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Bad Moms – Movie Review

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Movie: Bad Moms                                         Year: 2016

Country: USA                                                Language: English

Genre: Comedy

Bad Moms Movie Review:

With the entertaining trailer and successful team behind it, I went to watch Bad Moms with great expectations and realized that it is a little stale, unrealistic and much less funny mom version of The Hangover.

The lead Mila Kunis is trying her best to be a good mother. One day she snaps and decides she’s done making her kids’ childhood magical. And this is just the beginning of one hundred and fifty-seven clichés in the film!

Bad Moms Story-line:

The movie starts great and you do feel sorry for Mila Kunis’s character and pity her for having ungrateful kids and a useless husband. The school bully is someone we have seen before and Christina Applegate slipped into her character effortlessly. The sidekicks are stereotypical too, but have acted well, however, Kathryn Hahn is more annoying than funny at some places. Most of the jokes and situations are over the top and are not always laughable. It is supposed to be a feminist movie but it was offensive at places. Dancing pregnant moms, dancing hijab wearing moms, Indian mom saying Mila Kunis ‘looks foreign’ are all supposed to be jokes that I didn’t quite get.

The film had some great dialogues that I could relate with as a mother. Mom-fantasy of having a quiet breakfast, the fear of screwing up every day, or finding someone who can fix a car-seat in 2 seconds hot are so typical. There was so much that could be done with a subject like this but I feel the film got derailed because it became increasingly unrealistic. There are too many extremes – jerk of a husband, unreasonable boss and too nice and perfect Mila Kunis, too much drinking and raunchiness. I find it hard to believe that someone who has been a mother for 12 years can’t find more ways to feel liberated. When everything in her life is falling apart – job, marriage, kids – the lead is focused on fighting an ego battle against the bully and trying to get laid.

And at the end, everything magically falls in place. Mila Kunis’s life and kids are perfect, the timid learns to boss around her dominating husband, bully becomes a friend and the slutty one even wears decent clothes AND packs a lunchbox for school! It’s way too perfect. The end credits however are awesome. The camera captures real life moms of the crew talking about their motherhood fails. Its adorable and makes you go awww!

Final Verdict on Bad Moms:

Overall, the movie is not great, but it’s fun if you don’t go with high expectations… or your brains!!

Review By: Aparna Kunal Jain

She manages a Facebook Group called The Movie Club…!

Larry Crowne Movie Review

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Movie – Larry Crowne                                                       Release Year –  2011

Country of Origin – U.S.A                                                 Languages – English

Genre – Comedy, Drama, Romance

Before starting to talk anything about the film, I have to confess something. I am a huge fan of Mr. Tom Hanks and always have a sense of bias for him. The guy really deserves admiration and love. Anyways, I keep this topic for some other day.

Larry Crowne Movie 2011
Tom Hanks driving a scooter…

Larry Crowne is a sweet, simple and thoughtful romantic comedy stuff. It has nothing “extra ordinary”, but still grabs your attention and makes you laugh, cry and fill with all sorts of emotions. You can feel a bit of “you” in Larry’s character. That’s what I liked the most in the movie.

There are characters who feel so realistic, as if they are a part of our lives. Nia Vardalos is a fine and versatile artist and this time too she has written something worthy of praise. Not to forget Tom Hanks too is a co-writer of this beautifully directed and wonderfully choreographed film.

Larry Crowne Story-line:

The protagonist, Larry Crowne (Tom Hanks) is a middle age man who loses his job just because he had no formal diplomas. He realizes that he paid the price of his shy and sober personality. So, he decides to go to a college for study.

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Tom Hanks with his friend Talia...

Here, he meets Talia (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), a bubbly young girl who adds him to her gang. Larry suddenly starts feeling refreshed and works hard to achieve something. He studies hard and befriends his classmates.

Larry also develops a kind of romantic bond with his teacher Mercedes Tainot (Julia Roberts), who has a troubled life because of her porn-addicted husband. The two, initially very distant to each other finally come close and develops a platonic love. There are a few other characters in the movie that help Larry in resurrecting his life. The movie ends with Larry starting his own small kitchen.

Larry Crowne Movie 2011
Julia Roberts as Mecedes Tainot.

My Verdict & Rating of This Film:

This movie has everything in it from classy acting to good back ground score. I rate it 9/10 and would recommend Larry Crowne to everyone not only because of Tom Hanks, but also because the movie is a good entertaining package. So, enjoy this movie and don’t forget to remember me.

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Reviewed by: Absar Ahmad

In The Heart of The Sea – Review

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Movie – In The Heart of The Sea

Release Year – (2015)

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages – English (Mainly), Spanish (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre – Adventure, Action, Biography

In The Heart of The Sea Review:

Ron Howard, has given us some of Hollywood’s best movies over the years. And, this time too he doesn’t disappoint with In The Heart of The Sea. It is based on real story of sinking of a whaling ship called “ESSEX” in 1820. The film is set in the time when “whale oil” business was booming. And, to sustain this boom shipping firms were sending more and more ships in the oceans far away to gather as much whale oil as they could.

Our ship Essex too was one such ship, it was commanded by Captain George Pollard Jr. (Benjamin Walkerwith Owen Chase (Chris Hemsworth) as his first-mate. Both the men had their own ambitions and were of contrasting personalities. Straight from day one, when the Essex left for the ocean. It was very clear that these two men weren’t comfortable with each other. Their clash of personalities is one of the best part of this film.

Somehow, they agree to stay together to complete the task they are assigned. The task was to get 2000 barrels of whale oil and go back to sea port of Nantucket. But, things get bad for them when after several months they are unable to find sufficient whales.

Later, at a place in Latin America from a Spanish captain they learn of a place that has plenty of whales. But, that place has a demon too, a big “white whale”. That kills everything coming his way. Now, Chase and Pollard have to choose whether to sail to the place or go back without whale oil. And, as obvious from their nature they chose former.

This turns out to be their biggest mistake that almost costs their lives. The rest of the movie, is all about how they get to that place and actually encounter that devil whale.

Why to watch In The Heart of The Sea?

The answer is quite simple, In The Heart of The Sea has everything a cinema lover would like to see in a movie. The acting is superb by the cast, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker, Brendan Gleeson have been exceptionally good in it.

Screenplay and direction is superb and special effects make In The Heart of The Sea a movie to remember forever. For me one outstanding feature of In The Heart of The Sea was its great film score. Roque Baños‘ music has really made this film an appealing stuff.

Rating & Verdict:

To many’s surprise I have rated In The Heart of The Sea 10/10. This film is a box office bomb. And, I am still wondering why this happened to this wonderful piece of cinema work? Most critics have given a thumbs down to In The Heart of The Sea.

Anyways, leaving critics aside, if you are into Mr. Chris Hemsworth movies and love adventure genre. Then without any hesitation go for In The Heart of The Sea. I am fully assured that you guys will love this film.

 

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My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 – Movie Review

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Movie: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Releasing Year: 2016

Country of Origin: U.S.A

Languages: English (Main), Greek (Few Dialogues Only)

Genre: Romance, Comedy

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Review & Plot:

This film is a sequel that is made almost 14 years after the success of first part named “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” was released. I had great expectations from it as I found the first part “unexpectedly” wonderful. But to my utter disappointment My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 is a “below par” movie that fails to entertain. Somewhere, I feel as if  Kirk Jones directed this movie just hoping to cash on the success of first part.

Now talking of the plot, it is somewhat not comic as well as looks weak. Toula (Nia Vardalos) and Ian (John Corbett) are now going through midlife crisis. Their daughter Paris (Elena Kampouris) is their main concern as she is looking to apply for university education in some other city. Meanwhile, it is revealed that Toula’s parents are not “officially” married as the priest never signed their marriage agreement. And starts the “adventures of Portokalos family” as they prepare for the marriage of their parents.

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Portokalos Family Planning Gus & Maria’s Wedding…!

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 has few “laughing scenes”, but as a whole it is just boring. One feels as if the movie is stretched without any reason at all.

My Rating & Verdict of My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2:

I rated My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 only 6 out of 10 and that too very “generously”. I liked the first part and rated it 10 on 10. I am quoting a line from Rogerebert.com about Nia Vardalos Her script is a mess, and no amount of Windex can clean it up. And, I too fully agree to this thought the script is really messed up. The only reason one would end up watching this movie is because of the fact that they loved the previous part and believe this too will be on par with it. Midway in cinema hall I felt like going back to home, but as I already paid a big money for the tickets I somehow managed to watch this film till the end. In my view all you guys need to do is just “SKIP” My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. In case, you have nothing better to watch then go for it, but at your “own risk”….!

 

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