IRRESISTIBLE – Rated r

This Review is brought to you by Kathy Kaiser

IRRESISTIBLE – Rated R – 1 hr. 41 mins

WRITER / DIRECTOR:  Jon Stewart

STARRING:  Steve Carell, Rose Byrne, Chris Cooper, Topher Grace, Mackenzie Davis and Brent Sexton

In this very funny political satire Written and Director by Jon Stewart, we meet Democratic Strategist Gary Zimmer, hot off the Trump/Clinton Campaign, and in search of his next political firestorm.  When he happens upon a Marine from a small town in Wisconsin, Jack Hastings (Chris Cooper), it seems that Gary has found his new mission, ~ a Mayoral race ~ as he is hell bent on taking on, and changing, the Republican views of this sleepy little town, and the Republican stronghold that has withstood decades there, complete with removing its reining Republican Mayor, Mayor Braun (Played by St. Louis’s own Brent Sexton),

As Gary rallies his troops, including his own strategists and poll experts, it seems that Mayor Braun has hired Gary’s political rival, and arch nemesis Faith Brewster (Rose Byrne), to take on his campaign. 

Now as the “gloves come off” and it’s every man or women for themself in the game of politics, it seems that is this comedic tale, there happens to be an underlying plot twist, that you most definitely will have to see,, to believe…

I give IRRESISTIBLE a rating of IT’S A MUST SEE ON DIGITAL ASAP!  Believe me when I tell  you that paying the extra $20 bucks to see this film on your digital service this weekend, will be money well spent, as Stewart unleashes his comedic genius on this politically fueled film, all while not throwing either political party totally under the bus, thus spreading the wealth on all the things that are wrong with how we elect anyone in this country, whether it be a national, state or local election in the making.  Carell is superb as the Political mastermind that is going to change the political views of one sleepy town in the Midwest, as Stewart writes into his script, every stereotypical “Midwesterner”, and Carell’s character seems to have to defend himself, and his political point of view, against them all.  Cooper’s performance as the Veteran Marine with a heart of gold, who only wants what is best for his town, as any righteous Democrat would, is superb to watch as well.  And even though I thoroughly enjoyed the dynamics between Carell and Topher Grace, and Carell and Rose Byrne the whole way through, I think that both incredible Actors were sadly underutilized, as their material didn’t give them the opportunity to truly show off their acting prowess, when it was all said and done.  But, with that said, I think that Stewart’s take on our election system flaws, including the money, media, and political party antics, makes this one film that is very apropos for the time, and one that every American should see this weekend, on one of the many digital services that Focus Features has popped in on – including Amazon, Apple+ TV, and Fandango Plus, just to name a few.  It is also vitally important that you sit through the entire film, as some of the most important moments, and viewpoints, were saved for while the credits were rolling.  I must say as a person who has always voted for the person, not the party, IRRESISTIBLE is a politically charged film that is as comedic, and it is poignant, asking for us all to reevaluate our own political viewpoints, media interaction, and how we choose to support any candidates this year ~ including our Presidential election, which is looming in November. 

LIKE A BOSS – Rated R – 1 hr. 23 mins. 

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“LIKE A BOSS is the total chick flick you need to check out, with all your girls in tow”  Kathy Kaiser

 LIKE A BOSS – Rated R – 1 hr. 23 mins. 

DIRECTOR:  Miguel Arteta 

WRITERS:  Sam Pittman, Adam Cole-Kelly (screenplay) Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (story) 

STARRING:  Rose Byrne, Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek, Billy Porter, Jennifer Coolidge and Karan Soni

As we meet lifelong friends Mel (Rose Byrne) and Mia (Tiffany Haddish), they have embarked on creating their own beauty company together, one incredible formulation at a time!  When one of their products catches the eye of global makeup company CEO Claire Luna (Salma Hayek), it seems that their business woes, might be a problem of the pas.  But, it might also mean the end of an era for their relationship too, if they’re not careful…

I give LIKE A BOSS a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN and WAIT AND CATCH THIS FILM ON DVD!  This total Chick-flick of a comedy brought a big ol smile to my face, as I enjoy the work of all of these ladies very much!  The chemistry between Byrne and Haddish is palatable throughout, and as much as I love Haddishs’ brash comedic roles, I was also pleasantly surprised by how not going “Full-bore Haddish” played out better for her “a tad bit more serious “ role. I also thoroughly enjoyed the performances by Billy Porter and Jennifer Coolidge too, with her role playing out very reminiscent of her character in Legally Blonde, volumes 1 & 2.  And as much as I love Hayek, I don’t really like when she plays “the mean girl”, but with that said, her performance is good in that particular role throughout Like A Boss as well. And the message conveyed thanks to writers Danielle Sanchez-Witzel, Sam Pitman and Adam Cole-Kelly, is a rally cry for female empowerment, and following your dreams, which is  fabulous for every woman viewing this film too.  So with all these positive accolades, why not give LIKE A BOSS a perfect review?  Well because even though it’s a perfect girls night out film to check out at a theater near you, none of the performances throughout are totally mind blowing, and even though I did laugh throughout, it’s not over the edge funny either, thus leaving me no other choice but to give it a “less than totally glowing” review…

Kathy Vs. T.K.’s Review of INSTANT FAMILY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 59 mins.

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INSTANT FAMILY – Rated PG-13 – 1 hr. 59 mins.

DIRECTOR/WRITER:  Sean Anders

WRITER:  John Morris

STARRING:  Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro, Margo Martindale, Isabela Moner, Gustavo Quiroz, and Julianna Gamiz

When married couple and house flippers Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) find themselves living a great life, but not a fulfilled one…as they have yet to have any children, a smirk comment from Pete leads to Ellie contemplating they become Foster Parents…

Starting classes to check out what “this fostering thing” is all about, Pete and Ellie meet Social Workers Karen (Octavia Spencer) and Sharon (Tig Notaro), as they both explain, in no uncertain terms, what this new life they are contemplating is all about…

Still intrigued by fostering, Pete and Ellie attend an Adoption Fair, where the meet sweet, yet sassy teen Lizzy (Isabela Moner).  Intrigued by this child, Pete and Ellie set forth to meet her, and agree to foster her, only to find out she had two other siblings, Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz), who are in need of a foster home too…

Well, taking on three children at once changes the dynamic “just a bit”, but as Pete and Ellie soon find, these children are all unique and precious in their own way…finally filling their home with lots of turmoil, but most importantly LOVE…

When Pete and Ellie must face that the children’s Mother may be coming back into their lives, and going back to live with her, they finally realizing that fostering can be one emotional roller-coaster, they neither of them truly prepared themselves for…as they now love these children as their very own…

I give INSTANT FAMILY a rating of MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN!  From its laugh out loud comedic tone one minute, to its heart-wrenching scenes the next – this film, inspired by Director/Writer Sean Anders own life is a definite MUST SEE for EVERYONE!  Anders previous work with Wahlberg in films such as DADDY’S HOME & DADDY’s HOME 2 is apparent with this performance, as Walberg manages to play the cool, yet sometimes gruff, but always with a heart of gold Father figure to absolute perfection.  Byrne is also as equally spectacular, playing the new mom, who wants nothing more than for her three new children to live a fabulous, yet somewhat structured life.  Add in the exceptional performances by Isabela Moner, playing the pain-in-the-tooshie teenager Lizzy, and the Grandmother we all want to have in our families – Grandma Sandy – played by Margo Martindale, and you have one fabulous family film that will tickle your funny bone, and break your heart, all in the blink of an eye.   I was so happy that Anders decided to share his families story, and the story of many other foster/adoptive families too in this world, making INSTANT FAMILY “the film” that I have been waiting for all year! INSTANT FAMILY’s extreme realism and comedic take on life as well, ended up bringing nothing but sheer joy to this adoptee’s soul, throughout each and every frame!  If there is just one film that you see with the entire family in tow this weekend…Make it INSTANT FAMILY…as its everything I shared, and so much more!!!

Kathy Kaiser 

 

This humble opinion is brought to by you T. K. Edwards

INSTANT FAMILY  – Rated PG-13

Director by:  Sean Anders

Cast:  Mark Wahlberg, Rose Byrne, Octavia Spencer, Isabela Moner, Julie Hagerty

A couple finds themselves in more trouble than they can handle when they decide to adopt a 15 year old girl and her two siblings.

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INSTANT FAMILY is not what you expect it to be especially from its director Sean Anders.  All of his films have been goofball comedies, but this one he dug down deep, wrote from the heart and directed a movie that hits close to home for him because he took from his own life and family experiences.  From all of the trailers that you see or have seen, INSTANT FAMILY has more of a comedy vibe to it rather than the dramatic one you’ll actually get when you see it for the first time. I have a theory for this and I’m going to call it, “The Quantum Theory of Mark Wahlberg and his Effect on Relative Comedy”…LOL (that was fun to write).  Basically, my theory is this…the “problem” (and I’m using INSTANT FAMILY as my example in this case) is Mark Wahlberg. Not because he’s bad in this film, that’s not it at all. The problem with Mark Wahlberg is that he either does a big action movie or a zany comedy, there really is no in between film. And because of this, when you see him in a comedy/drama (like INSTANT FAMILY) your brain immediately fills in the poop and fart jokes.  Like whn you read a sntence wth some of the ltters mssing, your brain jst fils thm in (LOL…that’s kinda cool huh?…see, not only do I like to inform, I also like to teach in my movie reviews as well). Later, if you read this article to the end, I will give you another BRAIN TEASER you can ponder as well, but for now – back to “The Quantum Theory of Mark Wahlberg and his Effect on Relative Comedy” (that is the last time I’m writing that, I promise).  I actually love Mark’s first real attempt at a movie comedy (The Other Guys), but it wasn’t because of him. He played his part and had some funny lines, but that movie was all Will Ferrell, (btw, so was DADDY’S HOME 1 & 2). Same goes for TED 1 & 2. Mark was backup to the CGI bear and he did the best he could as a comedic actor. Now we see him in INSTANT FAMILY and this appears to be another one of his lame comedies, only this time he doesn’t have Will Ferrell or a talking bear for backup.  This time he’s alone and your brain has to decide whether or not he can fill the blanks left by all those others that carried his weight in his past comedy hits. The problem this time around with INSTANT FAMILY is that this is not another one of his cornball comedies. Anders actually wants his audience to take this movie serious, which is why the casting of Wahlberg doesn’t fit the bill this time around and takes away from the watching experience. Everyone else in the film does a great job. I love Rose Byrne.  I think she is very talented and goes under the radar quite a bit in movies. As for the rest of the cast’s performances, I have no complaints. Good job all around. This is a fun movie and although I’m not going to tell you to see it in theaters, I will say it is worth your time to watch it at home. Until next time, thanks for reading.

P.S. – There is no post credit scene, but as promised here is another BRAIN TEASER: If Pinocchio says, “My nose will grow now” it would cause a paradox.  Mnd Blwn!!! LMAO

NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING – Rated R

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 Starring Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron and Chloe Grace Moretz

Back for more fun in the ol’ neighborhood, it seems that Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) are outgrowing their home, and have secured a buyer to take it off their hands. Now, once their 30-day Escrow has come and gone, they can head to their NEW BIG HOUSE right across town…

But hold on a minute ~ not so fast, ~ as it seems that the FRAT house that’s been sitting empty next door, may have found its new occupants at last ~ when Sorority sisters Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein) need to find a new place…

When our BLAST FROM THE PAST Teddy (Zac Efron) seems to have found his way home, he steps up to help these sisters live out their dreams in his old stomping ground.

Things don’t play out quite as expected, I know, your surprised by that fact… ~ as Mac and Teddy must join forces to get their neighborhood back ~ from these “Maidens of Mayhem”, these “Girls with THE TUDE”…who are actually worse that those Frat boys from a few years ago ~ who knew???…

I give NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING a rating between MUST SEE ON THE BIG SCREEN or WAIT AND CATCH IT ON DVD ~ Efron is fab, Rogen is too, and Byrne holds her own as well in this funny sequel to the 2014 original. From the first frame to the last, you will be laughing your “you know what off” ~ imagine that…so why the less than perfect rating you ask?? Even though it is billed as BETTER THAN THE FIRST, I can’t quite agree, as some of the antics went way beyond – even for me. Moretz is good, as are her side-kicks in crime, and I will say that I haven’t laughed as much as I did watching NEIGHBORS 2, in quite some time, but the premise of this film gets old rather quickly, so I didn’t enjoy it as much as the 1st one, even though Efron’s six-pack is still screen worthy…so, if you love Efon, and Rogan, and Byrne very much too…then head out to catch this one on a big screen near you…but if politically incorrect pandemonium isn’t your cup of tea, then waiting to view this one when it hits on DVD, may just be your ticket…if your asking me J

Kathy Kaiser

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Following the critically acclaimed global smash hit X-Men: Days of Future Past, director Bryan Singer returns with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshipped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto (Michael Fassbender), to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) with the help of Professor X (James McAvoy) must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

In Theaters – May 27, 2016

Cast: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Alexandra Shipp, Josh Helman, Lana Condor, Ben Hardy

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