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Movie Review: The Internship July 27, 2013

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Netflix Synopsis: Two out-of-work salesmen, lacking the digital-savvy skills they need to find jobs, sign on as interns at a high-tech company. While their new assignment may give them the training they need, it also means staying one step ahead of their ignorance.

The movie has been out in the theaters for a while now. But as busy parents of two active boys we haven’t been out to the movies in months. Both Kim and I have been wanting to get out and see The Internship with Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson. It is the story of two 30-somethings that lose their sales jobs when the watch distribution company they work for shuts down. No one wears watches anymore, right?

They don’t have much in the way of training for other industries or jobs so what are they to do? The answer of course is to apply for an internship at one the most prestigious technology companies in our time. Google. What ensues is a classic comedy from these two stars. The Internship takes us through what is might be like to battle your way into a job at this huge company.

The best part of this movie is the creativity demonstrated by the teams. Sameness instills plainness. The most creative solutions come from diversity. I love problem solving and figuring out how to accomplish the goal and resolve the issue. I definitely recommend this movie. This movie is entertaining, provocative and interesting AND funny!


Movie Review: Midnight In Paris August 4, 2011

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In this bittersweet dramatic comedy, legendary director Woody Allen focuses his lens on a young engaged couple whose experiences traveling together in Paris make them begin to question the kind of life they want to live as a couple.

I am not a huge fan of Woody Allen movies. His comedic sense is a little too dry for my taste. But, while this movie was a bit slow, the historical nature of the plot drew me in… another time travel movie – I should have known. Owen Wilson plays his typical distracted character, but it worked yet again. McAdams did a decent job to play something a bit less appealling than her normal roles.

I must include that my wife did not like this movie and may have walked out if I wasn’t there (after she woke up). But again, the way this movie moved through time and brought in characters from history kept me engaged and made me want to see what was next. Without a lot of historical knowledge of the time periods, it was a bit hard to follow at times, but I had to let it be okay. Being set in Paris, it had an aire of superiority in this respect and this made me feel like a dumb American. But I did make it through a Woody Allen movie, so I gave my self a little credit.

Since I am not that into his movies, I am not sure how to recommend this to his fans – I am sure they would see it anyway. For the rest of us, if you like history and the infusion with current times, it is worth checking out. If you see it, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Movie Review: Hall Pass July 29, 2011

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Netflix Synopsis: Owen Wilson stars as a married man whose spouse (Jenna Fischer) grants him the right — for just one week — to pursue as many extramarital affairs as he can. His best buddy (Jason Sudeikis) receives an identical “hall pass” from his wife, and off the guys go. The hubbies soon discover, however, that picking up girls isn’t as easy as they recall, while their better halves embark on their own erotic adventures. Bobby and Peter Farrelly direct.

To me this is not your classic Farrelly brothers movie. This movie was funny in the same ways, but it had a more serious underlying theme. Owen Wilson plays his classic clueless, harmless guys-guy and Sudeikis plays his clueless and “dangerous” friend. The movie takes place over the course of about a week, but it felt like a month. There was a lot going on and in classic Farrelly brothers fashion, none of it good. I guess I was disappointed with the predictability of the movie and it seemed to ramble on. With some laugh out loud moments and some serious repercussions of the characters actions, it had a tough line to draw. It tried, but it could have used a little less of the expected scenarios.

Movie Review: How Do You Know? January 7, 2011

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Netflix Synopsis: Forget friendly — the competition gets downright fierce when a hotly contested love triangle connects a newly single sports fan (Reese Witherspoon) with a professional baseball player (Owen Wilson) and a business executive (Paul Rudd) who are both vying to be her full-time boyfriend. Jack Nicholson co-stars in this athletically minded romantic comedy from acclaimed writer-director James L. Brooks (As Good As It Gets).

I think the above summary overly dramatizes this one. Unfortunately, this movie was very light and predictable. At times there was a little suspense, but overall the storyline was weak and not very exciting. Owen Wilson plays his standard clueless role and Witherspoon walked a fine line between her strong self and an indecisive 30-something. I liked it, but we should have waited until it came out on DVD instead of this being one of our two trips to the theater this year.

Movie Review: Night at the Museum 2 December 19, 2009

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Netflix Synopsis: Ben Stiller returns as hapless museum night watchman Larry Daley in this sequel to the hit comedy. Though he’s now working at the Smithsonian Institution, Daley continues to deal with exhibits that come to life while the museum is closed. His adventures this time include close encounters with Amelia Earhart (Amy Adams), George Custer (Bill Hader) and Ivan the Terrible (Christopher Guest). Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais and Dick Van Dyke co-star

I really enjoyed the first one so much that I really hoped this one would be an equal. Unfortunately, I felt this fell short of the original. Now obviously this movie is about museum characters coming to life, but the surrounding story seemed a little odd. I am not sure if it was over or underdeveloped, but it didn’t make much sense. That said, the special effects are cool and clean and the “action” scenes were fun.