ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – U – Austin Found (2017) Movie Review

We are under U because of the stars of the film Skeet Ulrich and Ursula Parker.

Director: Will Raee

Writer: Brenna Graziano (Screenplay) Will Raee (Story)

Starring: Linda Cardellini, Skeet Ulrich, Craig Robinson, Kristen Schaal, Ursula Parker, Patrick Warburton

Plot: A woman who is fed up with her mundane lifestyle hatches a scheme to make her family instant celebrities, but not everything goes as planned as her wild tempered ex-boyfriend starts to lose it.

Tagline – Some mothers will do whatever it takes.

Runtime: 1 Hour 44 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Silly Comedy

Story: Austin Found starts as Leanne Wilson (Cardellini) has been preparing her daughter Patty (Parker) for life in beauty pageants, only the money is running out, she loses her job and comes up with an idea from TV to have her daughter kidnapped and use the new fame to cash in.

Leanne turns to her ex-lover Billy (Ulrich) to get the job done, with him recruiting his friend Jebidiah (Robinson) to offer Patricia a luxury time away, while Leanne plays into the idea things are natural.

Thoughts on Austin Found

Characters – Leanne Wilson has been getting tired of the life she now has, the former beauty queen, is married and trying to do the same for her own daughter being over demanding. She is running out of money and plans to have her own daughter kidnapped in an attempt to create a name fame around the family. Billy is the former lover that Leanne arranges to have kidnap her daughter, he will do anything for love, getting increasingly jealous of the love Leanne has for own husband. Jebidiah is the friend of Billy, who gets drawn into the plan believe he is saving Patty from an abusive household and befriending her during the time away.

PerformancesLinda Cardellini in the leading role shows both sides of her character well through the film, while Skeet Ulrich gets to show his psychotic side we saw in Scream before, with Craig Robinson bring the most entertaining laughs.

StoryThe story here follows a former beauty queen that has been raising her daughter to follow in her footsteps, only to come up with a big scheme to jump start her popularity by having her kidnapped. This is a story that spotlights the desperation somebody could have for becoming a celebrity in the modern world. We see just how a plan can bring out the best and worst in people, leading to them making the decisions along the way. This does lead to everything not flowing as smoothly as it could, with it just becoming just like everything we have seen before.

ComedyThe comedy misses more often than it hits, with only Craig Robinson hitting the laughs.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show us the world of somebody in a desperate situation to try and make more of their life.

Scene of the Movie – The social time.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The plot.

Final Thoughts This is a basic comedy that does show the lengths someone will go to for fame and what they are willing to sacrifice.

Overall: Simple Comedy.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – R – Rough Night (2017) Movie Review

Director: Lucia Aniello

Writer: Lucia Aniello, Paul W Downs (Screenplay)

Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Jillian Bell, Zoe Kravitz, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Paul W Downs

Plot: Things go terribly wrong for a group of girlfriends who hire a male stripper for a bachelorette party in Miami.

Tagline – What’s Your Alibi?

Runtime: 1 Hour 41 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fails to Get Laughs

Story: Rough Night starts as politician Jess (Johansson) is going on her bachelorette party with her college friends Alice (Bell), Blair (Kravitz), Frankie (Glazer) and Pippa (McKinnon) in Miami, only for the first night everything goes horribly wrong when the stripper arrives.

The women need to decide what to do with the body before it get exposed which brings out the truth about how their lives haven’t gone the way they would have liked.

Thoughts on Rough Night

Characters – Jess is running for political office to help change the city for the better, only it is now her bachelorette party, she wants a quiet party, not wanting to disappointing her friends, she goes along with the flow. The events of the night make her questions her career, believing it could end this career. Alice is the bridesmaid who has arranged the whole weekend, she has been waiting for this weekend for weeks and always wants to be the centre of attention. Blair is the upper-class woman, a success on the outside, while having her own problems. Frankie is an activist that has been fighting for her causes, she secures drugs for the party and is the more street smart of the group. Pippa is the Australian friend that hasn’t met the group before, but is one of Jess’ closest friends from her time over there.

PerformancesScarlett Johansson does struggle to get the laughs involved in the film, well if we are in going to look at the laughs, nobody really hits many of the laughs, while they can show the real side to the problems they have in life.

StoryThe story here follows five friends on a bachelorette party in Miami when things don’t go to plan when they accidentally kill a stripper and learn about the changes they have made in their life. This is one of the typical pre-wedding story that ends up showing us the chaos which could happen during the night, while it does just become lazy in the way of just turning to the need for drugs to get through the night, while the heart of the story, being about changes they have gone through, to show how life has changed for them. The whole side story with the groom does feel overkill and more filler than anything else too.

ComedyThe comedy in the film misses more than anything else, the best part of the film does come from the more serious side of the film.

SettingsThe film uses the Miami setting, only we spend most of the time within the luxury home, instead of looking at the bigger side to the busy city.

Scene of the Movie – News flash.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – The comedy.

Final Thoughts This is a comedy that misses most of the laughs and ends up being save with the heart about change.

Overall: Comedy Lacking the Laughs.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – L – The Little Hours (2017) Movie Thoughts

Director: Jeff Baena

Writer: Jeff Baena (Screenplay) Giovanni Boccaccio (Book)

Starring: Alison Brie, Dave Franco, Kate Micucci, Aubrey Plaza, John C Reilly, Molly Shannon

Plot: In the Middle Ages, a young servant fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns. Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

Tagline – Obedience – Poverty.

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Bad Comedy

Story: The Little Hours starts as a young servant Massetto (Franco) is taken in by Father Tommasso (Reilly) after helping him during his time of need, he must pretend to be a deaf mute to remain on the grounds, while the nuns Alessandra (Brie), Ginevra (Micucci) and Fernanda (Plaza) show how they are looking to break the vows they are looking to make.

With Massetto being a young man, the nuns looks to take advantage of him, as the ways lead to changes in the monastery and the religious ways.

Thoughts on The Little Hours

Final Thoughts When it comes to comedy, we need to bring to life a situation that would be funny, a monastery of horny nuns just doesn’t seem like it is a place where this would work in anyway. We have such a talented cast that seem to get thrown into the movie with out hitting any of their comedic notes. This is one of the worst comedies you will see, that just doesn’t get any laughs in anyway and by the end of it you will have just rolled your eyes in disbelief about what you have watched.

Overall: Poor comedy

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – K – Krystal (2017) Movie Review

Director: William H Macy

Writer: Will Aldis (Screenplay)

Starring: Rosario Dawson, Nick Robinson, T.I. Grant Gustin, Felicity Huffman, William H Macy, Kathy Bates

Plot: A young man living a sheltered life develops a crush on an ex-stripper and joins her Alcoholics Anonymous group just so he can be in the same room with her.

Tagline – She turns men into boys and boys into men

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Krystal starts when 18-year-old Taylor Ogburn (Robinson) who hasn’t taken many chances in his life, meets Krystal Bryant (Dawson) on the beach, he falls in love wanting to help her, despite the fact she is twice his age, with a kid Bobby (Latimore) only a couple of years younger than Taylor.

Taylor must start to learn about growing up, when Krystal’s ex Willie (T.I.) returns to her life, wanting her back, leaving the unlikely pairing in the middle of nowhere.

Thoughts on Krystal

Characters & Performances – Taylor has had a medical condition his whole life and when his latest episode happens, he wants to start trying to live his life more after he falls for Krystal, an older woman, he gets caught up in a lie, which will see him getting closer to her, learning that people can always have secrets that will be hard to deal with. Nick Robinson does everything well in the film, part of what happens with the accent does get annoying, which is the same for all the male performers in this film, with their deep south accent not sounding right. Krystal is the mysterious woman to Taylor that walks into his life, she is a recovered addict, that has put her life back together where she is holding everything together for her disabled son. She doesn’t want anything to do with Taylor before learning more about him. Rosario Dawson does give this older woman a life that would appeal to the younger person. We do meet Taylor’s family, which is parents who have guided him their way and the older brother who has achieved more, while seeing Krystal’s side, with her son dealing with his problems well for the first time since being disabled and the old flame does bring the threat to the film.

StoryThe story here follows a young man who falls in love with an older woman who helps save his life, which will see him looking to try and change himself to win her heart. This is a story that does look to show how finding yourself is the most important thing in life, you don’t need to fake being someone, if you are honest, along with a wacky side effect to everything connecting the people involved. It doesn’t end up being much fresh in the genre and is truly off putting with the dodging accents.

ThemesKrystal is a drama comedy that tries to play light into the mood being created by the situation, it doesn’t get the laughs you would expect, with a lot of the comedy missing often.

Final Thoughts Krystal is a lacklustre comedy playing into the older woman fantasy.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – H- The House of Tomorrow (2017) Movie Review

Director: Peter Livolsi

Writer: Peter Livolsi (Screenplay) Peter Bognanni (Novel)

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Alex Wolff, Nick Offerman, Ellen Burstyn, Fred Armisen, Maude Apatow

Plot: The film tells futurist, architect, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller’s incredible story through two teens hoping to get laid, become punk gods, and survive high school.

Tagline – Make Your Own Future

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Enjoyable Comedy

Story: The House of Tomorrow starts as Sebastian (Butterfield) and his grandmother Josephine (Burstyn) are showing of their house of tomorrow to a church group, when Josephine suffers a stroke, with Alan (Offerman) and his son Jared (Wolff) taking him during his time of need, offering him friendship and a new look to life, while his grandmother recovers.

Jared introduces Sebastian to punk music, with the two looking to start their own band, only Jared needs to start look after his own health, which is always going to hold him back, no matter how hard he tries to get the most out of life.

Thoughts on The House of Tomorrow

Characters – Sebastian has been raised in a house of the future, one that has seen him not experience the outside world, just having the tours around the home, when his grandmother has a stroke, he makes a friend in the outside world and learns that their will be more to life. Jared is the teenager that is the same age as Sebastian, he has his own health problems which will shorten his life, his love of punk helps him wanting to be a rebel and with Sebastian, he wants to start a band. Alan is Jared’s father that runs a church, he offers to help Sebastian, though he is always trying to care about his son’s health. Josephine is the grandmother that worked with the great mind behind the house of tomorrow, she has continued his work, showing her house as part of the tour.

PerformancesAsa Butterfield and Alex Wolff work very well together, they balance out the differences between the characters well through the film, while Nick Offerman is as always entertaining to watch.

StoryThe story here follows two teenagers from different worlds that find each other by chance and end up starting a band and discovering they is more to life. This is like most stories about discovering more about yourself, it gives us two people from different worlds that their meeting will bring them closer together unlike anything before, it shows that you can go out there and live your own life, despite the obstacles that may be around you. It doesn’t offer anything new to this, but shows we can learn from our past to enjoy our future.

ComedyThe comedy in this film is everything you would imagine, Nick Offerman gets most of the laughs, without trying.

SettingsThe film uses the settings to show the different homes the two teenagers have come from, each is different and sees the other as something they hadn’t experienced before.

Scene of the Movie – The gig.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – We have seen this before.

Final Thoughts This is an enjoyable coming of age comedy that shows the importance of living life to the fullest once again.

Overall: Enjoyable.