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Monday, May 9, 2011

The Tourist...Again

We watched two good movies this weekend, You Again and The Tourist.  

First, You Again.  The movie stars Kristen Bell as a young woman who is very successful in her career that comes home for her brother's wedding, only to be confronted by the fact that her soon to be sister-in-law is her arch nemesis from high school.  Her mother (played by Jamie Lee Curtis) tries to help her forgive and forget until her arch nemesis (played by Sigourney Weaver) shows up as the fiance's aunt.  Of course drama and hilarity ensue.

One thing that struck me as a little odd was the dynamics of the family.  The oldest is probably 30 or early 30s, then Bell's character who's mid to late 20s, then a younger brother who's maybe 14 or 15.  They never really address the age gap, which just made me wonder a little.  Nothing major, but I wanted to know what the writer/director was going for with that.

Betty White also makes a few appearances in this film as the grandma, and I have to say, I love her.  She's hilarious in just about anything.  As can be expected, there are a few sexual jokes that are awesome, and a scene that involves her teeth that will have you gagging and laughing at the same time.  

All around, it was just good, clean fun.  I'd recommend it!

The Tourist

The Tourist stars Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp.  It follows the story of a wife of a financial criminal who's not only being chased by the law, but also by a high profile gangster that he stole a ton of money from.  Jolie's job is to throw the police off the trail of the true criminal by choosing a random person on a train and making them believe he is her husband.  She does such a remarkable job of it, that the gangster also thinks this poor bloke is her husband and tries to kill him repeatedly.  

There are some excellent lines:

Police Officer: "So, you'd like to report a murder."

Depp: "Well, attempted murder.  Mine."

Police Officer: "That's not so serious."

Depp: "Well, no, not when you downgrade it from murder.  But when you upgrade it from room service, it's quite serious."  

That's just good writing.  And Depp's delivery is flawless, making it that much more enjoyable.  

Jolie is hit or miss for me - either I love her movies or I hate them (Changeling - loved, Salt - not so much).  But this one was quite good.  She went back to her roots here and plays a wealthy glamorous woman with a secret - a perfect fit for her in my opinion.  

Plus, there's a nice little twist at the end that Dan actually figured out about 10 minutes into the movie, but still came as a nice surprise for me.  

Again, I thought this was a good one.  Not an Oscar winner or anything, but just good entertainment, and sometimes that's all I want from a movie.  

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