Franchise Weekend – The Nutty Professor (1996)

Director: Tom Shadyac

Writer: David Sheffield, Barry W Blaustein, Tom Shadyac, Steve Oedekerk (Screenplay) Jerry Lewis, Bill Richmond (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Jada Pinkett Smith, James Coburn, Larry Miller, Dave Chappelle, John Ales


Plot: Grossly overweight yet good-hearted professor Sherman Klump takes a special chemical that turns him into the slim but obnoxious Buddy Love.

Tagline – Inside Sherman Klump, a party animal is about to break out.

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes


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Verdict: Offensive Comedy


Story: The Nutty Professor starts as we meet likeable and overweight professor Sherman Klump (Murphy) who has been working on a formula to help people lose weight, he has had results on the test subject and after he is pushed too far he tries it on himself.

With the formula being a complete success and he loses all his weight becoming the obnoxious Buddy Love, the problem comes when Sherman was trying to romance Carla Purty (Pinkett) which becomes complicated with his new identity.


Thoughts on The Nutty Professor


Characters – Sherman Klump is an overweight professor, he is liked by his students and colleagues with his research searching for a cure for an overweight gene. After being roasted by a comedian he takes the formula to help him lose weight which transforms him into another man, he must balance an honest weight loss over a quick fix. Buddy Love is the thinner version of Sherman, he is obnoxious quick witted and most importantly to Sherman, thin. He starts to take over Sherman’s life with his attitude risking his future. Carla Purty is a new teacher on campus that Sherman takes a shinning to, she ends up torn between the two version of Sherman, one is sweet while the other is what she wants to look at.

PerformancesEddie Murphy gives us a mix of good and bad performances here, anytime he is in the fat shoot he is mostly insulting to watch, when he is Buddy he gets to show off his better side of his comedy skills. Most of the rest he is lazy fart jokes. Jada Pinkett Smith is solid enough in her role though her character isn’t the most difficult to play. James Coburn is good in his supporting role as the benefactor.

StoryThe story here follows an overweight professor that creates a formula which can make him thin only his thinner side is a lot different than the normal man he was. This does have an important message about accepting who you are or working towards improving yourself without a quick fix. The problem is we are to focused on Eddie Murphy trying to bring a host of characters to life that are mostly offensive in the wrong way, the generic fat people are only sweet with different generations being seen differently, the clumpy mistakes being made even though the scientist is brilliant. If we didn’t focus on fart or fat jokes we would have a very good story that really works with the right performers.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy is the film mostly offends because fart, fat jokes just don’t work for a smart audience it feels like most is bottom of the food chain comedy. The romantic angle is here, but doesn’t get touch on enough with most of it getting forgotten after a while.

SettingsWe have a university setting which is fine for a professor, the problems come when we leave here and tend to go in any location that Sherman wouldn’t for an extra attempted laugh.

Special EffectsThe effects for the most part are the best part of the movie, the use of the fat suit helps with the characters even if we don’t like them they don’t look out of place.

Scene of the Movie –
Comedy battle.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Most of the jokes.

Final ThoughtsThis is n offensive comedy that misses a lot more than it hits, we have the once great Eddie Murphy wasting his time with lazy jokes and is only watchable as the villain of the story.


Overall: Lazy humourless comedy.





Girls Trip (2017)

Director: Malcolm D Lee

Writer: Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver (Screenplay) Erica Rivinoja, Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver (Story)

Starring: Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Tiffany Haddish, Larenz Tate, Mike Colter, Kate Walsh


Plot: When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.


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Verdict: Great Heart, Slightly Too Grossed Out


Story: Girls Trip starts as we meet our four college friends the Flossy Posse who have gone their separate ways in life, Ryan Pierce (Hall) is well on the way to becoming one of the icons of television with her husband Stewart (Colter), Sasha (Latifah) whose journalism career has fallen into a gossip blog, Lisa (Smith) who is a single mother and nurse while Dina (Haddish) hasn’t grown up yet still partying.

When Ryan is on the weekend that is going to make her career, she brings her girlfriends out for the Essence Festival in New Orleans. The worlds between them do collide over the weekend and test their friendships will be tested as the girls learn that not everything is what they had imagined.


Thoughts on Girls Trip


Characters – Ryan is a successful author, television presenter and icon for women across America, she is going to be the speech person at the Essence Festival, she brings the friends along as they have been drifted apart. She has stood by her husband even though he hasn’t been faithful to him. Sasha is the best friend of Ryan through college but we learn that something has drawn a line between them as they have tension through the film. Lisa has past her prime by becoming a mother but this trip is going to open her up again. Dina is the wild loose cannon of the group, she gets all the jokes and usually puts the girls into the trouble they find themselves in.

PerformanceRegina Hall, Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are all great in their roles showing a side of comedy you wouldn’t expect from them as they are all playing the roles you wouldn’t expect from them, but it is Tiffany Haddish that steals the movies even if some of her jokes do go on for times, she doesn’t seem to have a pause button giving the film all the energy needed.

StoryWhen you look at the story I do feel we have the heart needed in the film to show the sisterhood between the friends which is the important part of the film. When you look at this you are left with jokes that don’t feel natural for the weekend these characters are going on. This is a story you can see people enjoy and the real-life situations the characters are going through in real life are believable.

ComedyThe comedy does go full gross out level in places and you will never look at grapefruits the same again.

SettingsNew Orleans is a wonderful setting for partying where the girls can enjoy a weekend away.

Scene of the Movie – The speech.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The constant use of the N word isn’t needed.

Final ThoughtsThis is a comedy that people will be enjoying, it wasn’t the style of comedy I truly enjoy but I can see people truly enjoying.


Overall: Comedy Fans will love.




Franchise Weekend – The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

matrix 3Director: The Wachowski Brothers

Writer: The Wachowski Brothers (Screenplay)

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Hugo Weaving, Monica Bellucci, Essie Davis, Nona Gaye, Harry Lennix, Harold Perrineau, Jada Pinkett Smith, Lambert Wilson, Gina Torres


Plot: The human city of Zion defends itself against the massive invasion of the machines as Neo fights to end the war at another front while also opposing the rogue Agent Smith.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Action Packed Finale


Story: The Matrix Revolutions starts up right where the first film finished with Zion facing elimination within the next 20 Hours. Neo (Reeves) still in a coma like state stuck between worlds of both The Matrix and the Real World with Morpheus (Fishburne) receiving summons from the Oracle.

Trinity (Moss) and Morpheus go into the Matrix to locate Neo coming face to face with an old enemy. Once released from his lost state Neo learns that he is the only one who can save both worlds from both enemies with Agent Smith (Weaving) becoming even deadlier killing the Oracle but also trying to enter the real world.

Agent Smith finds himself fighting his fight in the real world as he puts Neo to the ultimate test one his one-way mission to save the humans in their battle. We await the final conclusion to this epic story where humanity will need to overcome the odds to win.

The Matrix Revolutions does finish of the saga very well but sadly this is nearly a two-hour action bonanza that does forget how import the Morpheus character. While the story does come full circle it does it with us having to deal with all the over the top action. It could all be discussed to deal with the religious elements going on but in the end that is up to how you want to read the story.


Actor Review


Keanu Reeves: Neo finds himself having to battle Agent Smith in both worlds as he searches to once and for complete his destiny as the one to save humanity from the machine controlled world. Keanu is good in this role but doesn’t reach the same levels as before.

Laurence Fishburne: Morpheus joins the rest of the resistance in battle against the machines showing he true leadership skills when it comes to battle to save the human race. Laurence gave us two brilliant iconic performance but this time Morpheus falls into supporting character we hardly see being the character we knew before.

Carrie Anne Moss: Trinity joins Neo on his one-way mission to the machine city to face the machines in what looks like a suicide mission. The love between the two will drive this mission. Carrie is god but like the rest she doesn’t reach the same levels.

Hugo Weaving: Agent Smith takes full control in the Matrix making him the force that Neo can’t battle within this world but with him entering the real world he becomes a foe Neo wasn’t ready to battle. Hugo has his more sinister scenes but is barely in the final movie because of the battle going on.

Support Cast: The Matrix Revolutions still has the massive supporting cast which are all genetic soldier like characters during the immense battle sequences.

Director Review: The Wachowski BrothersThe brothers do give us a seemingly non-stop action bonanza with the concluding part of their sci-fi saga.


Action: The Matrix Revolutions is pretty much non-stop from the opening sequence to the final scene when it comes to action even though large amounts are mass combat scenes.

Sci-Fi: The Matrix Revolutions continues to keep the sci-fi world looking strong where we get to see the battles going on in a post-apocalyptic future.

Settings: The Matrix Revolutions uses both worlds to show just how bleak the future is with the machines controlling over it.
Special Effects
: The Matrix Revolutions gets the special effects back on track with this one with each scene look and feeling like the real deal.

Suggestion: The Matrix Revolutions is one you should watch to complete the series because the end works out very much complete. (Complete Franchise)


Best Part: Robot invasion battle.

Worst Part: Somehow there is too much action.

Action Scene Of The Film: Machine battle.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $150 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 9 Minutes

Tagline:  Everything that has a beginning has an end. 


Overall: Tidy conclusion to the series that is all action.




Michael Mann Weekend – Collateral (2004)

collertalDirector: Michael Mann

Writer: Stuart Beattie (Screenplay)

Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith, Mark Ruffalo, Peter Berg, Bruce McGill, Javier Bardem


Plot: A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Slick Thriller


Story: Collateral starts as we see stranger Vincent (Cruise) arriving in Los Angeles for a job. We also meet mild-mannered cab driver Max (Foxx) who knows all the streets in Los Angeles, the two end up on a collision cause as Max gets talked into taking Vincent around Los Angeles for the night, that is until Max learns that Vincent is a hitman.

Vincent forces Max into taking him around town as he completes his missions as he looks to avoid trouble, but also offers him a chance to teach him about standing up for himself and the morals about the murders he is committing. The two end up getting caught up in the middle of a cat and mouse chase around Los Angeles all in one night.

Collateral is a thriller that fills all the cat and mouse we love to see, nothing is overplayed and with everything taking place over one night we get a real feel for the timing side of the story. I do feel the supporting characters do get neglected which does end up working on both scales, we get more time with the leading two but doesn’t make us care about them. Overall this is a good slick story that all works for the genre.


Actor Review


Tom Cruise: Vincent is the hitman who has come to Los Angeles to complete a job over the course of one night, he ends up using Max as his taxi service for the night. He kills anyone who gets in the way but he also doesn’t want to kill anyone he doesn’t need too. He comes off like a good guy and is always good at his job. Tom gives us a great performance in this role as hitman.vinceent

Jamie Foxx: Max is the mild-mannered taxi driver who knows every single street in Los Angeles, he ends up picking up Vincent who puts him through the middle of the worst night of his life as he had to assist him on his killing spree or be killed. Jamie goes toe to toe with Tom which is always difficult for any big named actor.max

Jada Pinkett Smith: Annie is the hot shot lawyer that happens to be a passenger in Max’s cab before Vincent, the two get flirting and we get the potential love interest for Max in the future. Jada does a solid job but doesn’t get the screen time we would like to see.

Mark Ruffalo: Fanning is one of the cops hot the trail of what is happening on the night when one of his men went missing, he puts things together faster than the rest of the authorities. Mark does well in this supporting role but doesn’t make a big enough impact in the end.fanning

Support Cast: Collateral doesn’t get the supporting cast enough screen time to make much impact in the final outcome.

Director Review: Michael MannMichael brings his style to the hitman film which all works for the final cat and mouse between Max and Vincent.


Crime: Collateral has a good crime story going on with the bigger picture to what Vincent is up to.

Thriller: Collateral keeps you on the edge of your seat while you watch all interaction between Max and Vincent.

Settings: Collateral use the one night in Los Angeles for the story which all looks very cinematic throughout.
Special Effects
: Collateral has good effects with the kills but doesn’t turn to them too often.

Suggestion: Collateral is one to watch for all the crime thriller fans out there. (Watch)


Best Part: First kill reaction.

Worst Part: Lack of support character time.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: Nominated for 2 Oscars

Budget: $65 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours

Tagline: It started like any other night

Trivia: The seating of the two leads was crucial to certain scenes. For their more intimate exchanges, Cruise would sit directly behind Foxx, out of his peripheral vision and therefore making him more vulnerable and uncertain of his opponent.


Overall: Very enjoyable thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat as Cruise shines yet again.


Reign Over Me (2007)

logoDirector: Mike Binder

Writer: Mike Binder (Screenplay)

Starring: Adam Sandler, Don Cheadle, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Liv Tyler, Saffron Burrows, Donald Sutherland, Robert Klein, Melinda Dillon


Plot: A man who lost his family in the September 11 attack on New York City runs into his old college roommate. Rekindling the friendship is the one thing that appears able to help the man recover from his grief.


Verdict: Brilliant Drama


Story: Reign Over Me has a contently married man who works all day as a dentist then has to spend all his time with his wife and children. He longs for something more in his life and a chance encounter with an old college roommate could change things for him. His old roommate has completely closed off his world after his family was killed during 9/11. These two rekindle their friendship but getting into the details of what is going on with the old friend puts everything to the test.


This shows us how hard one man has had his life after one moment took everything from him, how he closed off everyone because his memories were too hard to live with. Going next to this we also see how one man who seems to be taking his life for granted learns to appreciate his own family and life situation more. This is a touching drama that shows you how people can struggle to cope with grief and it they do, they want to be left to do it their own way. This really has a story that is well told and pulls you in even if certain names on the film will make you think twice. (9/10)


Actor Review


Adam Sandler: Charlie widower who has closed himself off from the world, but after meeting Alan he starts to rekindle a friendship which started and finished before the events that left him where he was. He clearly needs help but is not willingly to ask any for it because he is dealing with his grief in his own way. Great performance from Sandler who shows he can actually act and give a performance people should take note off, as anybody else in this performance just wouldn’t have worked. (9/10)


Don Cheadle: Alan dentist who seems to be just going through his life with nothing eventful happening, he almost looks lost with where he is now. He rekindles his friendship with Charlie but starts to put his own family life in second place to help Charlie. Good performance from Cheadle showing he can always be relied on to be a strong supporting character. (8/10)


Jada Pinkett-Smith: Janeane wife of Alan who comes off over loving and protective of her husband, but she does support him through all the decisions he makes. Good supporting performance. (7/10)


Liv Tyler: Angela therapist who helps Alan with Charlie as he tries to overcome his personal problems. Good supporting performance. (7/10)


Saffron Burrows: Donna a lady with a few personal problems of her own, who tries to put Alan in a hard place but ends up catching the eye of Charlie and could be the answer to both their problems. Good supporting performance showing how another person deals with problems. (8/10)


Supporting Cast: All the rest of the supporting cast include family and friends of Charlie’s who want to help him but haven’t ever got through to him and people in Alan’s life. Al the supporting characters work well for the story. (7/10)


Director Review: Mike Binder – Great direction to tell a powerful story that will pull at the heart strings. (9/10)


Drama: With the names on the credits many people will think ‘no this won’t work’, but the story and performances are all brilliant. (10/10)

Settings: New York is a great setting for the story and has the tragic moment and dealing with the moment in the same city. (9/10)

Suggestion: I think Reign Over Me is a must watch for all, it is such a brilliant story that needs to be told and with the performances involved everything works out great. (Watch)


Best Part: Sandler’s performance

Worst Part: Some people might feel it takes advantage of a real tragedy.

Believability: People’s lives were changed forever by 9/11 this could very well have happened to people who lost loved ones. (9/10)

Chances of Tears: You may get some towards the end. (6/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No, but I feel Sandler proved he has got serious in his locker again here.

Box Office: $22 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Tagline: Let in the unexpected

Trivia: Tom Cruise turned down the lead role


Overall: Brilliant Drama Where Sandler Shines

Rating 87