Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004)

Comedy gym vs gym in a Dodgeball tournament – tell me there’s any other films like this one, because I don’t know any. And these gyms? Average Joe’s vs Globo Gym Purple Cobras; captains, Vince Vaughn vs Ben Stiller.

When Average Joe’s might be bought out by Globo Gym, they are told by the bank they have 30 days to pay off any debts, which calculated to $50,000. In a desperate need for the money and to save their gym, Peter (Vince Vaughn), Justin (Justin Long), Gordon (Stephen Root), Owen (Joel David Moore), Dwight (Chris Williams) and Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk), decide the only way would be to compete in the American Dodgeball Association of America (ADAA) Las Vegas competition. Along the way, they gain an extra player and a coach. The coach, Patches (Rip Torn) goes to extreme teaching methods in seriously dangerous, yet hilarious ways.

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The Average Joe’s seem the true underdogs as they struggle in a tournament way out of their league. With a high school student just determined to win something, and finally make the cheerleading team at school to impress a girl. With a married man living life by the rules and unable to get angry. And a man who strongly believes he is a pirate, dresses like one, talks like one and hopes to find that secret treasure one day. Vs the big shot guys from Globo Gym who know they are better than everyone else, or that’s what they say. Captain, White Goodman with the worst, comical comebacks, his hilariously rude and vulgar attitude is played brilliantly by Ben Stiller. The villain of the film as arrogant and offensive in his ways.

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‘Dodgeball’ is hilarious. It’s a film I’ve watched so many times, especially when I was younger, which I can’t believe I did, because it is so inappropriate, swears constantly, and is slightly offensive. But like I said it is hilarious. There are many ‘balls’ euphemisms, which seems obvious with the whole film revolving around ‘Dodgeball’. Cannot forget the hilarity of Patches, his brutal honesty and teaching Dodgeball through throwing wrenches at the players. And you cannot miss the clip after the credits, because it has to be one of the funniest parts of the movie. Also, the random stars that appear is brilliant, such as David Hasselhoff, Lance Armstrong and Chuck Norris!

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If you haven’t seen this film and it’s comedy that suits you, I would definitely recommend it! Fall into the Dodgeball tournament, which really does seem like a sporting event with broadcasters and everything. But just remember, never forget the five D’s, Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive and Dodge.

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Cheaper by the Dozen (2003)

This has to be one of the classic family comedies of my childhood. I would honestly be surprised anyone in their 20s who hasn’t seen this classic! Starring Steve Martin as the head of the family, the father of the twelve children, yes you read that right, twelve – hence the dozen… The Baker family, father and mother, Tom and Kate (Bonnie Hunt). Now the children… The only one who has moved out, Nora (Piper Perabo – ‘Coyote Ugly’), then Charlie (Tom Welling – ‘Smallville’) and fashion guru Lorraine (Hilary Duff – aka Lizzie McGuire). Then there’s musical Henry (Kevin G. Schmidt), tomboy Sarah (Alyson Stoner) and skater Jake (Jacob Smith). Lastly, Mark (Forrest Landis), twins Kim (Morgan York) and Jessica (Liliana Mumy), Mike (Blake Woodruff), and identical twins Nigel and Kyle (Brent and Shane Kinsman).

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‘Cheaper by the Dozen’ follows the Baker’s family life and the struggles of rebellious children and two parents determined to have a career they love. The children find things are turned upside down when Tom gets the career of his lifetime, head coach of the Stallions. However, this means that the family have to move house away from their beloved Midlands… Things get even crazier when Kate is offered her dream job, but that means leaving Tom to look after the kids for a while. To say the least these children know what to do to create chaos. The mastermind behind all mischievous tricks is Sarah. For example, dunking Nora’s boyfriend’s boxers in meat so their dog Gunner would hunt… Which by the way, because I cannot not mention who Nora’s boyfriend is, Hank, played by the one and only Ashton Kutcher. Meanwhile, the child taking the moving the hardest is the one child who is sometimes forgotten in the mass of the family, his best friend is his frog, Beans, and he struggles to feel part of the madness his family is, this is Mark. This element of the film, brings in emotional and heart-breaking moments.

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The comedy is throughout the film as Tom struggles to keep control of his children. Charlie hates that he’s had to move away from his girlfriend and struggles to fit into a new school, as do many of the younger children. A snake is accidentally released in a neighbour’s party. The children rollerblade in the house, one swings from the roof, and a visitor hangs from the chandelier. The house is thrown into a state when Mark tries to catch Beans from escaping. And Nigel and Kyle are always giggling somewhere. The chaos becomes comical as it definitely hits extremes. Tom becomes even more overwhelmed with the whole situation and Kate becomes anxious at leaving her children.

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With many children, there is of course many characters, which means there’s a lot that happens. However, this film never becomes confusing, in fact it all ties together brilliantly, and that is why it is the classic family film that it is. If you haven’t seen this film, I would definitely recommend it. It’s fun and creative, comical and heart-warming. The whole film is just a great feel-good easy watch. It definitely brings a nostalgia when I’m watching it.

The Outcasts (2017)

Ok, what did I just watch… Flicking through Netflix, and this one catches my attention. With ‘Victorious’s Tori and Beck, ‘The Middle’s Sue and ‘Awkward’s Jenna, sounds like a cheesy teen chick-flick to me… But there’s an amount of cheese and cringe I can deal with, and this was an overload. Even for me. Maybe I’ve grown too old for the teen chick-flicks, which is sad if I have, but I don’t think that was the problem. The problem lied in the actual film. Safe to say, cheesy chick-flicks have gone downhill since I watched them when I was younger. ‘The Outcasts’ is nothing on ‘A Cinderella Story’, ‘The Perfect Man’ or any Hilary Duff film to be honest, nor is it anything on ‘The Sisterhood of Traveling Pants’, not even ‘Bratz’!

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Life-long best friends, Mindy (Eden Sher) and Jodi (Victoria Justice) after going through Richard Nixon High School bullied and tortured by the Queen Bee, otherwise known as “American Psycho Barbie”, Whitney (Claudia Lee), in their senior year they decide enough is enough. It is time for revenge, time for a “social revolution” as they call it. Bringing the stereotypical characters together, Virginia (Ashley Rickards) is wanted for this social swap to be successful. A mysterious character, Virginia has information on everyone in the student body, and they get to work on turning the school’s hierarchy on it’s head. All the “misfits”, “outcasts” are united under one. The film is actually really fast pace, because suddenly everything has changed and in fact nothing has actually happened.

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In a high school of supposedly 17 year olds, they’ve hired actors and actresses in their 20s. I understand why they have hired these stars because of their TV background that is hopefully the audience they are targeting. And to be fair to them, they have made the young adults look the part of teens. They did do that really well! But come on, Victoria Justice is 24, and she’s the youngest… Eden Sher the oldest at 26. What’s wrong with hiring people to play the age they are… To be honest, no one does nowadays anyway.

Can’t say I found much comedy in this film. I think my giggles were more meaning “what am I watching” and “how awkward”. Sadly, I can’t even say the acting is the best, Avan Jogia in particular was just awkward. The film just escalates and escalates into the most random things, it gets extremely crazy by the end. Maybe the truth is I didn’t understand the humour? I just felt awkward and cringed at some moments, it was random at best.

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Safe to say this is not a film for me. I wouldn’t watch it again, if you couldn’t guess from that. It’s sad because I wanted to like it, especially with the stars. I love ‘Victorious’, ‘The Middle’ of course is amazing, and I remember watching ‘Awkward’ and quite enjoying that too! Weird, random film, ‘The Outcasts’… I get what it was trying to do, I think, but it just didn’t work. Victoria Justice is back to singing though! But not that much…

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (2017)

Ok so shamefully I haven’t seen the original 1995 ‘Jumanji’ so I cannot comment on any relations. However, saying this I do know that there were particular references to the original in this film. And I will make it my mission to watch the brilliant Robin Williams’ ‘Jumanji’ as soon as I can. Because after watching this one, and being told the original is better than the remake, the original has jumped to the top of my ‘to watch’ list.

‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ peaked my interests from the word go, when the trailer was released. With a cast such as Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, who of course work amazingly together as there big and small comedy duo, and then bring in Amy Pond from Doctor Who (Karen Gillan) and one of my favourite actors Jack Black – who can not get excited about that?! And I was not let down. Personally, Jack Black made this film as great as it was for me. He was absolutely amazing, arguably one of the best acting he has ever done by far. He was hilarious playing the self-absorbed teen, who did I mention happens to be a girl, who gets trapped in an “overweight middle-aged” man’s body aka Jack Black, definitely “the curvy genius”. We all know Kevin Hart has a type, and with Dwayne Johnson in the mix, both of them do. Dwayne Johnson was tweaked to the scared character he was, pretending to be Dr Bravestone and it was brilliant. With his smoldering intensity he was a character with comedy and strength. Kevin Hart remained the Kevin Hart we all know and love. With this shouty anger and his lashing out at his height (especially stood next to The Rock), always feeling underestimated, especially when cake is a weakness and his strength is zoology. He is of course hilarious, as he stands in what he knows best. Karen Gillan was great, the awkward teen stuck inside her as she turned into Ruby Roundhouse the character who could kick and dance fight like there was no tomorrow. I couldn’t think of better actors for these characters, they were chosen perfectly.

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If you don’t know the plot, or haven’t seen the trailer, here’s a quick rundown. Four students are stuck in detention having to de-staple magazines for recycling, when one finds an old video game and they all decide to play. Picking the characters, they didn’t realise that once selected, that is who they were to become as they are sucked into the game and transformed. Landing into a jungle and being confronted by a hippo almost immediately they soon realise they have three lives and once they are gone, game over. The only hope is to finish the game in real life. With levels to complete they discover new strengths and new weaknesses. Plus Nick Jonas fits nicely into the Jungle too.

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I would definitely watch this film again and again. The graphics were amazing and I was transported into this jungle with the teens. I was constantly laughing, in many scenes with all of the characters, all of them qualities to cheer anyone up. The action adventure was also brilliant as they all became stronger in their new bodies and we learnt who each teen truly was. The characters are lovable, the humour is well executed, and the actors are perfect. I would definitely recommend this film, it’s a great comedy and a great action adventure. Why don’t you dive into the Jumanji game and fall into the jungle with the hippos, snakes and rhinos? It’s worth it.

Spy (2015)

I have to admit straight off that this film is up there with the best Melissa McCarthy films. It shouldn’t be one to be underappreciated or forgotten. It’s funny, it’s got some action fighting scenes in the world of the CIA, it’s got Jude Law and Jason Statham, and it’s even got the brilliant British comedian Miranda Hart (whom I love) – what more do you need?

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Analysist Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) turns spy, when she volunteers heartbroken that her mentor, Bradley Fine (Jude Law – yes sorry, sadly Jude Law doesn’t last long, but he’s amazing when he is there, anyway…), has been killed during a mission. Seeming that she’s the only one to volunteer and that the enemy, Rayna (Rose Byrne – recognisable from ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Bad Neighbours 1 & 2’), has named all the active agents of the CIA; boss, Elaine Crocker (Allison Janney), chooses to put basement-kept Susan in the field. But on strict rules of a “track and report” mission only. Only this doesn’t happen, because how boring would that be?! Instead, with the help of her best friend in her ear piece, Nancy (Miranda Hart), she goes rouge ending up becoming in contact with Rayna and having to lie her way through undercover. With an intense, angry spy popping up every now and again, Susan fights to keep her cover a secret as she tries to solve the mission and get revenge for the loss of the guy she was being the ear piece to. This serious spy, one told to stay out of the mission in safety of his life, is Rick Ford, played by Jason Statham. Statham plays this character brilliantly, as the hilarious bullshitter. Someone who is more presumed in serious action films, it does feel odd for him to be in a comedy action film, but he is welcomed with open arms. Underestimated, Susan repeatedly gets given hilarious undercover personas, nothing that lives up to the fantasized style of being a spy. The plot line is great, action comedy that is worth the story, thrill and laughter.

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This film repeatedly makes me laugh. Whether it’s the too-handsy Italian spy, Aldo (Peter Serafinowicz), or Susan’s changing personas, or even Nancy’s classic Miranda one-liners, or maybe Crocker’s brutal harshness. The film has a lot to stem from in the comedy element. Understandably it is a film for the ages of 15 and above – there is numerous swearing, but other than that, that’s mostly it, oh and the occasionally gory bits. Another thing I do have to mention though, is that the music is so appropriate, it is greatly chosen and brilliant to complete scenes, just adds to the whole aesthetic of the film.

So yes I would recommend this film. There is so much to appreciate and laugh at, also so much to grip yourself into the actual plot of the film. Every actor/actress is brilliant and all played amazingly well, but I think that’s a given. If you’re a fan of any classic Melissa McCarthy, or even a great action comedy, this is one to choose, it’s a great, fun watch and makes you laugh all the way through.

Baywatch (2017)

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, beautiful. Ok first off, I can’t state how much this is based on the television show because to be honest the only knowledge of ‘Baywatch’ I have, comes from Joey and Chandler obsessing over it in ‘Friends’. Oh and I know David Hasselhoff has some key role. So I will base this review as a film as it stands and as a film as it is, rather than something influenced from tv. Although, from the television show, David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson make an appearance – if that means a lot to you, then there it is.

As an action comedy film, it’s highly enjoyable. All the characters are played amazingly well, but I don’t think that needs much reasoning. Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron are obviously the stars of the film, however the other stars are also brilliant and add a lot to the film. Dwayne Johnson, a rising star in many great films more recently, plays the dedicated, devoted, ocean-obsessed Lieutenant lifeguard Mitch Buchannon. Zac Efron, one of the most beautiful men on earth (an opinion struck by many), plays the cocky, reckless, “Malibu Ken”, the new-bee on the beach, Matt Brody. The one thing that Brody doesn’t understand about Emerald Bay’s lifeguards is the seriousness, not only are they lifeguards, they solve crimes. The crime of this film is revolved around one Victoria Leeds (Priyanka Chopra) and her dedication to business, ie. The drug business. Things start to get considerably worse after a dead body is found by the lifeguards, this is where the six begin to solve the case by themselves, ignoring the priorities of the police.

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As I said there are six lifeguards. There are three original lifeguards, then there are the three new trainees. The three leaders, obviously Mitch standing strong in that section, then there is Stephanie (Ilfenesh Hadera) and CJ (Kelly Rohrbach). Then there’s trainees, Brody, Ronnie (Jon Bass) and Summer (Alexandra Daddario). Ronnie is brilliant, he definitely carries some comedy. Ronnie is the dedicated, never quit, awkward, “why me” guy. At his third time of trying to successfully pass the qualifying course, he is triumphant at his never quitting spirit. His dedication of pursuing the ocean is revolved around a certain individual, in particular the slow moving, tight-costumed CJ. Then there’s Summer, the one that catches Brody’s eye. However she is so much more than that, a young woman strong in her mind, rejecting Brody time and time again, studious and determined in becoming the new lifeguard of the bay.

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There is definitely action in this movie, with lifeguards fighting crime there is a lot of action to be thrown in the deep end – sorry. There’s fight scenes, tense scenes of burning boats etc. Most importantly there is comedy. There were times I was laughing out loud in this movie, it was brilliantly funny. Comments of a “far-fetched TV show”, or Dwayne Johnson calling Zac Efron “High School Musical” amongst the multitude of nicknames given to him. Little things like that were brilliant. The film is modern and relates to modern technology, relatable to today’s audience. I have to admit this is a film of extreme OTT effects. From the beginning, in the first minute of the film, there is slow motion effects left, right and centre. There is dramatic, tense music. A man in danger at sea. Everything is very dramatic, but in a way this over dramatic notions to the whole essence of the film adds to the comedy of the film. And you know the obsession with slow motion effects in all 2016/2017 films now-a-days, right?

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If this seems a film you would enjoy I would definitely recommend it! It doesn’t require much concentration but it’s a fun, hilarious easy-watch. With lots of swearing and many other inappropriate moments, this film is for older ages. This isn’t supposed to be a serious film, the comedy is overdramatic, it’s just an easy-watch comedy. And that is how it stands. Regardless, they are always contactable via “shell phone”.

Rough Night (2017)

Love that this film is so different from the stereotypical comedies nowadays. It has some dark humour in it, especially because of the plot, but it is brilliantly different and enjoyable. Things escalate and escalate, get crazier and crazier, somethings I expected, many shocking moments I didn’t expect to happen at all – all throws in with the comedy and drama of the rough night. I have to admit, the escalation of the film, made it more feel like a drama than a comedy, but there were moments I did laugh, even if it’s rather morbid. The way they react to everything makes the comedy. Nevertheless, it isn’t a film alike to many others, it’s contrasts in characteristics are brilliant, to get to know characters that aren’t always used in films.

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I wouldn’t say this is a film to watch for the cast however. Obviously Scarlett Johansson stands out as the star of the film and she is definitely the best in it. And obviously a recognisable actress is Demi Moore, although her character was definitely of a certain humour, if it was comical? Then there’s Zoë Kravitz, who I recognise but can’t really place where from. Then I also recognised minor characters, such as Colton Haynes from ‘Teen Wolf’, or the Vulture in ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, Dean Winters. I wouldn’t say this is a film of big stars, but regardless, they all are great, whether they are known or not! I probably should mention that ‘Rough Night’ is definitely for older ages. There’s drugs, sex references, lots of swearing. So yeah, a film for older ages.

If you haven’t seen this film advertised then you probably don’t even know what it is about. So here’s a little run-through. Jess (Scarlett Johansson), a politician in mid-campaign, is getting married. Her very protective freshman roommate Alice (Jillian Bell), plans a weekend for her best friend’s bachelorette party in Miami. Accompanying them are previous girlfriends, Blair (Zoë Kravitz) and Frankie (Ilana Glazer). The four of them concludes best friends from college. Finally is Jess’ friend from Australia, Pippa (Kate McKinnon); an unexpected guest that, to say the least, Alice doesn’t appreciate. Things start to go horrendously wrong when they accidentally kill a male stripper… Like I said, things massively escalate. Meanwhile, husband-to-be Peter (Paul W. Downs) panics when a phone call from his fiancé has some major miscommunication issues.

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‘Rough Night’ is a film of an extreme bachelorette party that has gone majorly wrong. The actresses are great and it’s good to see such a different film of where women behave badly. Coming down to it, however, I wouldn’t say I would watch this film over and over again, watching it once was enough for me. It is a film for older ages and is extremely inappropriate at many times. What do you think they do when they accidentally kill a male stripper in a house mostly made of glass on a bachelorette vacation while drunk and high?