The Unexpectedly Awesome 21 Jump Street

January 2, 2013 at 9:01 am

The Unexpectedly Awesome 21 Jump Street | 21 Jump Street Review 2012

A FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS PRESENT I DIDN’T RECEIVE

It was Christmas morning.  A family member opened up a brand new copy of 21 Jump Street.  I think I was more excited than the recipient because I hadn’t seen it.  I made sure it was a part of our Boxing Day movie selections.  Just about everyone I knew who had seen 21 Jump Street liked it at least a little.  Especially my wife who was convinced I would laugh.  She knows me well.

I really liked 21 Jump Street though I’m not devastated that I missed it in theaters.  It’s one of those movies that works better as a rental.  A great way to enjoy a Sunday morning (or a holiday) when you’re just too lazy to get out of bed.  I say that because it’s consistently funny throughout without overstaying it’s welcome.  Some movies overuse their premise and you quickly become bored of the gimmicks.

I was surprised by how funny Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill were as a team.  It’s always the ones you didn’t fully expect to work.  Case in point, I thought Will Farrell vs Zach Galifianakas would be hilarious in The Campaign.  Hype and ‘names’ can only get you so far if the characters suck.

21 Jump Street avoided this BECAUSE of the characters and the situations they face.  As a simple and funny movie, 21 Jump Street was pretty fantastic.   Even though the story is a tad predictable and James Franco’s little brother is slightly annoying.

My wife and I went out a few days later and spotted a Boxing Week DVD sale that included 21 Jump Street for $10 dollars.  Future lazy Sundays are now a bit brighter thanks to this addition to our collection.

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For those that didn’t know The Watch was about Aliens

December 4, 2012 at 7:10 pm

For those that didn't know The Watch was about Aliens | The Watch Review 2012

REALLY?  ALIENS?

My wife was very excited to see The Watch.  She was thrilled when it showed up On Demand.  So we rented it and within a few minutes, I noticed a perplexed look on her face.  Why did this movie begin in space?  Then it hit me:

“You do realize this movie is about aliens right?”

“What!? Seriously?”

I’m pretty sure this is the only trailer she had seen for the movie:

Other trailers did a better job of revealing what was really in store for our heroes but she had no clue.  She was a little disappointed at first.  Thankfully, my wife also enjoys movies about aliens so we settled in again.  When it came to The Watch, I was on the fence.  I love the actors involved and the trailers seemed funny but wasn’t that excited to see it.  I honestly think that mentality wasn’t justified because I actually enjoyed The Watch quite a bit.

I tend to judge comedies based on their ability to keep the laughs consistent throughout.  The Watch isn’t packed with jokes but it is a funny movie and I laughed a lot more than I thought I would.

Once you realize the movie is about aliens the story plays out pretty much as you would expect.  Ben Stiller’s character creates a neighborhood watch to find out who killed one of his Costco employees.  This leads the 4 leads on a mysterious hunt for an alien.  Soon they find themselves right in the middle of a full scale alien invasion.

The Watch won’t win you over with it’s story nor will it won’t win you over with it’s action.  The film’s true strength is in the chemistry of the 4 main actors.  Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & Richard Ayoade are a fantastic comedic team.  Ayoade especially shines with his subtle humor.  Each of them hold their own but they are truly fantastic together.

If you didn’t know the movie was about aliens, chances are you might be a little caught off guard.  I actually think they wanted it to be a surprise.  It was a risk.  For some it will be a welcome twist, for others a disappointment.  Regardless there are enough laughs to justify a viewing.

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For those that didn't know The Watch was about Aliens | The Watch Review 2012

10 Flicks: Awesome Comedy Duos

November 16, 2010 at 12:43 am

10 Flicks: Awesome Comedy Duos

When I was researching this post, I came across a bunch of lists that included some of the greatest comedy duos of all time.

Who am I to argue?

While I agree that teams like Abbott & Costello are untouchable in the comedy world, I can’t just name THE all time greats.

These are MY all time greats and it includes both old and new. A classic animated pair even made the list.

Here are the Top 10 Comedy Duos:

Honorable Mention: Seann William Scott & Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen & Paul Rudd, Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker

Walter Mathau & Jack Lemmon

Vince Vaughn & Owen Wilson

Will Smith & Martin Lawrence

Kal Penn & John Cho

Michael Cera & Jonah Hill

Woody & Buzz Lightyear

John Candy & Steve Martin

Dwayne Johnson & Seann William Scott

Chris Farley & David Spade

Jim Carrey & Jeff Daniels

PS: Dumb & Dumber fans…  Can you spot all the differences between this trailer and the actual film?  There are a few of them.