8:00 PM, 11th September, 2009
In Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey finally plays a character who takes full advantage of the fact that he looks like Matthew McConaughey! True, the well sculpted actor has repeatedly played the handsome guy trying to charm one special lady, but in this film McConaughey's character, Connor Mead, has been with thousands of girls, and they all come back to haunt him on the eve of his kid brother's wedding.
This film has a good concept and the use of flashbacks is very well done. There are a lot of sexual jokes and situations, but this is what makes the movie funny. McConaughey and Garner have excellent chemistry, with Garner offering some eye candy for the male film-goers.
You don't need to be a big fan of McConaughey to see this movie, but it helps (and really, how could you not be a fan? Or at least enjoy the wrapping, if not the package inside). Overall, it's an enjoyable film with a smart cast, a preposterous story, but a serious message about true love and selflessness. I guess I'd say there is a little more drama than comedy in this film, but it will give you opportunities to laugh along, sometimes out loud, and leave smiling. At the end of this movie you'll know you made a good choice to go see it.
9:55 PM, 11th September, 2009
It is the late 1980s and James Brennan (Eisenberg) has just finished his undergrad studies and is all set to embark on the European vacation his parents had long promised him as a graduation present. Unfortunately for James, his parents are flat broke and aren't going to be paying for him to go anywhere for summer. In fact they are so broke that they won't be able to pay for him to head off to grad school in New York the following year either. James is forced to work at Adventureland, a low-rent amusement park (run by "Saturday Night Live" stars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig), for the summer in the hope that he can scrape together enough cash to keep his grad school plans together. Things start to look up when James hooks up with Em (Stewart) and forms an unlikely bond with his fellow reluctant carnies (including Ryan Reynolds and Martin Starr). Maybe he'll escape with some of his sanity left...
You could be forgiven for thinking that Adventureland is Superbad Mk. II, if all were to simply judge things from its trailer. Whilst it does have plenty of the same style humour, Adventureland is more grounded and dramatic. It takes the time to mould all of its characters into people you can appreciate even if you don't particularly like. This approach doesn't just add depth to the story, it makes many of the movie's funniest moments resonate long after they have happened. Whilst it didn't set the box office on fire on its initial release, Adventureland is sure to find cult appreciation in the years to come.