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LIKE FATHER (2018): The Things I Liked…

Like Father (2018), Kelsey Grammer, Kristen Bell
Like Father (2018), Kelsey Grammer, Kristen Bell

Like Father, a Netflix comedy / drama about a workaholic woman who goes on her honeymoon with her father after being ditched at the alter is a good movie.

Directed and co-written by Lauren Miller Rogen, I particularly enjoyed the writing and not just because I found the script funny. Whilst simultaneously moving and amusing me, Like Father did a good job of portraying an example of a challenging father / daughter relationship. The story also  helped confirm some of the necessary elements for any kind of reconciliation to even be possible.

If I had to choose, my overall favourite moment in Miller’s movie is the fun Newlywed / honeymooners game. Like father really helped further solidify my general ‘deep like’ for Bell I also love that Like Father reminded me of the beautiful bass of Kelsey  Grammer’s voice.

Watch this one if the story intrigues you and especially if you like the cast. As you do that, I’m going to take a few moments to consider when my next New York trip might be. I may also  begin to plan my Royal Caribbean Cruise itinerary; just a couple of possible side effects of watching this movie.

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LIKE FATHER (2018): New Trailer From Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen…

Like Father (2018), Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer
Like Father (2018), Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer

Directed by Lauren Miller Rogen, Like Father stars Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer and Seth Rogen.

Bell plays a workaholic who gets ditched at the alter but ends up going on her honeymoon trip anyway with her estranged father…

I like Bell so I’ll give this a chance, much like the same way I gave Bad Moms (2016) a chance. Granted, Bad Moms and it’s sequel turned out to be major disappointments for me. Nevertheless, I have higher hopes for this one. Plus, I can’t give up on Bell, especially since there’s always the memory of my favourite of her movies (Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) to cling to. It’s one of the best movie ‘pleasant surprises’ I’ve ever had.

Brittany Ross, Zach Appelman, Danielle Davenport, Ejyp Johnson and Elisabeth Ness also star.

Like Father Release Dates

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET – WRECK-IT RALPH 2 (2018): New Trailer From John C. Reilly, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Sarah Silverman…

Ralph Breaks the Internet - Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly
Ralph Breaks the Internet – Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018) Sarah Silverman, John C. Reilly

In Ralph Breaks the Internet – Wreck-It Ralph 2, Ralph and Vanellope discover a wi-fi router in their arcade, leading them into a brand  new adventure.

Directed by Phil Johnston and Rich Moore, the film’s stars include John C. Reilly, Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Sarah Silverman…

Random thoughts that entered my mind as I watched this trailer…

‘Wow, that’s a lot of colour in one shot.’ ‘There’s plenty going on in each shot.’ ‘I want to use the Internet, not see its colourful, super crazy-busy inner workings.’ Am I feeling dizzy? I’m pretty sure the visuals are making me dizzy.’ ‘That little girl in the car looks so much like baby Moana; I love baby Moana because I AM baby Moana!’ So good is the animation, I nearly through up when the bunny ate its last pile of pancakes.’

There you have it. I’m both ready and not ready to watch Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Kelly Macdonald, Auli’i Cravalho, Alan Tudyk and Taraji P. Henson also star.

Ralph Breaks the Internet – Wreck-It Ralph 2 Release Dates: November 21st, 2018 (US); November 30th, 2018 (UK)…

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HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER(2017): The Thing I Liked…

How To Be A Latin Lover (2017), Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe
How To Be A Latin Lover (2017), Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe

Starring Salma Hayek  Eugenio Derbez and Rob Lowe, How To Be Latin Lover is a movie I watched because I adore Salma Hayek, I was curious about Eugenio Derbez and the trailer amused me.

How To Be A Latin Lover centres around Derbez’s character – Maximo; a man who’s forged a career out of seducing rich older women. Unfortunately for him, however, his 25 year marriage just ended and with nowhere else to go, he finds himself living with his estranged sister.

Quite early in the movie, I realised precisely how the story was going to go. A lot of what I realised could have been guessed during the trailer; only, I was far too busy being amused. I stayed with the movie until the end because of the reasons I already mentioned – but additionally, I happened to be in the mood for a film that didn’t require too much from me. The often silly humour was OK. Though, the ending did seem to come about quite abruptly – and in a way I wasn’t fully expecting. Overall, I can say I regret nothing because I knew what I’d signed up for. My love of Hayek remains and Derbez… He’s OK.

I can’t say that I picture myself telling people ‘you simply must see this,’ but I do see myself at some point in the future, referencing the scene in the trailer with the shoe dye and the pool. 

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CHiPs (2017): The Thing I Liked…

CHiPs (2017), Michael Peña, Dax Shepherd
CHiPs (2017), Michael Peña, Dax Shepherd

I tuned in to ChiPs because of the trailer. I also happened to be in the mood for laughs in a movie with actors I already like. Michael Peña I appreciate because of End of Watch (2012) and Dax Shepherd for his recent appearance in an Interview on Hot Ones, a very popular YouTube series I enjoy.

With additional cast that includes, Kristen Bell, Maya Rudolph and Vincent D’Onofrio, CHiPs also has Shepherd occupying the director’s seat. The good news is that the thought, ‘that wasn’t a bad opener’ did cross my mind by the end of the first seven minutes of ChiPs. I enjoyed the shenanigans of the two Los Angeles Highway Patrol motorcycle officers played by Shepherd and Peña. I can therefore say that I found ChiPs adequately entertaining, story-wise. Another highlight with this movie is the beautiful imagery of Los Angeles plus Peña and Shepherd’s chemistry, however awkward at times. 

I see ChiPs as an answer to the question ‘what’s the name of Dax Shepherd and Michael Peña’s movie?’ It’s certainly that for me more than it’s an answer to the question ‘which buddy / cop movie do you highly recommend?’

With that said, watch ChiPs if you’re really curious. I was, so I did. Luckily for me, I regret nothing.

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A BAD MOMS CHRISTMAS (2017): New Trailer From Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn…

A Bad Moms Christmas (2017), Kathryn Hahn, Milla Kunis, Kristen Bell
A Bad Moms Christmas (2017), Kathryn Hahn, Milla Kunis, Kristen Bell

Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn are back in the sequel to Bad Moms (2016), A Bad Moms Christmas. Written / directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, this time it’s the festive season and the mothers of the Bad Moms are in town…

Truth be told, I wasn’t best pleased with the first Bad Moms (2016) movie. There were a number of things about the story that disappointed me. As such, a part of me wants to steer completely clear of this follow-up. However, there’s also a part of me that needs to know whether this sequel will be equally bad, worse or better. Let’s just say that I don’t want to give up on Mila Kunis movies just yet. I’m also a big Christine Baranski fan, so perhaps I can be sure that her character will at least put a smile on my face; at least.

Susan Sarandon Oona Laurence and Emjay Anthony also star.

A Bad Moms Christmas Release Dates: November 3rd, 2017 (US & UK)…

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HOW TO BE A LATIN LOVER (2017): New Trailer From Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Eugenio Derbez, Michael Cera…

How To Be A Latin Lover (2017), Michael Cera, Eugino Derbez
How To Be A Latin Lover (2017), Michael Cera, Eugino Derbez

Starring Salma Hayek, Rob Lowe, Michael Cera and Eugenio Derbez, How To Be A Latin Lover is a Ken Marino directed comedy about a man who made a career of seducing rich older women. However, he now finds himself living with his estranged sister after his 25 year marriage ends…

I’ll mainly be tuning in in hopes of good humour and because of my general love for Salma Hayek.

McKenna Grace, Kristen Bell and Raphael Alejandro also star.

How To Be A Latin Lover Release Dates: April 28th, 2017 (US)…

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CHiPs (2017): New Trailer From Dax Shepherd, Michael Peña, Kristen Bell…

CHiPs (2017), Dax Shepherd, Michael Peña.png

Starring Dax Shepherd, Michael Peña, Kristen Bell and Maya Rudolph, CHiPs is a new comedy about the shenanigans of two Los Angeles Highway Patrol motorcycle officers…

Written and directed by Shepherd, I’m drawn to chips because they’re delicious… but I’m drawn to CHiPs because I enjoyed some of the jokes in the trailer. Another reason would be that I’m still kind of chasing the excellent onscreen chemistry that Michael Peña had with Jake Gyllenhaal in what is still my favourite cop movie probably always, End of Watch (2012). A great film that features the kind of brotherly love dreams are made of.

Chips Release Dates: March 24th, 2017 (US & UK)…

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