Adam (Mark Ruffalo) is a handsome, young nymphomaniac living in New York and trying to overcome his sex addiction with his sponsor and buddy Mike (Tim Robbins) a recovering alcoholic. He has been “sober” for five years, so Mike has decided for him that it’s okay to get back in the dating game. Adam is reluctant at first, but then meets this hot blonde Phoebe (Gwyneth Paltrow), who’s just to good to be true (or real). Meanwhile, Neil (Josh Gad) a slightly overweight compulsive sex maniac, is forced by court order to get in the twelve step program, where he meets Adam and Mike. Continue reading
Jobs (2013) – 6 (IMDb 5.5) – Biography, Drama (USA)
Not sure if I’m competent enough to discuss Steve Jobs as a real person, because I don’t know too much about him, but I can tell you what I thought of him in this biographical film. He’s a dick, a total douche bag you’ll have a hard time sympathizing with. Again, I’m talking about the characterization in the film, not the real Steve Jobs founder of Apple Computers. This film seemed to be trying hard to appeal to The Social Network crowd, portraying Jobs in a similar way. The only difference is that this director was working with a lousy screenplay, but he tried to make the most of it. How? By exaggerating every little scene, turning everything into an over-emotional mess. While the actors are all fine and doing their best the bad dialogue they are forced to recite turns everything into a cringe worthy, run of the mill biopic. While the film certainly nails every stylistic and aesthetic detail, aside from a very standard, boring cinematography, the filmmakers try to pack too much story into a two-hour film. Overall a fairly forgettable, flat and rather un-inventive.
So that was my meh movie of the week. What ‘meh’ movie(s) did you watch last week?
Stuart Blumberg one of the co-writers of 2010’s indie smash hit The Kids Are All Right (nominated for four Academy Awards), is taking the director’s seat as well in Thanks for Sharing. The film is about three people trying to overcome their sex addiction. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad, Joely Richardson and Alecia Moore (aka Pink) this looks like a funny comedy/drama.
I liked The Kids Are All Right quite a bit and looking at this trailer I got some of the same vibes. As a fan of Ruffalo, Paltrow and Gad (who’s been doing some amazing work in the indie scene) I think this is the perfect casting. While the cynic in me wants to say that Pink is just trying something to save her career she looks good in this as well. The film garnered favorable reviews at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and will be out in theaters September 20, 2013.