Bad Boys for Life
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To my surprise, I liked this film. Probably because I can relate to it as a reformed workaholic which saved my marriage. This takes that premise and builds a film around it. While it is a serious issue and concern, it is not good for a romantic comedy. This cast however is fantastic and does what it can with the script. Kristen Bell is the workaholic, Kelsey Grammer is the dad who ran away who comes back and tries to help her, and Seth Rogan is the awkward foil that injects the limited humor into the film. The material is fairly serious and the acting is solid with everyone around. You even get Kristen Bell singing in the film along with Kelsey Grammer, both Broadway stars. It is good entertainment for 100 minutes if you are willing to take on a serious topic. If not and you are looking for a pure rom-com, you need to look elsewhere. A solid film.
Hailee Steinfeld and Sophee Turner play their parts, but Jessica Alba only has a very few scenes as does Samuel Jackson. The worst problem this film has it tries to say high school is much harder than being an agent, but it just does not work. . Kids may like this film but adults can stay away - it is not worth the time.
I don't get it. This is a good cast with Bella Thorne, Taylor John Smith, and Halston Sage headlining but unfortunately it is all downhill from there. Big problem is the whole story, as others reported. Tyler has plenty of opportunity to tell the truth to his girlfriend but because he is a sliime balll, he doesn't say anything. As a result, the whole premise is junk - you don't feel bad for Tyler at all, because he waits forever to tell the truth. The other problem is this cast. They are way beyond high school - everyone but Bella Thorne (20) is 25 or older. They don't even look like high school students, more like college students. This is just a bad skin-baring film. I am really disappointed in Netflix as they are now putting out things like this.
Standard holiday fare on ABC Family (now Freeform). Jennifer Walters (Laura Vandervoot) is a young executive running a mall which she is trying to save comes up with a contest to save the mall. She hires David Moretti (Nick Zano) who wins a "Hunky Santa" contest to try to save it. While Zano is a solid actor who shows emotion, this has not been a strength of Vandervoot in the past. She probably shows more in this tv movie than she has in the past, but at times emotion is missing from scenes that should have them. They are both very good looking and Zano in particular shows off his dancing ability with a cast hired to dance, but the ending is totally anticipated and there is no surprise. Overall if you want a harmless holiday movie this is one to watch on Netflix.