attacks people on the extremes of both sides of the political spectrum and I don't personally feel the movie is one-sided because all of the characters in the movie are presented as over the top and not always likable. The movie has sharp satire that I feel could have made for a stronger comedy. The movie had moments that were funny, but the story takes a pretty strange turn in its second half, and I can't help but feel there might be a more interesting movie trapped in here. I think the movie had a solid premise and some very smart moments, but the comedic moments can feel pretty hit or miss.