Mrs Doubtfire (1993)

I’ve heard of this film before, but to be honest, I didn’t actually have any idea what it was about, or what to expect. But when I saw it was on the plane and a nine hour plane journey was waiting, I thought why not. And I’m glad I did, it is such a heart-warming great film. There are emotional, heart-breaking moments, but also it is full of comedy and you can’t help but smile throughout.

Directed by Chris Columbus, who we can trust directs great films and this one slots right into that category, amongst films like ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, ‘Pixels’ and ‘Home Alone’. ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ highlights the changes in technology – that’s nothing to do with the film, but you definitely recognise the old computers there were from 1993… Anyway, that’s besides the point.

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If you’ve never heard of the film, then here’s a quick rundown. A loving father, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), is faced with a divorce from his wife, Miranda (Sally Field), when they are separated he does everything he can possibly do to see his children more than once a week. This happens to be pretending to be an old lady named Mrs Doubtfire and becoming a babysitter of their three children. This is a film of a desperate, hurt father, doing all he can for his children, Lydia (Lisa Jakub), Chris (Matthew Lawrence) and Natalie (Mara Wilson – little Matilda). This film covers the difficulties of divorce, something quite unique within film, and a moral to children who maybe going through the same thing. In this way, it is a beautiful film.

Robin Williams makes this film amazing. A key skill of voices in the film and out. Without him, this film wouldn’t be great at all, and because of him it’s an amazing, heart-warming, beautiful film. Robin Williams is hilarious both as the broken father Daniel Hillard and the strict, loving babysitter Mrs Doubtfire. He is brilliant in everything he does; the keeping of the secret of his new life is so cleverly made humorous. For example, when Mrs Doubtfire becomes snappy towards new boyfriend of his ex-wife, Stu (Pierce Brosnan), the audience understands why and laughs at his harsh comments and reasoning to why Miranda must wear the long frock she once wore at a funeral twenty years before, rather than the little black dress. His jumping from voice to voice is outstanding, something as an actor he is famous for anyway. His character is the best in the film, well it’s named after him, you would hope so!

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I would recommend this film, I could watch ‘Mrs Doubtfire’ over and over again. A heart-warming, heart-breaking, beautiful, hilarious film that I won’t lie brought me to tears. A great film for the whole family to watch and appreciate. So watch the struggles of a desperate father and the comedy of a housekeeper keeping a secret of her identity.

We’re The Millers (2013)

Ok so this is a film about a bunch of people pretending to be a family, when actually they are international drug smugglers, oh but it’s so much more that than, it’s hilarious. With a great recognisable family – well I don’t recognise Kenny (Will Poulter), but he made it great in this and definitely will be recognised from now on. There’s Jason Sudeikis as the small town drug dealer, David Clark, the stripper Jennifer Aniston (if you don’t know who she is, then be ashamed, and get watching ‘Friends’). Finally, the runaway Emma Roberts as Casey (‘Wild Child’, ‘Nerve’). They all are great as they struggle to be this false family.

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This is such a great comedy, it is really one to make you laugh – although not for younger ages, bit inappropriate otherwise. But there are so many parts in the film that are hilarious. The favourite and most memorable scene of the whole film has to be singing Waterfalls – the greatest of Will Poulter right there, proving that he made it great in this film. This scene will never fail to make me laugh. This drug dealer, stripper, runaway and Kenny go on a trip to Mexico with that they think to pick up a “smidge” of drugs, however, it’s not as easy as that. Things escalate and escalate to hilarious. Unlucky things happening to Kenny that you wouldn’t wish upon any. It is quite a different comedy to many others I have seen at least, yet it is still one that is truly funny. And never forget the brilliant bloopers at the end!

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On their adventurous travels, they meet another family, a family who keeps popping up wherever they go. So lies get deeper and the film becomes more comedic as they come up with stupid excuses and crazy solutions. For example, don’t worry it’s just a herb baby that’s been thrown in the middle of the road and hit numerously by lorries… This new family is also great, the Fitzgerald family, Don (Nick Offerman), Edie (Kathryn Hahn) and their daughter Melissa (Molly C. Quinn). This family is great in itself, they definitely add to the humour of the film.

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‘We’re the Millers’ is full of comedy, and even has a bit of action, when they accidentally steal the “smidge” of drugs from an international drug dealer, not like he takes it very well. So I recommend you go meet the Miller family! “No ragrets” right?

Sister Act (1992)

This is one of those films you have to say you’ve seen at least once, a film that’s well-known that everyone has heard of. But the question is: do people actually know what it’s about? Yes, I’ve heard of it, and yes I watched it recently for the first time knowing I should have watched it way before this. But I was so wrong at what the actual plot was. So if you’re not aware: when our main protagonist, Deloris (played by the brilliant Whoopi Goldberg), witnesses a murder committed by her boyfriend, the police have to put her in the one place he would never find her. And that is St Catherine’s convent. Deloris now Sister Mary Clarence, to say the least, finds it extremely difficult to fit in in this completely different place from her old loved life.

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So of course Whoopi Goldberg carries this film, she is the star of the show, carrying the narration and the comedy. And you don’t need me to say she plays the part well, because of course she does, it’s Whoopi Goldberg! The comedy of this film isn’t as much as laugh out loud, holding your belly, but there are some great moments that do make you chuckle. Mostly the film is a nice heart-warming film. The development of a strong-willed singer to a woman hiding as a nun in a convent, a change not that easy. Amongst her hiding and the comedy of her trying to fit in, is the crime of the film. Now, it is not scary crime at all! They make it more comical, especially at the end and the difficulties the two sidekicks of Vince (Harvey Keitel) have with Deloris dressed as a nun and their command to “waste her”. So as IMDb suggests this is a good family film, not scary in the slightest, and a rather enjoyable comical film.

Additionally, you can never forget that the brilliant Dame Maggie Smith is in this film! She is obviously amazing in her role as Mother Superior, struggling to accept someone so controversial to what she believes in. Maggie Smith always plays her characters to the greatest extent and this film is no different. You have to love Maggie Smith anyway! Professor McGonagall in ‘Harry Potter’, in ‘Downton Abbey’, ‘Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang’ and so much more!

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‘Sister Act’ does have an element of music to enjoy in this film as well. It’s not a musical, but with Deloris loving her singing, her talents move towards the church’s choir. There are many songs that are enjoyable, starting the film with the classic ‘My Guy’. There are many performances to enjoy within the film, this just adds another element of the film to appreciate.

Overall, yeah I would recommend this film! It’s a nice easy-watch film, with funny moments and enjoyable songs. Whoopi Goldbery and Maggie Smith, I say again. You should at least watch it once, watch Deloris struggle to hide herself when she’s a star witness.

Addams Family Values (1993)

This is definitely one of those comedies that is very different from others, and one which requires a certain taste, it’s definitely not a film for everyone to appreciate or find funny. Everything is very overdramatic, very over the top. This is a gothic comedy of a family very different to the rest of society, a family of a husband and wife with their three children, the Uncle and the Granny (Carol Kane), also with two others in the family, a hand named thing and Lurch (Carel Struycken).

Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and Gomez (Raul Julia) have a new baby in which Wednesday (Christina Ricci) and Pugsley (Jimmy Workman) get insanely jealous. The beginning of the film, their plan being to kill new baby Pubert. However, the new nanny manages to convince the parents, the two eldest want to go to Summer Camp. A place a bit too happy and controversial for the Addams family, but off they go. Alongside this, the new nanny, Debbie (Joan Cusack), has her own plan. Her other name being the ‘Black Widow’, given to her by the news, a gold-digger to the extremes of murder. But Uncle Fester (Christopher Lloyd) has fallen in love. So as you can probably guess, there are different plot lines going on at once, but I think that makes it even better, the film jumps to different places, home with the new born baby, with Uncle Fester and his new love, and finally at the Summer Camp where fun has to be had.

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In a film such as this one, the actors and actresses have to be great and they definitely are. All those part of the Addams family are well suited and play the part extremely well. Although I have to mention, Morticia, the mother, seems to always have a light across her eyes, not sure why they do it, but perhaps it is all for the effects, just something I noticed… Anyway, the relationship between Morticia and Gomez brings in an element of the romantics. They are played and chosen well. But personally, my favourite of the film has to be Wednesday, she is a brilliant aspect to this comedy of the film. Her bluntness and no emotion is definitely a contribution to the gothic Addams family. The only actress I’m not the biggest fan of is Joan Cusack, personally she’s just not my favourite actress in any film. Regardless, she plays the villain well, she is a good actress coming down to it, but a film with her in isn’t really one I want to watch, although she doesn’t make this film bad, far from it, she’s the villain so she’s not supposed to be loved.

Something that needs to be kept in mind is that this was a film made in 1993, so the graphics are not like the films we watch today. Although, I don’t think they’re terrible, they could be considerably worse, although, the baby isn’t the best in parts. Overall, the other parts are not awful, but rather well done and almost add to the aesthetic of the film. Almost add to the gothic aspect that runs all the way through. Some may consider that this film has an essence of horror, I more see this through that it is more gothic than anything, it is not a scary film as they turn this into a different sort of humour. Not a humour you laugh continuously throughout, the film has random aspects or everything is so overdramatic you just have to chuckle, but I like it.

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In conclusion, you can probably tell that is a rather different film from many others and of an acquired taste. However, I enjoy it and if you think this is a film you would appreciate I would definitely recommend it. It’s brilliantly clever and humorous in the barbaric actions and bluntness and overdramatic hatred of normal human emotions. Despite everything, the film has a very catchy theme tune, everyone must know it. *click click*

Bratz (2007)

Ok, ok, don’t judge me! I feel like it’s already started, but hey, you’d be surprised to know this film isn’t that much of a bummer. Yes yes, it’s one of those cheesy, shitty, over the top, like seriously over the top, overdramatic, kind of films. I fully accept that. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t some enjoyment out of it! And at risk of sounding sexist, I would definitely say that this film is chickflicky, 100% girly, not that only girls should watch it, but you know the genre.

So for starters, this film may be for those a little younger than myself, but hey! Some say Disney is for children! When I was younger, I used to play with Bratz dolls all the time, all of them Cloe, Jade, Yasmin and Sasha, I was always Jade, just like young children do. So I’m not going to lie to you, when a film was going to come out of dolls I used to spend so much time playing with, of course I was going to watch it! Oh and especially when I used to play the playstation game, I still stand by the fact that, ‘Bratz: Rock Angelz’ was one of the best playstation games going… And you know what from the Bratz dolls, they have chosen the actresses extremely well!

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Anyway… there are so many films like this one, and they shouldn’t be forgotten! Similarities such as ‘Camp Rock, or ‘Lizzie McGuire Movie’, you know the type. Ok, so those two might be better, but you get what I’m trying to say. IMDb even suggest similarities in ‘A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song’ or ‘Princess Protection Programme’, which I understand. Films such as these ones have a very particular audience, but hey, I know a few people have guilty consciences over them, so add this film to the list.

So what is this film even all about? Four best friends start high school, however there is one problem. At this new school, there is a Daddy’s Princess President of the school, who to say the least is a bit of a control freak and has to have the order in the school, to the point that everyone must be in a clique and sit at their designated table, this is Meredith (Chelsea Kane), the self-absorbed villain of the film. Although, these four best friends, Cloe (Skyler Shaye – which off point but I’ve noticed has considerably less screen time than the other three…), Jade (Janel Parrish – some may recognise as Mona from the one and only ‘Pretty Little Liars’), Sasha (Logan Browning) and Yasmin (Nathalia Ramos); they all like different things, and therefore all qualify for different cliques. So BFFs (as they say) at the beginning, soon turns into little recognition, as they jump two years ahead and they look exactly the same, but that’s really not the point… Cloe has become a football star. Sasha joined the cheerleading squad. Jade delves herself into science, while also loves fashion design. And Yasmin, well I think journalism? But they really don’t delve into her clique much… well like at all. She’s more there for the memory of the four girls once together, oh and that she loves singing but won’t do it due to her major fear of stage fright. They also bring back some other memorable names of the Bratz franchise life, such as Cameron (Stephen Ford) and Dylan (Ian Nelson).

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Behind all the cheesy, overdramatic front of the film, there is actually a worthwhile message as they delve into different people’s lives, yet the message that they all can still be friends no matter the differences, of course there is a moral! But Jade struggles as she hides her true self of a “passion for fashion” as her parents want her to amaze in science and maths. Cloe lives under the care of a single mother struggling with jobs and money. Sasha’s parents have gone through a divorce as a child gets in between the mess of it all. And finally Yasmin’s own brother turns on her, and she’s under the care of a guardian herself. So don’t be hating the film full on, because there is some essence of the film that is important for children to learn.

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You know what, I enjoyed watching ‘Bratz’. It’s one of those feel-good, upbeat films. Just to sit and watch. I understand where hate could come from, but hey! Don’t judge a book by its cover. It’s enjoyable and fun, hilarious in how crazy and dramatic it is. I think those who loved the Bratz franchise would probably appreciate it more, but it’s a film children might enjoy. There’s even an elephant in it! Just get warped into the hilarity and randomness, it’s not that bad!

Bad Neighbours 2 (2016)

The 2016 sequel to the first ‘Bad Neighbours’ and I can’t say there is actually much difference to the plot lines, except it’s not a fraternity next door, it’s a sorority. A bunch of girls angry they don’t get to have parties when fraternities are able to, so what other than starting their own sorority in the house next to Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne), once again.

I’d say you have to watch the first ‘Bad Neighbours’, but then again it really doesn’t make a difference to the plot or not being able to understand any of it. But I would say watch the first one for an added comedy element, and the first one is better. There are repeated characters from the first film; back again, like I’ve already said, is Mac and Kelly, but also there is the return of Zac Efron (of course, one of the main reasons for watching) as Teddy, and also an appearance of some others including Dave Franco. The new characters are mostly revolved around three new sorority girls; the main character, Shelby (Chloe Grace Moretz), Beth (Kiersey Clemons) and Nora (Beanie Feldstein). Their bonding on the hate of Frat parties, they decide to create their own sorority, independent from all others, Kappa Nu.

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Now don’t get me wrong, I get the film, but the creation of Kappu Nu was not where I thought it was going to go, actually the whole film wasn’t where I thought it was going to go. The trailer is quite misleading, for example if you are watching this film because you believe Selena Gomez is in it, umm no. She’s hardly in it at all. Luckily, this isn’t why I was watching it, Zac Efron was still in it. But also the trailer makes the audience assume something which is not actually true, or just show things that don’t actually happen. I’ll let you decide whether this is a good thing or not…

So the film on a whole, well it escalated extremely quickly… Things escalated unnaturally quickly, get the plot kicking right away. The audience get the point of view from both houses so the ending is a round off happy one. The film doesn’t try to paint one side as the bad guys or one as the good guys, it’s just a war between two houses. One house wants to be able to do what they want and live in a fair world – there is a lot more of feminism in this film than I expected, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for it, 100%, just didn’t realise that was where the film was heading from the trailer, but I wouldn’t say this is a bad thing! Anyway, the second house just want to be able to sell their house, a bit difficult with a sorority and parties happening next door, and we know how annoying that can be from the first film. The film was funny, I did enjoy watching it, however there were parts of the film which were just a bit too much. You don’t expect to see it until it’s too late and it can’t be taken back. But then again that is part of the humour. You have to be a fan of Seth Rogen to understand this humour, well actually, it’s a bit more subtle than other films, but still the consistent use of drugs. Of course, it’s a film with Seth Rogen in it, so expect sex, drugs and swearing.

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If you liked the first film, I don’t think you’d find this one a disappointment, but it’s not as good, but then again it’s not so different. If that makes any sense? It’s an enjoyable watch where the audience is once again warped into a war between young college students and “old people” as they call them. There are moments of hilarity and moments of shock, but then again like I’ve said before that’s expected in a film with Seth Rogen in it. It’s not the most hilarious film I’ve ever watched and I wasn’t laughing in every scene. There is a lot of character building around Zac Efron’s character, Teddy, which brings it away from the house war. And I’m not going to complain if they want to screen Zac Efron more! It’s an enjoyable comedy, not one I would suggest watching over and over again, but I wouldn’t say it’s a regrettable watch or a waste of time.

Grown Ups (2010)

Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider. Enough said. Thank you…

If those names don’t make you think this will be a great movie, then perhaps this is not the film for you. But come on! Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider! Just looking at those actors screams a hilarious film. Adam Sandler and Kevin James together once again (just like ‘Pixels’). Love it.

Decades after a basketball match, a team of five friends meet at their coach’s funeral, Coach Buzzer, (shown all about this basketball match in a flashback). A meetup that brings out their childhood memories as they all stay at a Lake House together, all with their families. This brings Lenny Feder (Adam Sandler) with his wife Roxanne (Salma Hayek), and their three children, Greg (Jake Goldberg), Keithie (Cameron Boyce) and Becky (Alexys Nycole Sanchez), also the nanny, Rita (Di Quon). Eric Lamonsoff (Kevin James) with his family, wife Sally (Maria Bello), daughter Donna (Ada-Nicole Sanger), and son Bean (Frank/Morgan Gingerich). On his own, brings Marcus Higgins (David Spade). Additionally, the McKenzie family, Kurt (Chris Rock), Deanne (Maya Rudolph), Andre (Nadji Jeter) and Charlotte (China Anne McClain), not forgetting Deanne’s mother, Mama Ronzoni (Ebony Jo-Ann). Finally, Rob Hilliard (Rob Schneider) and his slightly older wife Gloria (Joyce Van Patten). Every character is brilliant, not only the actors I previously mentioned at the beginning, but Maya Rudolph (‘Bridesmaids’) and Salma Hayek (‘Sausage Party’), amongst the others, are all great!

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The main five guys are so different that it brings such great comedy into the film. Lenny is bounded in lies from the very beginning, realising his life is not what he thought it would have turned out to be; mostly that he has a nanny and his children are spoilt and don’t recognise the outer world, so he decides he wants them to have a childhood like he had. Kurt, the house-husband, stays home cooking and cleaning, so feels underappreciated. Then, there’s the guy who everyone takes the mick out of, Rob Hilliard, who likes much older women, therefore an easy target for the other guys. Finally Marcus Higgins, the single guy, the one who hasn’t yet grown up. So lots of different characters to appreciate and all of them hilarious in their own way. I can’t even express how great of a comedy this film is, and personally it all goes down to the actors comments in my opinion.

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The guys’ friendship is bonded by memories and insults to each other. By playing games such as arrow roulette, board games, rope swings, skimming rocks and of course more basketball. The film portrays the differences between children nowadays with technology and children when these adults were younger of playing outside. There is also a scene at a water park which gives a nice change of scenery to the film. There are rivalry, snarky comments back and forth with Kurt and his mother-in-law. There is also the fake definition that ‘wasted’ means having a craving for ice cream. All together the actors have a great bond, and there are many elements in order to make it funny.

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So if you’re looking for a hilarious film with great actors, then this one is a good shout. I would definitely recommend it. Besides… Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider!