Freaky Friday

BBBB (out of 5) Surprisingly terrific adaptation of the comedy that originally starred Jodie Foster and Barbara Harris. Jamie Lee Curtis plays an overworked therapist and mother who is about to get married to her boyfriend (Mark Harmon), despite the emotional objections of her difficult teenaged daughter (Lindsay Lohan). The two fight about various mother-daughter conflict…

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Parental Guidance

B.5 (out of 5) Bette Midler and Billy Crystal play a middle-aged couple, she trying to find the fabulous in life post-50 and he dealing with having been fired from his job as a sports announcer at a baseball stadium.  When their estranged daughter (Marisa Tomei) calls and asks them to babysit her children, they jump at…

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Drive Me Crazy

BBB.5 (out of 5) Adorable teen comedy that doesn’t try to be as hip as others of its kind and is all the more charming for it. Melissa Joan Hart is the teenage girl who decides to hire antisocial Adrian Grenier to take her to the prom when they’ve both been dumped by their respective flames, and…

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Go

BBBB (out of 5) Painfully hip and flashy comedy about fast-living twentysomethings who can’t keep themselves out of trouble. Told in a wrap-around trilogy, the story starts with Sarah Polley as an overworked grocery store clerk who tries to break into the big business of drug dealing but ends up biting off more than she can…

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Swingers

BBB.5 (out of 5) Doug Liman broke through the independent scene and made his mark with this swanky comedy that takes place in the world of swing clubs (and was responsible for starting a major trend of a similar ilk around the time of its release). Jon Favreau has moved out to California to reunite with…

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The United States Of Leland

BB (out of 5) After a teenager (Ryan Gosling) murders a mentally challenged boy his own age, he is sent to prison where he spends his days being taught by the jail’s teacher (Don Cheadle) while his friends and family and the family of the victim sit in their homes and wonder how it all…

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You Again

BBB (out of 5) As a teenager, Kristen Bell was awkward and geeky, plagued by acne and hidden behind giant glasses, and naturally the instant target of the popular mean girls on the cheerleading team. Now a successful PR executive, Bell is happy to be taking a break from work to go home for her brother’s…

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