Ha Frickin’ Ha

Cock!My latest MSN DVD column looks at Judd Apatow’s “Funny People” — a film that’s three-fifths flawed but interesting and two-fifths just plain wrong.

Fortunately, the sections cleanly separate around the 85-minute mark, so if you hit “stop” when you hear someone say “My accent’s not so bad now, is it?”, you might come away satisfied. A long shot, I know, but worth trying if you’re an Adam Sandler or Seth Rogen fan.

Of course, then you’ll miss an amazingly miscalculated performance from Eric Bana, who only shows up in the film’s final stretch. It’s your call.

Also, because it’s the day before U.S. Thanksgiving, movies are opening! Three of them! Specifically:

Fantastic Mr. Fox“: Wes Anderson + Roald Dahl x George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Billy Murray and Michael Gambon = delightful. If you’re like me, and you enjoy things that are wonderful, you should see this as soon as possible.

Ninja Assassin“: The title sounds redundant, right? Ninja are assassins, after all. But this guy — played by Korean superstar and occasional Colbert rival Rain, whom I interview here — actually kills ninjas, making the title as accurate as … well, as accurate as a thrown shuriken. My review will be in tomorrow’s paper; I’ll link to it as soon as it’s online. (Short version? It’s no “Ninja III: The Domination”.)

“Old Dogs”: John Travolta and Robin Williams — who haven’t really had the best of years — bid for the dollars of the elderly with a mid-life parenthood comedy from the director of Travolta’s “Wild Hogs”. I saw “Wild Hogs“. I will not be seeing “Old Dogs” if I can help it. So there.

2 thoughts on “Ha Frickin’ Ha”

  1. Ahhh Ninja III: the Domination, where a poor woman acquires the power of instantaneous EVIL eyeliner, just so we poor idiots can know when she’s possessed. Because, you know, the whole sudden martial arts prowess wasn’t a dead giveaway.

    Sho Kosugi taught us that all Ninja can put their hands together and use the secret power of tunnelling if they spin reeeeal fast.

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