Movie Quote of the Week – 9/22/17

Answer to MWL 9/20/17: John Beckwith (Owen Wilson) – Wedding Crashers

Jeremy

: Okay, what’s our backstory?John: We’re brothers from New Hampshire, we’re venture capitalists.Jeremy: I’m sick of that! Let’s be from Vermont and let’s have an emerging maple syrup conglomerate.John: Wait, that’s stupid. We don’t know anything about maple syrup.Jeremy: I happen to know everything there is to know about maple syrup. I love maple syrup. I love maple syrup on pancakes. I love it on pizza. I like to take maple syrup and put a little bit in my hair when I’ve had a rough week. What do you think holds it up, slick?John: It’s the first quarter of the big game and you want to toss up a Hail Mary! I’d like to be pimps from Oakland or cowboys from Arizona, but it’s not Halloween! Grow up, Peter Pan! Count Chocula! Look, we been to a million weddings. And guess what? We’ve rocked ’em all!

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Wedding Crashers Review

Wedding Crashers movie posterSynopsis
John (Owen Wilson) and Jeremy (Vince Vaughn) are two best friends who look forward to one thing every year: wedding season.  When the pair crashes a high-profile wedding, they get more than they expected when John begins to fall for Claire (Rachel McAdams) and Clare’s sister, Gloria (Isla Fisher), falls for Jeremy.

Review
I can only vaguely recall the first time I watched Wedding Crashers but I do remember thinking that comedies like this are the reason I like the genre so much.  Comedies are seemingly one of the most difficult types of movies to make because humor is so subjective and there is such a high chance that if the jokes fail, the movie fails.  Thankfully, Wedding Crashers doesn’t have to worry about that because it is laugh-out-loud funny. A huge part comes from a memorable and witty script and great casting all around.

Sometimes a comedy duo comes along and they just click. Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn are an example of one such pairing. When the two of them are together, you can’t help but laugh.  Wilson’s Southern, slow and more drawn out delivery complements Vaughn’s more quick and energetic style perfectly.   It is easy to tell that they were having just as much fun playing their parts as we have watching them in the parts.  Their chemistry is simple electric.

Besides Wilson and Vaughn, the rest of the film’s cast was phenomenal as well.  Rachel McAdams has that adorable girl-next-door quality that is easy to fall in love with.  Isla Fisher is fantastic as always, playing the crazy side of her character believably.  Christopher Walken as McAdams’ and Fisher’s father works exactly as you would expect it to.  Bradley Cooper in one of his earlier roles is well cast as the douche bag boyfriend.  One of my surprise favorites was Jane Seymour as Walken’s unfaithful wife. While she doesn’t have as much screen time as the rest, she makes the best of what time she does have.

One thing Wedding Crashers does that most comedies have a hard time doing is fleshing out their characters.  Most often, a comedy relies on its jokes to hide the fact it hasn’t developed its characters deeply.  However, as this movie goes on, you learn a little bit more and more about John (Wilson) and Jeremy’s (Vaughn’s) friendship, Claire’s (McAdams) relationship wish Sack (Cooper), how Sack acts when he is away from Claire, and so much more.  It is rather uncommon for a comedy to develop its characters so much.

For me, two measurements of a great comedy, besides did it make me laugh, are how quotable is it after I finish watching it and do the jokes hold up after multiple viewings. This film easily fulfills both criteria.  At over a decade old, I still laugh at almost every joke and gag, despite knowing the punchline or what is going to happen.  Many of the greatest lines are regularly at the forefront of my mind, ready to be quoted at a moment’s notice.  You couldn’t ask for more out of a comedy.

I thought Wedding Crashers was GREAT 😀 Whenever I think of wedding movies, the first one that comes to mind is almost always this one.  There is just something about this film that I find to be very enjoyable.  Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn just click as the leading duo and the rest of the cast give fun performances as well. If I can keep laughing at a movie even after multiple viewings, then I know that it is a great comedy and I still can’t stop laughing.

Favorite Quote
Jeremy: John, I need to talk to you.
John: No, not right now.
Jeremy: What’s wrong with you? Why do you got the weird look all over your face?
John: Claire’s mom just made me grab her hooters.
Jeremy: Well, snap out of it! What? A hot, older woman made you feel her cans? Stop crying like a little girl.
John: I wasn’t crying like a little girl.
Jeremy: Why don’t you try getting jacked off under the table in front of the whole damn family and have some real problems? Jackass. What were they like, anyway? They look pretty good. Are they real? Are they built for speed or for comfort? What you do with ’em? You play the motorboat? Ppppt! Ppppt! You motorboatin’ son of a bitch. You old sailor, you! Where is she? She still in the house?

Trailer

Cast & Crew
David Dobkin – Director
Steve Faber – Writer
Bob Fisher – Writer
Rolfe Kent – Composer

Owen Wilson – John Beckwith
Vince Vaughn – Jeremy Grey
Rachel McAdams – Claire Cleary
Isla Fisher – Gloria Cleary
Christopher Walken – Secretary Bill Cleary
Jane Seymour – Kathleen Cleary
Bradley Cooper – Sack Lodge
Keir O’Donnell – Todd Cleary
Ellen Albertini Dow – Grandma Mary Cleary
Ron Canada – Randolph
Henry Gibson – Father O’Neil

Movie Whose Line? – 9/20/17

It’s time for everyone’s favorite game: Movie Whose Line?, where the quotes are real and the points don’t matter.  If you’ve never played before, it works like this: below is a quote from a movie and you guess who said it and/or what movie it’s from.  Submit your answer using the submission form below.  Simple, right? Here is this week’s quote:

It’s the first quarter of the big game and you want to toss up a Hail Mary! I’d like to be pimps from Oakland or cowboys from Arizona, but it’s not Halloween! Grow up, Peter Pan! Count Chocula!

The answer will be posted Friday.  Good luck!

Submissions are closed. Click here to view the answer.

Movie Quote of the Week – 9/15/17

Answer to MWL 9/13/17: Han (Sung Kang) – The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Sean: Why did you let me race with your car? You knew I was gonna wreck it?
Han: Why not?
Sean: ‘Cause that’s a lotta money.
Han: I have money. It’s trust and character I need around me. Who you choose to be around you lets you know who you are. One car in exchange for knowing what a man’s made of, that’s a price I can live with. Look at all those people down there. They follow the rules for what? They’re letting fear lead them.
Sean: What happens if they don’t?
Han: Life’s simple. You make choices and you don’t look back.

Lightning Review: Home Again

Home Again movie posterSynopsis
Alice (Reese Witherpoon), a recently divorced, single mother, moves into her childhood home in Los Angeles. After meeting Harry (Pico Alexander), Teddy (Nat Wolff) and George (Jon Rudnitsky), she lets the three filmmakers live in her home while they try to get their big break, causing her life to take an unexpected turn.

Review
I don’t normally see films like Home Again in the theaters but I found myself in a theater-going dry spell of sorts and my mom was visiting and we hadn’t seen a movie together in a while so I figured why not. For a romantic comedy, this movie didn’t lean too heavily on either. There are the romance parts and there are comedy parts but neither completely overtake the film. First-time writer/director Hallie Meyers-Shyer has a story about Alice she wants to tell and she uses the romance and the comedy to tell it, however, they never become the central focus. And it never becomes over-the-top or way out-there and never resorts to a cheap laugh. Every comedy moment feels natural and genuinely funny. You might need to suspend some disbelief but this is a movie we’re talking about here! That pretty much comes with the territory, regardless of genre.

I wouldn’t call Reese Witherspoon one of my favorite actresses but I do generally enjoy her movies that I’ve seen. This seems like a very typical fair for her but she is as charming as ever. As for the rest of the cast, I am mostly unfamiliar with them, so I can’t compare their performances to what they’ve done before. Although, I can say that in Home Again, I thought they all did very well. The three filmmakers who move in with Alice, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff, and Jon Rudnitsky, were fun and believable together. They felt like actual friends and seemed like they were having a good time together. Some of my favorite scenes were the ones with Rudnitsky and Lola Flanery, playing Alice’s oldest daughter. Together, they had many playful and heartwarming scenes.

I thought Home Again was GOOD 🙂 Romantic comedies aren’t usually a type of movie I go out of my way to see so I don’t have a ton of experience with the genre. However, I did enjoy the story this film told. Reese Witherspoon and the rest of the cast gave enjoyable performances with some moving and heartfelt moments. I’m sure it’s far from the best rom-com out there but running at about one and a half hours, it never feels tedious and offers a feel-good story.

Trailer

Cast & Crew
Hallie Meyers-Shyer – Director / Writer
John Debney – Composer

Reese Witherspoon – Alice Kinney
Pico Alexander – Harry
Nat Wolff – Teddy
Jon Rudnitsky – George
Lola Flanery – Isabel
Eden Grace Redfield – Rosie
Michael Sheen – Austin
Candice Bergen – Lillian Stewart