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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

MV5BODYwNDYxNDk1Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTAwMTk2MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Kristen Wiig, Ben Stiller, Kathryn Hahn, Adam Scott, Shirley MacLaine

Walter wants to date Cheryl but he can’t get up enough courage to ask her out. Life in his daydreams is so much more interesting than real life.

One day Walter gains enough courage to go on an amazing adventure, an adventure that rivals his daydreams. It may have started out in order to save his job, but it manages to save his life from going so very wrong, or simply going nowhere.

There are quite a few high points in this film – one is Wiig singing Bowie’s “Space Oddity”, another is a very cool downhill skate run in Iceland. Stiller is brilliant and Wiig is likewise – they are a great match and fit their characters perfectly. Also good to see Hahn with a bit part, she’s always a laugh.

I love this film – it’s funny, well paced, and charming. Possibly one of the best rom coms around.

 

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Along Came Polly

Jennifer Aniston, Ben Stiller, Debra Messing

Jen plays her usual goofball, yet lovable, character in this film as Polly Prince. She doesn’t come into the film straight away, as we are busy watching Reuben Feffer (Ben Stiller) and Lisa Cramer (Debra Messing) on their honeymoon. You’ll see how that ends up!

Reuben eventually meets up with Polly who is an old school friend – ‘boy meets girl’. Their romance is unlikely because they are not suited – he is obsessive and straight-laced, she is a free spirit and adventurous. As the pair try to have a relationship, Reuben works on becomming less uptight.

There are some ‘cringy’ bits in the movie involving bowel movements (yes, two separate bits involving bowel movements), but there are also some funny bits. Reuben’s best friend Sandy is disgusting, but supplies a lot of the funny bits. Alec Baldwin has a small part as does Bryan Brown and Hank Azaria. Some other cringy bits for us Ozzies is the Australian accents – totally overdone – do we sound like that?  We definitely don’t!

There’s a few gender role reversals in this film that I quite like, which does make you like both main characters. Unfortunately there’s not too much to this film. But that’s okay for a light movie involving Jen and Ben.

The Heartbreak Kid

MV5BMjExNTM2NTE2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTI5MDUzMw@@._V1_SX214_Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan, Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry

Not to be confused with the Australian movie from 1993 of the same name starring Claudia Karvan…

Eddie (Ben Stiller) is 40 and still a bachelor. He watches his ex-girlfirend get married and starts to think he should be doing the same. So he impetuously marries Lila (Akerman) after only six weeks of dating. When they go away on their honeymoon to Cabo, Eddie discovers all the things he never knew about Lila, all the things that he doesn’t like. Maybe he made a big mistake marrying so quickly.

When Lila gets laid up with very bad sunburn, Eddie carries on with his holiday and meets Miranda. He believes her to be a better match for him, but he blows it when Miranda finds out about his new bride.

Eddie is supposed to be the good guy – let’s face it, Ben Stiller’s characters always are. But what kind of person starts a romance with some-one else while they’re on their honeymoon?! Well, of course, if he didn’t, there wouldn’t be much of a movie would there? Nevertheless, it’s hard to sympathise with Eddie when he’s a lying cheat. Apart from that issue, there is a bank of comedy, and Eddie’s Dad (Jerry Stiller) is terrific, and Michelle Monaghan is lovely.

This was an okay rom com, but it didn’t win me over, possibly because of the poor portrayal of women.

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