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Rapid Review: Office Christmas Party

To save ┬áhis staff’s jobs from his spiteful sister and CEO of the company Carol (Jennifer Aniston), slacker branch manager Clay (T.J Miller) decides to throw a big Christmas party in order to convince a potential client (Courtney B. Vance) to do business with them. But with only hours to pull off the biggest and best party with the help of his staff (Jason Bateman and Olivia Munn) can Zenoteck keeps their jobs and having a rocking office Christmas party?

Sadly I missed my office Christmas party this year due to being ill, but the experience of watching Office Christmas Party would probably be as similar as attending said party. Meaning some bits will be fun and provide some chuckles with some likeable characters while other moments consist of waiting around for the next fun sequence or having to spend time with annoying people you’d rather avoid. Like many an office Christmas party this film is fun enough but is kind of forgettable, or with moments you wish you could forget.

I’m probably being a little mean spirited, it’s not a bad film and it did make me laugh, it’s just not anything special and it pales in comparison with other Christmas movies. But if you’re looking for Christmas themed comedy with plenty of raunchy humour this may provide you with some festive distraction.

Rating 2.5/5 – amusing enough but a distinctly average Xmas movie

P.S -Merry Christmas everyone!

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My kind of (Christmas) Movie

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I hate it when TV channels start playing Christmas movies before December.But as soon as the clock strikes 12 on the first of December I will happily watch an Xmas themed film.

So far I’ve already watched Love Actually, a classic Christmas movie that makes me laugh and cry. I’ve also saw The Holiday which is ridiculously cheesy but fun all the same.

I will probably get round to watching Die Hard sometime over the festive period. Considering it’s set around an office Christmas party technically that makes it a Christmas movie (see also Shane Black’s movies such as Iron Man 3 – a summer blockbuster set at Christmas!). Basically it’s just any excuse to watch Die Hard. Yippee ki yay motherfuckers!

One of my favourite Christmas movies is The Muppets Christmas Carol, it just isn’t the festive season without it. Luckily I’ve checked and its playing on Christmas Eve this year. Whoopee!

Then there’s all the other great films like Home Alone, AWonderful Life, Elf, Gremlins (which I saw the whole way through properly for the first time last year) and all the other ones I’ve forgotten to mention but will no doubt fill up my Tv schedule. When I’m not entertaining family obviously.

What’s your kind of Christmas movie? Will it not feel like Christmas unless you’ve watched The Muppets Christmas Carol? Or are you feeling a load of bah humbug about Xmas movies already? Let me know in the comments below.

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The Edge of Seventeen

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Apologies for the lack of posts over the past two months. I’ve just been a bit exhausted, a tad lazy, and having a bit of writer’s block, but now I’ve had my winter hibernation I can come back out into the world again (or the internet anyway). So onto the next review!

17 year old Nadine (Hailee Steinfield) believes her life is falling apart when her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson) starts dating Nadine’s older brother Darian (Blake Jenner). As she tries to cope with this new development she finds herself getting into more arguments with her mother (Kyra Sedgwick) and getting close to another student Erwin (Hayden Szeto).

The Edge of Seventeen is one of those superior teen movies in the veign of Mean Girls, Clueless, 10 Things…etc. However it has it’s own distinctive voice that means it’s not another clone riding the hightails of these movies. It also has an argueably less likeable lead character as Nadine’s flaws are not overlooked by any means. As there is no mean girl clique or bully, most of the time Nadine is her own worse enemy, self absorbed, melodramatic and well, sometimes just awful to the other people in her life. She is also a more realistic teenager then we normally get to see on screen, and just because Nadine can be a pain at times doesn’t mean she can’t be relatable (painfully so at times) or sympathetic. Aside from being extreamly well written, Steinfield gives extra layers to Nadine, perfectly displaying her awkwardness and self-hatred.

While Steinfield is the stand out she is excellently supported by the surrounding cast with Harrelson being absolutely hilarious as her teacher who doesn’t put up with any of her crap. Former Glee star Blake Jenner (not related to those Jenners) also brings depth to the role of Nadine’s jock brother and newcomer Szeto is sweet as Nadine’s hopelessly sweet admirer.

Writer/Director Kelly Fremon Craig gives us a gem of a movie that’s not just a great teen flick but a great film in general. It’s just a shame that the lack of advertising for this film and the fact that it’s a 15 rather than a 12A (like it’s contemporaries) means that it will miss out a huge chunk of it’s intended audience. Hopefully it’s recent Golden Globes nomination for Steinfield will bring the film the attention and love it deserves.

Rating 4.5/5 – Steinfield shines in a sharp, emotional and very funny movie you should go out and watch now

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