Weekend Movie Guide: Two Fantastic Comedies!
Other than The Cove, I didn't see a better film this year at the Sundance Film Festival than Humpday (review here). It's inventive; it's challenging; it's odd but, most of all, it's funny. Very, very funny. The premise may scare some away -- two straight friends decide to have gay sex for a porn film festival -- but the treatment of the material is so perfect that I can't imagine anyone not loving it. While not quite as laugh-out-loud funny as Humpday, In the Loop is as smart a comedy as you will ever see (review here). A barely-veiled satire of the run-up to the 2003 Iraq War, In the Loop features at least a half-dozen brilliantly venal performances, especially Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker (nee the Prince of Fucking Darkness!) See these two movies!!
Whatever goodwill Katherine Heigl accumulated after the shockingly decent 27 Dresses will likely be squandered by the awful The Ugly Truth. I've always been a fan, Gerard, but you are pushing it! Strictly for kids, G-Force looks fairly stupid and obvious (seriously -- guinea pigs?!!). I can't verify it, but I expect that the hilarious Will Arnett and Zach Galifianakis will be utterly wasted. I don't know about you, but I want to personally strangle that little kid from Orphan. What moronic parent wouldn't immediately realize she's evil? Answer Man is the type of quirky indie that needs good critical buzz to have any chance at financial success. It's not getting it. Neither is Shrink, despite the presence of the reliable Kevin Spacey.
Tickets, Showtimes, Reviews and Previews after the jump!