Thursday, May 31, 2012

Guess which character/actor Warner Brothers wanted as the villain in The Dark Knight Rises?

I remember back in 2008, after the release of The Dark Knight, the internet was a buzz with rumors.  About what?  Everyone was trying to guess which actors would be playing which villains in the next Batman flick.  Even I jumped into the craze by posting a rumor... Joseph Gordon Levitt as The Ridler?  I thought it was a great idea.  Apparently Warner Brothers executives agreed with me on the character, with a different actor in mind.  Batman-News.com posted a quote from co-writer of The Dark Knight Rises that will have you wondering, 'what if'?

David Goyer says, at the premier of The Dark Knight, Warner Brothers executives said, “it’s gonna be The Riddler, and we want it to be Leonardo DiCaprio…”.  WHAT!?  Huh?  Maybe?  Yeah!  Hell yeah!  Are you kidding me?  That's even before Leonardo DiCaprio and Christopher Nolan worked together on Inception.

That was 4 years ago.  A lot has happened since!  But seriously, what if?!  I think DiCaprio would have been able to go to a dark place, to do the character justice.  It would have been far different from Jim Carrey's take on the character in Batman Forever.  That was meant to be more camp, and less dark.  But in Nolan's Batman universe, The Riddler would have been pretty cool to see on screen.  I do however understand Nolan's decision to go with Bane.  He gives Batman a true challenge, both mentally and physically.  With this being Nolan's final directing effort in the franchise, we will forever wonder.... what if Leonardo DiCaprio played The Riddler in The Dark Knight Rises?

Almost the entire cast of Kick-Ass will return for "Balls to the Wall", even Nicolas Cage?


Deadline is reporting that almost the entire original cast from Kick-Ass, the 2010 action comedy from director Matthew Vaughn, have been re-signed for the sequel.  Kick-Ass and it's sequel, sub-titled Balls to the Wall, are based on the wildly popular comics created by Mark Millar.  The sequel is currently being written by its future director, Jeff Wadlow.  That means the rumors are true and Vaughn will NOT return to his passion project.  It's too bad too.  The first Kick-Ass really opened a lot of doors for Vaughn, who went on to direct the awesome X-Men: First Class.

According to the article, stars Aaron Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz and Christopher Mintz-Plasse would all return.  As would Nicolas Cage.  SPOILER ALERT: Cage would return in a cameo, most likely flashbacks, as his character was killed in the original film/comic book.  END SPOILER

This is pretty exciting for fans like myself.  I thought the original cast was spot on perfect and would love to see what else they could bring to the world Millar created.  It's always a bummer when stars choose not to return to sequels in a franchise.  I'll be even more happy when this is confirmed.  I'll let you know when that happens.

UPDATE: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg's "3 Mississippi" gets a writer/director combo

UPDATE:  Due to scheduling conflicts, Mark Wahlberg has been replaced by Adam Sandler in 3 Mississippi.  I'm bummed about it, but I'll post more as we approach.

Remember last year when it was announced that Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg were re-teaming to do a football movie?  Well it was tentatively titled Turkey Bowl back then, and 3 Mississippi now.  Good news, capable men have been hired to write and direct the comedy.  Sean Anders and John Morris have been brought onto the project.

Anders and Morris are most famous for their work on such films as Hot Tub Time Machine, She's Out of My League, and Sex Drive.  Here's also a fun little tidbit; they've been hired to write the sequel to Dumb & Dumber.  Hopefully 3 Mississippi and Dumb & Dumber live up to the hype.  I'll let you know what happens as we approach filming on both movies.

Successful, Alan Horn, takes over as chairman of Disney Studios



A little over a month ago, Rich Ross resigned as Walt Disney Pictures' chairman.  His exit quote was something along the lines of, 'this isn't the right professional fit for me'.  Whatever.  You made one massive mistake after another, and only Marvel saved the company's ass with The Avengers.  Remember John Carter?  That's neither here nor there.

Today, Variety reported that former head of Warner Brothers Studios, Alan Horn has earned the job.  Let me give you 3 franchise Horn oversaw while at Warner Brothers... The Oceans films, The Harry Potter franchise, and the Christopher Nolan Batman films!  What!?  Any questions?  This guy is a business mastermind.  That may turn off some creative types, but have no fear, he's great in that department as well.  For all his business and marketing savvy, he works well with actors/producers/directors too.  He officially takes over June 11th.  I'm sure the headlines will start to roll soon after.  I'll let you know.

P.S.  Paul Ben-Victor famously played the role of Alan Rubin, head of Warner Brothers on HBO's "Entourage".  It was explained multiple times by the show's creator, Doug Ellin, that the role was purposely meant to depict Alan Horn.  Pretty cool huh?

The Bourne Legacy trailer; a slap in Matt Damon's face?


It looks like Universal wants the last laugh in the Bourne reboot debacle.  After The Bourne Ultimatum (the third film in the franchise), star Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass decided not to stick around.  Check out the trailer and see my thoughts below.



Well?  A part of me thinks it's a slap in Matt Damon's face to use the character for nothing more than a reason to reboot the franchise.  HOWEVER; it's pretty clever how the studio blatantly uses Damon's character to continue the story with a new lead, Jeremy Renner.  What are your thoughts?  Shady or clever?

Monday, May 28, 2012

You know what's a good movie? (Part 9) The Count of Monte Cristo

Welcome back to the "You know what's a good movie?" column. It's when I talk about movies that are connected in some way.  Maybe they share a director, maybe they share a starring actor or actress, or maybe there is a common theme?  Let's review:

Part 5: The Departed

Connection: Matt Damon

Part 6: Good Will Hunting

Connection: Robin Williams

Part 7: Mrs. Doubtfire

Connection: Chris Columbus

Part 8: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Connection: Richard Harris

Part 9: The Count of Monte Cristo


Richard Harris was an amazing actor who had an amazing resume before his passing in 2002.  He passed away after only 2 of the 8 Harry Potter films were completed.  But he definitely left his stamp on the franchise.  Another of Harris' terrific performances was in The Count of Monte Cristo; a retelling of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel.  The story of a man wrongfully imprisoned, and his tale of revenge.  The film was directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), and starred Jim Caviezel (The Passion of The Christ), Guy Pearce (Memento) and Dagmara Dominczyk (Kinsey).

Caviezel begins his character arc as a young, naive man who believes in the good of others.  Caviezel acts more with eyes than anything else in this first act.  Pearce's character can't bare the fact that a poor man like Caviezel can be so content with his life.  While he has all the riches in the world, Pearce is an unhappy man.  He betrays Caviezel in a scheme to steal his fiance, played by Dominczyk.  Caviezel is wrongfully thrown in jail with the help of Pearce's rich friends.  Dominczyk is lead to believe he is dead.

The second act is where Caviezel's character takes his turn, while in prison.  It maybe for the best, maybe for the worst.  This is where he meets the Richard Harris character, "The Priest".  The priest enriches him with a wealth of knowledge.  Math, science, economics, literature, and most importantly, fencing.  This is all in exchange for Caviezel's help digging the two characters out of the prison.  After an accident occurs, and while on his death bed, the priest reveals a map to hidden treasure.  Caviezel escapes the prison and begins his journey to revenge against those who have done him wrong.

It is the third act that is the most fascinating to me.  Caviezel makes an alliance with the Luis Guzman character, as he makes his way back to his hometown.  After the two find the treasure, they return to town and create an entirely new persona for Caviezel, The Count of Monte Cristo.  But something takes the Count by surprise; the Dominczyk character has married the Pearce character, and they have a son together.  Wow.

With a clever setup, Caviezel makes it appear as though he saves Pearce's son from being kidnapped.  This is all to get close to the Pearce character.  Pearce's son is played by none other than Henry Cavill, our future Superman!

Spoiler Alert
Towards the end of the film, it is revealed that the Cavill character is actually Caviezel's son, not Pearce's.  WHOA!  The Dominczyk character only married Pearce because she was pregnant and needed to cover it up!  It is important to note that the writer of the script, Jay Wolpert, deviated from the Dumas novel in this aspect.  In the book, the son really does belong to the Pearce character.
End Spoiler

At this point, our main character is full of anger and hate, and he is ready for revenge.  One by one, those who were responsible for his imprisonment begin to fall.  But it is done in such a grand way, that it is perhaps worse than death.  All of this leads to an incredible showdown between the former best friends.

The action comes to a head with a fencing duel that is filmed beautifully.  With swooping camera shots through the fields that surround the actual actors dueling, it's a sight to see.  I wont spoil the end, but the Caviezel character's arc definitely has a conclusion that will satisfy the viewers.

The action is great in the film, but it is really the story telling that keeps us on the edge of our seats.  What the Count will do next, to get back at people, provides the bulk of the thrills.  The scenery, the acting, the directing are all top notch.  I loved how easy it was to follow the complex web of revenge that the character goes through.  Not every aspect is revealed to the audience, just enough for us to try and figure it out ourselves.  It is a smart film that satisfies with repeat viewings.  If you haven't seen this film yet, go out and get yourself a copy.  You WONT be disappointed.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Latest trailer to re-titled, The Watch


Here's the latest trailer to the movie formerly titled Neighborhood Watch.  After the world became obsessed with the Trayvon Martin case, in which a neighborhood watch volunteer shot and killed the unarmed teenager, the studio was forced to go into full PR mode.  They've changed the title of the film to simply, The Watch.  The first trailer showed the main actors chasing down and interrogating a teenagers, while this trailer focuses much more on the alien attack the movie is actually about.  Check it out!

G.I. Joe: Retaliation pushed back 9 months into 2013, but why?


G.I. Joe: Retaliation was set to be released just a month from now, but not anymore.  Paramount is pushing the film back NINE MONTHS!  From June 29th, 2012 to March 29th, 2013.  But why?  Well, here are a few reasons, one confirmed, one rumored.  Let's take a look at both.

3D
This is confirmed.  The studio's official reason for pushing back the release is 3D.  They are post-converting the film, and it will of course take time.  One has to think that The Avengers is to blame for Paramount's train of thought.  That film, which was co-distributed by Paramount, is breaking one record after another, and the 3D is a large part of that success.  We also know that even the worst of movies can be profitable with 3D assisting in the box office take.  Take the 2010 film, Clash of the Titans.  That film was post-converted to 3D and made a boat load of money, but was a really bad film!  Even so, it was profitable and "warranted" a sequel which was just released a few months ago.  Speaking of bad movies...

The Movie Was Bad
This is rumor, but may be a more valid theory than just money hungry executives.  The rumor mill says the movie wasn't very good and the studio was worried that it wouldn't profit, and maybe even lose money.  After two colossal Hollywood bombs this year (John Carter & Battleship), the studio can't risk a terrible film.  The star of the film, Dwayne Johnson, added some evidence to this theory when he Tweeted that there will be re-shoots.  He says it's to enhance the 3D, I think it's to enhance the film.

Whether the studio is pushing back the movie due to 3D, or it was a bad final cut, I'm a little bit bummed about it.  Since the trailer premiered, I wanted to see the film.  I really liked the first one, when a lot of people hated it.  We'll have to wait until March of next year to see what the real story is.  But until then, it's hurry up and wait.  

Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Amazing Spider-Man trailer, The Lizard in full effect


Check out the latest trailer to The Amazing Spider-Man.  Also above is the latest image of the villain, The Lizard, played by Rhys Ifans.  The studio is now in full marketing mode.  So we'll start to see more officially released images, posters and trailers.  The trailer has a bunch of new shots, not shown in the previous trailer.

Interesting fact for you guys:  The character of The Lizard is actually Dr. Curt Connors in the comics, one of Peter Parker's professors.  The character was played in previous films by Dylan Baker in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy.  There was a rumor before Spider-Man 3, that Baker would finally turn into The Lizard after being in the first two films.  That never happened, and instead, we got a terrible movie.  It's ok in my opinion.  The Amazing Spider-Man promises less camp and a darker tone with Marc Webb directing.  Plus, Ifans looks a lot scarier than Baker ever could.


Click the link below to see all the new posters for the film!

Latest Bond film, "Skyfall" world premier trailer


It's been a wild ride for this movie, and it hasn't even been released.  Back in October of 2009, the studio behind the Bond films, MGM, was in serious trouble.  Close to closing its doors due to a lack of financing, the latest Bond film was delayed.  After new financing was secured, it appeared the movie might be scrapped altogether.  Rest assured, the movie is a go, titled, Skyfall.  It's got some serious talent to boot.

The film is directed by Academy Award winner, Sam Mendes (American Beauty).  Daniel Craig returns to the lead role for a third time.  Javier Bardem has been cast as the villain.  Judi Dench returns (perhaps for the last time), as the character, M.  And there are two women who have the privilege of calling themselves Bond girls, Berenice Marlohe and Naomie Harris.  That's the talent, here's the trailer.  Look for my comments below.


This is a very effective trailer in my opinion.  It teases at a scheme to take out M, and shows Bond will do whatever it takes to stop it.  I think there is a silhouette of Javier Bardem, but nothing more of our villain.  It's going to be fast paced, and will visit multiple countries, as most of the Bond films do.  With Mendes behind the camera, we're in for a thriller grounded in reality, much like Casino Royale.  Quantum of Solace was a fun ride as well, but let's hope that Skyfall lives up to the hype.  So, what do you think?

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock to star in a buddy comedy film by "Bridesmaids" director


I love both actresses and their work.  Melissa McCarthy created one of the most memorable characters we've seen on screen in a very long time.  Sandra Bullock is a pro at what she does.  With her Oscar a few years ago, she proved she could act in dramas.  We know she can do comedy films as well (The Proposal).  The two actresses will play buddy cops in a new comedy to be directed by Paul Feig, director of Bridesmaids.  I'm in!  All three involved have me excited to see this film.  No plot details yet, but I'll post them as soon as they're reported.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

This Means War DVD review; a spy vs. spy action comedy


When I first saw the trailer for This Means War, I was interested.  I'm a fan of Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, as well as Reese Witherspoon.  So when I read that McG was directing, I thought, "Ok, lets give this a chance."  With a script written by Timothy Dowling and Simon Kinberg (Role Models and Sherlock Holmes respectively), I knew I was in for a treat.  Lets go!


What I Liked About the Film:
The Premise
Remember those old Mad magazine comics, Spy vs. Spy?  They were a mix of espionage and Looney Tunes in one.  This Means War takes that same idea into the real world.  Hardy and Pine are both dating Witherspoon, as the trailers have so obviously explained.  Some of the best scenes in the movie consist of the two friends sabotaging each other's dates with Witherspoon.  Some of it is physical comedy and some of it is in the witty dialogue, both work really well.

I mentioned the dialogue above, but it should be noted that it is one of the best aspects of the film.  Dowling and Kinberg write dialogue that is respectable, and believable between the two spies.  Above all the arguing and fighting, we believe there is a deep seeded friendship between the two.  Along with the written words, Hardy and Pine deliver their lines perfectly.  The comedy comes from their timing, and it was great.

Action
Some people hate him, some people love him.  Regardless of your position on the man, McG can direct action.  His take on the Terminator franchise may have been met with critical dismay, but the action was a spectacle to behold.  Here, he is able to have fun with the spy genre while keeping it lite.  I especially love the action that opens the film.  Good stuff.


What I Didnt Like About the Film:
Villain
The villain, that is really only in the movie to give the spies something to do, is barely shown onscreen.  I swear, one action film after the other neglects this aspect of the story.  Some of the best action films, superhero driven or otherwise, have memorable villains.  Take The Dark Knight for example; the Joker was breathtakingly scary in his role, perhaps more memorable than Batman.  Another film that comes to mind is The Professional, whose villainous role was played by the great Gary Oldman.

Plot, or Lack of
Other than the sabotaging of dates, not much really happens in the film.  There is no real plot, no real structure.  The first, second and third act feel unorganized and one giant sketch.  As an audience, we're basically just waiting from one date to the next, to see what happens.  In between those dates, we get the obnoxious Chelsea Handler, giving advice to the Witherspoon character.  Trust me, 30 minutes into the movie, a lot of the gags lose their effectiveness.  

Pacing
The pacing is dreadful.  Like I said, we're just waiting from one date to the next for something to happen.  The "character building" scenes are pretty bad.  Hardy is a really nice guy.  Pine is a womanizer for a good reason.  And Witherspoon has never had this much excitement in her life, so the notion of dating two guys at once is a big deal.  I was basically just waiting for Witherspoon to see which guy she was going to pick.


The Verdict:
Fun at Times and Flat Overall
That sums it up.


The DVD/Blu-Ray combo:
Decent
The DVD/Blu-Ray combo comes with quite a few goodies.  Most notable are the alternate endings, which McG was rumored to release at different screenings across the country.  Also on the Blu-Ray is a funny gag reel and a few deleted scenes that have commentary by McG.  Finally there is a great audio commentary by McG.  Below are the full details on the special features:

• Alternate Endings w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG
– Warehouse Alternate Ending
– Alternate Ending #1
– Alternate Ending #2
• Bachelorette Party
• Uncensored Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG
• Alternative Opening Concept (Previz w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG)
• Audio Commentary by Director McG (standard and extended versions)
• Theatrical Trailer

Monday, May 21, 2012

Battleship review; not nearly as bad as some are saying


Battleship, the movie?  Sounds terrible right?  A movie based on a board game where the objective was basically to guess coordinates.  Well, Peter Berg didn't see it that way.  From the minute he signed on as director, he was begging audiences to give his film a chance.  When the studio saw that American's were already 'knockin' it before tryin' it', they decided to release the movie overseas a month before the United States.  The outcome?  Well, let's go.


What I liked about the film:
The Story
The STORY, not the script.  The story is quite simple really.  Aliens have crash landed on earth to take over satellite communication with their home planet.  By creating a force field around a small fleet of Navy ships, the aliens have forced the fight on water.  The script is being shredded by critics, and for good reason.  But the story was simple enough to justify the existence of the aliens on our planet, and in turn "justifying" the action.

Taylor Kitsch
Taylor Kitsch's character is a hot headed young man who's joined the Navy after his older brother (played by Alexander Skarsgard), refuses to financially support him any longer.  Skarsgard's character is a captain in the Navy and is the man in charge once the navy begins their war on the aliens.  What's important to note is, Kitsch's character actually does experience a growth, a nice arc.  He may not be the best actor doing these genre films, but he is getting better with every performance.

The Action/Special Effects
It's not an easy feat to create a war over water.  As an audience, we've come to expect the best of the best.  The movie creates action set pieces that have never been seen before.  Another complaint I'm reading online is, the movie completely disregards physics... really?!  What did you expect?  This is a movie about aliens invading Earth for satellite communication!  Come on people.  Writers Eric and Jon Hoeber wrote a simple, action packed script with some bad cliches.  But Berg choreographed some great action that made even the most mundane objectives exciting.  I especially liked the way the filmmaker incorporated the simple strategy of the board game into the film, without throwing it right in our faces.  Those hating on this aspect of the film need to get over it.


What I didn't like about the film:
The Characters
Beyond Kitsch's character, there is not much more to be proud of for the writers.  The great Liam Neeson is restricted to a few scenes from a chair.  Brooklyn Decker plays his daughter, and Kitsch's love interest... for no reason.  She literally serves no purpose to the film, other than eye candy.  Then there is singer/actress Rihanna.  She is a pleasure to look at, but again, has nothing to do in the film that a nameless character couldn't have done for her.  The trailer sold her as the daughter of a Navy veteran who predicted the alien attacks.  But the script does nothing to further explore that one line of dialogue.

The Cliches
Speaking of the dialogue.  The writers must have tried their best to put in every action film cliche into the script.  There is the "Mahalo Mother F-----", BOOM, SHOT TO THE FACE.  There is the slow motion walk used in countless action films.  Only in this film, it's a set of 1940's Navy veterans asked to be a part of the final action sequence.  No seriously, I didn't make that up.  I wonder if the studio asks writers to put these things in their scripts?  Does anyone know?  I'd be curious to find out.  Nonetheless, a silly script with silly dialogue of course.


The Verdict:
Berg > Bay
The above equation says it all for me.  I'll take a Peter Berg movie over a Michael Bay film any day of the week.  The similarities between Battleship and Transformers can not be ignored.  Berg however has a way of making the action more meaningful, placing more importance on the heroics of our main characters.  The movie is not great, by any means.  But by no means is it as bad as I thought it would be.  In fact, I rather enjoyed the mind numbing action.  There are a ton of 'money shots' to get hypnotized by.  I believe it is going to flop in theaters, and maybe this is the film to finally get through Hollywood's thick skull.  More original material (Inception), less tie-ins (Transformers).  Either way, take a date to this movie and enjoy the eye candy for two hours.

The Dictator review; a great satire about politics, foreign policy and the American way of life


Sacha Baron Cohen has been called many things during his career.  Some people call him repulsive, and others call him a genius.  I'm with the in between crowd.  Some of his previous work, most notably  Borat, was a bit crude for my taste.  But the way Cohen had the ability to work people over was sheer genius.  He followed up that film with Bruno.  Using a similar style of going undercover, he was becoming an international star.  So up now?  The Dictator, the actors first starring role in a scripted comedy.  Let's go.


What I liked about the film:
The Acting/Characters
Comedies usually don't get the recognition they should when it comes to acting.  Comedy is so incredibly difficult, and Cohen makes it look so easy.  His portrayal of a North African dictator is hilarious and sincere.  As important as the former is, so too is the latter.  If Cohen plays the part over the top, it becomes shtick comedy and pretty much anyone can do that.  But if he's too serious, it's not funny.  Cohen is great in his great timing and delivery.

Three supporting actors deserve some recognition as well.  Sir Ben Kingsley is his usual great self.  He plays the dictators uncle who may not be as loyal as we think.  Jason Mantzoukas plays the dictators side-kick and partner in crime.  He is funny and helps with the exposition needed to explain plot points.  Anna Faris plays the love interest, with totally opposite ideals to that of the dictator.  I thought it was brilliant how they made the two characters exact opposites in so many ways.  Faris plays the part with the same sincerity she did in the Scary Movies.  Her character may not have been the brightest, but she was the most honest.

The Writing/Satire
How fitting is this movie after 2011's Arab Spring.  The film comes a year after we saw one dictator after another fall.  My parents are from this region of the world, and I have to tell you, it made the movie that much funnier for me!  If you can't laugh at yourself, you can't laugh at anything.  Cohen, Alec Berg, David Mandel and Jeff Schaffer wrote a great script poking fun at so many people, that it's going to be hard for any ONE particular group to be offended.  It's current and smart, two of my favorite aspects of any comedy.  The climax offers up a hillarious speech that will have us all laughing at our government, and then have us asking, "Wait, what the hell?"

The Soundtrack
Believe it or not, the soundtrack is funny in and of itself.  It takes popular American songs and translates them in foreign languages.  It was a funny surprise seeing the dictator character march down the streets of New York to the beat of a Dr. Dre song with Arabic lyrics.  So funny!


What I didn't like about the film:
Repetitiveness 
Some of the jokes in the film are used over and over again.  This gets old really quickly.  But have no fear, there is enough material in the film to view this as a simple oversight.


The Verdict:
We Need More Comedies Like This
I am a fan of the smart and relative comedies.  Films like The Dictator don't come around very often.  They're smart, they make you think and reflect.  I wasn't the biggest fan of Cohen's Borat, and decided not to see Bruno.  But Talladega Nights is one of my favorite films (comedy or otherwise), of all time.  Cohen has proven with that film, as well as The Dictator, he can handle a script; and then make fun of you without knowing it.

What to Expect When You're Expecting review; exactly what we expected


A movie based on a "user guide" for being pregnant.  The book sold 32 million copies and was absurdly popular among current and future moms.  So naturally, Hollywood found a way to adapt What to Expect When You're Expecting.  With early buzz writing off the film, the studio took a different approach to its marketing... highlight the male characters, "The Dudes", and let's hope for the best.  Yeah, let's do that.  Let's go.

What I liked about the film:
The Comedians
Notice the distinction, comedians, not actors.  The cast is an ensemble one.  Here are the stars in no particular order:  Dennis Quaid, Anna Kendrick, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Ben Falcone, Chris Rock, Thomas Lennon and Wendi McLendon-Covey.  I'm going to ignore every terrible performance in the film and focus on the last three on that list.

Rock, Lennon and McLendon-Covey are terrific.  Their timing is impeccable.  Even with a horrendous script, they manager to muster up the only laughs in the film.   Nicely done.  I'd also like to note Anna Kendrick's performance.  She is the only actor/actress to portray any kind of emotion in the film at all.  Albeit a small (and insignificant part), she did what she could with the material.


What I didn't like about the film:
Characters 
Minus the three comedians I mentioned above, every character in the film was either forgettable, unfunny, or down right annoying.  By the end of the film I just wanted to scream at the screen and tell Cameron Diaz' character to 'shut it'.  And if that wasn't bad enough, there is no real development to any of the characters.  It's just a hodgepodge of nonsense characters that are neither funny, nor likable.

To make matters worse, the production team will tie the characters together whether it's believable or not!  In the final minutes of the film, Anna Kendrick's character is revealed to be relatives with the Brooklyn Decker character.  Stupid.

The Director
Kirk Jones may have done the unthinkable; made a worse ensemble film than Valentine's Day.  It's just a stupid movie with desperate attempts at pulling at our heart strings.  They try as hard as they can to find relatable characters to every conceivable type of pregnancy and it just falls flat on its face.  Jones is not completely to blame, so too are Shauna Corss and Heather Hach who co-wrote the film.  All of three of them owe me $12.00 as I chose to be a good husband and take my wife to see this crap.


The Verdict:
When Will They Learn?
When is Hollywood going to learn?  These ensemble movies are really hard to make.  Or really hard to make well, I should say.  Is that grammatically correct?  What to Expect When You're Expecting managed to only make 10 million dollars this weekend.  People don't want to see this cliche crap anymore.  Give us something more Hollywood, we deserve better.