Overboard (2018)

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Overboard surrounds a single mom named Kate (Anna Faris) who is struggling to become a nurse and is working multiple jobs. She meets Leonardo (Eugenio Derbez) a billionaire who has never worked a day in his life. One day Leonardo gets amnesia and Kate convinces him that he is her husband so that he can help with chores, work, and babysitting while she does what she can to get her dream job.

The movie starts off pretty awful. It’s cliched with tired tropes seen in comedies and in rich characters. But it does get better as it goes along. Faris and Derbez do have a good chemistry, but I never really bought their romance. And the comedy in this film never hit for me.

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I Feel Pretty (2018)

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I Feel Pretty revolves around Renee (Amy Schumer) who has never really felt beautiful before. One day as she tries to get fit, she ends up bumping her head which causes her to realize that she is beautiful. With Renee’s newfound confidence in herself and her looks many more opportunities open up for her.

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Amy Schumer was really charming as this character. And the overall message of the film is sweet and empowering for women. It tells women that confidence, not looks, will open doors for you.

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Life of the Party (2018)

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Life of the Party surrounds Melissa McCarthy as Deanna, who decides to go back to college once her husband reveals that he wants a divorce. Unfortunately for her daughter, she decides to go to the same college and is embarrassed by her mother hanging out with her and her friends.

This movie is not good and it is not funny. The jokes largely missed for me and McCarthy herself has been a miss with me lately. I enjoyed her in Paul Feig’s film Bridesmaids, The Heat, and Spy, but since she’s been working with other directors for the past two years the quality of these movies have been plummeting. McCarthy has always sort of done a character that is a version of herself and I guess I’m just over it now.

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The Death of Stalin (2018)

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The Death of Stalin revolves around, well, the death of Joseph Stalin. After word of Stalin’s illness, his committee scheme and bumble around trying to save their leader and his ideals, but also ready to take over and steal some of the other’s power.

The film stars Steve Buschemi, Jeffrey Tambor, Simon Russell Beale, among many others. All giving pretty fantastic performances. Buchesmi and Beale are more of the masterminds, while Tambor comes off a weak, not knowing what to do as Stalin’s next in line. The committee also constantly tries to sabotage each other, giving each other tasks that anyone or added work that these people clearly do not want to do.

One thing that does bother me about this film (and about many films) is that this film is supposed to take place in Russia, but absolutely no one in this film speaks Russian or uses a Russian accent. All the actors speak using their usual voices, though the film does make up for this with the setting. The Soviet armband is used, red is constantly seen throughout the film, casual mentions of killings are also used, so the viewer does know that this takes place in Soviet Russia.

The comedy however does work very well in the film, though nothing is really inventive or new in the way comedy is used in the film. If I were to describe this film in one word it would be dysfunctional. If you are a fan of the show Veep, which I have recently gotten into, I would suggest checking this film out, the director, Armando Iannucci, created the show and the film has the same style of humor.

I give Death of Stalin a B.

Never Goin’ Back (2018)

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If you thought Lady Bird was irresponsible then get ready for this.

Never Goin’ Back is a film about two teenage girls, Jessie and Angela, who are high school dropouts and work as waitresses. They dream about vacationing at the beach and book a trip not too far to Galveston, TX. But now they’re short on their rent money, everything keeps going wrong, and they must figure out how to get some fast cash.

This film was actually really entertaining and super wild. The two actresses, Camila Morrone and Maia Mitchell,  who play Jessie and Angela respectively, are total up and coming stars. Their friendship is the core of this film and what makes this film work. Without these actresses’ chemistry, the film would fail.

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Tag (2018)

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Tag surrounds a group of guys played by Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Jake Johnson, Hannibal Buress, and Jeremy Renner who have played the same game of tag for 30 years. Jeremy Renner’s character is the one person who has never been tagged and wants to retire because he’s getting married, so it is up to the rest of the guys to finally tag Jeremy Renner.

The cast here is pretty great and they work very well together. I thought it was really cool how far the guys are willing to go to tag Jeremy Renner and how he always out-ninjas them. However, I thought the film started out weak and it took about 20 minutes or so for the film to suck me into the story.

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine Seasons 1-5 (NBC)

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom starring Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective who is a childish workaholic competing with Melissa Fumero’s Detective Amy Santiago, a Type A, organizational, and workaholic cop for having the best arrest record. But the carefree attitude of the precinct changes when the new no nonsense Captain Raymond Holt comes aboard, played by Andre Braugher.

This is the premise of the first season at least and wow Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an absolute delight. The supporting cast is equally as great as the main stars – you have Terry Crews as the family man Sergeant, Joe Lo Trugelio as Charles Boyle, Jake’s worshiper and best friend, Stephanie Beatriz as the intimidating, bad ass, and no nonsense Rosa Diaz, and finally Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, the Captain’s assistant who’s more preoccupied with herself than helping out at the precinct.

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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

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From all the money this movie made, I’m pretty sure I’m one of the last people to see it.

Nonetheless, Jumanji surrounds four high school students who all get detention and discover an old video game. But find themselves out of their element, when they are sucked into the game and become their respective avatars. Now they must save “Jumanji” in order to get back to the real world.

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Game Night (2018)

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Game Night surrounds three couples who regularly have game nights, but the stakes are raised once Brooks (Kyle Chandler), Jason Bateman’s brother in the film, stages a murder mystery  game which leads to his kidnapping, the couples then have trouble figuring out what is part of the game and what is real.

First off, this film is really fun. Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams have a really great dynamic here. They are both super competitive people, which means that they are the main focus of the film and take all their game nights seriously. They also work well with the two other couples. But Jesse Plemons, who plays the creepy neighbor, is the real standout here. He was able to balance being stoic and serious with trying to insert himself in the couple’s game nights, which made all the other characters uncomfortable – it was great.

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