Life Partners (2014)

Director: Susanna Fogel

Writer: Susanna Fogel, Joni Lefkowitz (Screenplay)

Starring: Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs, Gabourey Sidibe, Beth Dover, Abby Elliott, Kate McKinnon, Adam Brody

 

Plot: Sasha and Paige’s co-dependent friendship is tested as Paige gets serious with a guy for the first time.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Enjoyable Romantic Comedy

 

Story: Life Partners starts as two best friends Paige (Jacobs) and her lesbian best friend Sasha (Meester) spend nearly every day together. Both haven’t had much luck finding a romantic partner until Paige meets Tim (Brody) and the two-start dating, leaving Sasha needing to spend more time alone trying to make the most of her dreams of music.

As life continues to move forward we see how friendships need to move forward as the two learn life lessons about reaching the early 30s of their lives.

 

Thoughts on Life Partners

 

Characters/PerformanceSasha is the lesbian best friend of Paige, she wants to be a musician only nothing has happened yet, she has been struggling with her career choices and potential becoming distant with her best friend. Paige the best friend of Sasha who starts dating Tim, when things get serious she starts to move on with her life leaving Sasha behind as she starts to look to her future. Tim is the boyfriend of Paige that does change her life when she looks to move forward in life.

Performance wise, Leighton Meester and Gillian Jacobs are great in the leading roles of this film as the women going different direction. Adam Brody is good in the supporting role too within the film.

StoryThe story is an important series of life lessons, we all grow up, we all meet new people in our lives be in through romantic or friendship relationships and we all find out who the people we want to keep in our lives really are. This is what this film tells us with the story and I think it does everything in a real world style, nothing is thrown out there to be over the top and the friendship feels real throughout the film.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy is good in places, we all know I am not the biggest fan of comedy but I did find myself enjoying it when required. By not dragging us down with the comedy we get a romantic story as well as a good drama from the story.

SettingsThe settings are used well even if most come off as real world ones which helps this story unfold without being too focused on making any setting too iconic.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film I didn’t expect too much from and found myself enjoying, I like the real world feel to each situation with the lessons the women must learn at this similar age as myself within their lives. This is one I do think and wish more people would have seen.

 

Overall: This is one of the good romantic comedies that doesn’t rely on missed jokes to tell the story.

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ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – H – Hustle & Flow (2005)

Director: Craig Brewer

Writer: Craig Brewer (Screenplay)

Starring: Terrence Howard, Anthony Anderson, Taryn Manning, Taraji P Henson, DJ Qualls, Ludacris, Paula Jai Parker

 

Plot: With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee.


Tagline – The music will inspire them. The dream will unite them. This summer get crunk.

Runtime: 1 Hour 56 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Nice Insight to the Hip-Hop World

 

Story: Hustle & Flow starts as we see the everyday pimping life of Djay (Howard) forcing his prostitutes to do there thing with Nola (Manning) being he most requested girl, he has girls in the strip club too which Lexus (Parker) being the one he is closest too, he also has a pregnant one in his home with Shug (Henson) waiting to give birth.

When Djay meets an old friend Key (Anderson) he starts to have a craving to try and become a hip-hop star as the two work together to make song where he learns that Shug is the real talent in his household.

 

Thoughts on Hustle & Flow

 

Characters – Djay is a pimp going through a mid-life crisis, he is tired of struggling to make his girls collect his money and wants to try and new career as a hip-hop star, he must first shake his old ways though and accept criticisms for his vision. Key is a music producer for a local church, he comes from a very different background to Djay and is willing to give this music venture a chance. Nola is one of the prostitutes that is still working the streets she is his go to girl at the moment with the others out of the picture at the moment, she does get frustrated about being the only one on the streets though. Shug is the pregnant girl working for Djay, she shows herself to have real talent when it comes to singing which only brings the music alive for Djay.

PerformancesTerrence Howard in the leading role is great because we see his character’s full evolution through the story trying to find himself in the world. Anthony Anderson continues to show everyone he can be an great supporting performer while Taryn Manning and Taraji P Henson both show us they were going to go onto bigger projects.

StoryThe story shows us how a mid-life crisis can drive somebody to go down unusual paths with his Djay wanting to become a hip-hop star getting out of the pimping business. The story does break up into a couple of acts with the pimping business playing out like you would imagine, while the middle part of the film focuses for a long time on the making of the song which does go on longer than it needs too. With the third acting showing us just how difficult the industry is to get into. The idea that we can dream helps this movie out big time because it is important to see, though seeing just how far people will go for the dreams is the bleak side to things.

Crime/MusicThe crime world we see is just how the pimping world operates and how close to the line certain hip-hop stars can go to the law, this blends nicely with the music side of the film.

SettingsThe film is set in Memphis which shows us the difficult neighbourhood that Djay is operating in, it shows he tensions can fly and how the special want to get out of the place.


Scene of the Movie –
The club drinks.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too long spent recording the song.

Final ThoughtsThis is a story about dreams and just how far people will go to try and make dreams come true, whether you will go too far too.

 

Overall: Dreams Big or fail.

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