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Review: Year One

Parents, are you uncomfortable sitting through a Cialis commercial with your preteen, dreading to hear the words “erectile dysfunction” and waiting for you kid to ask you, “what is an erection and why do you need to see a doctor if it lasts more than four hours?”…

If the answer is yes, don’t go see this movie with your youngster. I’m not saying don’t see the movie. DO see this movie – just not with your kid. It’s a hysterically funny parody of the Old Testament with some great lines delivered by some great characters; there’s poop and urine humor, some hints of bestiality, and of course gay humor. Part of the story takes place in Sodom and you can imagine the fun the writers had with that scenario.

I saw Year One at the first showing and was amazed to see the number of kids under 13. A mother with four young boys sat in front of me. The kids laughed all the way through the movie. The mother did not…

Go see it with a friend or your spouse – not your kid! 🙂

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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

[Spoiler Free]

There was nothing wrong with The Taking of Pelham 123. The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load. The story was okay; the direction was okay; the writing was okay. So as much as anything that’s what is wrong with Pelham. It was just okay.

There are no great reveals and no great plot twists. Which in and of itself is no crime but that leaves the movie as nothing more than a simple story. And that can work well if there are compelling characters. Characters that you want to live, or die, or overcome some obstacle. Someone to root for. But that’s not the case here.

Denzel played his character just fine but the character as written was unassuming and humble. So no great attachment is made with the audience.

Travolta’s character – Ryder – wasn’t terribly evil or malicious. So it’s hard to root against him. It seems as though an effort was made to make the audience associate with Ryder and think, “This could be me under those circumstances.” But the story just doesn’t quite pull it off.

What did you think about The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3? Share your thoughts about the movie in the comments below.

The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load.