Naked is another movie that’s inspired by Groundhog Day (1993). Except this time, instead of a weatherman, a future groom is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he learns what he’s supposed to learn to become a better person.
Directed by Michael Tiddes, part of my issue with Naked is that Marlon Wayans’s character just wasn’t trying hard enough to make it to the wedding. Some of the movie felt quite silly and sadly not as smart as such a story ought to be. Wayans’s character ended up being too over the top in pats to be amusing. I’ve basically concluded that I’ll probably have to stick to a younger me’s memories of Senseless (1998), one of the fewWayans performances I really enjoyed. There’s also the Scream parody films Scary Movie too, I think.
This year alone I’ve seen 3 movies all for the first time and about characters re-living the same day over and over again. There are a few well executed moments in Naked but not enough to make this movie the kind I recommend.
Watch it if you must, but only if you simply must.
Starring Marlon Wayans, Regina Hall and Dennis Haysbert , Naked is all about a soon to be groom who is nervous about his big day and is forced to relive the same nerve-wracking hours over and over again until he gets things right on his wedding day…
Directed by Michael Tiddes, I want to see this one because I have fond memories of Marlon Wayans after watching Senseless (1998) in my early youth. I also actually like this trailer. It seems to get more and more amusing with each viewing. The magic is in the way he gives up.
Loretta Devine, Cory Hardrict and Dave Sheridan also star.
Girls Trip is the latest movie from Malcolm D. Lee; writer and director of two good movies The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013). Starring Jada Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip is the story of a road trip with four childhood best friends where, (according to the original Rotten Tomatoes’ synopsis) at some point a betrayal is revealed…
Trailer 1 (Redband)
Now that there may not be a a betrayal story after all,I’m still looking forward to finding out just how different this will be compared to The Best Man. Whatever the similarities and differences, I’m sure that Girls Trip will be good because The Best Man (1999) and The Best Man Holiday (2013)were very well done.
Starring Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Romany Malco, Theo Rossi, Michael Kenneth Williams and Jaz Sinclair; the Jon Cassar directed When The BoughBreaks is a movie that had some promise. This particular story of a surrogate mother becoming dangerously obsessed with the biological father isn’t quite the best of this genre.
The film had me doubting things quite early on, especially when I noticed the overly dramatic sounding music used to make Theo Rossi’s character seem more menacing and dangerous. All it did for me was point out what was lacking in the film – script and acting-wise.
The best performances in the movie came from Hall, Chestnut, Malco and Michael Kenneth Williams. In the end, none of it really proved enough to make When The Bough Breaks particularly noteworthy. I actually ended up enjoying some of the cinematography more than I did the story and characters. That lake house especially. I’d love to go there!
This movie is one you watch if you really must. Otherwise it’s likely that only those relatively new to movies / films of this genre or big fans of at least one of the stars involved will likely rate it more highly. If you think I’m wrong, do share your thoughts in the comments below.
The relationship between a surrogate mother and the couple she’s helping going wrong is the subject of When The Bough Breaks, the latest mystery/ horror/ drama starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall…
Written and directed by Jack Cassar, I’m interested in this movie because of the subject matter. There’s been a few scary stories in the media about relationships between surrogates and couples falling apart. Maybe I’ll learn a thing or two.
As the trailer played, I couldn’t help but wonder that surely both parties signed a contract which would mean such madness shouldn’t get so far. But then again, the law, it’s not and never has been a perfect thing.
People Places Things is the brainchild of writer / director, James C. Strouse. It’s also a film that does a good and entertaining job of navigating that complicated space between a significant break up and the next potential relationship.
Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne and Jessica Williams; Strouse’s comedy possesses a kooky and pleasantly offbeat quality. A quality that can be partly attributed to the limbo state a few of the characters find themselves in, as well as the unapologetic directness and honesty in the way they communicate with each other.
The things that make People Places Things good remind me of my favourite sitcom of all time, Peep Show. Peeps Show is a British comedy series in which the audience hears the dialogue spoken by all the speaking characters, in addition to the internal dialogue of the show’s two stars – everything they think but never dare say.
Watch it for a cast that are amply gifted with good comic timing, the chance to see Regina Hall in a refreshingly different kind of role, to discover the talents of Jermaine Clement and because People Places Things is good and funny.
It looks like I’m about to enjoy more clever writing and super humour in 2015. Thanks this time to the James C. Strouse written/ directed comedy, People Places Things…
Starring Jermaine Clement, Regina Hall, Jessica Williams, Stephanie Allynne and Michael Chernus, I’m hoping that Strouse’s film is as welcome a surprise as The Little Death(2014) – probably the funniest movie I’ve seen this year.