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April 30th, 2018 Movie – Waiting

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So as I start the letter “W” with today’s blog, we are getting close to the end of the line here folks. For a time line of events, in a little over 2 months, I will be finished up with the letter Z, then I have 3 months of movies to rewatch and review, as I had watched them before I started the blog. After that, I will be reviewing the new movies that have come into my possession since the year began. Now I know what some people might be thinking (which has also been brought up by my friends); “Why don’t you review them as you get them?” The reason I am not doing that right now, as opposed to how I have done it in the past, is because I have a couple of out of town trips this year and I am working on pre-writing those blogs before I leave and when I get a new movie, it throws things off and makes me have to watch even more movies before to pre-write. Now that I have the explanations out of the way, let’s get on to today’s movie, Waiting.

The plot: After hosting a house party at his place last night, Monty shows up for work at Shenaniganz the next morning and starts flirting with the hostess, Natasha, who reminds him that she will no longer be a minor next week. Monty is then met by Dan, the restaurant manager, who asks him to show Mitch, a new hire, the ropes around the place while it is slow. Once Dan leaves, Monty starts talking with Mitch, talking over him when Mitch tries to talk, and starts explaining that there is a game many of the guys in the restaurant play, where they attempt to get people to look at their crotch and then kick them in the ass while chastising them for looking. Meanwhile, Monty’s roommate and co-worker Dean has lunch with his mom, who comments about one of his high school classmates, Chett, finishing college and getting an electrical engineering degree, and Dean gets upset at her passive aggressive tactic of comparing him to Chet to show her disapproval in his life. Dean shows up at work at the same time as his girlfriend Amy and Monty’s ex Serena, who both work as waitresses with them and they enter the restaurant to change and encounter Monty messing with Mitch. Monty then introduces Mitch to some of the other workers; head dishwasher Bishop, stoner busboys T-Dog and Nick, and head cook Raddimus, who Monty leaves Mitch with so he can go over the finer points of the “game” while he attends a meeting with the other servers that Dan is having. After the meeting, Dan pulls Dean aside and offers to make him assistant manager, saying he will get more perks and a pay increase and asking him to think it over. Naomi, a surly waitress, overhears the conversation and tells the others about it and when Monty asks Dean what Dan wanted, Dean doesn’t say anything. The day starts and the servers head out to the various table but Dean is still distracted by Chett’s success and Monty asks him if he is going to take the assistant manager’s job, surprising Dean that he knows about it, and Dean admits he isn’t sure. When one of the women at Amy’s table is overly rude to her, then criticizes Monty and Amy when Monty brings out the food, which she claims was made wrong, Monty takes the plate back and signals Amy to come to the back with her. Presenting the plate to the cooks, he tells them the customer was a “beeyotch” and Amy agrees that she needs to be burnt, so the cooks proceed to mess with the food by spitting in it, rubbing some of it down their pants, and putting pubic hairs in it. After Monty serves it and the woman starts eating, he explains to Mitch that she had broken the cardinal rule; Don’t fuck with people that handle your food. When Dean receives the payment for his table from a redneck couple, and only receives a $1 and change off of an almost $60 check, he insults the customer by handing the tip back, claiming that he needed it more than he did. The customer gets angry and starts yelling for the manager and Dan works to placate the customer with some coupons for free dinner. Afterwards, Dan pulls Dean into his office to yell at him and Dean ignores him, then complains to Calvin, who is also in line for the position, about how his life seems to suck. Dean and Monty then try to give Calvin some advise on women, then call Amy and Serena over to give him the female perspective of what they want, which ends up turning into an argument between Serena and Monty as to what went wrong in their relationship. As the dinner rush starts up, Monty leaves Mitch to watch the training video, which he finds incredibly boring. During the rush, Dean is giving thought to taking up Dan’s offer of the job. As the dinner rush winds down, Dan flirts with Natasha and when she brings up the party after work, he says that the guys always seem to forget to invite him and she tells him she will get the directions for him. Monty and some of the other servers are comparing tips as they get ready to leave and as Calvin questions how Monty was able to earn so much in tips and Monty says he will tell him how, which ends up with him tricking Calvin and Mitch into looking at Raddimus’ crotch. After kicking both Calvin and Mitch, Monty jokes with Amy, Serena, and Naomi about joining in on the game and Naomi takes him up on it and flashes the guys, resulting in the girls kicking all three of them in the butt. As Monty and the others leave, leaving Dean and Amy to close down the front, one final customer walks in just before closing. Dean goes to wait on them and discovers that the customer is Chett, who taunts Dean with his new success. The cooks, upset with having to work past closing, purposefully drop the food on the ground before serving it then head out for the night, followed shortly by Bishop. Dean hands Chett the check and as he receives the payment, finds that Dean payed with $100. When he goes up to Chett and tells him he paid too much, Chett said that the rest was for him, as he obviously needed it more than he did. Natasha heads into Dan’s office and tells him she is leaving, handing him a slip of paper with the address for the party on it, and after she leaves, Dean walks in and Dan asks if he is taking the job. At the house party, Monty is talking to Mitch when Dean walks in and Monty quickly ignores Mitch and goes to speak with him. Dean says it’s ok about what happened with Chett, as it helped him put things in perspective, and he tells Monty that he quit his job at Shenaniganz and later, Dean works on repairing his relationship with Amy. Meanwhile, Monty and Natasha head into Monty’s room and start making out but when Natasha starts to take off her clothes, Monty stops her and says that they should wait until she turns 18 the following week. As the party continues, Mitch is still unable to say anything, as he is constantly interrupted or talked over, and he finally snaps. Turning off the music, he proceeds to yell at everyone there, calling out Naomi, Dean, Calvin and Monty in the process, then tells them he quits. Mitch starts to leave, the stops and points to Floyd, one of the cooks, and says he is the worst out of all of them. As everyone turns to look at Floyd, who wonders what he could have done to Mitch, they all turn back to Mitch and react in shock as he had pulled down his pants to show off his crotch as “the Goat”, which Raddimus had said would make him a god among men. Mitch leaves but Monty quickly runs out after him and apologizes to him and invites him back to the party and Mitch agrees to come back. As the party continues, Natasha tells Monty about inviting Dan but it’s revealed that she had actually given Dan the address to the redneck couple, who asks Dan for his gift certificates. Back at the party, Monty admits that she got him with the trick and comments on one more week before they can officially get together.

Waiting met with poor results from the critics, holding a 31% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “Waiting… is a gross-out comedy that is more gross than comic.” The Shenaniganz restaurant was actually a converted Bennigan’s, which many people noted the similarities, but has since been converted to a Verizon Wireless store. The movie was a box office success, earning $18.6 movie off of a $3 million budget and would produce a direct to video sequel a few years later.

This is admittedly a pretty a coarse movie but it does have some funny aspects to it. The acting was good for the most part, but it honestly seemed like Ryan Reynolds (Monty) and Justin Long (Dean) just played the same exact character types that they almost always play, which made their characters pretty boring. A lot of the other characters felt more interesting but due to their being so many characters in the movie, they didn’t get a lot of development. The story was interesting and, while definitely extreme in several instances, it did show an interesting side of the restaurant business. The comedy was very adult at times as well as childish, which is definitely not going to appeal to the majority of people. If you do like the style of humor, it will make you laugh, but it could have been a better movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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July 11th, 2017 Movie – Scary Movie 4

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Once again, I find myself with one movie in a franchise but it is not the first one. Now the Scary Movie franchise kind of started the new generation of parody movies to come out in the 21st century. I never saw any of these movies in the theater but I would usually rent them when they came out on video and always enjoyed them. As to why I find myself with the 4th movie in the series, that was mainly due to some boredom at Blockbuster as they were going out of business and just buying it on a lark but the other movies in the series were already gone. Well, lets see just how funny Scary Movie 4 really is.

The plot: Shaquille O’Neal and Dr. Phil wake up to find themselves chained to the walls in a dingy bathroom. A TV suddenly turns on and a clown doll begins speaking, saying they have 2 minutes to escape the room before they are killed by the poison gas seeping in. Seeing a pair of hacksaws connected to a metal arm underneath a basketball net, Shaq attempts to make a free throw to trigger the arm and after missing several times, and injuring Dr. Phil as a result, he finally makes the basket. The two try sawing through the chains but Dr. Phil realizes they are meant to saw off their foot and, after being goaded by Shaq, he cuts off his own foot only for Shaq to point out he sawed off the wrong one, and Dr. Phil collapses to the floor. Meanwhile, Cindy Campbell goes to see her brother-in-law Tom and as she thanks him for recommending her for a job as a home health care worker, Tom tries to commit suicide by taking a bottle of sleeping pills but ends up taking Viagra by mistake, causing his penis to swell  up and as he tries to get it to go down, he ends up falling off the balcony and dying. Elsewhere, Tom Ryan is a crane operator at the docks but after causing an accident due to his working 16 hours, he decides to quit his job. He heads to a bar, where he runs into Mahalik and CJ, two friends of his that were also friends of Cindy’s late husband George, and they tell him about a fishing spot they had found when he suddenly leaves. Tom pulls up to his house to find his ex-wife waiting there with their kids, Robbie and Rachel, who are their for a visit. Cindy heads to the office and is greeted by her new boss, who quickly takes her to the home of Mrs. Norris, the old woman she is to care for, but as he tells Cindy her duties and shows her the house, he tries to hide the evidence of the house being haunted. Mrs. Norris’s house happens to be next door to Tom’s, and Cindy ends up meeting and talking with him after he accidentally hits her with a baseball. After Cindy encounters the ghost boy Toshio during the night, she tells Tom about it, as well as how George died. The two realize their attraction and start to kiss when a sudden lightning storm occurs, forcing Tom, Cindy, and Rachel to take shelter. When the storm passes, Tom goes looking for Robbie, noticing that all of the vehicles have stopped moving, and when he gets downtown, he witnesses a giant IPod emerge from the ground and start playing music before changing into a triPod and start killing people. Meanwhile, Cindy encounters Toshio again and while she attempts to communicate in bad Japanese, Toshio tells her that the secret to defeating the aliens lies with his father’s heart, then shows her a map to where he lives. Tom returns home and tells Robbie and Rachel they are leaving. As they make their way to a auto shop, Tom sees Cindy and she tells him she has to find the man that can stop this and asks Tom to come with her but he tells her he has to look after his kids and she makes him promise to look for her when this is over. As Cindy follows the map, she finds the wreckage of a plane crash and is surprised to see her friend Brenda had survived it and after they steal a working car, they continue on Cindy’s journey. They eventually reach a secluded village and Cindy recognizes the town’s leader, Henry Hale, as Toshio’s father. The two are captured and put on trial by the village elders, where they decide that they are to remain in the village and never leave. Meanwhile, Tom, Robbie, and Rachel find a working car but after encountering some survivors, the car gets stolen. They continue walking towards Tom’s ex-wife’s house but when they see the military attacking the triPods, Robbie runs off to try and help while Tom and Rachel take shelter in a nearby cellar. Elsewhere, President Baxter Harris has been told of the alien attack, though he is more concerned with finding out what happens in “My Pet Duck”, and as he attends a meeting at the UN. Baxter tells the assembled leaders about their capturing an alien weapon and their attempts to use it as a shield but the weapons ends up disintegrating everyone’s clothes. Tom tries to comfort Rachel but when an alien tendril enters the cellar, they try to hide but end up being captured. Meanwhile, Cindy and Brenda are forced to hide when monsters from the woods approach the village but the soon discover the monsters are actually the village elders in disguise. The discover that Henry had been stabbed by Ezekiel, the village idiot, and he tells Cindy that he loved Toshio but he was killed at a boxing match, the same one that George died at. As Cindy ad Brenda go to leave, they end up being captured by a triPod, the same one that had captured Tom and Rachel. Cindy, Tom, and Rachel are grabbed by another tendril and taken inside the ship and when Cindy comes too, she finds herself trapped in the bathroom at the beginning of the movie, along with Brenda and Tom. The TV turns on and the doll, which is really an alien, tells her that they have 60 seconds to live but Cindy is able to disarm the trap. The alien then shows them a captive Rachel and Robbie and threatens to kill them but Tom sacrifices himself to save their lives. Cindy sees a heart on one of the toilets and when she looks in the bowl, she finds pictures showing that the alien was actually Toshio’s father. The alien says that he wants revenge on humanity for the death of his son but after witnessing Tom willing to give up his own life for his kids, he decides to forgive them and end the war. The group all leave while the alien’s all end up dying due to one of the aliens catching something when he sleeps with Brenda. Tom delivers Rachel and Robbie back to his ex’s house, where he meets her elderly husband, while Brenda ends up giving birth to an alien baby. One month later, Tom is on Oprah and goes crazy while professing his love for Cindy, throwing Cindy across the stage while breaking Oprah’s wrists.

Scary Movie 4 met with negative reviews from the critics, holding a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is that it is, “Sure to inspire a few chuckles, but not enough to compensate for the recycled material from its predecessors.” The bathroom set used to parody Saw was so exact in it’s duplication, that the producers of Saw asked if they could use it for Saw III. The movie was a box office hit, earning $178.3 million off of a $40 million budget.

I don’t know if I just became somewhat jaded over the years but while this is good for some laughs, I found it a little disappointing. The acting was ok, with Anna Faris (Cindy), Regina Hall (Brenda), and Craig Bierko (Tom) doing pretty good jobs in their roles. The plot was honestly pretty weak, relying mainly on the parody elements to try and carry the movie. As for the parodies, the main movies parodied were War Of The Worlds (2005), The Grudge, and Saw, but other movies parodied were The Village, Million Dollar Baby, and Brokeback Mountain among others. Aside from the parody aspect, the comedy was mostly slapstick with some innuendo thrown in. One running gag that did make me laugh, as bad as it sounds, was all of the times that Rachel was inadvertently injured or had something done to her. This can make you laugh but there are better parodies within the series itself, let alone other movies.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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