Annie is a reimagining of the Broadway musical-turned-movie based on the classic comic strip Little Orphan Annie. It’s the story of an orphan who becomes the adopted daughter of an unscrupulous, wealthy man who straightens up and flies right because of her.
In the comic strip and musical, the wealthy man was billionaire Daddy Warbucks – so named because he made his fortune selling arms to all buyers. While war profiteers will always be with us, here he’s a telecommunications mogul named Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx). Annie is played by Oscar®-nominee Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild).
Annie writes a ‘mommy blog’ and her latest entry is bemoaning the lack of opportunities to have sex with her husband and recalling the way they screwed like bunnies when they were first together. One night she gets the kids off to Grandma’s place for a sleepover, but she and Jay can’t quite get things going until she comes up with the idea of making a private sex tape.
Leslie Mann, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton deserve full marks for going all-in on this tepid riff on The First Wives’ Club. Their commitment provides some hilarious moments – if not quite enough to make the film memorable. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is also solid as the serial cheater.
Five Couples are planning for the arrival of their first child. Whether pregnant or adopting, they
all find the journey to parenthood a difficult one. But as the magical day arrives, they rejoice in the miracle of new life.
Starring Cameron Diaz, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid, Chris Rock, Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Bank.
Directed by Kirk Jones.
Written by Shauna Cross and Heather Hach.
Produced by Mike Medavoy, Arnold Messer and David Thwaites.
Genre: Romantic Comedy. Check out all our reviews at www.justseenit.com
Thanks to the heights reached by Judd Apatow’s comedy factory, the old standards no longer apply. To be a great – even good – R-rated comedy, such a movie has to have a balance between crudity and heart. Too much of one or the other and it just doesn’t work. Jake Kasdan’s Bad Teacher actually goes in a direction that’s completely unexpected: there’s neither enough heart nor enough crudity.
After Shrek The Third, the series pretty much hit bottom. Very few fans thought a fourth movie would be a good idea, but since it had already been greenlighted, there nothing to be done. And then, a minor miracle happened – Shrek: The Final Chapter backed off the ubiquitous pop references and went back to what made the first two movies popular – the characters!
James Mangold, he of the superb 3:10 to Yuma, tires his hand at a spy-based action/romantic comedy in Knight and Day. He gets kinetic performances from stars Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz [as possibly psychotic spy Roy Miller and bridesmaid-to-be June Havens] but other than a few fun twists, produces a film that strikes me as having no real script.
Shrek [Mike Myers] has become [he thinks] ordinary – he has a wife and three babies; random strangers ask him to roar for their children; the Far Far Away tour bus stops by his swamp home to point out the totally not scary ogre who saved the kingdom. Life is perfect. Perfectly boring. More than anything, he would like a day of being scary – and able to have a mudbath in piece.
Following a Groundhog Day montage of the triplets’ birthday that plays over and over, each time through worse than the time before, Shrek encounters Rumplestiltskin [Walt Dohrn, also Head of Story for the film] – a snake oil salesman if there ever was one. Rumple offers him a deal: exchange the next day for one of Shrek’s days as a baby – a day he wouldn’t even remember.
You were born genetically to keep your sibling alive since your parents are not a compatible match. Many years went by and you feel that you have a right to your body. What’s the next thing to you, you file a lawsuit seeking medical emancipation from your parents to keep them from making future decisions of your body. How will this choice affect your family, yourself, and the life you were born to save. This describes the powerful melodrama, My Sister’s Keeper. This is the one of those films that raises tough, thought-provoking ethical questions.
Based on the best-selling novel by Jodi Piccoult, the film focused on the journey of the Fitzgerald family. Brian & Sara Fitzgerald (Jason Patric & Cameron Diaz) found out that their eldest daughter Kate was diagnosed acute promyelocytic leukemia at two years old. Conceived by means of in vitro fertilization, Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) was brought into the world to be a genetic match for Kate. Anna suffers throughout her life to be there for her sister when she needs her. Anna, now 11, is called again to help out Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) when goes into renal failure. They will need Anna’s kidney in order for Kate to survive. Anna decides that enough was enough. Although, she loves her sister dearly, she wants a life of her own. So she seeks the help of Attorney Campbell Alexander (Alec Baldwin) to sue her parents for medical emancipation. Stunned at first, but Campbell agreed to the take the case.