Flubber (1997)

flubberDirector: Les Mayfield

Writer: John Hughes, Bill Walsh (Screenplay) Samuel W Taylor (Short Story)

Starring: Robin Williams, Marcia Gay Harden, Christopher McDonald, Ted Levine, Clancy Brown, Raymond J Barry, Wil Wheaton, Edie McClurg

 

Plot: An absent-minded professor discovers “flubber,” a rubber-like super-bouncy substance.

 

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Verdict: Just bad

 

Story: Flubber starts as we meet forgetful genius Professor Philip Brainard (Williams) who has been working towards finding a more reliable energy source but while working on that he keeps forgetting his own wedding to Dr Sara Reynolds (Harden) and on his actually wedding day he makes the biggest discovery of his career with a flubber like material.

When Philip misses the latest attempt to get married he uses the flubber to try and impress Sara who has warned him that was his last time, he has to go against his former rival Wilson Croft (McDonald) as well as dealing with a rich father and his goons.

Flubber is a film I remember from my youth being something I enjoyed as a kid but re-watching it now I found myself think what is this? We get terrible cheap comedy which never really hits with a lot of the goon comedy feeling like it was just stolen from Home Alone. Williams does what he can with his quick delivery but even he looks like he is struggling to make this work. The story is simple and while it flows past quickly you never really get invested in the characters. This is one I can only see young children enjoying.

 

Overall: Not worth the time really

Rating25

 

 

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Theresa Is a Mother (2015)

logoDirector: C Fraser Press, Darren Press

Writer: C Fraser Press (Screenplay)

Starring: C Fraser Press, Edie McClurg, Richard Poe, Robert Turano, Matthew Gumley, Schuyler Press

Plot: Singer/songwriter and single mother Theresa McDermott has finally hit the end of the line in NYC. Unable to make ends meet, she is forced to pack up her life and her 3 girls and move back to the small town and parents she ran from a decade ago. Teresa needs a job, her parents need their space and a family tragedy that was never dealt with from years past needs closure. Old wounds, unattainable dreams and a few other things expose themselves as a fractured family works to become whole and a single mom, a responsible mother.

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Verdict: Solid Charming Drama

Story: Theresa is a Mother starts Theresa McDermott (Press) a singer songwriter who is trying to make it in New York City, but she is struggling with money and along with her three young girls she faces the decision of having to move back with her parents. Given no options Theresa has to return to her parents Cloris (McClurg) and Roy (Poe) whose lives have moved on since she left.

One agreement for Theresa moving back would be to get herself a job and leave her musical dreams on the back burner. Moving back brings back the memories of her own personal tragedy.

Theresa is a Mother brings us one of those charming little life stories, it all works well to show how sometimes things don’t always go right and that you will have to give up on dreams to supporting family. I liked how the personal tragedy wasn’t forced down our throats and shows how it will affect the people involved forever without it holding the people back. This is a very charming story that works but sadly it won’t become a true stand out one. (6/10)

Actor Review

C Fraser Press: Theresa is the aspiring musicians whose dreams have to be put on hold while she looks after her three children by moving back with her parents. She has to find a job while trying to continue her career while also trying to give her parents the space they have become fond off. C Fraser does a good job in the leading role showing how she is trying to keep everything together. (7/10)

Edie McClurg: Cloris is the mother of Theresa who has become scared to leave the house, very religious but also likes to hold her own parties for the locals. Edie does a solid job but I don’t think we explore her characters issues enough. (6/10)

Richard Poe: Roy is the father of Theresa who has been dealing with his own problems since the childhood tragedy with the family. He tries to push Theresa into making more of her life. Richard also does a solid job without getting to the bottom of his problems. (6/10)

Support Cast: Theresa is a Mother has as a supporting cast that mostly includes the children that all have their own issues they are facing while growing up.

Director Review: C Fraser Press, Darren Press – The pair give us a good directed film that keeps us interested in where the characters will be going. (7/10)

Comedy: Theresa is a Mother has a light use of comedy while it doesn’t turn to over the tp comedy. (7/10)

Drama: Theresa is a Mother show family dramas that show where the characters are going and have been. (9/10)

Music: Theresa is a Mother has good use of music from the characters finishing off very strong. (8/10)

Settings: Theresa is a Mother makes most of the film be set in a small town where everyone knows each other which works for the change the main family have to deal with. (8/10)

Suggestion: Theresa is a Mother is one to try, I think you have to be a fan of this type of drama to truly enjoy this though. (Ty It)

Best Part: Final song.

Worst Part: Not enough looking into the parents issues.

Believability: This could easily be a true story that someone has to go through. (7/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Awards: Winner Best Feature Film at the Orlando Film Festival, International Film Festival Manhattan, Reel Independent Film Extravaganza, Long Island International Film Expo (Jury Award), Chain NYC FIlm Festival, Northeast Film Festival and the Amsterdam Film Festival (Van Gogh Award)

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $200,000

Runtime: 1 Hour 45 Minutes

Overall: Charming Drama that brings the reality of chasing dreams back home.

Rating 65

Scooby Doo! Pirates Ahoy! (2006)

logoDirector: Chuck Sheetz

Writer: Margaret M. Dean, Jed Elinoff, Scott Thomas (Screenplay)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Frank Welker, Casey Kasem, Mindy Cohn, Grey DeLisle, Ron Perlman, Freddy Rodriguez, Tim Conway, Edie McClurg, Kathy Najimy, Arsenio Hall, Dan Castellaneta

 

Plot: Scooby and the gang take a mystery-themed cruise through the Bermuda Triangle, but what starts out as staged hi-jinks soon turns into the real thing. Ghost pirates are prowling the legendary waters of the Triangle, searching for a priceless treasure and someone on board the cruise ship may hold the secret to it’s location. Now Scooby and the rest of gang will have to solve the real mystery behind the mysterious treasure or they may end up walking the plank to sink to the depths of Davy Jones’ Locker!

 

Verdict: Fun Filled Family Adventure

 

Story: We only watch these films to see where the gang end up, as they always end up in a position where there is a mystery to solve. Putting the gang on a mystery cruise only for them to ruin the trip for everyone before the real mystery begins. The case is always larger than the TV series mysteries and usually has a few more twists and turns. It really does what it needs to do and will keep the fans entertained. (7/10)

 

Character Review

 

Scooby Doo: The most famous Great Dane gets up to his usual here, with his stomach taking over, but unlike other films he knows when things get personal he will step up instead of waiting for a Scooby Snack. (7/10)

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Fred: With his parents inviting the gang on the cruise, he gets all embarrassed by them, but his plan as always goes slightly wrong before he takes full control to save his parents. (7/10)

 

Shaggy: Typical Shaggy performance whose stomach always comes first, but his nose helps the gang get to safety when the gang is in danger. (7/10)

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Velma: The brains of the gang who puts together the mystery and as always she knows who did it. (7/10)

 

Daphne: Always comes over as a bit of a diva but always ends up being a lot smarter than she is given credit for, she uses her resources to get the gang free.(7/10)

 

Captain Skunkbeard: The captain who is after a buried treasure in the Bermuda Triangle, he is capturing any ship that comes close and building an army of ghost pirates. (7/10)

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Rupert Garcia: The man that Captain Skunkbeard is after as he has the answer to where the treasure is. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Chuck Sheetz – Good direction to create everything you want in a Scooby Doo film. (7/10)

 

Animation: Good animation showing you don’t need all the best animation for a good film. (7/10)

Comedy: Normal level of comedy for a Scooby film that gives enough laughs without it being a full blown comedy. (7/10)

Family: Good for the whole family to watch. (9/10)

Mystery: Always good for a ‘who done it’ without being too confusing. (8/10)

Settings: Good setting using the Bermuda Triangle and its history to add to the mystery. (9/10)

Suggestion: These films will always be good for the family to watch as they have enough entertainment to keep everyone happy. (Kids And Family Watch)

 

Best Part: Bermuda Triangle idea works well.

Worst Part: Not enough potential suspects.

Funniest Scene: Costume pick.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: This is a franchise that will go on and on.

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 minutes

 

Overall: Fun Family Film

Rating 70