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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Something Borrowed”

Something BorrowedPAN Something Borrowed A rom-com directed by Luke Greenfield, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, and John Krasinski which tells the story of a love triangle between good girl Rachel, Rachel’s best friend, Darcy, and Darcy’s fiancé , Dex, whom Rachel has been secretly crushing on since law school. Also thrown into the geometic love nest is Rachel’s confidante and Jiminy Cricket, Ethan, and Darcy’s stalkerish gal pal, Claire, who is jonesing for a bonesing from Ethan. Hmm…I guess that makes Something Borrowed more of a love pentagon than a triangle.

At any rate, Something Borrowed holds no more weight than the foam on top of your morning latte. Kate Hudson can add yet another notch to her rom-com slumming bedpost, as she is entirely unlikeable in her role as the narcissistic Darcy. And Ginnifer Goodwin isn’t much better in her portrayal of Rachel, who is played out to be a complete a doormat, hovering on pathetic. John Krasinski is the film’s only saving grace, with his comedic prowess proving that bad movies can happen to good people.

Check out what Matt Goldberg of Collider.com has to say about Something Borrowed. What do you think? 

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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Prom”

PAN PromPAN PromA comedy directed by Joe Nussbaum, starring Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, and Siu Yin Chang which unfolds the intertwining stories of several teenagers as they precariously approach one of the most significant transitional periods of their lives, leaving high school to enter adulthood. And, oh yeah, prom is kind of a big deal too.

As a sugar-coated Disney flick, Prom has a gooey cliché  center and is sprinkled with a cast of Promketeers.  The teenage stereotypes are immediately apparent, as the Prom ensemble makes the Brat Pack look well-fleshed out and thoughtful.  At best, the characters in this chaste and lackluster film vaguely hint at what real teenagers are like. Bottom line: just say ‘no’ if you get asked to this Prom.

Check out what the Cinenerd has to say about Prom. What do you think?

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Pick or Pan of the Week: “Kaboom”

KaboomPICK KaboomA sci-fi film directed by Gregg Araki and starring Haley Bennett and Thomas Dekker which tells the jaw-dropping tale of a group of polysexual youths whose amorous escapades run rampant on a college campus where the sexual orientations are as undecided as the majors. The cinematic cocktail of this film is one part softcore porn, one part serial killer thriller, and one part apocalyptic meltdown – shaken, not stirred. Has your head exploded yet?

In typical Araki fashion, Kaboom takes the lid off the Id and lets the libido run wild. It’s the kind of film that you’re bound to either love or loathe. But either way, Kaboom is sure to get you talking. And isn’t that what film is all about? Go see for yourself.

“Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don’t want to stop.” ~Peter Travers

Full Review – Rolling Stone

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Pick or Pan of the Week: “No Strings Attached”

Pan No Strings AttachedPAN No Strings AttachedA rom-com directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher which tells the tale of two life-long friends, Emma and Adam, who risk spoiling their friendship by knockin’ boots one morning. So, to preserve their friendship, the randy twosome decides to make a string-free, relationship pact, meaning ixnay on all of the jealousy, fighting, mushy-gushy gifties, and ehem, baby talk…definitely no baby talk allowed, only sex.

Now, the obvious question with this set-up is can two people really have sex without love or “feelings” getting in the way? Well, since most rom-coms are generally not known for things like unpredictability or deviation from the norm, let’s just say that No Strings Attached is on a pretty short, genre leash. There are no strings or surprise endings attached with this one. However, the actors are super likable, and they are all very nice to look at. So, if you are a fan of likable, good-looking things, then you might still be able to get something out of  No Strings Attached.

“This is a movie that introduces a very provocative idea, only to progressively water it down until the audience is left with a generic romantic comedy virtually indistinguishable from all the other generic romantic comedies.” ~Mike McGranaghan

Full Review – Aisle Seat

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