Table 19 (2017)

Director: Jeffrey Blitz

Writer: Jay Duplass, Mark Duplass (Screenplay)

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Rya Meyers, Charles Green, Lisa Kudrow, Craig Robinson, Tony Revolori, Margo Martindale, Stephen Merchant, June Squibb, Wyatt Russell

 

Plot: Eloise, having been relieved of maid of honor duties after being unceremoniously dumped by the best man via text, decides to attend the wedding anyway, only to find herself seated with five fellow unwanted guests at the dreaded Table 19.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Delightful Comedy

 

Story: Table 19 starts as we meet our six random as the table layout describes them guests to a wedding, we have former friend and partner of the bride’s brother Teddy (Russell) and now pushed out of the circle Eloise (Kendrick), couple who barley knows anyone Bina (Kudrow) and Jerry (Robinson), anti-social loner Rezno (Revolori), recently released cousin Walter (Merchant) and former Nanny Jo (Squibb).

The six find themselves on Table 19 in the corner and decide to make the most of the evening together after they learn they are the guests that were expected to decline their invitation, but the truth about their own lives will become clear to improve their futures.

 

Thoughts on Table 19

 

Characters/PerformanceEloise is the perfect example of what will happen if you become disliked by a bride just before the wedding you helped prepare, she has a bigger reason to be there and will learn more about why her life in this evening. Bina and Jerry are a long-married couple going through the slow times bickering through the wedding. Rezno is a teenager with a few friends, whose mum has controlled most of his life, he gets pushed into going to the wedding in hope of meeting someone. Walter is a former criminal that is invited to the keep the family open but not enough to be accepted.  Jo is the former nanny that is delighted to be invited but disappointed to be left out of the main family circle. The 6 all have their reasons to be at the wedding and help themselves improve the bad situation.

Performance wise, we all know I will watch anything with Anna Kendrick is and once again she doesn’t let us down, it is also great to see Lisa Kudrow in comedy once again, Craig Robinson is one of the comic actors you can see pull anything off. Tony Revolori continues to show he is someone we should be noticing in film having a comic ability unlike others and June Squibb is fast becoming an actress I want to see all of her films. Stephen Merchant steals the show here but to be fair I think everyone did a great job in this film with Wyatt Russell offering another genre piece for us to see if he can follow in his father’s footsteps.

StoryWe will all get invited to weddings, we will all have different seats and different connections to the couple. This film shows how different people can come together and learn the truth about situations to improve themselves in the most unlikely place, learning from unlikely people. The story is charming throughout which can be enjoyed by all.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy through the film works without becoming anything all laughs, we do get a romantic angle which comes off nicely too.

SettingsThe whole film is set in the wedding party which is great because it all happens in one night which shows us what can happen in one night.

Final ThoughtsThis is a film that truly can be enjoyed, it has the laughs, the heart and the real effects of what you would expect from a wedding if you are an outsider.

 

Overall: One of the comedies of the year.

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Sausage Party (2016)

sausageDirector: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir (Screenplay) Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill (Story)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Michael Cera, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Paul Rudd, Nick Kroll, David Krumholtz, Edward Norton, Salma Hayek

 

Plot: A sausage strives to discover the truth about his existence.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Great Adult Animation

 

Story: Sausage Party starts as we meet all our food in the supermarket as they all wait to get to the great beyond outside the store. We meet the main sausages Frank, Carl and Barry as they are looking to impress the buns on the shelf next to them.

When their moment gets chance to leave Frank and Brenda get left behind in a shopping store accident the pair must work with the rest of the products to learn their existence in the world teaming up with a flat bread named Lavash and a bagel named Sammy.

Sausage Party is a perfectly placed adult animated film that is one of a few that simply should never be watched by children. Every single joke is only for adults which works but it also holds this film back with a series of repetitive sex jokes that get old very quickly. The overall story feels like the first nursey scene in Toy Story 3 as we see the horror of what something innocent will see how humans act. We do get a thin sub-plot about religion going on but doesn’t get enough time to come through.

 

Overall: Fun adult comedy that works if this is the style of humour you enjoy.

Rating70

 

 

Seth Rogen Weekend – Pineapple Express (2008)

pipneappleDirector: David Gordon Green

Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Screenplay) Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg (Story)

Starring: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Danny McBride, Kevin Corrigan, Craig Robinson, Gary Cole, Rosie Perez, Ed Begley Jr. Amber Heard

 

Plot: A process server and his marijuana dealer wind up on the run from hitmen and a corrupt police officer after he witness his dealer’s boss murder a competitor while trying to serve papers on him.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Stoner Comedy I Enjoy

 

Story: Pineapple Express starts as we see the government have been sampling drugs and a new lethally effective one causing the place to be shut down. We move forward to meet 25 years old stoner Dale (Rogen) who serves papers to people who avoid court while keeping his 18-year-old high school girlfriend Angie (Heard) happy. Having finally agree to meet Angie’s parents he turns to his dealer Saul (Franco) for a quick pick up before dinner.

Dale goes on one last job before dinner which involves him witnessing a murder by a cop leading him to run to Saul’s for shelter. As Dale and Saul go on the run the must figure out who to trust when Saul’s supplier Red (McBride) may well have been compromised.

Pineapple Express is a stoner comedy that works because doing the drugs puts our main characters in the wrong place, we have casual references through the film and while they are stoned most of the time in bottles down to a story of friendship and where these men see themselves in the future. We do get some bad moments but this takes the drug filled action film and sprinkles the right level of comedy into the mix.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Dale is a 25-year-old stoner who is spending his days driving around delivering summons to criminals. When he witnesses a murder he has to go on the run with his drug dealer as he finds himself in the middle of a bigger drug war between two rival sides. Seth brings his stoner character in this film which shows him as a character that gets by somehow

James Franco: Saul is the drug dealer that sees Dale as a friend and always wants to spend time with him when he buys. When he finds out he is the only supplier of the pineapple express leading him to go on the run with Dale. James gives us a comedy performance not many people thought he would be capable off.

Danny McBride: Red is the supplier to Saul, he gets caught in the middle of the battle but isn’t going down without a fight. Danny gets a chance to be in a bigger film showing he has the right comedy style for the comedy supporting character.

Gary Cole: Ted Jones is the drug lord of the town who Dale witnesses kill a man in his apartment, he sends out his men to find Dale to make sure that his secret stays safe. Gary is good in this role as the drug lord.

Support Cast: Pineapple Express has a big supporting cast that all react differently to what is going on with the hitmen partnership being one of the highlights of the film.

Director Review: David Gordon GreenDavid gives us one of the best drug filled comedies of modern time that uses everything perfectly together.

 

Action: Pineapple Express uses the action for a lot of the comedy side of the story.

Comedy: Pineapple Express mixes action, drug use and the crime story to give us a good comedy all around.

Crime: Pineapple Express puts us in the middle of a crime war within the city.

Settings: Pineapple Express gives us a setting that puts us in the middle of the town where the events take place.

Suggestion: Pineapple Express is one for all the comedy fans to enjoy. (Comedy Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Chemistry between Rogen and Franco is brilliant.brothers

Worst Part: Won’t be for the anti-drug people.

Action Scene Of The Film: Car Chase.

Funniest Scene: Reaction to Marry Me.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Always has talks of one but nothing lined up, plus a piss take on in This is the End.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: Nominated for a Golden Globe

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $27 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 5 Minutes

Tagline: One hit could ruin your whole day.

Trivia: The first marijuana-themed comedy to gross over $100 million worldwide.

 

Overall: Enjoyable comedy filled with laughs, thrills and drugs

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Rapture-Palooza (2013)

logoDirector: Paul Middleditch

Writer: Chris Matheson (Screenplay)

Starring: Craig Robinson, Anna Kendrick, John Francis Daley, Rob Corddry, Ana Gasteyer, John Michael Higgins

 

Plot: Two teens battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.

 

Verdict: Boring Comedy

 

Story: We start by following our heroes standing over a hot tub explaining how they saved the world, before flashing us back to the very beginning and how half the world just vanished taken to heaven. This leaves the non-believers stuck living through the plagues before we meet the Beast the Anti-Christ himself, taking over the world making everyone do what he wants. When our young couple are looking for a job they end up getting one working for The Beast where he takes a shine to our young heroine and wants to make her his wife. The couple have to come up with a plan to stop The Beast’s plan.

What tries too hard to be funny ends up being a pretty plain story that offers nothing original and most of the time it just ends up being awkward comedy. The source material of a rapture hadn’t been used much but thanks to ‘This Is The End’ this comes off like a weak attempt at it. I was left very disappointed with this because with this which failed to offer anything to work with. (3/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Craig Robinson: The Beast the Anti-Christ who takes over the world after the rapture. He wants to make Lindsey his wife and will kill everyone she knows if she doesn’t. Craig gives the type of performance you expect from him but he struggles with the lead role. (5/10)

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Anna Kendrick: Lindsey Lewis our heroine telling us the story of what happened in the typical teenage/young adult style. She also happens to know the only person rejected by the rapture and the only dead person to come back to life. Anna gives a solid performance but it is hard to believe she is the age she is playing. (5/10)

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John Francis Daley: Ben House boyfriend of Lindsey who along with her takes a very laidback comical look at the apocalypse. John does well with what little he has to work with but in the end get pushed aside by the stronger comedic actors. (5/10)

 

Support Cast: The supporting cast mainly end up being the attempted comedy be it the stoner demons or the dead neighbour. In the end they all just take up screen time the leads needed to evolve their characters.

 

Director Review: Paul Middleditch – Fails to create any laughs in this comedy along with a dull story and poorly created characters. (4/10)

 

Comedy: I didn’t laugh at all during the film. (1/10)

Chemistry: The chemistry between Anna and John feels awkward from start to finish. (3/10)

Settings: They don’t offer anything to the story. (3/10)
Special Effects
: Poor CGI effects used through the film. (2/10)

Suggestion: This is one to avoid. (Miss It)

 

Best Part: The dead neighbour is the highlight.

Worst Part: Poor Story.

What Could Have Been Better? – Built the characters up more, make the characters ages more apparent, have better laughs. This list could be long.

Lessons Learned: Craig Robinson is a supporting actor, Anna Kendrick can’t be a teenager anymore.

 

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Dogma

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

 

Overall: Not Good Enough, Poor Man’s Dogma

Rating 30

This Is The End (2013)

posterDirector: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen

Writer: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (Screenplay) Jason Stone (Based On Short Film)

Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson

 

Story: When long time acting friends Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen have a weekend together in LA their friendship is tested by Jay’s hate for LA while Seth has made many more acting friends who Jay fails to get along with. After an afternoon of drugs and just catching up they head to James Franco’s house party. The party is wall to wall celebrities more Seth’s friends too. Jay, feeling left out tries to leave the party. Only for the apocalypse to start. After many of their friends die James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson all hide out in Franco’s house. Friendships are tested and surprise visit lead the guys to enjoy parts of their remaining days before their final fates are decided.

 

Verdict: With all the actors playing versions of themselves takes the idea of any macho characters they have ever played away along with the generic character who always knows what to do during an apocalypse scenario. Each character pokes fun and each other and certain performances they have had during their careers along with the idea friendships getting pushed to the limits in an end of the world position.

 

Action: Most of the action is more for added comedy but what action there is works well (8/10)

Comedy: Each character in the film has their own comical touch and keeps the laugh rolling all the way through (10/10)

Horror: End of the world always works well in horror and this film using comedy to lighten the horror but still can be edge of the seat horror. (8/10)

Special Effects: The demons are very good special effects along with a destroyed LA. (9/10)

Settings: A series of comedy props in Franco’s house add comedy to a serious situation. (9/10)

Suggestion: Anyone who has enjoyed any of these guys in films will enjoy this but some fans of certain comedies may not enjoy this as much, I would suggest to anyone who has seen any of these guys films in a heartbeat. (9/10)

 

Star Performance:  Craig Robinson – not the true main character but has some of the funniest scenes.

Favourite Character: Emma Watson – pretty much because you will never have seen her like this 

 

Best Part: Pineapple Express 2

Worst Part: potential over use of drugs

 

Favourite Quote: James Franco ‘I fucked Lindsay lohan at the chateau Marmont. She kept knocking on my door, she was high. She kept calling me Jake Gyllenhaal, I said just call me your Prince of Persia

Overall: A laugh a minute which will also keep you interested in the over running story without ever truly being serious.

Rating 91%