Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The To Do List

It's tough to really stand out these days if you're a teen sex comedy. Surprising audiences is more difficult than it used to be thanks to the legacy of other movies in this genre; a lot of them try to gross you out in increasingly ridiculous ways, but after the antics of Jim, Stifler, and the gang in the American Pie films (or that horrifying eclair scene in Van Wilder), a small comedy like The To Do List seems, well, sort of lame in comparison. It's as vulgar as you'd expect from a movie with the central premise of a girl crossing sexual moves off a list, and it has a solid cast and a few good jokes, but the film never takes any memorable chances. Calling The To Do List "a forgettable, one-note romantic comedy" seems harsh and it undervalues the talents of everyone involved, but, sadly, it's an accurate description of the film.

The To Do List
Writer/Director: Maggie Carey
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Scott Porter, Bill Hader



Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The Lone Ranger

There's a scene in The Lone Ranger in which Tonto (Johnny Depp) hooks our unconscious title character to the back of a horse, pauses while the horse excretes a pile of dung, and then knowingly proceeds to drag our hero through that pile of feces. This is the level of comedy you can expect from this film, a western that's overstuffed, devoid of humor, achingly boring, and insufferably long. Watching The Lone Ranger isn't quite as bad as being dragged through a pile of crap for two and a half hours, but at times it starts to feel that way.

The Lone Ranger
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner, Tom Wilkinson