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Top Five

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Written and Directed by: Chris Rock

Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson

Given Rock’s most recent major works have been voicing a cartoon zebra and a sequel to the abysmal Grown Ups, Top Five is a refreshing change of pace that reminds me why I grew up a fan of Chris Rock’s blunt and poignant comedy style. Rock’s writing is honest, relevant, touching, and of course has you laughing at all the right moments. Rosario Dawson plays wonderfully off Rock’s sharp timing and they prove to be an interesting and dynamic pair. The cast of supporting characters furthers the hilarity of the film. Cedric the Entertainer definitely steals the scenes he’s in, but still the best moments are the sweet playful ones between Dawson and Rock. Adding the right amount of heart, thought, and laughs to Top Five shows that Chris Rock has matured as a writer, director actor, and comedian.

9/10

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Hector and the Search For Happiness

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Directed by:  Peter Chelsom

Written by: Maria Von Heland, Peter Chelsom, & Tinker Lindsay

Starring: Simon Pegg

An intriguing but flawed concept, Hector slaps you in the face repeatedly about what happiness is. The issue: happiness can be different things to different people at different times, and none of Hector’s findings are groundbreaking theories in what makes a person happy: money, food, love, family, etc. Simon Pegg is charming and lovable as Hector, but really only hits the comedic elements of the story. The script is perfectly paced and timed with plenty of laugh out loud moments. The score is superb, mixing in all the right cultural elements from the different countries he visited. The climatic scene was way too predictable and leaned on being very preachy, which soured my like of the movie overall, but still would recommend it to my friends.

8.5/10

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Throwback Thursday Review

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Extract

Original Release: September 4th, 2009

Written & Directed by: Mike Judge

Starring: Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig

 

Mike Judge delivers his normal dry satirical humor in Extract, but the overall flavor falls flat. The beginning showed promise but the further into the movie the more it began to drag. Judge tried to add so many small plot points to add humor but it overloaded the script and didn’t garner any laughs from this viewer. Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, and Kristen Wiig play their roles well but they’ve all had better roles. The standout from Extract was Beth Grant, a small-part  veteran actor, who shined as crabby line person, Mary.  People looking for the next Office Space should look elsewhere.

 

7/10

 

 

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