Flicks: Free trailer the best thing about ‘Life As We Know It’
My first thought after seeing commercials for “Life As We Know It” was, “Wow, Cpt. Lennox needs another ‘Transformers’ movie, and he needs it now."
First off, he’s getting another “Transformers” movie, so everyone can relax. And that’s Maj. Lennox to you.
What has Josh Duhamel done since 2009’s “Revenge of the Fallen”?
One episode of “Fanboy and Chum Chum.” I have no idea what this is and, if I look it up, I can’t un-look it up. No reader is worth that sacrifice.
A romantic comedy with Kristen Bell called “When in Rome,” which one assumes was nothing like the 2002 direct-to-DVD “When in Rome” done by the Olsen twins. Maybe if the Olsen twins had been involved the movie would have done better than a 16 percent approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
And a children’s-book-to-movie with no one in particular, “Romana and Beezus,” which received a 75 percent approval rating.
In fairness, compare that to 57 percent and 20 percent for the “Transformers” flicks. Although the only number that matters is $1 billion.
What’s the point of all that?
The point is, I don’t like Kathryn Heigl.
Put those two ingredients into a by-the-numbers holy-smokes-we-just-inherited-a-baby-what-do-we-do-with-a-baby?-hey-we-love-the-baby-and-we-love-each-other plot and it’s plunger time. Watch the trailer. It’s funny, short and free.
There’s also the horse movie.
I spent a few hours at a horse track last weekend, watching the races. Honestly, I don’t get it.
Two things I found mildly engaging: the rumble of hooves as the horses cross the finish line and the shocking distance between the pack, the final horse and jockey.
Ahead of “Due Date,” the inexplicably derivative buddy road-trip movie starring Zach Galafinakas and Robery Downey Jr. (you’re better than this Bobby), ZG stars in “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.”
Credit Zach for knowing his wheelhouse. He was funny in “The Hangover,” but he really didn’t appear to be doing any heavy lifting. Strap a baby to him, put him in a comical T-shirt and let him secrete his natural serial killer/sex offender humor.
In “Funny Story,” he plays a patient at a psychiatric hospital where he mentors/saves/redirects/
whatever a depressed teen.
I get the feeling he and Steve Carrell are on the same career parabola. We saw the short upside and now we’re on the downside.