Sunday, January 10, 2010

Movies: "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past", "The Ugly Truth" and "Paper Heart"

Oh, Redbox - you make it so easy for me to spend a dollar and watch movies I would have never paid full movie ticket price to see. You curse me.

Actually, you cursed me twice this weekend. Unfortunately, I paid 6 whole bucks for this first stinker.


First, "The Ugly Truth". Let me lay this out as simply as possible - it is one of the worst things I have ever sat through. It was painful at times. I'd rather be numbed into a stupor but this was so bad I actually had to get up and walk around the room. 

The story - the acting - all bad. Worst, I felt myself hoping that no one actually thinks like these people think. You can't have buy-in with the characters because she has no common sense and he is an all out egomaniac.

I guess that's all you need for true love.

Worth 25 cents of the 6 dollars my wife insanely spent by renting this on pay-per-view. I am blaming the poor decision making on her post-surgery pain-killers.




Second up, "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past". I heard this was TERRIBLE and I believe I saw it on some worst movies lists. Maybe because I saw "The Ugly Truth" first, I really don't think this one was that bad. At least you feel like all the characters in this movie are in on the joke - the guy knows he's morally corrupt and he will change it in the end! Blah blah blah. By comparison, the characters in "The Ugly Truth" seem to celebrate their shortcomings and have no desire to change! C'est La Vie!

One note - both of these actors are getting a tad too old to play characters that are still trying to find that first real love and still seem completely unsure of themselves. You can't keep making this same crap over and over for years!

Worth 75 cents of the dollar I spent - and it is only that good because Michael Douglas is in it and he was top notch as always.




Finally, the only movie I picked was "Paper Heart". I came in expecting little and got exactly what I expected. The potential for something unique is there. The little "interviews" they did across the country are great. The little touch of what seems like the real Hollywood scene today was kind of cool. I rented it because I really liked "Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist" and Michael Cera is in here. He is fine.

But Charlene Yi can't stop making goofy and annoying faces every five seconds. She did it while doing press for the movie and she does it all through the movie. Maybe as a character on a stage that works. Here, she could be a touch real, maybe? We get the nerd thing - we get the whole schtick.  In little portions, funny. For 88 minutes, ugh.

Worth 50 cents of the dollar I spent.

1 comment:

  1. I can only speak for Ghosts of Girlfriends past. I liked it, thought it was really good. I love your blog!!!

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