Posts Tagged ‘Paul Rudd’

This week’s releases include: a war ignored by the world; an unusual bank robbery; a sci-fi art film; a teen reconsiders his rebellion; a collection of bad movies; an interesting love story; a free-spirit sticks to his ideals; a legendary detective takes on challenging mysteries; and a misunderstanding leads to awkward bloodshed. (more…)

Paul Rudd in Our Idiot BrotherWe all know someone like the lead character in Our Idiot Brother: generous, kind and, consequently, indescribably gullible. We worry they’ll be taken advantage of or that the unforgiving, competitive world will eat them alive. But you also can’t help but to adore them for being so hones and having all these qualities. That’s the relationship director Jesse Peretz builds between the audience and Ned. (more…)

This week’s release include: a rom-com about finding Mr. Right; the real-life tale of a drug dealer; a sequel to a bizarre, almost all-girl adventure; a wrong place, wrong time spy flick; and the quarter-century anniversary release of a film about growing up. (more…)

Tomorrow the parents will be coming to pick up the kids so all you have to do is keep them alive one more day – how hard can that be?

It’s 1981 and summer camp is drawing to an end. It’s everyone’s last day at Camp Firewood but it could be the longest of any of the counsellor’s lives. Coop (Michael Showalter) has finally put together the nerve to tell Katie (Marguerite Moreau) he loves her but she is in love with Andy the lifeguard (Paul Rudd) who is usually too busy making-out with other girls to save drowning kids. In the meantime, camp director Beth (Janeane Garofalo) is trying to attract the astrophysicist (David Hyde Pierce) who lives next to the camp, who in turn is trying to save the group from a plummeting piece of SKYLAB. There’s also a waterfall rescue, a talking can and a drug-addled trip to the city. Did I mention this all happens in one day?

Not only is this movie hilarious, it’s driven by an all-star comedic cast. In addition to those already mentioned, performers include Molly Shannon, Christopher Meloni, Ken Marino, Michael Ian Black, Zak Orth, A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Marisa Ryan, Kevin Sussman, Joe Lo Truglio and Elizabeth Banks.

That twenty-somethings portray teens in movies and television shows has always been laughable; but this makes the absurdity clear as the teenage counsellors are played by thirty-somethings that look nothing like 16-year-olds. Everything about the camp experience is over-the-top but totally familiar from all the preceding ‘80s camp movies – counsellors hook-up, kids act strangely, and the director has little control over any of it.

The fun continues with the DVD special features. Director David Wain is joined in his commentary by Garofalo, who happily points out continuity errors. The behind-the-scene footage and cast comments are quite funny, as the comedians are set loose on the camera. There are also deleted scenes and a couple of galleries.