Instant Family (2019)

‘Instant Family’ follows the real-life story of a couple who, in a snap decision, decide to adopt from the foster-care system. The film follows a comical, fast-pace, enjoyable film of a new family. Initially, wanting to adopt a child, they end up fostering a teenager and two other younger siblings. The family fly through the ‘honeymoon phase’ as the new happy family, to crash and hit the realistic struggles these children have gone through and the hardship of entering a different family. The parents hit the realities and struggles of new parenthood and the worries of replacing parents they already have.

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I really enjoyed this film. The actors and actresses are all phenomenal. With Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne at the centre, they execute the plot line brilliantly. I also loved that it was a film that could go anywhere, I couldn’t predict what was going to happen and I was happy to go along with the rollercoaster. The whole film feels very realistic with understandable struggles. But not to worry, it also captures the comedy well and makes a heart-warming, sweet film. The movie got me giggling at quite a lot of moments. Wahlberg and Byrne bounce off each other in such an excellent comical way, they add a lot to the film. As do the social workers at the foster-care orientation and social support groups, particularly Karen (Octavia Spencer) who was a great character.

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The children are brilliant in the film: Lizzy (Isabela Moner), Juan (Gustavo Quiroz) and Lita (Julianna Gamiz). Lizzy seems to be more of the centre of the film, the 15-year-old who has adapted to the mother of her two younger siblings. She is the one who finds it the hardest to adapt into a different family, feeling unloved and alone. Then, there’s Juan, an overly sensitive boy, who seems to spend most of the film worried or crying. However, he is the source of some comical moments and he is a great character to watch. Finally, Lita, the youngest of them all. Very stubborn and loud, Lita only wants to eat crisps and nothing else. Being the sole main reason of the film, they really add some genuine and real struggles for children and the realities of some foster children’s backgrounds.

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‘Instant Family’ is a thoroughly enjoyable film. As I said before, extremely fast-pace, I was a little confused at the beginning of who people were and where they are, but soon enough these sort of things don’t matter and I understand why time wasn’t spent on it to clarify. Instead, the film is about a new family and the adjustments they are having to make. In a loving, chaotic adventure a family try to join as one, but with rejections and difficulties along the way, you’ll enjoy the ride as a normal comical family appears.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

One of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost classics, they have done so many films together, and this one has to be one of the best. And once again this is a different comedy to so many others, a horror comedy of a zombie apocalypse. But it’s brilliant, it’s cleverly done, hilarious and the relationship between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost on screen is of course great!

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Simon Pegg plays Shaun, the plot revolving around him mainly. When his girlfriend of three years, Liz (Kate Ashfield) breaks up with him, he is destroyed. Shaun and his flat mate, Ed (Nick Frost), get drunk to try ignore his loss. However, in the morning, everything’s changed, not only is Shaun single, but “there’s a girl in the garden”, except she isn’t just a girl… An undead zombie apocalypse has taken toll, and they are everywhere. In a desperate flee to help everyone he can, Shaun makes a plan to save his mum and save Liz, however, that turns out it isn’t as nearly as easy as it sounds.

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The film is hilarious, the humour is executed perfectly. Who thought a zombie film could be that funny? It has to be done well, if not a spoof, but it’s done well to execute as a comedy of two hilarious actors. I would definitely recommend this film as the men struggle to defeat the zombies throwing vinyls at one slowly walking towards them. The film is full of chaos and hilarity as they fight to dramatic music and desperately escape the deathly zombies. It’s such an easy watch, and a good laugh. Reliable and comical, chaotic and disastrous. Just sit down with a cup a tea and have a giggle.

Step Brothers (2008)

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly – it’s safe to say this is not a film of my humour. Apparently one of the top 100 films according to my new bucket film list poster, so I thought I’d give it a watch. I don’t think I’ll be watching it again. Sorry.

When Brennan’s mother marries Dale’s father, the family join together. A happily newly married couple and their forty-year-old sons who never moved out. Rivalry kicks up straight away as they declare hatred as the men fight and argue over having to live together. Their war comes to an end with a mutual hatred of another, but will that be enough to save a family who’s been through a lot? I have to admit, I completely understand their mutual hatred, as I had the same feeling straight away.

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The humour is classic Will Ferrell, rude and stupid. The whole film was just so stupid, there were escalations to the max, that were so unrelatable and crazy it was just bonkers. I guess this is obviously on purpose, but I just don’t seem to get it. Don’t get me wrong, I did laugh at some points, but other parts which were supposed to be funny, I was more baffled by the weirdness and randomness. The new step brothers ironically behave as young children, as that is what they are symbolising however have grown up but not in maturity. The whole irony is definitely a common thread of comedy in the film as the men act like you’ve not seen before. They strop and fight, sleepwalk and demand everything.

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The characters are played well obviously, it’s Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly. I just didn’t love the concept of the film and couldn’t find the humour. But then again, many declare the film hilarious. I disagree. Maybe give it a watch if the stupid rude comedy if what you enjoy, because it hits the nail on the head with that category!

Psych: The Movie (2017)

When I eventually found this somewhere I could watch, I could not contain my excitement. I love ‘Psych’ the TV show, so much. I fell in love with the show and binge-watched it so quick. So when I got an email to say that I might be interested in watching ‘Psych: The Movie’ on Now TV, they couldn’t have been more wrong. Watched it straight away. If you haven’t seen the programme, a lot of this film may not make sense. You wouldn’t understand the character build up or some of the plot. It could be watched as a comedy mystery alone, but it’s so much better with the nostalgia of the television series. This film follows three years on from the last season of ‘Psych’ in 2014, building on things that have happened in those years of the programme or the three years in between that we have missed.

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Full of the nostalgia from the programme, the film brought all the favourites back. Starting with the beloved Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton Guster, aka Gus (Dulé Hill). Their friendship fabulous as ever, hilarious and trusting. Then we have Juliet O’Hara (Maggie Lawson) returning, still in the loving relationship (one of my favourite TV relationships) with Shawn. Although, I do feel it was lacking slightly, but that can all be forgiven by the end. The Chief, Karen Vick (Kirsten Nelson), also makes a big return in the film as O’Hara’s boss like the series ended. Sadly, Carlton Lassiter (Timothy Omundson) doesn’t make the return I quite so hoped, meaning hardly any return. I did miss Lassiter and Shawn’s constant competitive bickering and arguing. There is also the return of many other characters, but I don’t want to ruin it all!

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Around the Christmas holidays, the whole gang are brought back together when a case becomes a bit too close to home, targeting one of them. Yes it is around the Christmas holidays, and there are a few Christmas trees and a few Christmas songs, however I wouldn’t say it’s a Christmas film! Because that means it only limits me to watching it in December… Besides, Christmas Day isn’t present in the film! It’s a comedy mystery through and through, just like the TV series.

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‘Psych: The Movie’ got me giggling throughout, whether it’s Shawn and Gus’ iconic friendship, where pretty much everything scares them, or maybe even Shawn’s false sense that he can do everything. We cannot forget Shawn’s brilliant ‘wait for iiiiit’ that has to repeat in the film. Additionally, will Gus find a true love in this film? With modern references, the film captures the old and new. It’s a film that is full of nostalgia from the television show, but also bringing in a new mystery to solve, intriguing and a little spooky at times. But all the while, fun with our Psych cast.

White Chicks (2004)

This is a film not like any others. It’s not a film to be taken seriously, and it’s of a particular humour. It’s one that splits the crowds, I think it’s hilarious, my boyfriend thought it was utter rubbish. Guess it’s one of those films. Starring the Wayans brothers, it follows humour such as the ‘Scary Movie’s. Satire comedy, stupid, ironic, yet hilarious. Sometimes really cringey.

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Two FBI agents under heat from their boss, want to get back into the good books. They force their way onto a kidnapping case, involving potential victims, Beverley Hills stereotypical rich blonde girls: the Wilson twins. When there’s an issue and the girls refuse to go on their Hampton weekend, the FBI agents think of one option that may escape their being-fired state: they will pretend to be Brittany and Tiffany Wilson. And so they enter the stereotypical life of rich girls, of shopping and modelling, of backstabbing and sleepovers. And of being hit on by various men… But can they keep their secret life hidden for the whole weekend while solving the case?

Like I said, it’s not a comedy that is taken seriously. Throughout, the men constantly forget they are supposed to be these women; charging after a bag stolen from them or dancing with flips and break-dancing. There is an issue of stereotypes, from every angle. But it’s not to be taken seriously. There is everything to laugh at, with the silly comments or the irony of opposing genders. It has very memorable moments in this film, especially the iconic ‘A Thousand Miles’ song.

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‘White Chicks’ is filled with comedy throughout, but also embedded with some action and the thread of an FBI case underway. It is for older ages, because there are some inappropriate scenes, although the Netflix version does skip some of these out. Although, it gets the audience laughing along, with stupidity and hilarity. But as I’ve previously said, it’s a film of particular taste, you may hate it, or it may get you laughing in the uniqueness of the Wayans’ films.

Hotel for Dogs (2009)

This used to be my little brother’s favourite film. When he was young, he used to watch it over and over again, obsessed with the dogs in the film and rewinding to start again. So therefore, it has been one I’ve seen a few times too, and I’m not moaning about it, because it’s great! It’s a heart-warming, nice film, nothing to say that’s wrong with it because it’s just such a lovely easy-watching film. It is more of a kids film, although I still enjoy it.

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Emma Roberts and Jake T. Austin play sister and brother, Andi and Bruce; foster children in a house unloving and controlling. The film starts showing us they are understandably not happy with their new foster parents, Lois (‘Friends’ Lisa Kudrow) and Carl (Kevin Dillon), as they rebel and scam people for money. Soon we find out this is all to feed their family’s dog before they lost their parents. This dog is Friday, an adorable feisty terrier, that is mischievous and does anything for food with his great sense of smell. This is comically played on when Friday can smell a hot dog even though he cannot see it. Friday is a brilliant little dog, who alone is adorably funny in this film.

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When the children are involved in something that is nothing to do with them, they accidentally find an abandoned old vacant hotel to hide in. In this hotel are two stray dogs. Soon, the siblings have taken it upon themselves to rescue stray dogs from the pound and from the streets to give them a place to live. As you can probably tell the story is heart-warming and simple in its brilliance.

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We soon discover Bruce is magnificent in creating inventions as he creates an automatic ball-thrower for the new resident Georgia and a toilet to deal with any poop in the hotel. All the dogs are adorable and create a little comical element, for example Cooper who eats everything. It’s just a nice film to watch. Yeah it is a Nickelodeon movie, but you know what it’s one that is considerably better than others. It’s got so much to it, that is meaningful and heartening. If you like a simple family film, one of dogs and siblings trying their best to stay together and create their own family, then this would be perfect. It makes you giggle; it makes you feel for all the dogs and the siblings. I wouldn’t say it’s a ground-breaking film, it’s just nice. And sometimes that’s one of the best things of a film, it’s enjoyable and a little escapism for a while.

Scary Movie (2000)

This is a movie you cannot take seriously, you have to accept it for what it is. Its humour is one of a kind, one I stress is for certain comical tastes, this is not a film for all. For starters, it’s an 18 and for very good reason. Plus, the humour is quite offensive… Well outrageous and will stretch to any limits. It’s definitely a darker humour. But for this reason, it creates laughs in the crazy potentials and the spoof of horrors.

‘Scary Movie’ is one of the horror comedy spoofs of the 2000s, which was followed by many other Scary Movies’ years later. There must have been a demand with so many sequels following after. The humour is rude, sexual and shocking. Yet ridiculous and hilarious in its own way. Ok, there are parts I do not find funny at all, because they’re a bit too much for me, but some parts I did have a giggle, in its outrageousness, it does gain laughs. ‘Scary Movie’ laughs in the face of horrors, spoofs stereotypes and mocks itself as a film.

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‘Scary Movie’ follows teens exactly one year after they accidentally kill someone and cover it up. On Halloween, a Scream-copycat figure goes around haunting and killing the group. But instead of the horror, he is seen hiding behind the couch, he gets hit by a piano rolling down the stairs and he’d rather rap and do drugs instead of kill. Also, a girl in a state of irony, breaks her own leg to have her head chopped off; in a dramatic scene the audience misunderstands a murder; and there is the famous scene of wassssaaaappppp on the phone. When I watched this when I was younger, I think the concept quite scared me, but it is definitely more comedy and I think I was confused by the whole concept.

The actors and actresses in this film are actually ones you’d probably recognise. To begin with, the main protagonist is played by the excellent Anna Faris, whom I’ve seen in many films, such as ‘The House Bunny’ and ‘What’s Your Number?’. Secondly, the film is written by the Wayans brothers, Shawn and Marlon, who both star in the film too. And even a young Hal Cooper from ‘Riverdale’ makes an appearance in the group.

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So to recap: a film of particular humour taste, of light-heartedness and not-to-be-taken-seriously. The film echoes a spoof of Scream, with comedy embedded and stupid ridiculously. Please remember it did come out in the 2000, it is just a spoof of everything. Take it as it is, or watch because it’s difficult to figure out who is actually behind the mask…