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Rapid Review: Sleeping With Other People

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After losing their virginities to each other in College, Lacey (Alison Brie) and Jake (Jason Sudeikis) meet each other again at an addicts meeting. Jake is a sex addict while Lacey is a love addict. They decide to stay friends and not let sex get in the way. But this becomes easier said than done.

Sleeping With Other People is rude and funny. There are several hilarious moments such as  Lacey’s uncomfortable confession to her boyfriend in a public resturant, Jake teaching Lacey how to…er…love herself, and Jake and Lacey’s drug fuelled dancing at a kid’s party. It’s fun seeing Brie as something completely different from her role as uptight Annie in the brilliant Community and she works well with Sudeikis. Adam Scott is also fun as the massive douche that Lacey is obbessed with.

Towards the end the film becomes less subversive and heads more towards traditional rom-com territory. But it’s still a funny and worthwhile movie to see.

Rating 3.5/5 – amusing and surprisingly romantic movie with the wonderfully likeable Alison Brie

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Krampus

Krampus

Are you in the Christmas Spirit? You better be otherwise Krampus will get you!

It’s 22 December and Max (Emjay Anthony) finds his parents, sister and extended family are all arguing, causing tension and detsroying the holiday spirit. Upset Mex rips up his letter to Santa, inadvertidly bringing to town Krampus -a demonic spirit who punishes those who are bad at Christmas. Can the family survive Christmas?

I didn’t know much about this film apart from it featured an evil Santa type figure terorising Toni Collette (how did she end up in this movie!) and family. It may seem a rather odd plot for a Christmas themed movie but Krampus is a little Christmas gem, a dark comedy horror to go up against the sugary chessy Christmas films you normally see this time of year.

At first the movie seems like a normal Christmnas movie as the family gets together and then fall out leaving poor, adorable Max to finally give up on Christmas due to their bickering. Then suddenly the film changes into black comedy with lots of horror filled moments. Gingerbread men are denomic (and annoyingly sound like Alvin and The Chipmunks), there’s something hiding under the snow and someone is on the roof and it ain’t Santa. Considering the film isn’t gory it manages to provide some good jump scares and deaths that are both horrific and funny at the same time. I don’t think I can look at a Jack in the Box the same way again. I also liked how the film flashbacks one’s character previous horrific encounter with Krampus in stop motion. It’s creepier than it sounds.

While their characters acknowledge how ridiculous the whole thing is, the actors themselves take the film seriously enough so that you feel the peril they are in. Toni Collete and Adam Scott are strong as Max’s parents who have to learn to fight back against Krampus, while the extended family including David Koechner as the redneck uncle and Conchata Farrell as the blunt Aunt Dorothy are a hoot in their broad roles. Even the kids aren’t annoying-except the ones who are meant to be.

This will not be the top of everyones Christmas list and some may find the whole thing a bit too silly to take seriously. The ending was also a bit underwhelming considering all thats gone before it. But for those looking for an alternative Christmas movie you could do a lot worse than Krampus!

Rating 3.5/5 – don’t upset Krampus this Christmas, go watch this darkly funny horror

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

In my family I’m known for zoning out in the middle of things (especially if something has caught my eye on tv. In my mind I can be thinking of something as simple as what I may have for dinner, other times I can be in a completely different place having an adventure or imagine what I would be doing if I was stuck in a post apocalyptic zombie world (I’d like to think I’d be a kick-ass zombie slayer but more than likely I would have been eaten in the first wave of the zombie outbreak). So I completely related to the protagonist in Ben Stiller’s fifth directorial film-although I’m not quite as bad as Walter.

Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) is a negative assets manager at Life Magazine. He has a crush on a co-worker Cheryl (Kristen Wigg) but is too shy to talk to her. He escapes his mundane life by daydreaming about having an adventurous life and wooing Cheryl. When a specific negative that’s already been chosen for the cover of the magazine’s final issue goes missing Walter has to put his fears aside to find photographer Sean O’Connell (Sean Penn).

I really warmed to Walter from the start being a fellow daydreamer. His imaginary world is skillfully brought to life by Stiller’s direction. You can tell he is growing as a director and he handles the transitions from Walter’s mundane life into his adventurous dreams with aplomb. Although not a straight up comedy there are many funny moments in the film. Probably the best being an imaginary fight scene between Walter and an obniouxs transition manager Ted (Adam Scott-very convincing as a massive douche) over-of all things-a Stretch Armstrong toy, and a hilarious parody of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

I was glad to see that the love interest of Cheryl being a three-dimensional character and the casting of the very likeable Wigg certainly helps with that. She has her own interests (an ex husband and a fear of redundancy) that rounds out her character from just being the object of Walter’s affections. The scenes between her and Walter discussing their lives are genuinely sweet and made them believable as a potential couple.

The first part of the film is great, but when Walter sets off on his trip I found myself losing interest a couple of times. Some of this was funny and interesting but other times I just wanted him to hurry up and find that photographer. Part of the problem was perhaps extending a short story to a feature length film so naturally things would need to be added into the story. Still I couldn’t help but wish the film could have been edited to be slightly shorter.

However despite its flaws there was plenty to enjoy following Walter Mitty’s secret life. I did leave the cinema with a smile on my face and a desire to follow Life magazine’s motto:

To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms, things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.

Rating 3.5/5-a feel-good film with Stiller on fine form as both director and actor

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Bachelorette

Bachelorette is an American black comedy film. Three twenty-something friends  Regan (Kirsten Dunst), Katie (Isla Fisher) and Gena (Lizzy Caplan) are together for their school friend Becky’s (Rebel Wilson) wedding. Seething with resentment and jealousy the girls accidentally ruin Becky’s dress. Now they only have one night to fix the dress and turn up in time for Becky’s wedding.

The film is trying to cash in on the success of Bridesmaids. In theory there are some good ideas and characters here but the execution mostly falls flat. Unlike Bridesmaids the characters are not  likeable or funny enough to really root for.The main problem is the film is just not laugh our loud funny. There are parts that make you smile to yourself but not howling with laughter.

The actresses try their best in the roles. Dunst looks like she’s having a ball playing someone as bitchy and insecure as Regan, Fisher has the funniest moments as drugged up and ditzy Katie, while Caplan does show moments of vulnerability behind her character’s bitter and hard exterior. We see hints of what has made them the damaged individuals they are today but it feels wrapped up too quickly by the end and never explored fully enough. Also I can’t forgive a film which casts Rebel Wilson and then sidelines her as extensively as this. However the scenes she is in shows a soft, vulnerable side to her that we haven’t seen much of in her previous films.

The men is this film are also not that interesting. James Marsden looks like he’s having fun as the obnoxious Trevor but he really is a one note character. Kyle Borheimer is the most likeable of the guys as small time dealer Joe who has strong, protective feelings of Katie. The film is also unsure over whether Gena’s ex boyfriend Clyde is a nice guy who just made some bad choices in the past or a real douche that Gena should just forget about.

Bachelorette is not a terrible film, and does have its funny moments, mostly due to the talented cast it somehow assembled but its perhaps one that would be funnier on DVD rather than the cinema.

Rating 2/5-harmless enough but the cast deserve better than this

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