Entertainment Review – This Is Where I Leave You

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From the director of Cheaper by the Dozen, The Internship and Night at the Museum films, comes another comedy with heart. This is where I leave you doesn’t scream blockbuster hit but if you enjoy a nice story around family ties this could just be for you. Based on the novel with same title by Jonathon Tropper and who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars quite a impressive line up of actors including Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Jane Fonda, Adam Driver, Rose Byrne, Connie Britton, Dax Shepard, Kathryn Hahn and Corey Stroll.

The  film begins with Jason Bateman’s character Judd Altman who comes home from work to surprise his wife Quinn (Abigail Spencer) with a birthday cake only to find her in bed with his boss (Shepard). Feeling alone and depressed, Judd receives a phone call from his sister Wendy and she breaks the news that their Dad has just passed. Fast forward to a few days later and it’s the funeral. This is where you get introduced to the rest of the siblings: Wendy (Fey), Paul (Stroll) and Phillip (Driver). As part of their father’s last dying wish, the family is forced to live under the same roof for seven days to conduct the Jewish ritual of sitting Shiva along with their over-sharing mother (Fonda), partners and children.

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This is where I leave you isn’t overly hilarious. Although, one funny on-going joke was the adorable toddler who is learning how to potty train and carries around his chamber pot everywhere.  Then there’s Paul’s wife, Annie (Hahn) who desperately wants a baby and makes him have sex whenever she’s ovulating. Some gags worked and others didn’t. The overall cast did a great job carrying the work while showing a range of emotions and providing the audience with  pretty decent acting.

Fonda’s role as Hillary the mother was  definitely my favourite character by far. Hillary wrote a book years ago about her family revealing their secrets and embarrassing details which everyone is still not pleased about. She tries to stay ‘hip’ with her new boobs that can hardly be contained in clothing and demonstrates how open-minded a woman can be.

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Separated by life and it’s complications. The family must find a way to survive the week, while reminding each other of what’s important, some good ol’ bonding even if it means getting a little rough or crazy. There are some surprises along the way and revelations were made. This is where I leave you is not one of the best movies to come out this year but is still very enjoyable. Take a trip down memory-lane with the Altman’s as they look back on their past and their beloved father.

This is where I leave you is still showing in selected cinemas around Australia.

Original review on Novastream.com.au

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Entertainment Review – Let’s be Cops

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It’s another buddy cop film minus the actual part of being a real police officer. Let’s be Cops (2014) is directed by Luke Greenfield mostly known for likeable but not necessarily, great films such as The Girl Next Door (2004) and Something Borrowed (2011). The film features the likes of Jake Johnson, Damon Wayan Jr., Nina Dobrev (from the hit series The Vampire Diaries) and Rob Riggle.

The story follows two room mates: Ryan (Johnson) who came so close to a promising football career and Justin (Wayans Jr.), an assistant for a video game company. The two decide to dress up as cops for a costume party, only to realise it’s a masquerade. After ditching the party, they get mistaken as police officers and they begin to play on the idea of being a cop ( you know… catch the bad guys and become heroes). They also try shouting out “freeze” to see if random bystanders stop in their presence and joining in drug use on the streets.

For those who watch the television series New Girl, you’d understand why fans thought Let’s be Cops would be absolutely hilarious. It’s not entirely what I expected. The trailer made the film out to be a fun joyride packed with jokes but that’s only the first half hour. The guys manage pull off pretending to be cops for most of it. Ryan even manages to find a cop car on eBay, who knew? They also buy fake pistols, real tasers and discover how-to videos for being a cop that’s apparently on Youtube.

There is one scene where a big naked man is in a hardware store running from police and Justin tackles him to the ground. This meant the big man’s junk is basically inches from Justin’s face and his reaction admittedly was funny. Despite that, the writers gave us some lame material and it was a struggle to watch the whole film. As the antics continue, Ryan and Justin get a little carried away with being ‘cops’, by grabbing the attention of some mobsters who then come after the guys.

 

Although, I won’t deny there is chemistry between Johnson and Wayans Jr. as a team they work well and make the friendship believable. Probably because they’re close buddies in real life since working on the film and continue to with New Girl (which in my opinion is ten times better than this movie).

There’s no denying that Hollywood loves to spit out its buddy-cop films each year just with different actors. Unfortunately, Let’s be Cops does not live up to expectations and given the choice, I would say go see something else out at the moment.

 Let’s be Cops is in Cinemas now.

My original review is featured on Novastream.com.au

The Green Drink

Ingredients: 

– Frozen Mango

– Cucumber

– Banana

– Spinach

– Snow Pea Sprouts

– 100 mls Water

Throw it in a blender and drink! It’s a great alternative to food, when you crave a snack.

 

I would just throw in how much you want of the fruit and probably just a handful of the greens. Check out Jessica Alba’s Book, The Honest Life. She’s a great inspiration and I love her green drink recipe.