By: Hawk Ripjaw –
I Feel Pretty
Amy Schumer is one of the most inconsistent comedians/actresses working today. Her comedy isn’t particularly good, but it’s not exactly terrible either. Her movies are generally fine, but vary wildly based on who’s directing her. One thing they all have in common is an innate raunchiness that gives Schumer plenty of freedom–and the right director can rein that in just enough to make things work. I Feel Pretty is rated PG-13, which already says this probably is not the Amy Schumer comedy we are looking for. It’s also directed by a pair of folks (Marc Silverstein, Abby Kohn) who have pretty much exclusively been writing romantic comedies over the last two decades. So clearly, this is not the regular comedy you might be looking for, either. However, if you’re looking for a feel-good comedy with a nice message, you might find what you’re looking for, but the trailer still definitely feels like trademark Schumer and kneecapping too much of her wackiness in favor of sweetness doesn’t feel like the right recipe. That’s probably not a great thing, but it can’t be terrible, right?
Use that MoviePass while you can, right?
Super Troopers 2
The odds are stacked against Super Troopers 2. There’s hardly any such thing as a comedy sequel coming years later and actually being good (although I generally defend Anchorman 2–parts of it, anyway). So once Broken Lizard announced they were not only making a sequel, but they were crowdfunding it, most of us who didn’t quote “The Snozberries taste like Snozberries” every goddamned week were skeptical. A sequel produced 2 or even 5 years after the original can usually maintain the momentum of the original, but eventually the world moves on. Going past that half a decade is pushing your luck. A full decade is asking for trouble. After 17 years, you try to crowdfund your movie so you don’t have to invest your own money.
The trap these sequels fall into is relying on the humor of the original as a crutch because they’re not confident enough to push the envelope. Maybe Super Troopers was just that long ago, or nobody remembers much about it, that the sequel kind of has to do something new beyond the more obviously memorable jokes. The trailer instills moderate hope, because it’s not really all that derivative nor is it very bad, but it’s also not all that good, either. It’s mildly amusing, just like the movie will be. Still, 17 years is just a little bit too late.
I’m confident that I will have a better time than I did with Dumb and Dumber To.
It appears that my appetite for exploitation films is getting out of hand. I was really hoping for Traffik to be shitty, hilarious fun, but for some reason I hadn’t known that it was actually supposed to be a grim, based-on-a-true-story human trafficking thriller. Can you blame me, though? The trailer looks it’s just barely edging on comedy with the potential to really hit it home with the over-the-top performances. You know what stories about human trafficking need? Relationship dramas with rich people and their problems. Nothing fucks up a romantic getaway in a sweet vacation house like another feuding couple, right? Oh, and those bikers looking for sex slaves and drug mules don’t help either. If absolutely nothing else, this movie is going to be a trainwreck of well-meaning themes and overwrought filmmaking.
You know what? I’m still in.