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MV5BMTcyMTMzNzE5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNzg5NjM5Nw@@._V1_SX214_Anna Kendrick, Skylar Astin, Rebel Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Michael Higgins

Budding DJ and music producer, Beca, heads off to college with a bad attitude. She reluctantly joins an all-girl a capella group even though it’s not her scene. The Barden Bellas are a little old fashioned, with tired performances. Beca starts to shake things up which, may or may not, enable them to win the finals. Beca also starts a new friendship with Jesse from a rival group, which may or may not, end in a romance. It all depends on whether Beca is going to let herself love and be loved.

I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of the whole ‘glee’ thing. But I also have to admit that the arrangements and choreography in this film are actually pretty spectacular, and it is way more entertaining that I thought it would be.

The commentary team at the competitions is played by Banks and Higgins and the timing of their comedy is on the mark. Wilson, of course, is an excellent comedian and her role allowed her to show off her talents.

It could be a family movie, but there are quite a few references to sex, so it depends on how old your kids are. Might be one of those movies for the Christmas stocking this year.


Zack and Miri Make a Porno

Seth Rogan, Elizabeth Banks

I do love a movie with best friends – Zack and Miri are great friends, albeit in a bit of a mess. They can’t pay the rent, have shitty jobs, and no relationships.

In order to get money fast, Zack decides to make a porno and Miri agrees to be in it with him.  Best friends should never make a porno together! There are feelings to be considered, like how sex will affect their relationship?

I actually thought this film was going to be funnier than it turned out to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh, but I intended to laugh a lot more.  It’s R-rated and there’s a fair bit of graphic sexy bits, some of it gross, but mostly it’s quite light on. I didn’t get a chance to watch it twice so not sure whether it would go in the “Better the Second Time” category, but it’s a great weekend flick.

Definitely Maybe

Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin

This is a slightly complicated movie to try and explain in a review.

Reynolds plays a dad who is getting divorced. He is telling his ten year-old daughter the story of his romantic past. It involves her mother, and two other women with which her dad has had relationships. The kid is trying to guess which woman in the story turns out to be her mother.

Anyway, we follow the story since his college days and by the end he and his daughter rush out to finalise his love life.

It’s an okay film, I do like Isla Fisher, but I don’t like the narrative being broken up by the story telling with the daughter. It’s not all that funny, but it is romantic.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Steve Carrell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd

Carrell plays Andy, who as the film’s name suggests, is a 40 year-old virgin. He wasn’t particularly interested in changing his situation. But his workmates at the electronics store found out about him being a virgin and decided to take it upon themselves to help him.

Andy does a better job at meeting a woman without the help of his workmates, but he does need them to give him a kick start. He meets Trish (Keener) who helps him better express himself. They don’t seem well suited, but love is a funny thing – especially in Hollywood.

There are some extremely funny scenes because this is Steve Carrell flick. He doesn’t have too many flops under his belt does he? And one of his buddies is Paul Rudd so when they’re hanging out, things always go wrong. There is one particularly unforgettable scene involving hot wax!

Another smoochy ending for this rom com (surprise surprise), but it’s cute and worth watching.

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