Gentle Readers . . and Maxwell,
I have three movies for you this week. They can all be classified as comedies, but each is unique. I hope I have something for everyone.
The first is a bit goofy. It's Here Comes The Boom (2012, PG, Available On DVD).
Scott Voss (Kevin James) is a biology teacher at a high school. He's the kind of teacher who is late to school and puts a newspaper over his face so he can snooze and ignore the students. Scott Voss has one thing going for him: he doesn't like authority figures. He's furious when the school's principal announces that the school doesn't have enough money to continue the music program.
He investigates various ways to save the conductor's (Henry Winkler as Marty Streb) job, and finally hits on becoming a mixed-martial arts fighter. He was a champion wrestler in high school. Even though he's turned into a lazy slob, he figures it's not too late to learn.
And learn he does. It's totally implausible that this guy could hold his own in a fight, yet the movie has a sweetness and charm because it's about a sacrificial gift. You can probably watch this with your kids, but, as always, please watch it without the kids first. You might end up with a five year old who won't stop with the kick boxing moves.
Here Comes The Boom earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
Second, we have Extract (2009, R, Available On DVD and Netflix Streaming).
Joel (Jason Bateman) owns an extract plant. He and his workers produce those little bottles of vanilla and other flavors that we need in our kitchens. Joel hopes to sell the company, but that plan is endangered when one of his employees is injured, and a new employee named Cindy (Mila Kunis) turns out to be a con artist who wants to suck the company dry.
Plus, Joel has problems with his personal life. Does his wife Suzie (Kristen Wiig) have plans to cheat on him? Should he take advice from his friend Dean (Ben Affleck)?
Willy Dunne Wooters watched Extract with me. We love it. It's the kind of quirky indie film we think is hilarious. The acting is excellent. I always like Jason Bateman, and I've never seen Ben Affleck so funny.
Extract earns The Janie Junebug & Willy Dunne Wooters Seal of Highest Approval. Not for young kids since it's rated R.
Our third movie is the type of film you'll love or you'll hate. It's This Is The End (2013, Rated R, Available On DVD).
A large group of young celebrities play themselves attending a party at James Franco's house when the apocalypse arrives. We have Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Michael Cera, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum . . . the list goes on and on. Many celebs play small parts, some uncredited, such as Jason Segal.
This movie is wild and crazy and hysterically funny. I felt pretty certain I would like it because Favorite Young Man told me I would, but I wasn't sure if this was a Willy Dunne Wooters' kind of move. Well, it is. We laughed so hard at this film, but according to the Internet Movie Database, a lot of people think it's stupid. You have to decide for yourself.
This Is The End earns The Janie Junebug & Willy Dunne Wooters Seal of Highest Approval. I bet older teens will love it.
Jay Baruchel: I don't wanna die at James Franco's house.
Infinities of love,