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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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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.



We’re the Millers

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David is a long time pot dealer – no wife, no kids, no responsibilities, nothing. Rose is an exotic dancer, not keeping up with trends in the trade. They come together when David has to create a fake family to help him smuggle drugs from Mexico into the US. It’s not something either of them wants to do, but neither has much choice.

They recruit teenage Kenny who lives in their building, and Casey who is living rough to complete their family. They become The Millers and go on a hair raising journey involving Mexican drug lords, double-crossers, and an out of work narcotics cop and his family. Four individuals eventually become a unit to fight for their lives, but ultimately it is also to make their lives less empty.

This is one of those ‘adventure rom coms’ on the shelves like Hit and Run and One for the Money. They predominantly revolve around something illegal, and involve romance between the two major protagonists – sometimes the romance is seen as a side issue, but ultimately it’s the main driver.

We’re the Millers is a riot. There is obviously some image problems with Jen and her stripping, but aside from that, the dialogue is fast and entertaining. The casting is superb and everyone is extremely well suited to their characters. I particularly love Kathryn Hahn as Edie – she’s definitely the most comedic in this film (see her in Our Idiot Brother, Wanderlust, How do you Know, and Win a Date with Tad Hamilton).

There is one especially funny scene involving a game of Pictionary that had us really laughing. More funny scenes follow, getting you to the end of the flick without any boring moments.

I really enjoyed this film and would watch it again no trouble at all. It’s not overly clever, but it’s definitely funny, and I think it’s one of the best rom coms in 2013.