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Meet The Parents (2000)

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Meet The Parents (2000)


Robert De Niro
Ben Stiller
Teri Polo
Blythe Danner
Owen Wilson

Directed by Jay Roach

Once in a while you feel like seeing something from the old days, thirteen years ago to be exact and I found myself watching Meet The Parents again and I never appreciated it more than I did now.
The movie is remake on a 1992 film of the same name, which was written and directed Greg Gilenna who also started in the movie. The 1992 version was an independent film and cost only 100,000 dollars. Later on Universal Studios bought the film rights and pumped money (55 Million) into an expanded version of the 1992 film and Meet The Parents (2000) was born.

When the makers made this movie there was no plan for a part two or three so what you are watching is the raw masterpiece of when Robert De Niro met Ben Stiller and I just found myself laughing all the way through, the comedy in this movie is first class, the delivery is done with precession, each comic moment hit home and when you are watching this movie you will fully appreciate the acting force of the duo (De Niro and Stiller).

Like its predecessor the movie is about Greg and when he met his would be in-laws. Here Greg (Ben Stiller) has intension of marrying his live in girlfriend Pam Byrnes, but decided to get her father’s (Robert De Niro) approval before he proposes to her.

So Greg followed Pam to her parent’s house as preparations were being made for Pam’s sister wedding thinking it was the best opportunity for him to meet Pam’s parents and then get her father’s permission. As simple as it may look, things didn’t work out as planned as Greg became a menace in the Byrnes house, from almost blinding the soon to be bride to losing the cat, burning down the altar and flooding the septic tank. Greg ended up making life hell for the Byrnes.

The other cast in the movie also added to the fun, especially from Owen Wilson, the movie cast may have been why the budget was that high but it was totally worth it, and I’m going to save this movie in archive to see in the near future.

After this movie, there was Meet The Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010), both were just far from being as good as the first and the introduction of Dustin Hoffman and Barbra Streisand in the further sequels were just fun in the first (Meet the Fockers) and over stretched in the second.

I totally advice that you do as I did and go see this movie again, I guaranty that it will be worth it.

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

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The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)


Steve Carell
Olivia Wilde
Jim Carrey

Directed by Don Scardino

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone is not as great as you will expect it to be with the cast of Steve Carell, Olivia Wilde and Jim Carrey you will be expecting a laugh fest, but it will pass as a movie to see when there is nothing else to be seen at the cinemas. The craziness the movie offers can either pass as exciting or plain disgusting based on what thrills you. As for me, I felt the producers should have put more work on the magic tricks. The acting of all the cast is not to be dissed as they did well in their portrayal, especially Jim Carrey he actually stole every scene he was in, and he did it using physical comedy something we I haven’t seen him use in a long while, but the story was not all that, it seemed to skim the top too often, leaving you with no memorable moment.

In addition I think the movie’s idea to pass a message was lame, because when you remember all the Hollywood movies that you have seen already, the message has been over flogged, “when you get to the top never forget those who helped you get there.” Then the characters wonderful transformation from a jerk to an overnight good guy was just too pathetic to be believable.
Then there is the magic, I have seen many magic based movies and in those while watching I wished I could do what I saw the actors doing, here when I see the magic tricks that was being performed, I didn’t feel like doing it but instead invite them to the next kid’s birthday that I will be attending.

The movie's plot is about two childhood friends Burt Wonderstone (Steve Carell) and Anton Marvelton (Steve Buscemi) who were picked on regularly in school until both picked up magic as a way to get people to like them; it worked and they grew to become magicians performing in one of the top casinos in Las Vegas.

The downside of their fame was instead of the pair working on improving their act, they became comfortable, and did the same old tricks that they have perfected since they were children, after ten years of playing the same gag over and over again they became bored and fed up with one another, furthermore a street magician's (Steve Gray played by Jim Carrey) stunts, from nowhere began to make the headlines and people stopped showing up for their shows, bringing to an end a childhood friendship and their Las Vegas gig.

This is definitely one movie that I will not be watching again, I did get to laugh more often than I expected, but this movie is not a must see, so if you are at the cinemas and you want to watch a nice comedy, make sure you check all the listing, and if there is nothing else playing, then you can watch this.