Movie Review – Bad Boys for Life

 

Movie Review - Bad Boys for LifeBad Boys for Life was awesome. I had so much fun watching this movie that I forgot I was working.

With 17 years passing since the last Bad Boys, I wondered if they’d still have their great chemistry. They certainly do. Smith and Lawrence were both great. Again. Looking back and seeing these guys in these roles for 25 years now really makes me feel old, yet they look fabulous. Still.

It was enjoyable from the beginning to end. Movies that run over 2 hours usually lose me; I get bored way too quickly and fall asleep. Not Bad Boys for Life — I was really into the storyline, which has a lot of twists and turns I wasn’t expecting. There is a lot of humor, just like always, but there is also a tender side to this one that gave it another layer.

I’m not going to include any spoilers, but I really enjoyed how they wove it all together. Make sure to not leave the theater when the credits start. They stuck a little scene in there that will explain what I’m talking about. (20-ish seconds into the credits.)

It wasn’t just Smith and Lawrence that made it great. The supporting cast was just as good. The police force created a new unit (AMMO). Within that unit is some incredible talent which helped brighten the big screen even more. Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton were fantastic. They’re all young ones, but they had chemistry with Smith and Lawrence as if they’d been with them for 25 years. The age jokes are hilarious!

I don’t think you can go wrong with this movie. I’d recommend it to anyone.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: The 1st and 3rd Peetimes are your best bet. I only submitted the 2nd one for Emergencies.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Bad Boys for Life. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime

Movie Review – DoLittle

Movie Review - DoLittleCharming, I think, is the best word to describe this movie. But, make no mistake, this is a movie made to appeal to young children. The plot is simplistic and the action cartoonish.

You should rethink seeing this movie if you’re only in it for more Iron Man, but with a British accent. In truth, DoLittle’s character more closely resembles Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow.

If you do have young children, especially ones who love animals — I’m assuming those two sets do not have a one-to-one correspondence, but I’m probably wrong — then this will be a nice treat for them.

The story circles around messages of nonviolence and forgiveness. However, if you haven’t taken your child to see Spies in Disguise yet, then I believe that movie has a more digestible message for children than does DoLittle.

My guess is by the time the kids get to the car all they’re going to remember are the funny talking animals.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: None of the Peetimes have any of the funny antics and action that kids will really enjoy. I recommend the 2nd Peetime because it’s near the middle of the movie and it’s the longest.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of DoLittle. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some action, rude humor and brief language
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Is there anything extra during the end credits of DoLittle?

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Is there anything extra during the end credits of Bad Boys for Life?

Bad Boys for Life Yes, there are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Bad Boys for Life.

Anything Extra Details

Less than a minute into the credits there is an additional scene that you’re not gonna want to miss. After the additional scene it is safe to leave.

The credits run for approximately 6 minutes.

Read the RunPee movie review for Bad Boys for Life by Christene Johnson. Movie review grade: A

Rated (R) for strong bloody violence, language throughout, sexual references and brief drug use
Genres: Action, Comedy, Crime
USA release date: 2020-01-17
Movie length: 2 hours 3 minutes

We have 3 Peetimes for Bad Boys for Life. Learn more.

About The Peetimes
The 1st and 3rd Peetimes are your best bet. I only submitted the 2nd one for Emergencies.

Is there anything extra during the end credits of DoLittle?

DoLittle Yes, there are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of DoLittle.

Anything Extra Details

The credits start with three minutes of paintings that show the actors and voice actors. They are really funny.

After that there is an additional scene that lasts about 30 seconds.

There is nothing extra following that scene.

The credits run for approximately 11 minutes.

Read the RunPee movie review for DoLittle by Dan Gardner. Movie review grade: C

Rated (PG) for some action, rude humor and brief language
Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Family
USA release date: 2020-01-17
Movie length: 1 hour 41 minutes

We have 3 Peetimes for DoLittle. Learn more.

About The Peetimes
None of the Peetimes have any of the funny antics and action that kids will really enjoy.

I recommend the 2nd Peetime because it’s near the middle of the movie and it’s the longest.

Movie Review – Like a Boss

 

Movie Review - Like a BossLike  a Boss: cute movie. No great shakes here. It’s pretty much what you’d expect — there’s lightweight  female empowerment, and cutthroat mean girl antics. Most scenes are pretty silly.

Tiffany Haddish is the MVP. She’s very droll. Salma Hayek is amusing as Claire Luna (“Clear Brilliant Moon”), but overshoots her character to the point where you can’t take anything she does seriously. There’s just zero jeopardy — although Hayek seemed to enjoy herself. So there’s that.

Rose Byrne is unfortunately forgettable as Mel, and I don’t really buy M&M’s close friendship. In real life, I would think Mia is too cool and Mel is too awkward. Or at least that’s how the films sells it.

I enjoyed the interesting take on the makeup biz, and there are actually some decent ideas: the One Night Stand makeup kit, the idea of two lipstick choices in one, and the ‘twin makeover’ contest. There’s a good dog penis gag (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write). I won’t give it away, but if you’ve ever had a boy dog, you’ll understand.

Since the film premiered a day early (sometimes this happens and we never know why), the showing was totally sold out. The audience had fun, so I think it hit the target of being pleasant, fluffy, amusing fare. There are a ton of female friendship comedies just like this out there, and there will undoubtedly be more of them.

Overall, Like a Boss is exactly what you’d expect from the trailers, but it’s not worth a $15 movie ticket (unless you’re up for a non-demanding girl’s night out at the movies).

Note: I went from this to seeing Ford v Ferrari, and that really wasn’t fair to Like a Boss. #FvF is just that good.

Grade: C+

About The Peetimes: I gave you 2 good, if short, Peetimes. One is in the beginning of the movie and the other is near the end. Since the movie is not very long, either one should do. I avoided the best scenes containing humor/mayhem/general wackiness.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Like a Boss. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for language, crude sexual material, and drug use
Genres: Comedy

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Movie Review – Uncut Gems

Movie Review - Uncut GemsThis is one of those movies that is impossible to grade. That’s because on the one hand, the acting — especially by Adam Sandler — was terrific. And honestly, even though Kevin Garnett played himself, he still did a fantastic job with the nuances. Hat’s off to him. I’d love to see him get a role in a movie where he’s not playing himself,  and see just how far he can go.

However, I hated watching this movie because the story is brutal. The character that Adam Sandler plays — Howard — makes so many bad decisions that it’s painful to watch.

Honestly, don’t see this movie unless you want to torture yourself.

If I could erase this movie from my memory, I would.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: I wish there were more Peetimes for this movie, but you’ll understand when you see it. There’s a LOT of dialog. I have a decent early Peetime but if you can wait I’d recommend the 2nd Peetime. It’s super long and has very little dialog and is very easy to summarize.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Uncut Gems. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for pervasive strong language, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama

Movie Review – Cats

Movie Review - CatsI must admit, I was a little hesitant about seeing this movie, because the trailer was not that enticing, given the over-dramatic look of the cats’ upgraded appearance. I am a huge Cats on broadway fan — so because I’m loyal, I figured I would give it a try. If you’ve never seen the broadway musical, you never will, unless you are a theatre major, a ballet enthusiast, or just simply a musical arts nerd.

Let me keep it real, Cats is merely a roll call of stray felines that introduce themselves musically; while at the same time, a few of them are vying for the title of the chosen Jellicle to descend into cat heaven and reincarnate into Cat 2.0.

The cast included some big names such as Jennifer Hudson, Idris Elba, Taylor Swift, Judi Dench (our beloved from 007 Skyfall), and James Corden. However, I wasn’t that impressed with James and Rebel Wilson’s role. Their humorous narrative seem a little overplayed to me. I was impressed with the agility of the cast and their convincing cat movements. On the other hand, I absolutely did not like that the characters looked so human; that was a turn off to me for sure. While I’m sure that was intentional by the directors to make them seem more human, hence, the final scene by Old Deuteronomy where she points out the commonality between humans and felines.

By the way, do cats really drink milk? My cat, Dominion ShakaZulu, does not. I am pretty sure I remember the veterinarian telling me that milk is bad for cats, yet I continue to see it on screen. But, I digress…. The songs were great and I think there were one or two new ones added to this reel. The length of the film was just right.

Of all the cat characters and introductions, my favorite is Railway Cat. He is super awesome and reminded me of Elton John and Gregory Hines.

Finally, I love experiences where the underdog (or cat in this case) comes out on top, and someone always has their back. I was bullied as a child and unfortunately, I didn’t have a Victoria Cat in my corner. Those scenes pulled at my heart strings.

Now, let me mention that the audience, during my viewing, laughed a lot, to the point I thought I was missing something, because they laughed so much and so hard. I am in San Francisco tonight so maybe they had smoked a little to much “devils lettuce” before arriving. When you see it, you let me know what was sooooo darn funny. IJS!

So there you have it, the cat’s out of the bag and I look forward to your feedback.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: I’m a huge Cats fan and did my best to find Peetimes that would appease those who love this production like I do. But it wasn’t easy picking Peetimes for this beloved musical classic. Of the three Peetimes, I would recommend the 1st one.

There are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Cats. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) for some rude and suggestive humor
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family

Movie Review – Jumanji: The Next Level

Movie Review - Jumanji: The Next LevelSo here we go again! If you saw Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle you’ll know what to expect: action, thrills, and humor in abundance, but with enough tweaks to make things interesting.

If you’ve seen the trailers and, to be honest they’ve been difficult not to see, then you’ll know the premise is the same as before: a group of friends get sucked into a game and have to win to get back home.

They’re ascribed avatars with varying strengths and weaknesses, and a lot of the humor comes from the mismatch between the real world person and the character they’ve been landed with. This time around the characters are enhanced by another generation, and this leads to more comic situations.

Once again, the CGI is flawless and the action is very well choreographed. The animals are believable and the fights are exciting. The humor is pitched at the right level so it doesn’t distract from the story.

Enough is the same that you know what’s going on, but enough is different to make it interesting. All in all, it’s a brisk romp and the two hours flies by. I’ll be seeing it again within the week!

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: I’ve managed to find a few Peetimes which can either be easily described or appeared in the trailers. Be warned though…there is action throughout this film, and it starts pretty soon after each of these Peetimes!

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Jumanji: The Next Level. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for adventure action, suggestive content and some language
Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Movie Review – Playmobil: The Movie

Movie Review - Playmobil: The Movie I’m thinking the little tykes from ages 2 to 6 will enjoy this movie. My great granddaughter, age 6, has been an avid watcher of the Playmobil videos on YouTube for several years. I honestly think children older than 7 or 8 will be bored with this simple animated film.

I found the movie irritating, frenetic, and loud. So loud. Most parents will feel the same way, plus there’s no adult humor for us to snicker about, like we see in the fine Lego movies.

I’m sure there is some sort of plot, and maybe even a message to kids in there somewhere, but the dialog was so unintelligible that one can only guess what it was.

An average grade of C is the best I can give Playmobil: The Movie.

Grade: C

About The Peetimes: As with most animated films, this gave me several opportunities to get good Peetimes. Both are of equal length, so let your little one’s bladder decide which to use.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Playmobil: The Movie. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG) not available
Genres: Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

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7 Hidden Clues/Humor You Might Have Missed in Knives Out.[Spoilers!]

So far the RunPee Tamily watched Knives Out 7 times combined to do the Peetimes. Yes, it’s that hard! The movie is filled with clue Easter eggs. Like one of the characters says, “This guy pretty much lives in a clue board.”

Watching it the second time the next day, I noticed so many things I overlooked the first time. Some of them are just impossible to spot the first time because a significant plot distracts you. I can’t wait to share my findings, so let’s dive right into it!

#1 The Baseball
This is the finding that makes me most proud. The arc of the baseball contributes not to the main murder case plotline, but the “Linda-Richard” relationship. Here’s the trip the baseball took:

  • Richard first threw the baseball out of Harlan’s office window after finding out the letter he threatened to send to Linda is a blank paper — he felt played.
  • In the next scene, Detective Blanc notices the baseball and picks it up.
  • The next day, the dogs come to Blanc, drops the piece of wood from the wall frame, and bites on the baseball he was holding at the time. Blanc throws the ball for the dog to retrieve. But before the dog comes back, he notices the piece of wood and gets distracted.
  • The dog still has the baseball in its mouth a day later, at the family gathering requested by Marta. They thought she’s going to renounce the inheritance. The dog sits next to Linda. Linda recognizes baseball and takes it from the dog. She goes to put the baseball back to her father’s office. Notices the letter opened by Richard. Thus, finding out Richard’s affair.

See the full circle here? The director brilliantly made Richard bringing it all to himself.

Read more about the Baseball story here.

#2 The “Extra Bowl”
Remember the scene where Ransom (Chris Evans) and Marta sit down in a restaurant after the will is read? Ransom asked for an “extra bowl” from the waitress — for Marta to puke in later. I didn’t notice it even the second time, but Dan did.

#3 Where Is Marta from?
You probably get the symbolic immigrates subtext the first watch. But do you remember where Marta is from? Different characters describe her as from Ecuador, Brazil, and Uruguay — and perhaps a few others I forgot. The intention is clear: nobody of the Thrombeys’ family really cared.

Read more about the political subplot in Knives Out here.

#4 Secret Messages
Yes, it was revealed at the end of the movie, that it’s a father-daughter game to use invisible ink as Harlan and Linda’s secret form of communication. But the director had actually given us a clue before that. When Linda was in her room reading the letters from her father over the years, if you look closely, you will notice the burn traces.

#5 “Dogs are the best judge of characters.”
Yes, it’s so blunt that you won’t believe it the first time watching it. But it’s that simple. The movie starts with a scene of dogs running on the lawn. The dogs interacted with three main characters. Marta, Ransom, and Linda. They are very friendly towards Marta and Linda and aggressive with Ransom. If you look back at each of the characters, Marta is the kindest. Linda is the only one in the family that actually cares. (She looks down on her brother, but still protects him in front of the police) And Ransom? I don’t need to tell you about Ransom.

#6 What’s With The Donut?
The whole “Donut speech” delivered by Daniel Craig at the end of the movie is just so brilliantly funny. But why the donut? I have a wild guess. The director takes the genre — “whodunnit” — and turns it into a wordplay. “Dunnit”, “Donut”. Yes?

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but since we’re having fun… The throne of knives forms a donut. When the detectives interview the characters they sit in the chair in front of the knives, ostensibly “filling the donut hole.”

#7 Stage prop
Last but not least. On the faithful night of Harlan’s death, as Marta gives him his medications he talks about his children and their problems. While talking about Ransom he picks up a knife and removes it from its sheath, and says, “There is so much of me in that kid: confident, stupid, protected. Playing life like a game without consequences. Until you can’t tell the difference between a stage prop and a real knife.” Then he stabs the knife into the tabletop. Of course in the climax of the movie Ransom tries to stab Marta with a stage prop.

Did you spot any other hidden clues? Let us know in the comments below.