As the old Mamas and the Papas’ tune goes, it’s “Monday, Monday!” Alas, the weekend has gone by, but the films that came out this past weekend made different levels of impact. So, how did they all do, you ask? Read on! Welcome to DIB?! Let’s begin!
Flawless: Demi Moore and her muddled British accent and Michael Caine’s con man/custodian pair up to rob their place of employment: a diamond exchange in merry old England. Does anyone even guess that they are even up to something? Will It Bomb? Lots of competition doesn’t help, so I don’t think it’s bringing in the bucks. Possible Lower end of the 10, but doubtful. Did It Bomb? Surprisingly, with showings at only 35 locations, it still pulled in $180,000! Not bad! Outcome: Mezza-mezza. ½ out of 5
Run Fatboy Run: Sporting some tight spandex shorts and a bit of a tummy, Simon Pegg has to get his butt in shape if he wants to win back the woman he left five years earlier! Directed by Ross himself, David Schwimmer, Pegg’s only got a few weeks to get into gear and run a local marathon! Will It Bomb? Considering that I (along with countless others) think Pegg is a riot, it should propel this into the 10! Even better, can it make the 5? Did It Bomb? Damn! This was shut out of the Top 10, making only $2.4 million. Nice try… Outcome: Strike! ½ out of 5
Superhero Movie: Another mishmash of parodies, featuring your favorite superheroes! Predominantly borrowing from the Spider-Man films, Drake Bell is an awkward teenager both in and out of his Dragonfly costume. Will It Bomb? These films really aren’t my bag, but it should get into the Top 10, and very likely, into the 5. Did It Bomb? Nope! As I thought, the audience seems to eat these parodies up! It earned a nice $9.51 million, and climbed up into the #3 slot! Outcome: Score! 1 ½ out of 5.
Stop Loss: Kimberly Peirce tries to repeat her success (as in the widely acclaimed Boys Don’t Cry) with this picture, all about veterans of the Iraq War (including lead soldier Ryan Philippe) who are sent back, even though their tours of duty are considered completed. Will It Bomb? Despite its controversial and delicate subject matter, this will probably get into the 10. Did It Bomb? It crept into #8, and earned a tidy $4.53 million. Outcome: Score! 2 ½ out of 5.
21: The book and film about those card-counting, Vegas-bound MIT students racked up more than their fair share of publicity these last few weeks. You can chalk most of it up to the story, as well as the great casting, which includes Kevin Spacey, Jim Sturgess, and Kate Bosworth. Will It Bomb? It’ll battle with Dr. Seuss’ little elephant friend for the Top Dog award! Did It Bomb? We have a winner! Making $23.7 million, it sailed up to the #1 position! If it made $21 million, that would be even freakier! Outcome: Score! 3 ½ out of 5
***Official Box Office tallies and positions according to Variety (variety.com), The Hollywood Reporter (hollywoodreporter.com) and The Internet Movie Database (imdb.com).
That’s it for this week’s recap, folks! This weekend’s new films will be introduced to all of you later on this week over at WIB? I can’t wait! I hope you can’t either. See you in a couple of days!
One Sarah Marshall says, “When you’re walking down the street, it gets a little wearing even though you know it’s not you and has nothing to do with you.”
One perturbed Sarah Marshall says, “I have to worry about my hair and makeup everyday.” What I want to know is, how does she think people on the street know her name is Sarah Marshall?
Another Sarah Marshall received a call from an ex-boyfriend telling her he didn’t know who was doing this, but he wanted her to know it wasn’t him. He must not have seen the MPAA rating information at the bottom, or have gone to the promotional website IHateSarahMarshall.com.
Luckily for these annoyed Sarah Marshalls, the movie (starring Jason Segel and Kristen Bell) hits theaters April 18th.
Dennis Doyle (Simon Pegg) seems destined to be a runner, in every conceivable way. When this film starts, it’s a gorgeous day in London. He’s about to marry his longtime and very pregnant girlfriend Libby (Thandie Newton) when the sheer panic completely takes over his mind, probably as a result of having to deal with two life-changing events in quick succession. In the end, he makes a break for it, ending his relationship.
Five years have passed and Dennis is still a rather cheeky bloke who works security in a Victoria’s Secret-type lingerie store, and lives in a below-street level apartment. He and Libby maintain a cordial relationship, mostly for their son, Jake (the absolutely adorable Matthew Fenton). Libby still feels that with his juvenile and lackadaisical manner, and the caddish way he backed out of their wedding, he really hasn?t grown up. While Dennis is pondering just how much he has screwed up things, another bombshell is dropped: Libby has a new boyfriend. Whit (Hank Azaria) is everything Dennis isn’t: successful, physically fit, good with kids, and very much an adult. But his personality is rather grating, which earned him my own personal nickname of “Nitwhit.”
In an effort to prove just how much he’s grown up, gotten his life together, and to possibly get Libby back, he chooses to participate in the Nike River Run, a marathon along the Thames River. He also wants to show up Whit, who is an avid runner and likes to poke fun at Dennis? not-so-slender physique. That’s a lot of stuff to take on, when you’ve managed to maintain a rather flaky existence. Accompanied and coached by his best friend Gordon (Dylan Moran) and landlord (Harish Patel), he’s got a lot of work to do! How many of you are guessing that a happy ending is received by all? Raise your hands!
In all honesty, while this was a genuinely cute movie, this really cannot compare to the sheer hilarity of Pegg’s performance alongside Nick Frost in Hot Fuzz. I didn?t have any moments where I laughed so hard tears would stream down my face and I couldn?t breathe. That simply did not happen here. David Schwimmer?s debut as a film director was not bad, considering that I read he directed some episodes of Friends. Let?s see what project is next for him. Practice makes perfect! The performances were decent, and my overall impression of the movie was the same. Spend a couple of hours on a weekend afternoon to enjoy lunch and this film.