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How Do You Know (PG-13)

Columbia Pictures

James L. Brooks' tepid rom-com How Do You Know concerns two young professionals who meet as their old lives crumble, one a kind-hearted executive (Paul Rudd) facing federal indictment and the other a self-motivated athlete (Reese Witherspoon) forced into retirement. It's about people so cut off from their true selves that they can only speak in self-help aphorisms, but despite a few clever touches, Brooks keeps striking the same false notes over and over again. Witherspoon is supposed to be a pro softball player (and one who makes a living without posing in Maxim!), even though she's 4 feet tall and built like a sugar cookie. What's next, Mark Wahlberg as a welterweight? A bigger problem is Witherspoon's complete lack of chemistry with anyone, not to mention a discombobulated story that leaves us disinterested in the characters and their pastel neuroses. — Daniel Barnes


Every Day (R)

Image Entertainment

It's always a treat to see Liev Schreiber on-screen, even though Hollywood tends to use him only when they need a likable character to turn inexplicably evil midway through a movie. The straight-to-DVD dramedy Every Day allows him to shine, even though the movie itself is pretty rote. He's a put-upon dad who writes for a sleazy TV show and has a stressed-out wife (Helen Hunt) who's just brought her bitter, depressed, invalid father (Brian Dennehy) home. Oh — and Schreiber's gay, 15-year-old son just started experimenting with older dudes, and his sexy co-worker (Carla Gugino) keeps trying to screw him in her pool. There's just too much going on to honestly relate to. While a kitchen-sink approach might work for genre film, in these indie drama-comedies, it's more aggravating than anything else, especially when they do absolutely nothing with it. — Louis Fowler


Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group (NR)

Image Entertainment

Fans of Whose Line Is It Anyway? will know Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood. They've taken their improv shtick on the road — including to the Pikes Peak Center — and proven themselves well-worth the live ticket price. With audience support, Mochrie and Sherwood deliver new interpretations of the classic bits that made them popular on Whose Line, from spectator-engineered meat-puppeteering and inappropriate sound-effects replacement to new comedy, including the Jackass-lite "Most Dangerous Improv Game," wherein the two have to sing an operetta about stolen mail, using every sequential letter of the alphabet, while walking barefoot around a stage covered in mousetraps. Blindfolded. Gimmicky? Sure, but damned if it isn't super-funny. Two Man Group is a such a great comedy outing for the family, you might finally give those old Gallagher tapes a toss. — Louis Fowler

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