December 2011

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 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers). Starring Paul Giamatti (Harvey Pekar in American Splendor, Sideways, ridiculous bad guy from Shoot ‘Em Up, Lady In The Water, Dr. Satan from The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto, Storytelling, The Truman Show, Donni Brasco) as Santa Claus, and Vince Vaughn (Four Christmases, Wedding Crashers, Anchorman, Dodgeball, Old School, Zoolander, Made, The Cell, Swingers) as his older brother Fred.

Santa’s hot wife is played by Miranda Richardson (Rita Skeeter from Harry Potter, Chicken Run, Sleepy Hollow, The Crying Game). Head Elf Willy is played by John Michael Higgins (Mentok The Mindtaker in Harvey Birdman:Attorney At Law, 5 eps of Arrested Development, Yes Man, Walk Hard, Evan Almighty, Blade 3, Wag The Dog). Mother Claus is played by scary Kathy Bates (Misery, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Golden Compass, Six Feet Under) — which is an interesting casting choice since I always expect her to tie people up and break their legs. Father Claus, Trevor Peacock, was also in Sunshine.

Fred Claus’s girlfriend Wanda is played by Rachel Weisz (Evy from The Mummy movies, Sunshine, The Fountain, The Constant Gardener). Willy’s love interest is played by Elizabeth Banks (Role Models, Zack And Miri Make A Porno, The 40 Year Old Virgin, Spider-Man 1-3, Wet Hot American Summer, Catch Me If You Can). Efficiency expert/bad guy Clyde is played by Kevin Spacey. And Ludacris plays an elf!

There are also 3 brothers of famous people starring in cameos: Frank Stallone, Roger Clinton, and Stephen Baldwin.

QUIRKS: Christmas movie.


UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): N’er do well brother almost ruins Christmas for an entire planet.

VISUALS: CGI elves made from non-little people actors. Great sleigh shots. A decent amount of effects for a Christmas movie, actually.

SOUNDTRACK: Christmas music, obviously, but major bonus points for using a song that was actually in the playlist playing when we stopped to watch the movie: Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses. Also: The Bird Is The Word.

GOOD STUFF: Great cast; good Christmas story adopted to modern age.

CONCLUSION: A decent Christmas comedy-fantasy full of heart, with a great cast. “Elf” may have been a decent Christmas comedy to watch — one which received the same rating as this one — but this one actually had heart and a decent Christmasy story.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Same ratings that we gave to the movie Elf!

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.7/10, Netflix: 3.3/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.1/5 stars–which is closer to the 3/5 we rated than 3.3 is. Go Netflix!).

RECOMMENDATION: Definitely worth seeing!

SIMILAR MOVIES: While Elf may have more ridicuilous laughs than Fred Claus, Fred Claus actually has more heart, and a better, more Christmasy plot.

MOVIE QUOTE: Fred Claus: “I don’t hate you, Nick. I just wish you’d never been born.” (more…)

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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Greedy spenders steal taxpayer money.

PEOPLE: From the director of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, which I think is the 2nd worst movie title ever, after Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants.

Starring Diane Keaten — remarkably attractive for how decrepit she is. She should be in a pro-necrophilia PSA. I haven’t seen her since Mama’s Boy. In fact, I’ve seen almost none of her movies, and wonder why I know who she is. Also starring Ted Danson (Cheers, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins, Phone Booth, Wonder Boys, Go). And Queen Latifah (What Happens In Vegas, Scary Movie 3, Ice Age, Sphere) is looking is less fat than I remember her. If I had to have sex with a fat black woman at gunpoint, it might be her.

Also with Adam Rotherberg, Christopher McDonald (Fanboys, The House Bunny, Superhero Movie, Tappy Tibbons from Requiem For A Dream, The Faculty, SLC Punk!, Happy Gilmore, Fatal Instinct), Roger R. Cross (Agent Curtis Manning in 24–I recognized him but Carolyn didn’t), Stephen Root (the stapler guy from Office Space, the boss in News Radio, Dodgeball, Just Friends, Idiocracy), and Marc Macaulay (The Punisher).

Katie Holmes’s quirky character is funny at times. Everyone assumes she’s a druggie just because she’s weird. I had similar experiences in high school, back when I didn’t even know what drugs looked like and had never drank alcohol. However, she made a huge mistake passing up The Dark Knight for this relative piece of junk.

QUIRKS: A heist caper comedy. Let’s steal money from the Federal Reserve before they shred it! It’s actually harder than the movie looks.

MORALS: Fuck the government.

BAD STUFF: Some slow parts in the middle. And of course the movie is riddled with factual errors that would prevent it from ever happening in real life. But… IT’S A MOVIE, after all.

And don’t forget the DVD artwork! Diane Keaton’s scarecrow body, head-larger-than-waist, feet-at-weird angles cover has been featured on Photoshop Disasters… Though the post was removed. Probably by a b.s. DMCA request.

CONCLUSION: A barely-passable female-driven comedy that could never happen in real life. Not necessarily worth watching unless you’re in the mood for a comedy and have nothing else to watch. Carolyn liked this a tad more than me.

Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.5/10, Netflix: 3.4/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.9/5 stars).

RECOMMENDATION: There’s not really many reasons to see this, other than needing a comedy to watch for the night’s entertainment. There aren’t enough comedy movies in the world, which is why WE watched this.

MOVIE QUOTE: Bob Truman: They say money can’t buy happiness but it sure as hell buys everything else.


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Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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