Posts Tagged ‘Jason Sudeikis’

Sudeikis stars in tasteless sex comedy

Sunday, September 4th, 2011
Jason Sudeikis and Tyler Labine in "A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy" Eric (Jason Sudeikis), left, and Mike (Tyler Labine) decide to throw “A Good Old-Fashioned Orgy” for their friends during Labor Day Weekend.

Mike, an overgrown frat boy played by Tyler Labine, summarizes this movie best when he shouts, “This is the worst orgy ever!”

Contrary to its misleading positive adjective, “A Good Old Fashioned Orgy” qualifies as the worst orgy comedy ever.

The only good thing to be found in this badly written, badly acted film would be a fleeting reference to “The Goonies.” That’s pretty much the pinnacle of cleverness in a comedy about friends who agree to have group sex with each other during a major blowout Labor Day weekend party.

This movie is so humor-challenged that the outtakes over the closing credits — traditionally a sure crowd-pleaser — are laugh-deprived bores that beg the question: Why are they even on the screen?

The characters are thin and juvenile. The dialogue is sophomoric. The moral to the story is a head-scratching cop-out suggesting that intimate sexual contact between friends either 1) works better than eharmony.com in finding that perfect person, or 2) has no lasting emotional side effects on anyone at all.

Man, this movie really takes the cake. And the kitchen sink. And the toilet.

Every year, Eric, an arrested juvenile trapped in the body of a thirtysomething man (“SNL” star Jason Sudeikis), plans a big end-of-summer party for his longtime friends in his mansionlike house in the Hamptons that actually belongs to his globe-trotting daddy (Don Johnson). (Read more…)

Comically abused workers plot against ‘Horrible Bosses’

Friday, July 8th, 2011
Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston in "Horrible Bosses" Dental assistant Dale (Charlie Day) can’t stand sexual harassment from his nymphomaniac boss (Jennifer Aniston) in the comedy “Horrible Bosses.”

This is the chortle-inducing comedy that “The Hangover Part 2” should have been: a wild, unpredictable romp riddled with sex, violence, vulgarity and characters too intelligence-inhibited to do much beyond hanging on for their diminished lives as the icky stuff hits the fan.

Seth Gordon’s succinctly titled “Horrible Bosses” offers an inebriated story that winds all over the narrative road, bumping into mistaken identities, peanut allergies, sexual indiscretions and quasi-dark jokes that, frankly, don’t go far enough to milk the insane and ridiculous premise for all it’s worth.

Yet, “Horrible Bosses” has high points of hilarity provided by its trio of well-wrought office villains and the charismatic snap between its three principal protagonists, none of whom will ever win points for good judgment.

Reasonable, subservient company man Nick (Jason Bateman) can’t believe that his insensitive boss (Kevin Spacey on acerbic overdrive) would dangle an office promotion in front of him for months, then take the job (and extra pay) for himself. (Read more…)

Comic ‘Hall Pass’ not the Farrellys’ best

Sunday, February 27th, 2011
Jason Sudeikis and Owen Wilson in "Hall Pass" Married pals Fred (Jason Sudeikis), left, and Rick (Owen Wilson) can’t believe their wives gave them a “Hall Pass” to have sex with other women for a week, penalty-free.

Only one scene in the Farrelly brothers’ new comedy, “Hall Pass,” resonates with insight into how the sexual immaturity of men can fray the romantic bonds between a happily married couple.

Rick (Owen Wilson) and his wife, Maggie (“The Office” star Jenna Fischer), intend to engage in the dance of the wild bunnies as soon as their little boy falls asleep.

When Rick finally enters their bedroom, Maggie is fast asleep. But the moment Rick leaves the room, Maggie opens her eyes.

Faker! Faker!

Later, Maggie tearfully explains to her best friend Grace (Christina Applegate) why she pretended to be asleep: because she feared that while making love to her, Rick would be thinking of all the hot babes he’d ogled and fussed over earlier that day.

This is a very smart and disturbing scene.

Had “Hall Pass” offered more moments like it, directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly would have a major hit comedy that simultaneously appealed to the sensitivity of women’s feelings and the insensitivity of men’s penchants for adolescent sexual fixations.

Nope. “Hall Pass” is a spotty, choppy mess, a belabored comedy that could use another pass through editing software, plus benefit from a more thoughtful ending beyond the expected “grass is greener where you’re standing” moral to the story. (Read more…)

‘Going the Distance’ proves not all can follow the Judd Apatow formula

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010
Justin Long and Drew Barrymore in "Going the Distance" Garrett (Justin Long) meets Erin (Drew Barrymore) in a bar in “Going the Distance,” a romance about faraway lovers.

Erin and Garrett have been separated for too long while working in different cities, so they decide to indulge in some phone sex.

But after thrashing out the embellished details of their fantasized tryst – car vs. elevator? – the two long-distance lovers finally cave to frustration.

“This isn’t really working!” Erin confesses.

Neither is “Going the Distance,” a romantic comedy surprisingly light on romance and fun, but heavy on the sort of randy vulgarity that falls way short of riotous humor.

Documentary film director Nanette “American Teen” Burstein directed “Going the Distance,” and she follows the formula of producer/director Judd Apatow in his string of successful comedies (“Superbad,” “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” plus others).

Her movie proves it’s not all that easy to duplicate Apatow’s ability to find the right balance between empathetic characters and wince-inducing, gross-out gags.

Garrett (Justin Long) meets Erin (Drew Barrymore) at a video game in a New York bar soon after being dumped by his girlfriend. They chat. They flirt. They bond.

He works as an assistant in a record company. She serves as an intern with the fictional New York Sentinel newspaper.

With Erin scheduled to jet back to her San Francisco home in two weeks, Garrett proposes a long-distance relationship, and she accepts.

So, the couple embarks on a naive quest to date by Skype, until the impersonal grind takes its predictable toll on the two and forces them to reconsider their options. (Read more…)