The second weekend of October brings us only one wide release, and its not Where The Wild Things Are, so I don’t care. Blissfully, there are a couple of pretty good choices in limited release to whet your appetites. Your weekend preview after the jump.
Directed By: Peter Billingsley
Written By: Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, Dana Fox
Starring: Vince Vaughn, Malin Ackerman, Jon Favreau, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, Kristin Davis, Faizon Love, Tasha Smith, Jean Reno
Logline: A comedy about a vacation in paradise they’ll never forget
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%
Geek on Film Opinion: Just skip it, this is as tired and cliché as they come. If you need a date movie check out An Education instead unless you’re in desperate need of empty, cheap laughs. And yes, Peter Billingsley is Ralphie from A Christmas Story, no that doesn’t make this movie any better.
Directed By: Jeff Stilson
Written By: Chris Rock, Lance Crouther, Paul Marchand, Chuck Sklar, Jeff Stilson
Starring: Chris Rock, Maya Angelou, Eve, Meagan Good, Ice-T, Nia Long, Raven-Symoné, Al Sharpton, Kerry Washington
Logline: A comedic exposé on the way hairstyles impact the activities, pocketbooks, sexual relationships, and self-esteem of the black community.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%
Geek on Film Opinion: Inspired by his daughter asking “how come I don’t have good hair?”, Chris Rock offers a documentary about Black America’s feelings about hair. In the vein of Religulous, this looks like one of the best things Rock has done in years and the critics are loving it.
Directed By: Lone Scherfig
Written By: Lynn Barber, Nick Hornby
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Olivia Williams, Alfred Molina, Cara Seymour, Peter Sarsgaard, Rosamund Pike, Emma Thompson
Logline: A coming-of-age story about a teenage girl in 1960s suburban London, and how her life changes with the arrival of a playboy nearly twice her age.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%
Geek on Film Opinion: This looks like the Romance film to see for the week. It’s more of a drama than comedy, but is a well executed coming-of-age tale. It won’t appeal to everybody but is leaps and bounds above Couples Retreat. Nick Hornby did give us High Fidelity, so I have high hopes for this one.