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Cyrus

Marisa Tomei, John C Reilly, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener

John (Reilly) seems to be stuck in a rut, even seven years after his divorce to Jamie (Keener, she’s from the 40 Year-Old Virgin). Jamie convinces John to come with her and her fiance to a party in an attempt to help him out of the rut. There he meets Molly (Tomei). They seem an unlikely couple even then. Poor John – there are so many embarrassing moments for him.

Molly and John immediately embark on a relationship, and John meets Cyrus, Molly’s son. Cyrus (Hill) and Molly have a disturbingly bizarre and overly-dependent relationship. I tell you, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with my 21 year old son in the bathroom with me when I’m having a shower!

The romance between Molly and John drives the film, but there is also a focus on the relationship between Cyrus and his mum, and Cyrus and John. John and Cyrus battle over Molly during which Cyrus exhibits some extremely selfish and manipulating behaviour.

The only thing I really liked about this movie was the documentary-style camera work. The comedy is subtle, but it is also a little too much on the disturbing side. I tried to like this film, but it really didn’t gel for me. Reilly and Tomei don’t work, and Hall is creepy. Ewww.

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Get him to the Greek

Jonah Hill, Russell Brand, Rose Byrne, Elisabeth Moss

Aaron (played by Hill) has been assigned by his music company to collect temperamental UK rocker Aldous Snow from the band Infant Sorrow (played by Brand) and bring him to LA to play the Greek Theatre. It’s been a decade since Infant Sorrow played the Greek, and this gig will earn both Aaron and his company a lot of money.

Aldous wrote an incredibly bad song which sent his last album crashing. He is now a ‘has been’, but still has a lot of die-hard fans, including Aaron. Aaron believes in Aldous and they develop a relationship – a relationship that involves a lot of partying!

Aldous, you’ll remember, is the rock star character in the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall starring Jason Segal. Segal has written most of the Infant Sorrow songs in this film, as well as creating the characters.  Songs include “Gang of Lust”, “Going Up”, “Bangers, Beans and Mash”, “The Clap”, and the classic from Forgetting Sarah Marshall, “Inside of You”.

Support roles played by Elisabeth Moss (Aaron’s partner) and Rose Byrne (Aldous’ ex-partner) are excellent, especially Bryne as pop queen Jackie Q. Both guys explore issues with their respective relationships, but for Aldous, the relationship he needs to sort out is the one with himself.

This is a really funny movie, and we laughed out loud on both the viewings we had. Jonah Hill is great, and it’s refreshing to see him play a nice guy this time around. Highly recommend if you like movies like The Hangover.

Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Jason Segal, Kristen Bell, Jonah Hill, Mila Kunis, Russell Brand

Peter (Segal) is heartbroken over being dumped by his TV star girlfriend, Sarah (Bell). He is openly vulnerable and hurt and becomes self-destructive. They end up at the same hotel in Hawaii for separate holidays – she with new rocker boyfriend (Brand) and he alone to cry in his bedroom. It’s extremely hard for him to forget Sarah Marshall when she’s right there under his nose with a major rock star.

He goes on a journey of heart-break recovery and eventually moves on from Sarah, finding inspiration in his music (he’s writing a Dracula musical). But it’s not that easy, and when Sarah wants him back, he messes things up with his potential new girlfriend, Rachel.

Both Brand and Hill are characteristically brilliant. Everything fits together perfectly and all the ‘bit’ parts make this a great movie. The Dracula musical is quirky as hell and is a great way to end the flick. Watch it more than once and you will laugh at bits you didn’t notice the time before.

 

Knocked up

Katherine Heigl, Seth Rogan, Paul Rudd, Leslie Man, Kristen Wiig, Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Martin Starr

Alison and Ben (Heigl and Rogan) are complete opposites. He needs to straighten up, and she needs to lighten up. When they hook up on a drunken one night stand, he gets her pregnant. Now they have to form some kind of relationship, starting with getting to know each other, and trying to like each other.

Alison lives with her sister Debbie (Leslie Mann) and her husband Peter (played by Paul Rudd). Their relationship has a few problems of its own, which has an influence on how Alison and Ben think about their future. Will they even have a future together considering they are so ill suited?

This is a very funny movie, with much of the humour supplied by Jason Segal, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, and Martin Starr – Ben’s friends and housemates. This was the first rom com where I saw Heigl and I loved her straight away. This is a fast and funny film, with great acting, and lots of hilarious ‘bit’ parts (Wiig playing one in particular). Classic rom com, one of my favourites.

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