Die Another Day (Movie Thoughts: Four Good Days)

Fresh from Glenn Closes’s another Oscar defeat comes ‘Four Good Days,’ which is another bait-y role for her. I don’t know why the Academy just won’t let her win as she certainly deserves one for her body of work (I thought she was very good in ‘The Wife’ and should have won for that) Yes, I know that sometimes she can be on the over-acting side. But then again they gave one to Al Pacino, and he is the poster child for that, so…

Anyway, I liked this film. It veers more towards a PSA, After School special, and is a little on the soapy overwrought side but both Close and Mila Kunis, who plays her drug addicted daughter, are believable enough to sell the story. It shows addiction as an ongoing process, and something that can not be solved quickly. I have to say that the story can sometimes be exhausting, but maybe that’s the point. That’s how you would feel if you were in that situation. As a film, though, it’s okay but probably not something you want to see over and over.

Unnecessarily (Movie Thoughts: The Spy Who Dumped Me)

large_spy-dumpedIf a movie doesn’t interest me at all, I avoid it at all costs, even if crowds of people like it. But sometimes, I do get into movies and ask myself why am I here? Ten minutes into ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me,’  I asked that question, and even after I left, I am still asking why I wasted my time and energy on it.  This movie is nothing more than an unnecessary everything. Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon play friends who get caught into some kind of espionage situation that’s never really fully explained – some mishmash about a data file. But then again, both actresses play cardboard characters. We know zilch about them so why should we care? Plus, one wonders why it is so violent – another unnecessary aspect – when it is supposed to be a comedy. But whatevs. This movie has already wasted two hours of my time, and I am not spending a minute more on it.

Bad, You Know It (Movie Thoughts: A Bad Mom’s Christmas)

badmomxI am still trying to go through Halloween, and then not looking forward to Thanksgiving, and now I already have to deal with Christmas movies? I was really trying to ignore ‘A Bad Moms Christmas’ because of a couple of things. First of all – Christmas. Second, I know I saw the original movie but was it even memorable for me? I guess it was a hit, hence the sequel. But I have my Moviepass card burning in my pocket and none of the other choices really excited me so I said I might as well, even though there is a part of me that was dreading this.

But, honestly, it wasn’t *that* bad, and some parts made me laugh. I didn’t realize that a big part of the focus here is on the bad moms’ mothers, and Mila Kunis’ character’s mom is played by Christine Baranski, and anything with Baranski is worth looking at. And even though Baranski’s role is one dimensional, this is a stupid comedy so who cares. I also likes Cheryl Hines as Kristin Bell’s mother, so that was an added plus. Susan Sarandon plays the third grandmom and frankly, it is just another variation of your typical Sarandon performance – does she play the same role over and over again? As for the original moms, only Kathryn Hahn is really worth mentioning, she is totally delightful here.

I mean, if I had to pay for this movie, I would probably me less generous. But be that as it may, I have to say that even the modest audience at my screening was howling with laughter. The mostly-woman crowd ate everything was serving, so should I really judge? It looks like this film is serving its main demographic, and if this is what Christmas means to them, then by all means Happy Holidays!