A Thunder Matt Movie Minute

March 18, 2009 | Comments (0) | by Chaim Witz

I Love You Man

Release Date: March 20th

IMDB Cribbed Synopsis: Friendless Peter Klaven (Rudd) goes on a series of man-dates to find a Best Man for his wedding. But when his insta-bond his new B.F.F.(Segel) puts a strain on his relationship with his fiancee (Jones) can the trio learn to live happily ever after?

Review: I Love You Man is an easy movie to like, if not love. I don't know that I'm ready to drop the L bomb on this movie yet, but it certainly achieves at least booty call status. It's a one joke movie, but when that joke is executed by Paul Rudd, it's pretty funny.

Working in it's favor are the comic stylings of Rudd, the gorgeous Rashida Jones (the 'other chick' from The Office), Lou Ferigno, fish tacos, projectile vomit, awkward phone conversations, botched nicknames and funny bit parts by Andy Samberg and Jon Favreau (rocking a self proclaimed 'Jew fro'). Working against is are the slightly overrated if unoffensive presence of Jason Segal and the music of Rush, which plays a pivotal role in this film. Listening to Rush is a painful experience that harkens me back to the time (last week) when I was circumcised by a bewildered Jerry Lewis.

In summary, if Role Models, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Lou Ferigno were to have a 3 way, this would be the spawn. Odds are, that poor mother would probably die in childbirth though.

Thunder Matt Rating: 3.5 'Geddy Lee is a dude?'s out of 5

Sunshine Cleaning

Release Date: March 20th (Select cities...in the words of Letterman, just pray that your city has been selected!)

IMDB Cribbed Synopsis: In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom (Amy Adams) starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister (Emily Blunt).

Review: From the producers of Little Miss Sunshine, this film seems to be marketed as such: the quirky, yet accessible indie comedy. It's a much darker affair, peppered with some dark humor, mostly courtesy of Alan Arkin, playing the same curmudgeonly character that he did in the aforementioned LMS. Amy Adams really elevates the material, which at times veers dangerously into Lifetime Movie territory before finally finding it's groove towards the end. Adams has quietly become one of the better actresses out there and her flowing crimson locks assure that she won't be ignored by either the Academy or the selection committee for Realm of Red.

It's a minor, trifle affair that your girlfriend will probably enjoy more than you will, but that you won't be any worse for the wear for seeing. Watching two beautiful, brainy actresses hone their craft isn't the worst thing in the world, especially when complemented by Alan Arkin selling shrimp out of the back of his trunk.

Thunder Matt Rating: 3 Murder/Suicides Out of 5

Miss March

IMDB Cribbed Synopsis: After four years in a coma, Eugene Pratt is going to be reunited with his high school sweetheart...on pages 95-97.

Review: Avert your eyes. This Playboy themed road trip comedy is one of the worst atrocities ever committed to celluloid. I don't even want to waste my time writing about it other than to tell you to stay the hell away. The biggest crime against humanity is that it's an R-rated comedy about Playboy, yet somehow they managed to not work in any nudity. This is like finding your dad's stash of porn...but it ends up being all dude-on-dude porn. Oh Dad!

Thunder Matt Rating: 0 Signs of the declining relevance of Hugh Hefner Out of 5