THE BIG WEDDING (2013)
3 out of 5 stars
Alejandro (Ben Barnes) and Missy (Amanda Seyfried) are getting married and things are getting more complicated. Alejandro, the adopted son of Don and Ellie, has invited his birth mother from Colombia. Meanwhile, Don has been living Bebe after his divorce from Ellie. All hell breaks lose when Alejandro reveals that he kept the divorce a secret from his birth mother because he didn’t want her to think that he wasn’t brought up in a traditional family (think picket fences and happily married parents).
The story is quite simple and there isn’t much to talk about except that weddings are as complicated as the families involved. But Ben Barnes does speak some mean Mandarin! Wished there was more focus on the couple but instead their parents snatched their spotlight! Wow, their lives are much more exciting than the young couples…
ONE FOR THE MONEY (2012)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Based on the novel by Janet Evanovich, Katherine Heigl stars as Stephanie Plum who becomes a bounty hunter after she lost her job. Her first case is to bring in Joe Morelli, a former cop who jumped bail and her ex. However, things get complicated when the dead bodies start to pile up.
The trailer for this really looked fun and I guess the book was fun to read but it seems that best parts were already in the trailer. Nonetheless, still fun to watch because all the other movies showing now are super serious Oscar-nominated shit. LOL. Heigl looks pretty good as a brunette while Jason O’Mara and Daniel Sunjata (Eli, Bailey’s ex on Grey’s) are hot! The grandmother and the good cop/bad cop-hookers are just hilarious.
NEW YEAR’S EVE (2011)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
Another star-studded romantic comedy! In New York!
Funniest character would be Sofia Vergara! Her lines are the funniest! Lea Michele’s so pretty here! It’s so nice to hear her sing… and once again, her solo makes me want to cry. And the scene where I caught a fake belly – when Jessica Biel accidentally pinched her sponge pregnant belly. I wasn’t the only one who saw it because I heard gasps then laughters in the audience after that scene.
But I can’t really pick a favourite because none left any deep impact on me. The Josh Duhamel story was good at the start but the ending was weird, to me. The Abigail Breslin (she looks so grown-up now!) one started okay but the ending was off too. Though her classmate’s mother, who likes to lurk and spy on her daughter is creepily weird.
LIFE AS WE KNOW IT (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars
Life As We Know It is a romantic comedy that revolves around Holly and Eric aka Messer, who are the best friends of Allison and Peter respectively, and becomes the legal guardian of their daughter, Sophie, when their parents were in a fatal car accident. Holly and Messer share a mutual dislike for each other. After the accident, they start to bond over Sophie and develop feelings for each other.
It’s a typical rom-com and some of the funnier bits (like how Messer shoved Sophie to stall her) are already in the trailers so I guess you just want to see how Holly and Messer work it out. The caseworker is one scene stealer because she can really read between the lines whenever Holly and Messer try to lie their way through while trying to imply that they have a conducive environment for Sophie. Oh, and I liked how Katherine Heigl smacked that brownie out of the caseworker’s hands. Sophie is adorable too, and she’s played by real-life triplets!
– 2 and a half out of 5 stars
Saw Killers some time back and I think the trailer had the funny bits featured in the movie.
Jen visits France with her parents after a breakup and meets Spencer, with whom she falls in love and marries. Unknown to Jen, Spencer is a contract killer but has retired after he met Jen. Fast forward to three years later, they are happily married and living in suburbia. However, Spencer receives a letter from his former boss and soon he realizes that he has a bounty of $2 million on his head, and his colleagues, friends and neighbours are all coming after him.
The only funny part I remembered came from the trailer, where Jen was trying to conceal the gun under the trenchcoat. Even the ending is a little weird – when the guy who called the bounty on Spencer was revealed. Maybe the only thing worth looking out for is Katherine Heigl’s wardrobe and Ashton Kutcher’s hot bod. Look out for a cameo by Usher.
THE UGLY TRUTH (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars
It’s a pretty crude version of the battle of the sexes but it’s really funny! The story’s about Abby Richter; romantically challenged, control freak and like most females out there, has a checklist for her perfect man. She meets Mike Chadway, the host of The Ugly Truth, who knows what makes men and women tick. They hate each other’s guts and strike a deal; if he can help her get her eligible doctor-neighbour, they’ll cooperate at work, if not he quits. She does get her doctor-neighbour eventually but the methods used are hilarious! Like the vibrating underwear, for example. Else, the witty banter between the two stars should be entertaining enough.
27 DRESSES (2008)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars
This movie kinda reminded me of ‘How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days’ but it’s quite a nice chick flick.
Katherine Heigl is so pretty and convincing as a regular bridesmaid and one that harbours a big crush on her boss. Somehow, these people have bitches for sisters and they always have to accomodate their faults and end up hurt. I guess that’s why they meet the best available guy (like James Marsden, who sings again).
Awww… don’t you enjoy these little bits of predictability in chick flicks? Especially when they have such nice and funny endings…
KNOCKED UP (2007)
– 4 out of 5 stars
Knocked Up is more realistic as it plays on the danger of one night stands and how drinking REALLY mars your vision, considering how pretty Alison (Katherine Heigl) hooks up with average guy Ben (Seth Cohen) under the influence of alcohol.
The story picks up when she discovers she’s pregnant and contacts Ben, requesting for help and support during the remaining seven months of her pregnancy. However, Ben seems to need more help than her; he does not have any income/savings and he smokes pot and watch porn with his friends daily. I guess the main draw of the film is seeing how Ben matures from a no-brainer to serious Joe, and does his best to win Alison back after disappointing the hormonally-imbalanced her too many a time. It also talks about the ‘sacrifices’ each gender has to make after they get married or have a child. In this case, it’s all fast-forwarded since the pregnancy is unexpected. The delivery scene is hilarious too, though I must say parts of it were rather explicit. The ‘crowning’ image shown (3 times within a minute) is similar but clearer than what was shown during Science class is secondary school. At the end of the movie, you’ll start to think that Ben is really a good guy after all, well at least better than most of the friends he hangs out with.
I liked the movie. I like Knocked Up‘s soundtrack too. Nice and relaxing tunes. Their website is cute too – using pregnancy test kits to signify ‘loading in process’.