Nerve (2016)

nerveDirector: Henry Joost, Ariel Schulman

Writer: Jessica Sharzer (Screenplay) Jeanne Ryan (Novel)

Starring: Emma Roberts, Dave Franco, Emily Meade, Miles Heizer, Kimiko Glenn, Marc John Jeffries

 

Plot: A high school senior finds herself immersed in an online game of truth or dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Slow Glossy Thriller

 

Story: Nerve starts as we meet Vee (Roberts) a high school senior looking to go onto her dream college but for now she has to face staying at home with her mother after their own loss. When her risky friend Sydney (Meade) teaches about a new online game called Nerve which is Truth or Dare minus the Truth we get to see a new risk people are meant to take money.

When Vee gets her heartbroken by her crush she decides to be impulsive and become a player in Nerve. When Vee meets another player Ian (Franco) she finds herself getting caught up in a darker version of the game where she must battle life and death to make a little extra cash.

Nerve is a thriller that starts off simple and calm but soon becomes deadly, well this also ends up playing along the ideas of how far you will go to get extra money. This also plays on the idea that friendships at that age could only be thin and easily broken. When the film is all set and done this feels really long and over glossy to get to where the film wants to go and I would rather be watching the horror version of 13 Sins.

 

Overall: Over glossy thriller that just doesn’t suck you in like it should.

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 55

 

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Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien, Nicholas Stoller, Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Rose Bryne, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ike Barinholtz, Kiersey Clemons, Dave Franco, Jerrod Carmichael, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Kelsey Grammer

 

Plot: When their new next-door neighbors turn out to be a sorority even more debaucherous than the fraternity previously living there, Mac and Kelly team with their former enemy, Teddy, to bring the girls down.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Terribly Written Characters

 

Story: Bad Neighbours 2 starts as we meet Mac (Rogen) & Kelly (Byrne) going to have a new baby as they are planning to sell their house and with the deal down they have 30 days before the house is official sold. We also meet Shelby (Moretz) fresh into college but want to have their own parties with drugs and they happen to find the house next to the Radner’s. We also catch up with Teddy (Efron) who has been struggling since college with his friend’s all moving onto the next stage of their lives.

Teddy arranges to mentor the sorority who want to be treated fairly in the none sexist world of college leading to a new battle between the Radner’s and the sorority, but the rules are different this time. The Radner’s team up with Teddy to battle the girls planning their own games.

Bad Neighbours 2 continues the grossed out comedy with terrible parenting and unrealistic characters happening throughout. The only character that seems real is Teddy because who is struggling to find his place in the grown up world with all his friends moving on. But this doesn’t get enough focus from the film. I found myself wondering one simple thing through this film, why doesn’t Teddy just call his cop brother from the fraternity in the first film and everything will be solved. I think the story went over heavy with the sexism side of the story and when it comes to those parents I couldn’t help but ask how they still have their children. The story is a rinse repeat of the first one with laughs that seem so out of place for a normal situation the film is just bad.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Mac is still our stoner dad who is delighted to be having a new baby and moving into new home, but his world is about come back into the nightmare when a sorority moves in next door as they are trying to sell the house, Mac must team up with Teddy to battle the girls. Seth is his usual stoner comedy level humour.

Zac Efron: Teddy is struggling with his own life still working in retail while his other brothers have moved onto be successes. He decides to help the girls start their sorority only to find himself being seen as too old to be around them and teaming up with Mac to fight them and finding his own place in the world. Zac is the highlight of the film and the only character that comes off feeling real.

Rose Byrne: Kelly is pregnant again and now the family is looking to move she has to enter into the battle to get the house the family need. Rose doesn’t seem to get as much screen time as the other three main characters.

Chloe Grace Moretz: Shelby is the college student who wants to express herself after a bad high school experience and be strong female household away from the sexist male ones. Chloe is good for this film showing a mature performance but the character comes off very confusing.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours 2 has the same sort of supporting characters with a few returning faces grown up but the college students feel familiar.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas gives us the same old comedy that really just doesn’t work for this story.

 

Comedy: Bad Neighbours 2 has full out grossed out humour that is way over the top.

Settings: Bad Neighbours 2 keeps most of the settings in the same locations as the first but as I find the story is so bad.
Special Effects
: Bad Neighbours 2 has a few effects needed with one looking terrible and the others working.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours 2 is one I do think people can avoid. (Avoid)

 

Best Part: Teddy character works for the post college lost person character.

Worst Part: Terrible parents happening.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Hopefully not

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: Parenthood vs. sisterhood

 

Overall: Another terrible addition to the comedy genre.

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Now You See Me 2 (2016)

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Director: Jon M Chu

Writer: Ed Solomon (Screenplay) Boaz Yakin, Edward Ricourt (Characters)

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman

 

Plot: The Four Horsemen resurface and are forcibly recruited by a tech genius to pull off their most impossible heist yet.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Simple Sequel

 

Story: Now You See Me 2 starts by going all Ocean’s Twelve on us by having Thaddeus Bradley (Freeman) wanting revenge on the Four Horsemen Daniel (Eisenberg), Merritt (Harrelson), Jack (Franco) and Lula (Caplan). Dylan (Ruffalo) brings the Horsemen back for their next job as they look to expose a new technology that will be stealing information.

With the Horseman being played and exposed they find themselves being handled by the puppet master Walter Mabry (Radcliffe) who wants the Horseman to steal a technology he helped create to make up for the money he had stolen by the Horseman a year before.

Now You See Me 2 gives us the sequel that plays out very much like Ocean’s Twelve where the robbed characters want revenge on the people that took their money. This plays out like something that has lost the elements of surprise which the first film had because the twist in the first film defines how clever the concept was but this time we lack that side of everything. This is easy to watch but in the end just doesn’t reach the full potential required in the film.

 

Overall: This is an unnecessary sequel to a fun film

Rating51

 

 

Seth Rogen Weekend – Bad Neighbours (2014)

badDirector: Nicholas Stoller

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen, Brendan O’Brien (Screenplay)

Starring: Seth Rogen, Rose Byrne, Zac Efron, Dave Franco, Halston Sage, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Carla Gallo

 

Plot: After they are forced to live next to a fraternity house, a couple with a newborn baby do whatever they can to take them down.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Worst Parents Ever

 

Story: Bad Neighbours starts as we follow Mac (Rogen) and Kelly (Byrne) in their new house with their new born baby. As they struggle with their new lives they find out a fraternity has moved in next door run by President Teddy (Efron) and Vice-President Pete (Franco).

After Teddy and Pete invite them Mac and Kelly to party they make an agreement to communicate about noise complaints they break the promise and call the cops Mac & Kelly find themselves being targeted by the fraternity leading to battle between the family and the fraternity.

Bad Neighbours is a film that I really have mixed feelings about because deep down this has a very good story of showing four people who are reaching different stages of their lives and need to learn to change. We have the parents who wants to grow up, the frat guy who doesn’t realize what college is about and the one who does learn that you need to balance the party with the studying. Now to the things that I didn’t like, the parents are awful constantly wanting to drink, do drugs and swear on front of their baby. How would they left a fraternity move into a neighbourhood if they had no money to buy the house? Finally, I have said this before but do parties always have to have stupid amounts of drugs being used? Not looking at the deeper meaning of this film enough really makes it a hard watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Seth Rogen: Mac is the husband & father who still wants to have his party lifestyle but the fraternity moving next door makes him realize he needs to grow up and show responsibility. He tries to keep up with the young people but doesn’t have what it takes anymore. He really is a bad parent wanting to do drugs, party while leaving his baby alone. Seth gives his basic I am a stoner performance when we know he is better than that.mac

Rose Byrne: Kelly is the mother & wife who is a stay at home parent for now, she does come off as the responsible one but also misses the party lifestyle. She is happy to battle until it gets personal and dangerous but deep down she just struggling with the extra responsibility. Rose shows she has range with this role but never nails to comedy like the rest of the cast.kelly

Zac Efron: Teddy is the President of the fraternity that moves in next door to the Radner. He offers an open invitation to them to be civil but when they call the cops he leads a war against them. He had always planned this year to be his blow-out year to be remember but never looked to the future. Zac is the highlight of the film entering into a world he isn’t normally seen in and being the party animal you would expect from him.teddy

Dave Franco: Pete is the vice-president of the fraternity who is the person Teddy talks to about plans but he has been planning past college unlike Teddy. Dave is solid in the supporting role making a name for himself in comedy roles.

Support Cast: Bad Neighbours has a big supporting cast that all have their moments for laughs without being too bigger part.

Director Review: Nicholas StollerNicholas does all you need to for a raunchy comedy without being too original with anything.

 

Comedy: Bad Neighbours has a few laughs but not enough for a top comedy.

Settings: Bad Neighbours uses the idea of neighbours battling well but so does All American Rejects.

Suggestion: Bad Neighbours is one for comedy fans to try, if you like this humour you will enjoy. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Airbags.

Worst Part: Pointless amounts of drug use.

Funniest Scene: Found the Airbags.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: All American Rejects song video Gives You Hell

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $150 Million

Budget: $18 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

Tagline:  The battle for the street begins.

 

Overall: Disappointing comedy that just shows off awful parenting.

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Unfinished Business (2015)

unfiishedDirector: Ken Scott

Writer: Steve Conrad (Screenplay)

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, Dave Franco, Sienna Miller, June Diane Raphael, Britton Sear, Ella Anderson, Nick Frost, James Marsden

 

Plot: A hard-working small business owner and his two associates travel to Europe to close the most important deal of their lives. But what began as a routine business trip goes off the rails in every way imaginable – and unimaginable.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Euro Business Trip

 

Story: Unfinished Business starts when Dan Trunkman (Vaughn) gets involved in a work retaliated argument with Chuck Portnoy (Miller) leading to him leaving work to start his own business. He hopes others will follow which only Timothy (Wilkinson) is forced retire on age grounds and Mike Pancake (Franco) a young man who came in for an interview.

One year later Dan gets his team an opportunity to travel to close a big deal which will put them on the map as they travel to Germany, only against his former boss Chuck. Dan has to sale the idea to Jim Spinch (Marsden) through his old friend Bill (Frost).guys

Unfinished Business is a comedy that manages to delve into plenty of real life realities with focusing on them all too much. We see how a business man trying to make his idea work has had to give up family time right when his children need him most, this is the main story which is played out very well. We see how with Mike that just because he is slightly different he hasn’t found his place but he is a good person that should be given the time of day. The one I liked but would have liked to have seen more was Timothy’s mid-life crisis which shows how the elder employees are important even in the modern world. Mixing them all together this is a nice comedy but and they has to be a but the business side of the story almost gets forgotten for the importunateness it has on the story.

 

Actor Review

 

Vince Vaughn: Dan is the experienced business man who loses his job and starts his own business, one year on he finally gets the chance to make a name for his business. He is a family man too but his business has got in the way as he needs more time for his parenting time. Vince gives his usual charming leading man who tries to talk himself out of everything performance.

Tom Wilkinson: Timothy is the employee who gets forced to retire by the company but Dan takes his in on his new business. He goes on the trip with the three as travel to Germany to complete business. He knows all the tricks of the trade and knows the three are being pushed to the limits. Tom gives us a performance we are not used to seeing from him.

Dave Franco: Mike is the young man who is part of the trip, he didn’t get a job in the firm before and Dan took him under his wing. He clearly isn’t ready for the business world or the world in general but this trip will be the adventure of a lifetime for him. Dave is good in this role getting most of the funny moments and the ongoing wheel barrel questions work great.

Sienna Miller: Chuck is the rival business lady that was former boss of the three, she is ruthless with a reputation that will put fright in competition. Sienna is solid but we don’t see enough of her character considering how important she is to the story.

Support Cast: Unfinished Business has a good supporting cast with James Marsden and Nick Frost shinning in their roles.

Director Review: Ken ScottKen gives us a comedy that is fun to watch from start to finish.

 

Comedy: Unfinished Business is filled with laughs with each difference style of comedy getting its moment.

Settings: Unfinished Business uses the settings well for comical effect especially with the moments in Germany.
Special Effects
: Unfinished Business doesn’t have too many effects but when needed they are achieved well.

Suggestion: Unfinished Business is one for the comedy fans out there to enjoy. (Comedy Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Dave Franco shows he can handle a different type of comedy.

Worst Part: Certain moments might not be for everyone.

Funniest Scene: Sat Nav.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Euro-Trip

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $35 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 31 Minutes

Tagline: Best business trip ever

Overall: Euro-Trip on a business trip that is filled with laughs

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