Flicks: 'Zohan' sure to rake in the dough this week
So what do you do with a week like this? The choices are comedy, comedy or comedy. With the exception of some limited-release dramas that are barely worth watching, there are mostly comedies being released Friday.
The only limited-release drama that may be worth a view is Sergei Bodrov’s biopic of Ghengis Khan, “Mongol.” It will probably be best watched on the big screen for its vast screnery.
It has been nominated for Best Foreign Language Picture, so if you want to be prepared for the Oscars, it's a good choice.
As far as the comedies ...
First up would be the Steve Conrad (“The Weather Man”) film starring John C. Reilly and Seann William Scott called “The Promotion.” It’s a little outside the mainstream and a bit kooky.
Between their facial expressions and what appears to be great writing, Scott and Reilly may make perfect comedic chemistry. Both work for the same Chicago supermarket and compete ruthlessly when a new store chain opens up.
Their antics should be quite entertaining, but look at this limited release as a DVD rental -- there is just not enough time to watch everything.
The next limited release is the new Heather Graham flick, “Miss Conception.” Graham hasn’t lost the blond, but she has gained a British accent. “Miss Conception” seems to be the British answer to America’s “Baby Mama.” Graham plays Georgina, a young lady who feels her biological clock ticking, but has a boyfriend who is not in any mood to be a daddy.
To be specific, Georgina has one egg left -- how silly. It appears to be way more wacky than “Baby Mama” and should be saved for DVD, as well.
In “Kung Fu Panda,” Jack Black is doing voice-over as a chubby Panda who knows martial arts. The laughs have to be abundant.
Since it’s animated, you may need to pluck one of your nephews to tag along. They probably aren’t even interested, but aunts can offer enticements such as candy and ice cream and such.
The must-see comedy is “You Don’t Mess With The Zohan.” It is sure to be the most popular movie at theaters this week and further line Adam Sandler’s coffers. The absurdity of an ex-Israeli spy becoming a hair stylist is just too funny to pass up. Only Sandler could carry it off, and his faithful sidekick Rob Schneider should make the usual hilarious cameos. Have fun!