Good Boys (2019)

good-boys-2019-movie-poster-reviewDirector: Gene Stupnitsky

Genre: Comedy

Runtime: 89 Minutes

Main Cast: Jacob Tremblay, Keith L. Williams, Brady Noon, Molly Gordon, Midori Francis, Izaac Wang, Millie Davis, Josh Caras, Will Forte, Chance Hurstfield, Stephen Merchant

Plot: Max, Lucas and Thor have been best friends their whole lives, but are growing apart as they get older. When Max gets invited to a ‘kissing party’, the boys club together to learn how to kiss – which inevitably leads to a broken drone belonging to Max’s Dad, and two older girls chasing them down after the boys unwittingly steal their drugs.

My Thoughts: Yes, Odeon, for giving us a Limitless exclusive preview that actually feels like a preview! I’ve been excited to see Good Boys after the teaser trailer revealing that the 3 lead boys aren’t actually allowed to watch their own movie trailer because they’re too young. Like Booksmart from earlier this year, Good Boys is at risk of being hailed ‘the new Superbad’ but I honestly think this is better than that, anyway. Does it bring anything new to the genre? No. Does it bring any surprises along the way? Also no – but the cast carries the entire movie so well that it stands above the rest anyway.

Little Jacob Tremblay is literally the cutest kid in Hollywood, I can’t even. One day he’s going be a megastar and we’ll all be like ‘Omg, do you remember that movie when he was playing a foul-mouthed kid?’. One thing is for sure, after watching this I’m SO glad I’m a mum to a girl and not a boy. Boys are gross! Honestly though, Good Boys brought out the inner child in everyone in the screening I was in last night. We all giggled away at the word ‘boobs’, and the boys’ choice of err…weapons.

So many comedies rely on pop culture references to bring the laughs, and whilst I love those comedies too, they don’t hold up over time to new audiences. I feel like Good Boys will be one of those comedies that’s still just as funny in 10 years time as it is now. If you haven’t already guessed, this movie gets a huuuuge thumbs up from me!

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Best Bit: I thought nothing could be more outrageous than Thor’s parents’ ‘CPR doll’ but oh, I was so wrong. When the boys open the door to Stephen Merchant (a welcomed surprise cameo!) armed with a plethora of other ‘weapons’ they must have got from the bedroom…oh my. I was crying from laughing. It was one of those jokes that carried on through the movie…until Max gave Brixlee the ‘necklace’.

Worst Bit: Speaking of the CPR doll…if there was any moment that made Seth Rogan’s involvement obvious, it was the aftermath of Max kissing that doll. I was half expecting another character to shout ‘OHHH BOYYYYY’ just to remind me of that horrible (but hilarious) moment in Long Shot.

Fun Trivia: The film received an R rating for strong crude sexual content, drug and alcohol material, and language – all involving tweens. This marks the first time an R rating has been given with the description ‘all involving tweens’.

My Rating: 4 and a half beers. I dare you to try and beat the record of…3 sips.

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Fighting with My Family (2019)

fighting-with-my-family-movie-2019Director: Stephen Merchant

Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 108 Minutes

Main Cast: Florence Pugh, Nick Frost, Lena Headey, Dwayne Johnson, Jack Lowden, Vince Vaughn, Stephen Merchant

Plot: Saraya Knight was born into a wrestling family. Her family perform wrestling shows across the country and even run their own wrestling school. Saraya and her brother Zak get the opportunity to try out for the WWE but troubles start when only Saraya is picked. Based on the true story of UK-wrestler Paige.

My Thoughts: I’m not a wrestling fan at all but I’m a sucker for Dwayne Johnson and I love British comedies, so I was really looking forward to seeing Fighting with My Family. As it turned out, despite a couple of cameos that didn’t mean anything to me, you don’t need to be a wrestling fan to enjoy this great little movie!

I think it was marketed as a pure comedy, but it actually has a lot of depth to it. I wouldn’t say it’s as perfect as Little Miss Sunshine, but it’s got that vibe for sure. When the movie is quite serious most of the time, it makes those few comedic moments that much funnier, and I laughed out loud quite a few times during this one. Stephen Merchant both wrote and directed this movie, and he did a fantastic job.

Dwayne Johnson only has a few scenes but they’re great moments. Vince Vaughn was a delight too! I don’t think I’ve seen him since he was the coach/captain/whatever in Hacksaw Ridge, and he’s back as a coach here. Nick Frost is as funny as you would expect him to be and Cersei Lannister Lena Headey is almost unrecognisable as a rock-chick come wrestler. And that’s just the supporting cast!

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2019 is turning out to be quite a pleasant surprise so far for movies, I really hope the trend continues!

Best Bit: The scene at the family dinner table where Saraya’s family were doing their best to be polite was brilliant. It was British humour at it’s finest. That and the end credits had me in stitches!

Worst Bit: Saraya and Zak’s brother seemed like a completely unnecessary character to me. All he did was be released from prison and give some advice to Zak, and that was about it. I thought he might end up dragging Zak further down when he started to spiral out of control, but it never got that dark.

Fun Trivia: Dwayne Johnson was filming Fast & Furious 6 (2013) in the UK when he discovered the 2012 Channel 4 documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family” on TV in his hotel room about a crazy English family of wrestlers. The ‘underdog’ aspect of it instantly appealed to him, prompting him to contact British writer Stephen Merchant about developing the story into a feature-length biopic.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 monster truck tyres that I sure as hell couldn’t flip over multiple times like those badass ladies did.

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Review: Table 19 (2017)

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Can we at least agree this is one of the most beautiful movie posters ever?

Last year was all about weddings for me. I had my own, and then I was a bridesmaid for 2 of my bridesmaids! 4 weddings in one year where you’re organising 1 yourself and you’re a big part of another 2 is exhausting, and now I have no weddings to go to this year. It’s kind of a relief, and kind of sad too, so I’ve been really looking forward to watching Table 19 and just sitting back, to enjoy the festivities.

Table 1 obviously hosts the Bride, Groom and parents, and the level of importance carries on right down the line to the very last table, in this case, 19. This is the table of ‘people who should have known to RSVP no’. We have the Best Man’s ex-girlfriend (Anna Kendrick), the Bride’s childhood nanny (June Squibb), someone’s odd cousin (Stephen Merchant), the son of a friend who’s mother is trying to get him laid (Tony Revolori) and a married couple from work who aren’t important enough for the work table (Lisa Kudrow and Craig Robinson).

If you’ve heard of this movie, you might have heard about the luke-warm reviews it’s been getting. I tried not to read too much in case it clouded my judgement but let me tell you, I actually kind of loved it. I’m biased because I have a huge lady boner for Anna Kendrick, but there’s so much more to this story than meets the eye. It looks like a simple enough plot, the table of losers realise they’re losers and find a way to have fun despite the fact – right?

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Well yes, but for a movie with such a small run time we really get inside each of these characters lives. There’s a huge plot line completely hidden in the trailer that I juuust worked out before the reveal, which adds a huge dramatic element to the whole thing. I’ll save the surprise for you to see for yourself.

It’s funny, in quite a dark way. Whereas a lot of movies struggle to find a balance between comedy and drama, I think Table 19 nailed it. Something will happen that will have you laughing out loud, and it’ll be followed so quickly by something serious that it completely throws you off balance. In fact, I was still laughing at parts despite the darkness. It’s overwhelming, and perhaps that contributes to the negative reviews, but I thought it fit the mood perfectly. That sounds contradicting I know, but in some movies you’ll have one hilarious scene, and 20 minutes later a serious, pull on your heart strings kind of scene, and it’s confusing. Table 19 fuses the two together.

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This joke about the jacket never got old. I’m laughing just thinking about it!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a perfect movie. It feels quite long despite its run time, there are a few loose ends here and there, and I feel like everyone¬†got some closure with their issues apart from Stephen Merchant’s character. It’s quite over-dramatic and cheesy in places, but the whole movie is like that, so although those scenes don’t feel out of place in the grand scheme of things, if that kind of drama level is a turn off for you then you’re going to hate the whole thing.

Oh and one more thing – with my wedding organising hat still on – who was in charge of the running of the day here?! Sitting everyone down for their meal, having a band play, the married couple’s first dance, then sitting again? WHERE IS THE FOOD YOU GUYS.

All in all, I’d recommend that you ignore a lot of reviews (heck, even this one if you like) and see it for yourself. Who knows, you might even enjoy it! Table 19 gets 4 out of 5 wedding cakes from me, and I realise this is the second time this week I’ve rated movies out of cake, but I’m pregnant and I just really like cake, okay?

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