Movies I saw in May 2014 that were new to me
We're the Millers - a movie starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis about a pot dealer who creates a fake family to smuggle a huge supply of pot from Mexico to the US. I really had no idea what this movie was about before I watched it and I have mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I liked the actors in the movie - all of them. It had some pretty funny moments and I really liked the story line on how they kind of built their own family and became one. However, there was a LOT of f-bombs (not necessary) and some strange crude humor (one involved a spider biting a boy - uh- you know where). Overall, it was good but it could have been better without some of the 14-year old boy type humor. Note: I usually am not crazy about Jennifer Aniston in movies but I liked her in this.
Date Movie - this was one of those 'spoof' movies that poke fun at other dating movies. It had a few funny moments but wasn't rip-roaring funny. It was a bit silly, but I expected that.
Prisoners -a suspense movie about 2 little girls that are kidnapped, you don't know if they are alive, you are not sure who took them but have suspects. One of the dad's decides to take matters into his own hands but is he torturing the right person for information? Are the girls alive? What will happen. It was a good movie but was very dark (both in subject and in lighting), I didn't find that it was particulary well acted even though there were good actors in the movie (Jake Gyllenhall, Hugh Jackman, Terrance Howard). I am not sure if it was, or if they were going for this but it had a very "low budget" kind of feel to the movie. Good but could have been better.
About Time - kind of a quirky but sweet movie about a young English man (Domhall Gleeson) who father tells him on his 21st birthday that the men in his family have the ability to go back in time. He can't change history, but he can change what happens and has happened in
his own life-so he decides to make his world a better place...by getting
a girlfriend (Rachael McAdams). He discovers later, that when some things happen in his life, he can't go back further than that time or he will change the course of his own life and kind of un-do some of the things he already did. It is a sweet movie about love, family and making the most of your life.
The Big Wedding - another "okay" movie with a great cast - lots of big names in this one (Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton, Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl, Topher Grace, Amanda Seyfried, Robin Williams) - an adopted child is getting married and invited his very, strict Catholic biological mom to the wedding. She is from Columbia and doesn't speak English at all. The young man never told his mom that his parents were divorced about 10 years ago so his adoptive parents pretend to be married while she is in town. It was cute but just okay. I guess with a cast like that, I expected more. The story seemed disjointed at times. It is a likable movie but nothing I would necessarily watch again.