A lonely and mentally disturbed cable guy raised on television just wants a new friend, but his target, a designer, rejects him, with bad consequences. (IMDb)
Provides a good offering of ridiculous comedy–see the hilarious intensity at the basketball game–and stalker creepiness (sometimes at the same time), thanks to Carrey’s great turn as The Cable Guy. He’s a great character but the direction goes back and forth between playing him up for laughs and thrills and digging into the more sympathetic and compelling side of his character, even veering into odd-couple dramedy at points. This throws off the whole of the film despite plenty of good moments.
A giant, reptilian monster surfaces, leaving destruction in its wake. To stop the monster (and its babies), an earthworm scientist, his reporter ex-girlfriend, and other unlikely heroes team up to save their city. (IMDb)
It’s classically captivating pre-monster when you’re wondering with fear and awe along with the science/military team what could’ve caused this destruction; this period doesn’t last long, unfortunately, shifting to a barrage of mostly tiresome action sequences that are overcome in no way by the dumb plot (why didn’t they just blow it up with missiles in the first place?), cringe-worthy character work (Pitillo puts in a poor performance), and bland one-liners (“Running would be a good idea!”).
Barry B. Benson, a bee just graduated from college, is disillusioned at his lone career choice: making honey. On a special trip outside the hive, Barry’s life is saved by Vanessa, a florist in New York City. As their relationship blossoms, he discovers humans actually eat honey, and subsequently decides to sue them. (IMDb)
There’s good animation (the flying sequences are especially impressive) and voice-work (Rock, Warburton, and Goodman’s distinct tones entertain) throughout, but the story is an inconsistent mess, moving from a classic leaving-the-nest plot to courtroom drama to saving-the-world action, with the far-fetched bee-human interaction shifting from excusably funny (see Barry’s battles with Ken and lawyer Layton) to inexcusably ridiculous (see the instant death and life of the plants in the final act).
A high school wise guy is determined to have a day off from school, despite what the principal thinks of that. (IMDb)
Between Ferris’ charming 4th-wall breaks (right down to his sly one-second looks), his outrageously serendipitous class-cutting escapades (makes himself the star of the downtown parade) and delightful deceits (his bedside baby talk to his parents is a riot), and a hilarious slapstick side plot with the crazy principal, there’s ample humour here, set to fresh, quirky and quick-cutting scenes. Ruck’s sympathetic Cameron, meanwhile, adds some touching character development to the great comedy.
7.5/10 (Really Good)