Freaky Enough

Freaky Friday (2003)

Once upon a time there was Lindsay Lohan. Once upon a time there was Jamie Lee Curtis. Eventually these two would “trade” places for a day and I mean literally. “Freaky Friday” embellishes the positive tones and messages that it conveys to an audience, whether it be Jamie’s hilarious acting or Lindsay’s typical but humorous performance. And just think, those roles are meant to played by each character in vice-versa transition.

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Imagine you’re mom for a day. The responsibilities of adulthood and the troubles that kids must bring you. Now think like a teenager. The drama, the living-in-the-moment mentality, the considerations about your future. It’s obviously a Disney production, but somehow I still remember loving this movie with every bit of laughter that it would instill on me. Tess and Anna are basically a mom and daughter duo who unexpectedly end up switching their bodies after a fatefully reading a fortune cookie

Credit should definitely go to Jamie who took herself to the unfamiliar role of being comedic, which is unique because I always remembered her for the Halloween series, as did everyone else I’m sure. Playing the teenager who gets trapped in her mom’s body seems pretty seldom, but for Jamie, I think what made this work was the fact that we see her display the typical rebellious teenager who gives off nothing but a vibe of unique naiveness. Her makeover would have to be my favorite part.

Then of course, we have to give Lindsay some credit. I’ve always had the typical celebrity crush on her (well at least until 2006), but let’s just put aside that fantasy for a moment. Since she’s playing the mature mom who get’s trapped inside her daughter’s body, she has maybe the chance to be “serious” for once in her life. Complete opposite! She humiliates her English teacher, berates her friends, and even sabotages a fellow alumni’s school test. Oh well, so much for having gown up.

This isn’t the greatest comedy of all time but it’s one that everyone should at least watch once. It’s not one necessarily meant for adults but it is a payoff of well-toned humor for both kids and teenagers. Who knows. Maybe some of you adults reading this post could find it funny. But like I said, everything has to be tried at least once. Don’t love it till you try it. Keep in mind that this is a Disney movie we’re talking about.

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“BFFF?”

Pineapple Express (2008)

I’m a fan of Seth Rogen. Or should I say I’m a fan of his movies. From the ones I’ve seen so far, he always brings “IT,” one way or another in order to make people laugh whether it’s by himself or with his co-star(s). Whether it be the hilarious bromance we see or the insatiable desire for drugs, “Pineapple Express” delivers comedy altogether.

I don’t do drugs myself, but that does’t mean I have to in order to be able to laugh at the jokes and humor that even James Franco brings to the table. James for me was the real stand-out aspect of the film. Up until the time this film came out, I only used to remember him as the 2nd “Green Goblin,” but upon watching this I thought, “Wow, this guy is actually really funny.”

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No matter how stoned or clueless Franco’s character Saul is, you can’t help but love the guy. The way he bounces off of the supposed bromance that he shares with Dale (Rogen), to inadvertently getting him into trouble with Ted and the police and ironically being the one to get him out of it, Franco pretty much stole the show. That’s why this movie seemed different for me; because Franco actually made me laugh more than Rogen did. Surprisingly the film also seemed well shot from a director’s standpoint. It made every scene look all the more dramatic than it probably should’ve since this is a comedy we’re talking about.

The title itself is more of a laugh too since every scene that involves use of the titular drug either has something hilarious in it or ends up getting Dale and Saul into even more “misadventures,” if we can even call it that. From Dale panicking after witnessing Ted commit murder, to the cat and mouse game involving Craig Robinson and Kevin Corrigan, to the hilarious fight scene involving Danny McBride, to a disastrous car chase scene, to the final shoot-out act, “Pineapple Express” should deliver enough entertainment if you want to enjoy a comedy without having to do drugs in order to laugh.

Shaun of the Dead (G #9)

Shaun 1

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at their finest.

School of Rock (G #7)

Diet

School of Rock (2003)

The logic of Dewey Finn

9 Months & Out

Juno (2007)

This is kind of weird for me to talk about. “Juno” as it is known by, happens to be one of those films that doesn’t really sink in with me like it probably should’ve. From what I’ve heard about, a lot of people and even critics really like this movie, but I’m admittedly NOT one of those people. I’ll try to elaborate a little bit.

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First of all I don’t hate this movie but I don’t like it either, or should I say one particular character. The titular character that was played by Ellen Page was pretty real and sometimes humorous I’ll admit, but sometimes seemed very naive, brash, and cocky. I did admire some aspects of her character. She choses to be smart by actually thinking through her decisions and handle them with care. That’s especially admirable about her, given that she is basically in a coming-of-age situation with adulthood right in her front door. As for her overconfidence though, Juno just never rubbed me the right way. If anything I actually liked her dad better (JK Simmons).

As for some of the other aspects of film like the plot and themes itself, it was pretty much the way you would expect a film about pregnancy to be. Something unplanned occurs, lives take on a new path for the future, drama escalates with hardships, but by some miracle everything works out in the end. I just could never put my finger on it. This film did have some sequences that made me laugh and feel entertained but overall it just wasn’t for my taste. I’m sure others would think otherwise so I’ll just say that “Juno” is still worth a view, given that others may interpret the film differently.

Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

Rush Hour (1998)

Most buddy cop films these days are too cliched. They either lack in an interesting or an original kind of plot with uncommon characters. Still I want to take a look back at one of my favorite childhood films that could always make me laugh. With Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the lead roles, the first installment of “Rush Hour” proved to me how 2 very different people can have a unique chemistry at making people laugh.

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While the focal point of the film focuses on Lee and Carter chasing down the kidnappers of the little girl, the majority of the film also showcases the amusing misadventures that they go through along the way. A lot of the humor is also drawn from the misunderstandings that both cops have towards each but their eventual pasts and present problems tend to bring them closer as they eventually open up and begin to trust one another. Another thing I noted about this film is the use of martial arts even though it’s set in the United States, but given the presence of Jackie Chan and Chinese characters in the film, it was bound to contain some of these elements.

Overall I’ll say this was a movie entertaining enough to deliver some laughs and enjoyment. From action scenes to cop chases to Lee’s seriousness with Carter’s insincerity, this is definitely not an Oscar picture, but still worth the ride to watch for your own amusement.

Scary Movie 2 (G #2)

Scary Movie 2 (2001)

Their gestures are just priceless lol.