Bringing Down the House (2003)- This is a very funny movie with a great cast and an interesting story. Queen Latifah plays Charlene Morton, a woman wrongfully convicted of a crime she did not commit. She enlists the help of a very reluctant lawyer, Peter Sanderson (played by Steve Martin), to clear her name. In the meantime, Sanderson's life is turned upside down while at the same time, brought together. The entire cast is excellent. Queen Latifah and Steve Martin sound like an unusual pairing, but they really worked well together and have a great onscreen chemistry. Other standout performances include Eugene Levy as the nerd lawyer with a fascination for chunky black women (he refers to Queen Latifah as the "Cocoa Goddess"), Missi Pyle as the abrasive, golddigging ex-sister-in-law of Steve Martin, Joan Plowright as the wealthy, uptight, racist old woman that Steve Martin has to cater to, and Betty White as Steve Martin's racist old lady neighbor (and sister of his boss).
Steve Martin as Peter
Queen Latifah as Charlene Morton
Eugene Levy as Howie Rottman
Joan Plowright as Virginia Arness
Jean Smart as Kate Sanderson
Missi Pyle as Ashley
Betty White as Mrs. Kline
Kimberly J. Brown as Sarah Sanderson
Angus T. Jones as Georgey Sanderson
Steve Harris as Widow
Jim Haynie as Ed Tobias
Michael Rosenbaum as Todd Gendler
Linus the Dog as William Shakespeare
Writer- Jason Filardi
In the Houze [US;
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Frankie Ray as
Bob Ball as Private Philbrick
Gloria Victor as Professor Tanga
Dolores Reed as Dr. Puna
Mark Ferris as Colonel Rank
Trustin Howard as Sergeant Glory (credited as Slick Slavin)
This is a good story and interesting premise, but
hampered by poor execution. It was written by
Jonathan Haze, who is best known as playing Seymour in
the original "Little Shop of Horrors" film. It was
originally intended that Haze play a lead, but that
never happened. It's also been said that Dick
Miller was going to play the other lead. That
would have been great, because they were both very
one in this film was real strong on acting talent and it
shows. That's not a terrible thing within itself,
but this was a purposely over-the-top comedy that needed
comic timing...and didn't get it! This should have
been toned down. What could have been funny or
otherwise cute moments was greatly over-played.
Bob Ball and Frankie Ray did pretty reasonable and were
easily the best male actors in the film. Ball's
Private Philbrick was a more interesting
character. Between the two, he was the goof, and
at times he talked, and acted, similar to Curly from The
Three Stooges. Frankie Ray's Private Penn was an
interesting straightman. And they both looked like
comedians. Onscreen, they were pretty fun to
Trustin Howard, credited in this movie as Slick Slavin,
played the hip, slang-talking Sergeant Glory. This
was a funny, likable character full of the early 1960s
beatnik jive. We don't see too much of him, but he
was memorable in a good way.
Mark Ferris as Colonel Rank was too, too over-the-top,
and not funny. Memorable in a bad way. I
just found Rank annoying. Ferris was trying too
hard, and he should have toned it down. A more
subtle bumbler, like Peter Sellers' Clouseau, would have
been much funnier. Ferris' actions were good and
funny, but he just talked too much and too loud.
The sexy spacewomen characters...okay, THIS is the
reason to watch the movie right here. First of
all...WOW! Tall and racy. The names of Puna
and Tanga are also pretty novel, if you get the
joke. I'm surprised it was allowed in this movie,
but this WAS an independent film. Gloria Victor is
the statuesque brunette, Professor Tanga. Dolores
Reed is the well-proportioned blonde, Dr. Puna.
They're not bad actresses, either, but they're
definitely not trained. They present incredible
visuals, however, and are likable.
The only reason the awful special effects are even a
little bit tolerable is because this was a comedy spoof
on 1950s sci-fi movies. Even at that, the plant
men are bad. Real bad. And stupid. The
scenes where the two bumblers are running away from the
plant men are too awful to watch in their
entirety. It would have been better just to show
big men with green makeup as plant men, rather than guys
in idiotic costumes made of stockings, burlap bags, and
ping pong balls. They weren't scary...they weren't
funny...they were nothing. They should have showed
the girls more.
And was there any reason for the Indians? They
didn't move the story, or effect the outcome in any
way. What was their purpose? I'm not at all
a believer in "political correctness", but this, I
think, would be pretty racially offensive to American
Indians. White guys in Indian outfits act
retarded, get drunk, and that's it. There's
nothing to it, and it's only filler. They weren't
even believable as Indians.
This film has NEVER been favored highly by
critics. And it pretty much killed the acting
careers of most in the cast. This was the last
movie for Frankie Ray, Trustin Howard, and Dolores
Reed. It was the second-to-last for Gloria Victor,
and the only film for Mark Ferris. Bob Ball, who
played the outlandishly silly Private Philbrick, did do
quite a bit of acting through 1992, and in many top
television and movie projects. It's not surprising
that he did the best of anyone, because he does display
the most acting talent in this film. Still not
top-shelf material, but he was only in acting a few
years up to this point. It's sad that this movie
was made so duddy, because the lovely starlets Gloria
Victor and Dolores Reed deserved better. They
should have had a chance to star in a lot more shows.
One thing that ticks off film critics and movie watchers
is the misleading title. "Invasion of the Star
Creatures" sounds more legitimate than what it
was...like a real sci-fi thriller! Cool title, but
misplaced. A title more befitting of the
light-hearted sexiness would have been better.
Even a slight switch to "Invasion of the Star Dames"
would have been good. Another upset was the poor
acting and very weak budget. Even a sci-fi comedy
is befitting of a better spectacle. The hot-bodied
women carried the movie, that's for sure.
The only cool story device in this movie is the
interplay between the two male and two female
leads. I like it that the spacewomen are tamed by
the "sweet little gentlemen" and become their wives at
the end of the film. Overall, this is a fun little
movie that's great for late-at-night, casual
viewing. It certainly won't appeal to
everyone. You have to like wacky comedy and sexy
women characters to get into it.
Kangaroo Jack (2003)- I love this movie! It's so much fun! It's kind of like watching a live-action Road Runner cartoon with an interesting back story. I enjoyed the whole cast, but Anthony Anderson is definitely the life of the party. Without him, there wouldn't have been a movie.
Charlie Carbone (Jerry O'Connell) and Louis Booker
(Anthony Anderson) go to Australia to run an errand for
Charlie's evil gangster stepfather, Salvatore Maggio
(Christopher Walken). They are to deliver $50,000
to hitman Mr. Smith. What they didn't count on was
hitting a kangaroo with their rented Jeep.
Believing the kangaroo was dead, the two idiots have fun
dressing him up and taking photos. They didn't
expect the kangaroo to wake up and run off. The
worst part of it is that the kangaroo has the $50,000 in
the coat pocket.
The rest of the movie is a hilarious, Road Runner type
chase where every attempt to catch the kangaroo
backfires. Add a wicked Australian hitman and his
gang to the mix, along with Maggio's gang members and a
whole score of colorful outback characters, and you have
a really interesting action-comedy the whole family can
watch. The kangaroo is named after Jackie Legs, a
gangster Charlie knew who had an uncanny resemblance to
One last thought, I really enjoyed Estella Warren in
this movie. She's attractive and a great
personality. I also think she's great in the
"Planet of the Apes" film (2001). Warren does have
a respectable acting resume, but I was really hoping
she'd reach superstar status. Why don't we hear
more about her?
Jerry O'Connell as
Anthony Anderson as Louis Booker
Estella Warren as Jessie
Christopher Walken as Salvatore Maggio
Michael Shannon as Frankie Lombardo
Marton Csokas as Mr. Smith
Bill Hunter as Blue
David Ngoombujarra as Sr. Sgt. "Mr. Jimmy" Inkamala, Australian Police
Dyan Cannon as Anna Carbone
Writer- Steve Bing, Barry O'Brien, Scott Rosenberg
The Love Guru (2008)- This movie is kind of like watching a hyperactive kid; funny at first, but it gets old quick. This isn't a bad movie, but it certainly isn't a comedic milestone. There's lots of funny little gags, but the movie, as a whole, is way too over-the-top. So much ridiculous stuff happens, just one thing after another, and it's not all funny. I can understand why this movie bombed. A lot of people aren't going to like the various bits of weirdness in the movie. I'm a huge Mike Myers fan, but I do admit he was trying too hard on this one. Justin Timberlake was a BAD casting choice. I don't like to get negative in the Den, and I wanted to like him in this movie, but the guy is not an actor. A middle schooler could play a French-Canadian just as well. Plus, he really didn't do anything funny. The funniest thing about Timberlake's character was his name, Jacques "LeCoq" Grande, and his rooster logo. They really should have gotten more of an actor for that part.
also serves as an example of how important good editing is to
a movie. There's a lot of stuff that could have been
taken out. It's still worth seeing as a rental, or if
you can find it for under $10 on DVD (I did), but don't kick
yourself if you haven't seen it yet.
Myers as Guru Pitka/Himself
Jessica Alba as Jane Bullard
Romany Malco as Darren Roanoke
Meagan Good as Prudence Roanoke
Verne Troyer as Coach Punch Cherkov
Justin Timberlake as Jacques "Le Coq" Grande
Ben Kingsley as Guru Tugginmypudha
Stephen Colbert as Jay Kell
Jim Gaffigan as Trent Lueders
John Oliver as Dick Pants
Manu Narayan as Rajneesh
Telma Hopkins as Lillian Roanoke
Deepak Chopra as Himself
Jessica Simpson as Herself
Val Kilmer as Himself
Kanye West as Himself
"McHale's Navy" (1997)-
Forget the critics and forget the box office, I love this
movie! I put this up against the TV series any day.
It's bright, colorful, funny, and has lots of action. The
cast and the story is awesome!
This movie is basically a modern-day reworking of the TV series,
originally set in WWII. I think the movie didn't do so
well because a lot of people didn't know what "McHale's Navy"
"Nine to Five" (1980)- I love this movie! It was made over 30 years ago, and the ONLY thing different is that computers have replaced typewriters. As long as there are a**holes like Franklin Hart, Jr. making the workplace a living hell, this movie will have appeal. I think a ton of people can relate to this comedy film.
I've enjoyed this movie since I was a little kid.
You couldn't get a better cast of funny women at the
time: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Dolly Parton. This
was really a unique team-up, but it worked well.
The writing and acting for this movie were top-notch.
Three secretaries battle their evil boss, and win!
This is a must-see!
Lily Tomlin as Violet
Jane Fonda as Judy Bernly
Dolly Parton as Doralee Rhodes
Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr.
Elizabeth Wilson as Roz Keith
Henry Jones as Mr. Hinkle
Lawrence Pressman as Dick Bernly
Marian Mercer as Missy Hart
Roxanna Bonilla-Giannini as Maria Delgado
Peggy Pope as Margaret Foster, the lush
Sterling Hayden as Russell Tinsworthy
Jeffrey Douglas Thomas as Dwayne Rhodes, Doralee's husband
David Price as Josh Newstead, Violet's son
The Pink Panther (2006)- This is NOT a continuation of the Peter Sellers' Pink Panther films. Nor is it a prequel to those movies. This Pink Panther film is a brand new thing, set in present-day, and hopefully the first in a new generation of PP films. My interest in the old Pink Panther films was always lukewarm. After seeing previews of this movie, I was greatly curious as to how they did it and looked forward to seeing it. Then when I saw it, I was blown away. I actually like this a LOT better than the Sellers' films.
Steve Martin, as infamous sleuth Jacques Clouseau, is
not trying to imitate Sellers' portrayal. He does
it his own way and it's brilliant. This Pink
Panther movie moves much quicker than any of the
previous films and is easier to watch in that
respect. I think it's filmed brighter and better,
where the old films seemed a little drab (even when they
were still fairly young in the 1980s). The comedy
is lightning-paced and constant. Something is
always happening. It's great physical
comedy. The fact that the story is so good is
another plus. I really was wondering who the
killer was, and in most serious mystery shows I can
figure it out. This movie had me guessing. I
like how in the climax in the movie we discover Clouseau
isn't a complete putz.
enjoyed the cast in its entirety. I'm not even
going to single anyone out because they were all
wonderful. Even the bit players were
appropriate. This is an absolutely great comedy
movie that everyone must see!
As the story goes, he's a down-on-his-luck stock car
racer named Brewster Baker. After a scary crash
that nearly kills him, he leaves the circuit for two
years, mostly just messing around on smaller dirt
tracks. He finally decides to get back into
professional racing when he happens to come across six
wise-cracking young kids who, for a long time as
orphans, have been stealing car parts in an uneasy
arrangement with a crooked small-town Texas sheriff
named John Stone and his deputy Otis. Brewster
(Rogers) befriends the kids, takes them all the way to
Shreveport, Louisiana where he is going to make his
reappearance into the professional stock-car racing
world. Many times he tries to go his separate
ways from these kids, but they stick to him like
glue. They finally prove themselves worthy of
being his pit crew and pick up the name "Six
Pack". While the kids' help Brewster rebuild his
career, Brewster tries to rebuild an estranged romance
with girlfriend Lili (played by Erin Gray, who does
Meanwhile, an old rival by the name of Turk
Larson...the very man who orchestrated Brewster's
"accident" two years ago...challenges Baker once
again. But with the help of the Six Pack,
Brewster makes a name for himself in the racing world
once again. Brewster finally earns a sponsorship
with Ford and gets a much better car to race in
Nascar's famed Atlanta 500. Does he beat Turk or
not? Turk fights dirty, so it won't be
easy. You'll have to see for yourself.
What I will tell you is that by the end of the movie
Brewster is a racing legend once again, he marries
Lili, adopts the kids, and they all move into a big
house that you will hear the kids conspiring to buy a
few times earlier in the film.
There is a lot more to the story, so you really should
see it. This is PG-rated movie, but don't get
the impression that this is a family film. It's
got Kenny Rogers and funny kids, but it should have
been rated as PG-13. There is some sex (nothing
really dirty, just implied), and a lot of
swearing. Kenny swears a few times here and
there, which isn't bad, but one of the kids is a
notorious swearer. The one boy throws a lot of
colorful language at us including words like hell,
damn, b-word, and the s-word. Plus, the idea
that there is fighting, sexual innuendos, and scenes
where Kenny gets knocked out doesn't make it like a
Disney movie. However, if you're a parent who
isn't a prude, you can watch this with your kids and
there will be absolutely no adverse effects.
Kids can handle it. I'm just telling you about
it so you'll know it's there.
An actress who really stands out in this picture is
Diane Lane, who plays the oldest of the Six
Pack. Her character's real name is Heather
although everyone calls her "Breezy". She's
about 17 at the time of this movie and very pretty for
her age. Ms. Lane's been quite a busy actress
since that time. I also enjoy her quite a bit as
the female lead Judge Hershey in the 1995 sci-fi
thriller "Judge Dredd". I recommend her highly.
Tuned (1992)- This is a weird movie that's
fun to watch, but no kid should see it. "Stay Tuned"
tries to present itself as a family film, but the scary
imagery alone should have made this PG-13. The writing
is a little weak, but the premise is engaging and I enjoyed
the acting performances. The story moves fast and
holds my attention. Pam Dawber looks awesome in her
numerous sexy outfits in this movie!
A man addicted to television, and his wife, are literally
sucked into Hell's TV channel. Now the two must
survive the perils of Hellevision for 24 hours in order to
This movie did not do well at the box office and critics
gave it negative to mixed reviews. I don't think the
film should have received such harsh attention, but I do
agree it needed a little more "oomph!", mostly in the comedy
department. There was a lot of witty stuff in this
film, but nothing outright gut-busting funny. I do get
a kick out of the Napper Crapper chair! As far as
everything else goes, including the special effects, the
movie is pretty awesome.
Ritter as Roy Knable
Pam Dawber as Helen Knable
Jeffrey Jones as Mr. Spike
Eugene Levy as Crowley
Tooth Fairy (2010)- I LOVE THIS MOVIE! It's enjoyable from beginning to end. Dwayne Johnson is proving more all the time that he's a really great actor. He's had so many great roles and has proven that he can do serious stuff, light stuff, and everything in between. In this movie, Johnson plays obnoxious minor league hockey player Derek "Tooth Fairy" Thompson. Due to his own misfortune, he completely slams the dreams and aspirations of others. One night, he finds a mysterious summons under his pillow. He is forced to serve time as a real tooth fairy!
Rehabilitation doesn't go smooth, to say the
least. Thompson's life gets complicated as heck,
and he must learn how to commit to his girlfriend and
her children, as well as prove himself on the
ice. The comedy is fresh, funny, and
continuous. There's one cool gag after another!
I'm really fond of the cast. Everyone was
great! A super special mention goes to Destiny
Whitlock as Ashley Judd's daughter, Tess. She's
one of the cutest child actors I've seen come out in
Dwayne "The Rock"
Johnson as Derek "Tooth Fairy" Thompson
Ashley Judd as Carly
Chase Ellison as Randy
Destiny Whitlock as Tess
Stephen Merchant as Tracy, the Tooth Fairy Case Worker
Julie Andrews as Lily, the Tooth Fairy Godmother
Ryan Sheckler as Mick "The Stick" Donnelly
Billy Crystal as Jerry
Seth MacFarlane as Ziggy, the Tooth Fairy Con
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