Movie Reviews

Holidate (2020)

holidate-movie-poster-review-2020Director: John Whitesell

Genre: Comedy, Romance

Runtime: 103 Minutes

Main Cast: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth, Frances Fisher, Jessica Capshaw, Andrew Bachelor, Manish Dayal, Alex Moffatt, Jake Manley, Cynthy Wu

Plot: Sloane (Emma Roberts) is fed up of her family badgering her about not having a boyfriend every holiday, and Jackson (Luke Bracey) is tired of casual dating. When the two of them meet, they agree to be each other’s ‘Holidate’ for every holiday of the year.

My Thoughts: Oh yes, it’s that time of year when Netflix starts dishing out the festive movies. Some will be great, others will be terrible, and most will be a bit of cheesy fun. That’s certainly where Holidate fits in to. I mean, reading the plot alone is enough to make your eyes roll, but as long as the leads are likable and have good chemistry then that’s all you need. Thankfully, Sloane and Jackson are undoubtedly believable as a couple, even though they have a firm dislike of each other at first.

There are some great romcoms out there that try to make fun of their own genre, and when it works, it’s so much fun. I’m thinking of Isn’t It Romantic (2019) in particular – highly recommended if you haven’t seen it already. Holidate tries to do a similar thing, but it doesn’t pull it off quite as well. There is one bit in particular that I loved, and it was when Sloane and Jackson shared their love for Ryan Gosling, and it turned into a full blown reference to Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), one of my favourite movies ever.

So, yes, there were plenty of moments I liked but at the end of the day, it wasn’t that great of a movie. I started to lose interest when it went into the typical plot of the couple falling out only to come back together again. If you’re looking for a festive romcom that pushes the boundaries of the genre then this isn’t the movie for you, but all I wanted was something lighthearted to make me feel a bit festive in these rubbish times and it did the trick for me.

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Best Bit: There’s a scene set at Easter, filmed in slo-mo where dozens of children are running over a hill to collect eggs, shoving each other out of the way and trampling anyone in their path. That’s funny enough, but the song ‘move b***h, get out the way’ was playing and I laughed so hard.

Worst Bit: I struggle to write about movies I found to be mediocre, it’s much easier to write about something I’ve loved or even hated, so this was a tough post to write. What’s worse is that WordPress glitched and deleted the whole draft just as I’d finished…so I’ve had to write it twice!

Fun Trivia: Manish Dayal, who plays Faarooq, a doctor, also plays a doctor on The Resident.

My Rating: 2 and a half copies of Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011), the most superior romcom of all.

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Movie Reviews

The Babysitter (2017)

the-babysitter-movie-review-poster-2017Director: McG (no, I didn’t pass out at the keyboard mid-typing…that’s this guy’s name, apparently)

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Runtime: 85 Minutes

Main Cast: Samara Weaving, Judah Lewis, Robbie Amell, Hana Mae Lee, Bella Thorne, Emily Alyn Lind, Andrew Bachelor, Doug Haley, Leslie Bibb, Ken Marino

Plot: Cole is, without a doubt, a bit of a wimp. His classmates at school would use a much worse term for it, but poor Cole is afraid of everything and is the only kid in school who still has a babysitter. Thankfully, his babysitter just so happens to be super cool and super hot, and one night Cole decides to spy on her after bedtime.

My Thoughts: Last week I watched Ready or Not, the first Samara Weaving movie I’d seen, and I kind of fell in love with her. I mean she’s beautiful, funny, and kicks ass, so who wouldn’t? When I spotted her face on the poster for The Babysitter whilst scrolling through Netflix I knew I needed to watch it, so I went in literally blind, not knowing what the movie was about at all. Whilst it’s not up on that same level as Ready or Not, The Babysitter is definitely a fun watch for the spooky season!

I really felt for Cole. He tries his hardest to stick up for himself, but his home life is hardly desirable. His parents are too focused on saving their failing marriage to give him the attention he deserves. Thankfully, his babysitter, Bee, is everything he needs in a friend. She drives away the bullies, teaches him how to properly defend against himself, and gets involved in his nerdy games. I guess it’s a real shame she’s the leader of some cult, huh?

From the moment the movie went from ‘this is a nice story’ to ‘what the $*%&’ it was a wild ride to the credits. It’s a short movie anyway but it feels even shorter with how mental it goes. Honestly, the biggest takeaway I took from it was that if Home Alone was remade sometime soon (like every other movie is) then it would by no means be a family movie!

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Worst Bit: I loved Bee’s character so much that it felt like a complete betrayal to see her kind of mocking the nerdy guy she’d invited to the house to play spin the bottle. Come on Bee, I thought you were on the nerds’ side…

Best Bit: …BAM. Two knives to the head. Didn’t see it coming at all. Might have actually peed myself a little. 10/10 would recommend.

Fun Trivia: In the original script, Sonya was the cheerleader, Allison was a journalist for the school paper, John was called “John the Baptist” and Max had dreadlocks. The characters were later reimagined to more closely reflect stereotypes of slasher movie victims, only in this film, they’re the antagonists.

My Rating: 3 and a half bottles to play spin the bottle with. If the hot girl gets dared to kiss everyone in the room? RUN.

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