We’re The Millers (2013)
Directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber
Starring: Jason Sudekis, Jennifer Aniston, Emma Roberts, Will Poulter
Summary: After his drug dealing business takes a hit, small-time pot dealer David Clark is forced by his boss to smuggle marijuana over the Mexican border. In order to draw attention away from himself, making it more likely for him to get across the border, David creates a fake family consisting of a stripper and two local teenagers.
Rating: 3.5 ginger snaps
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Phoebe: Let me start of by saying that this film was a lot better than I anticipated it to be, and a lot funnier too. I expected it to be one of those cliché comedies drowning in bad sex jokes, which it was in a sense, but it was done very cleverly. Since Dodgeball (2004), Rawson Marshall Thurber hasn’t really made a worthwhile movie, until now that is. We’re The Millers is a fun, very entertaining movie which could get a laugh from anyone.
The jokes were consistently hilarious throughout the entire film, though a few were slightly over the top and predictable but still very funny. All of the characters have very funny parts which I find is very rare in comedies, usually the humour just revolves around one particular character.
The plot is very predictable, yet you forget about that when you are watching from the shear amount of belly-aching comedy for me I think the worst thing about it was the fact that David (Jason Sudekis) ends up falling in love and being with Rose/Sarah (Jennifer Aniston), I think it made the whole plot seem even more unrealistic than before.
The acting was great. Jason gives a great performance as a selfish drug-dealer who, at first, only lives for himself and nobody else. Jennifer Aniston, as always, is hilarious as an unrealistically maternal stripper. Emma Roberts plays the part of a typical, moody ‘I’m pretending not to care but I actually do’ teenager fantastically and Will Poulter is a riot, playing a shy, well behaved young man who just wants to feel included.
All in all, I very much enjoyed We’re The Millers. Although over the top at times, it was the subtle humour that really made me keel over. I would definitely recommend it, especially to people who are fans of witty humour and need a film that will make them cry with laughter.
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Directed by Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro
Summary: During the fedora-hatted, smokey-aired era of Prohibition, bootlegging has become and empire and Al Capone it’s emperor. Federal Agent Eliot Ness’s mission is to take him down. He assembles a small team, “the Untouchables”, and prepares to take on one of the most nefarious criminals of all time.
We gave it: 3.5 out of 5 ginger snaps
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JADIE: I think that, in light of fairness, I should make a few confessions before I start. First of all, I love mob movies. Second of all, I really love Ennio Morricone (who scored the film). That being said my biggest gripe about the film was its John Williams-esque, overly-triumphant score (no hard feelings John, you know I love you). Urged on by Morricone’s music, some of the big raid scenes could get a bit, well, corny. During one particular scene, in which “the Untouchables” all suddenly master horseback riding, I kept expecting Indiana Jones himself to ride into the fray.
But every time the movie stumbled or lagged or became a little too focused on how much Ness really (I mean really) liked being married it suddenly found its footing in beautifully choreographed fight scenes and, of course, Robert De Niro.
De Niro had surprisingly little screen time in the film, but when he is onscreen he absolutely dominates. He injects Capone with the same slick charm and barely concealed (baseball, anyone?) insanity that I’ve come to expect of the likes of Tony Soprano, and saved the film every time it needed saving.
The other leads were a little less impressive. Sean Connery and Kevin Costner were an odd pairing, one whose chemistry never reached the buddy-cop heights it thought it did. Where the film really shined was in its grasp of tension. The Battleship Potemkin inspired climax shootout is an absolutely brilliant scene, one with tension that is palpable long before the first shots are fired.
All in all, I really enjoyed it. Had De Niro been missing, it probably would have been a flop. But isn’t that how it should be? The film quietly revolved around De Niro, in the center, but out of the spotlight, just like cops and FBI agents and Chicago revolved around Capone.
It makes you wonder, the good guys called themselves Untouchable, but who was the one they were never able to lay a finger on?
I’m going to keep this first review a little short. Over to you, Pheebs.
I laughed every time anyone said the name of Connery’s cop — Malone — because I’m obsessed and I couldn’t stop imagining Sam Malone (of Cheers) looking like Sean Connery. It’s funny, right?
Was Ness holding a loaded gun with his finger on the trigger when he went to make sure his daughter was ok? C’mon Agent.
I just realized what I most recently saw Patrica Clarkson (Catherine Ness) in. She was Tammy one in Parks and Rec!
PHOEBE: First of all, I must also say, mob movies are without a doubt one of my favourite genres of movies so it was the storyline and the era that this film was set in are what attracted me to this film. I feel that the whole film was very good looking…the fashion, the actors, the guns etc. so good looking in fact, it was bordering on corny. I felt the plot line was very entertaining yet it was lacking reality, no man who loves his home life quite as much as Ness does, would go out and put his life at risk to capture a man like Al Capone. Furthermore, considering how terrified of death Malone was at the beginning, he very quickly snapped out of that and seemed to attempt to take leadership of ‘The Untouchables’, putting his life at huge risk.
I too, was slightly disappointed with the music. It was very cliché and cheapened quite a few of the good scenes.
The acting was good, Robert De Niro stealing the show as always with his outstanding representation of the legend that is Al Capone. Sean Connery won an academy award for his performance though I felt as though I couldn’t take his character seriously as most of the lines that came out of his mouth were as cliché and cheesy as they come, I felt very similarly with Kevin Costner’s character.
All in all, I enjoyed it. It does not even begin to compare to the classic mob films such as Goodfellas and The Godfather but it does the job.
When Sean Connery’s character shot that poor man in the mouth, it reminded me of Pulp Fiction when Vincent shoots Marvin in the face.
The slimy character that Ness pushes off the roof reminding me of one of the Siamese cats from Lady and The Tramp
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Up first for a review is Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables.