All Nighter (2017) Movie Review

Director: Gavin Wiesen

Writer: Seth W Owen (Screenplay)

Starring: Analeigh Tipton, Emile Hirsch, J.K. Simmons, Meta Golding, Jon Daly, Taran Killam, Kristen Schaal

Plot: A workaholic father who attempts to visit his daughter during a layover in LA, only to discover that she’s disappeared, is forced to team up with her awkward ex-boyfriend to find her over the course of one transformative night.


Tagline – The fastest way to get over an ex? Stay up all night with her dad!

Runtime: 1 Hour 26 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable Unlikely Partnership

Story: All Nighter starts when Mr Gallo (Simmons) arrives on the doorstep of Martin (Hirsch) looking for his daughter Ginnie (Tipton) who had been dating Martin, only they have broken up. Martin reluctantly helps Mr Gallo around town in search for Ginnie.

Each locations leads to them needing to go through the last 6 months of Ginnie’s life, where the two start bonding, with Martin looking to start his life again.

Thoughts on All Nighter

Characters – Martin is a slacker who was always trying to become a musician, he career hadn’t taken off and after Ginnie left him, he is struggling to get his life back on track, he must give up his day to help his ex-girlfriend’s father find her, which sees him finally getting to face the reality of his own life. Mr Gallo is the mysterious businessman father of Ginnie’s he turns up in search of his daughter, forcing Martin into helping him around town, using his skills to get through the different situations they find themselves in. Ginnie is the ex-girlfriend and daughter that is being searched for, both men have stories about their time together, while we do meet plenty of different people from Ginnie’s life along the way.

PerformancesJ.K. Simmons and Emile Hirsch both work very well together, they look complete opposites on the outside, which we see by how they work together for their solutions, when we dive into the supporting cast we get to see everything pushing for that extra comedy moment in the film.

StoryThe story here follows a father that turns to his daughter’s ex-boyfriend in hopes of finding her, which sees the unlikely pair travelling around LA in search for clues about where she might be. This story does bring us an unlikely partnership between the two as they go in search for something they both care about, they have different exteriors but inside they are both suffering with their own problems, that this day and night will help them learn more about what life really is about, no matter what the age different between the two. We do get the two creating a more entertaining story by showing their differences, only we don’t get into full blown laugh a minute kind of story.

ComedyThe film does use the comedy to get an odd laugh here and there, it is mostly to do with Simmon’s reaction to stuff, while also the whacky characters we meet along the way.

SettingsLA is the backdrop for this film, which is used to show the constantly busy lifestyles of everyone involved and how difficult it can be to get through.


Scene of the Movie – Bar fight.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The supporting characters can be a bit too much.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable buddy comedy which sees the two contrasting characters working together to learn about life, while search for a loved one.

Overall: Fun Comedy.

Signature Entertainment presents All Nighter on Digital HD from August 24th

ABC Film Challenge – Animation – T – Tarzan (1999) Movie Review

Director: Chris Buck, Kevin Lima

Writer: Tab Murphy, Bob Tzudiker, Noni White (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Brian Blessed, Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Tony Goldwyn, Nigel Hawthorne, Lance Henriksen, Wayne Knight

Plot: A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.


Tagline – An immortal legend. As you’ve only imagined.

Runtime: 1 Hour 28 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Typical Disney

Story: Tarzan starts when baby Tarzan is lost in the jungle taken in by gorilla Kala to be raised in the jungle despite the elder Kerchak not wanting him around.

As Tarzan because part of the tribe, he becomes the defender of the area until humans arrive where Tarzan falls in love with Jane and must prove himself to the tribe after other humans want to hunt the gorillas.

Thoughts on Tarzan

Characters – Tarzan was raised by gorillas in the jungle despite being seen as the enemy, he proves his value to the tribe until humans visit and he gets his head turned to the life she should have been living. Kala raised Tarzan despite being against the wishes of the leader of the tribe, she teaches him well, just to become a true leader. Jane is the human woman Tarzan falls in love with, she wants the best for the gorillas, like her father who want to studio, not harm them. Clayton is the hunter that just wants to collect more animals in his collection.

StoryThe story shows the human Tarzan raised by gorillas to live in the jungle where becomes part of the tribe, when humans arrives he must decides where he wants to go and who to protect. This is another version of the classic tale, it goes full Disney with the musical numbers, while never getting dark enough to understand the reality of the situation. It is tame enough for the family to enjoy, it feels very safe for the most part.

Adventure The adventure is everything we know for Tarzan, his adventures in the jungle before and after Jane arrives.

SettingsThe film is set in the jungle which looks beautiful through the film, which is the highlight of the film.

AnimationThe animation in this film is everything you could see from Disney, it looks flawless through the film.


Scene of the Movie – Elephant hair.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Not dark enough.

Final Thoughts This is just another Disney movie that is fun enough without being too serious along the way.

Overall: Disney 101.