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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Is there anything extra during the end credits of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker No, there are no extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Anything Extra Details

There are no extra scenes. However, if you’re a fan of the Star Wars music by John Williams there’s plenty to enjoy throughout the credits, including Darth Vader’s theme and the Celebratory passage from A New Hope.

Also, wait a few minutes after the credits roll, and you’ll see the complete list of [redacted for spoilers] characters/voice actors from a key scene in the movie. Without this list, it’s hard to identify them all.

The credits run for approximately 10 minutes.

Read the RunPee movie review for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Rob Williams. Movie review grade: A-

Rated (PG-13) for sci-fi violence and action
Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Sequel, Star Wars
USA release date: 2019-12-20
Movie length: 2 hours 22 minutes

We have 4 Peetimes for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Learn more.

About The Peetimes
Between we Peeps we’ve seen Rise of Skywalker now 5 times, so we can be sure we picked the best Peetimes and got the details right.

I recommend the 2nd or 3rd Peetime. Both are plenty long, but there’s important scenes that follow each Peetime, so don’t be late.

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Is there anything extra during the end credits of 1917?

1917 Yes, there are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of 1917

Anything Extra Details

During the credits there is an extra, but it’s just a sweet In Honor Of.

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During the credits there is a simple tribute message:

“For Lance Corporal Alfred H. Mendes / 1st Battalion, King’s Royal Rifle Corps / who told us the stories.”

You can leave right after that — there’s nothing else.

The credits run for approximately 10 minutes.

[Alfred Mendes is the director’s (Sam Mendes’) paternal grandfather. Alfred Mendes, born in Trinidad, and volunteered for WWI when he was 19 years old.]

The credits run for approximately 10 minutes.

Read the RunPee movie review for 1917 by Shani Ogilvie.

Movie review grade: A

Rated (R) for violence, some disturbing images, and language
Genres: Drama, War
USA release date: 2020-01-03
Movie length: 1 hour 59 minutes

We have 3 Peetimes for 1917. Learn more.

About The Peetimes
Everything blended seamlessly in this movie.

The movie follows the journey of the main characters’ every move and leaves little room for irrelevant dialogue. This made it both a blessing and a curse to find Peetimes.

There were 3 scenes that didn’t take away from the story, and these made for excellent Peetimes.

I Recommend the 2nd Peetime.

Where was 1917 filmed?

Movie Review – 1917

 

Movie Review – The Grudge

Movie Review - The GrudgeThe Grudge didn’t impress me at all. It was a cool story but it was told all wrong. Before I get into everything I felt was wrong with it, my one compliment: there are chilling moments. A few times the hair on my neck stood up. It had potential.

My biggest turn off was how they would jump around in time and storylines. It felt discombobulated — that works in a lot of movies — but in my opinion, not this one. When I was thinking about it last night, I redid it in my head with a continual progression. If they would have formatted it from the past to the present it would have flowed better.

I was not a fan of Andrea Riseborough. She brought no strength to the role of mother and cop. She just wasn’t believable at all. She should be furious with wardrobe too. They made her look like a stick man.

Demian Bichir as Goodman fairs about the same. He didn’t bring anything to the movie, except whispers. Every line he mumbles is whispered. It was annoying.

I found myself thinking about how many aerial shots of them driving around were shown. I already knew it was a super short movie, so why are they filling time with useless scenes? They just didn’t have what they needed to do a good movie. The writing was bad, the acting wasn’t great and the director dropped the ball. It should have been better.

This would make an alright Netflix night, but I wouldn’t have high expectations.

Grade: D+

About The Peetimes: With only 85 minutes of movie time, I chose to submit 1 Peetime. I situated it right after all the initial reveals and before the pieces start coming together for the finale.

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

Rated (R) for disturbing violence and bloody images, terror and some language
Genres: Horror, Mystery

Movie Review – 1917

Movie Review - 1917I usually don’t watch war films, but I was so intrigued by the filming style that I decided to give 1917 a shot. I’m really glad that I did.

I think movies these days add a lot of unnecessary dialogue and scenes to add drama. However, this movie did very little that took away from the main storyline. Because the camera never left the side of the main characters, I was able to experience everything with them. There was never a moment when I wondered what a character was doing.

I think it was important to stay with the main character because it allowed the audience to see that every moment was crucial. I felt the urgency and emotions of the main characters because I witnessed their speed bumps along the way. Seeing this movie in the theater is definitely going to add to that feeling and allow the viewer to appreciate the excellent cinematography.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: Everything blended seamlessly in this movie. 1917 follows the journey of the main characters’ every move, and leaves little room for irrelevant dialogue. This made it both a blessing and a curse to find Peetimes. There were three scenes that didn’t take away from the story, and these scenes made for excellent Peetimes.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of 1917. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (R) for violence, some disturbing images, and language
Genres: Drama, War

Is there anything extra during the end credits of 1917?

Movie review from a history teacher – 1917

Movie Review – Little Women

Movie Review - Little WomenThough I never read the book, I can see why it is so loved. This movie perfectly describes the journeys — and the sacrifices —  that women must undergo, especially in light of the times.

I was able to connect with the desires of the women, and their battle between what they desire and what is practical.

The movie did an amazing job of showing the emotions of the characters and the interpersonal relationships between them. Though no scene was overly dramatic, the message still resonated with me.

I would watch this movie in theaters again.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: The story follows the lives of all the main female characters. The present storyline gives context to the viewers through flashbacks, so it was difficult to find Peetimes that wouldn’t take away from the context.

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

Rated (PG) for thematic elements and brief smoking
Genres: Drama, Romance

Movie Review – Spies in Disguise

Movie Review - Spies in DisguiseThe messages Spies in Disguise delivers should resonate with parents. First, the young scientist/inventor is called “weird” by the kids at school. Throughout the movie that label is challenged, and turned into a compliment.

The second message the story emphasizes is nonviolent solutions to problems. The spy Lance Sterling solves problems with explosions. On the other hand, Walter solves problems with nonlethal doses of glitter. In the end Lance comes to trust Walter’s judgment.

There’s plenty of funny hijinks for kids to enjoy and some of the scenes are funny enough to make adults laugh out loud. While Spies in Disguise doesn’t have the broad ranging entertainment as most Pixar movies, it isn’t one of those movies mom and dad have to flip a coin over who has to take the kids. There’s enough here for everyone to enjoy.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: I have 3 Peetimes spread out nicely. We worked hard to avoid the best (and silliest) action scenes and humor in any of the Peetimes.

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

Rated (PG) for action, violence, and rude humor
Genres: Action, Adventure, Animation

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 – Bombshell

Movie Review - BombshellBombshell was full of great acting. Every single actor/actress in this movie gave it their all. It was a star studded performance.

I really enjoyed the direction the movie took. You are watching this basically through the eyes of three very strong women. Theron, Kidman and Robbie each nailed their characters. Their presence wasn’t only heard, but felt throughout the entire movie.

I also enjoyed the behind the scenes look into news casting. It confirmed what I’ve sometimes thought: news casting is as bloody as politics are. It’s scary.

This isn’t a fun movie made for entertaining. This movie sheds so many people in a bad light that I don’t know who to root for or go against, especially now that I understand that you are reported the news that the news wants you to hear.

Grade: A

About The Peetimes: I’m going to suggest you use the 2nd Peetime. I would use the 1st as an emergency since there is character/plot development.

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

Rated (R) for sexual material and language throughout
Genres: Biography, 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