We have seen (endured, in some cases) four movies on this vacation, more as a way to avoid rain or too much sun than out of true desire to see them. I have already written about one or two, so this could be somewhat repetitive.
I am not a fan of Harry Potter (although I do have great respect for the author’s imagination). I have read only the first volume. Guess who dragged me to see the latest installment? I did not know all the back-story, but did appreciate the production values. Given the money they make on this franchise, that is the least one could expect. The film was entertaining, and I noticed that they left the door open for subsequent stories and money-earning opportunities. The author might collect royalties forever, but all the now-unemployed film industries folks need to find a new cash cow.
To avoid the noonday sun (being neither mad dogs nor Englishmen), we took in Friends With Benefits; the choice was very limited. It turned out to be better than expected, and that Timberlake fellow fit this role better than the one he filled in Bad Teacher (read on for more on this turkey). The plot was acceptable, the writing was mostly good with some laughs, and the clichés did not exceed the red line. Mila Kunis played her role well, although I could not get a picture of Meg Griffin out of my mind each time she opened her mouth. Good production values and fine shots of New York and Los Angeles helped one overlook the stupid bits. All-in-all, it was an entertaining romantic comedy.
I do not understand the current need of filmmakers to include at least one toilet scene in every romantic comedy. This is not entertaining, never enhances the storyline, and tends to spoil the film for me. And, the border between PG and X seems to be shifting. I live in Europe, where television, some newspapers, and almost every magazine cover feature naked women, but sex scenes tend to be more controlled than in a country where a flashed breast causes national hysteria. Movies seem to be exempt from censor and are less entertaining than ones that require imagination to fill in the blanks.
We wasted some of our precious time on this planet seeing Bad Teacher, and we spent money to boot. A better title for this film would be one that dropped the second word. It is a silly, non-credible story, is filled with poorly written dialogue, and insults ones intelligence with dumb clichés. Don’t waste your money, unless you are a non-discerning, juvenile-minded something or other.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.