Friday, August 11, 2006

The Benchwarmers- The worst movie I have seen this year

I had low expectations for "The Benchwarmers" and was not surprised when those expectations were met. I knew that I wasn't going to be watching a movie with much of a plot, but this movie had a plot that made absolutely no sense and seemed to be very forced.
I absolutely loved Rob Schneider in other Adam Sandler movies because he was superb at playing the completely whacking, and yet wholly realized, friend of the protagonist. In "The Benchwarmers" he plays the protagonist, a normal guy with very little depth, and it felt like he was acting as if he was normal when his wild side really wanted to come out. Rob, let that dirty Hawaiian out. The acting in this movie was horrible by every actor and the past roles of these actors in no way redeem them from their stunted performances in this movie. Jen Heder, David Spade, and Jon Lovitz all play caricatures of themselves. Each line had a forced delivery and the dialogue had no natural rhythm.
Do not go see this movie for the few laughs it had, it's not worth the agony of sitting through the whole movie.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Talladega Nights

"Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby" exceeded my expectations by having some really funny moments and enough of a plot to keep me interested. The story follows Ricky Bobby as he becomes the best race car driver only to come up against a new (better) driver and then goes through a series of problems trying to beat this French nemesis on the track. The cast for this movie was excellent and Will Ferrell gave an excellent performance playing a man with two first names. I could not stop laughing when he started running around the track with only his underwear on.
As a side note, Nathan and I watched this movie in a teenager filled theater with kids that have no understanding of anything that has occurred before they were born. A few jokes in this movie revolved around “Highlander” movie and not only 3 people in the theater laughed: Nathan, me, and some other old dude. The girl next to me asked, “What’s the highlander?” It saddens me that none of these kiddies have seen that classic Sean Connery film complete with swords and guys with kilts.
I do not think I would see this movie again, however, because I could do without the racing sequences as that's not really my cup of tea. Go see this movie if you like to laugh at Will Ferrell in his underwear.