Rob Corddry

Cedar Rapids

Year: 2011
Directed By: Miguel Arteta
Written By: Phil Johnston

RYAN’S REVIEW

Amber and I watched this movie on a whim a few months ago and I really enjoyed it.  I hadn’t wanted to watch the movie at all but found myself so surprised that I added it to the DVDs Christmas list of movies I wanted to add into the collection.  This movie has a good but not great cast and a relatively typical story that they all make the most of.  The thing is that it surprised me, and I always enjoy the movies that surprise me because it happens so infrequently these days.  As a lifelong movie fan I have grown bored with all the rehashed themes and remakes that plague the industry today.  That coupled with the fact that TV has stepped up its game so significantly has made it harder to get into movies these days.  More often than not I feel like I have reached a point where I have seen everything and long for the character development we see on TV series that simply isn’t possible in a featured film.  So whenever I find myself surprised now it makes me appreciate the movie all that much more.  This movie isn’t that original or anything special really but it made me laugh, and I saw more than I expected with it.

I do not like Ed Helms.  I have always hated his character on The Office and I haven’t thought much of his movie career outside of that.  The Hangover was an awesome movie, but it wasn’t Ed Helms that made it awesome.  He was good in that movie but is out shined by his costars. He plays a part in this movie that he is well suited for.  I do like him as the straight laced and innocent guy that eventually succumbs to stress and peer pressure before going nuts.  The part where he is hanging out with a prostitute and unknowingly smokes crack was what ultimately made me decided we needed to own this movie, it was such a funny scene and situation.

I think John C. Reilly is an awesome actor and like most of what he does.  Unless he is starring along side Will Ferrell and simply acting like an idiot.  In my opinion the man has far too much talent to waste his time on movies like Step Brothers and Talladega Nights. He is really funny in this movie and manages to make me laugh without sinking to the shameless level of comedy we usually see from Will Ferrell. Anne Heche surprised me in this movie as well.  I have never really been a big fan of hers but in this movie she is witty and really sexy to boot.  I have grown to really like Rob Corddry and although he has a small part in this movie he still brought something to the table.  I was shocked to see Alia Shawkat in this movie because I haven’t seen her in anything since playing Maeby on Arrested Development (possibly one of the funniest shows ever made, oh how I miss it). Thomas Lennon has a small role in this movie and he is one of those guys that can make any movie better.  There is no end to Lennon’s versatility and he brings something funny to every role he plays.  I have always thought Sigourney Weaver was great and like that she can still play a part like the one she has in this movie. Also on board here is Kurtwood Smith and I think he was perfectly cast for his role.

Last but not least, Stephen Root.  I saved him to last specifically so I can say more about him because the man deserves any and all credit he can get.  I have been a fan of Root since he played Milton on Office Space and I am a huge fan of King of the Hill in which he voiced one of my favorite characters, Bill Dauterive. I did not think at the time, especially once Dodgeball came out, that Root had much to offer as an actor.  I could not have been more wrong because the man can do ANYTHING. He is such a diverse talent that I am simply amazed at everything I see him in.  I see him so frequently too that it only adds to the wonder.  Sometimes I wonder if there is a TV series out there that he hasn’t been part of. I have seen him play parts in Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, Justified, and 24 just to name a few.  What amazes me even more than his presence in so many shows is the fact that he plays such different characters in all of them so flawlessly.  He pops up in movies all of the time and he always brings it.  Stephen Root truly is an unsung hero in the acting world and I think he is simply great in everything. In this movie he plays Ed Helms boss and does a great job.  He has one line that is just so funny.  He tells Ed Helms that he watched him grow up with the potential to do anything and somehow he managed to do nothing.  That isn’t a specific quote but if you see the movie I don’t think you can help but laugh at that one.

I don’t think this is an exceptional movie by any means but it is a good movie that I really enjoyed.  There are a lot of funny people being funny here and in the end it all comes together quite nicely.  This movie didn’t enjoy any wide release or anything so it is probably one many have never heard of.  If you get a chance to see it though it’s worth your time to see it.

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Hot Tub Time Machine

Year: 2010
Directed By:Steve Pink
Written By: John Heald, Sean Anders, and John Morris

RYAN’S REVIEW

I remember seeing the advertisement for this movie and thinking I had never heard of something so stupid.  Hadn’t time travel story lines already been played out? A hot tub, really? It all seemed too stupid to me and I just wasn’t interested.  I don’t really know what prompted us to sit down and watch the movie, but we did.  I was so surprised when I thought it was awesome. It’s a silly movie, but silly movies can sometimes turn around a bad day when they really are funny.

This movie doesn’t have a cast that pops out at me.  I have never been a fan of John Cusack and Rob Corddry had yet to impress me in anything.  Clark Duke has been making somewhat of a rise lately but I only see him as a poor man’s Jonah Hill. I was a fan of The Office when it was still funny and liked Craig Robinson’s role quite a bit.  He seems to get aggressively fatter with each new season of the show though and I haven’t been such a big fan since he hosted the last season of Last Comic StandingI had never watched the show before and thought it was really funny but Robinson specifically was horrible in the role of host.  He seemed completely unnatural at it and I felt NBC was reaching and grasping at straws when they cast him.  I do like Robinson but he isn’t enough to get me interested in a movie cast alongside other actors I’m not interested in. Chevy Chase has a small cameo in this movie and while Chase had his day I am always telling people how much he sucks now.  Crispin Glover has a really funny part in the movie as a guy we know will lose his arm and it’s only a matter of time before some accident takes it.  Lizzy Caplan is also in the movie and I think she is so smoking hot.  I had never noticed her until she was so aggressively naked in the first season of True BloodI think she looks better naked than almost any other actress I have ever seen.  If this movie has any major downfall it’s that she is in it and not naked because it is a crime to cover her amazing body.

I am always pleased to be surprised when watching something new and this movie surprised me as much as any comedy has in a while.  I think the movie is really funny despite all the cliches and typical story lines.  The movie has a great soundtrack.  I specifically like the scene where Craig Robinson sings the Black Eyed Peas song and I love the ending with “Home Sweet Home” by Motley Lue.

There isn’t much more to say about this movie.  It’s just silly enough to be acceptable and it is a really funny movie.  I love a movie that will curb an ill mood and this one does that for me nearly every time.  I think that it is more than worth your time and I would recommend it to anyone.

AMBER’S REVIEW

So many people think this is the dumbest movie that they have ever seen. OF COURSE IT IS. That was the point. Do you think that the writer and director of this movie took it seriously? Or did they look at it like: this movie is so super cheezy that we can do almost anything? I like to think that they knew how crazy and stupid of an idea this movie made and went with it. I think it worked. I do come from the creative world, so I can just imagine these people sitting around coming up with ideas for this movie and it makes me laugh. I love this movie and all its absurdness.

See, even the poster is awesomesauce. The typography is big and bold and leaves you thinking, “What the fuck is this movie about, that sounds like the dumbest thing I have ever heard.” OH, and look they used the hot tub as the O. Clever. And last by not least, they have the awesome web address as kicksomepast.com.

NEXT MOVIE: House of 1000 Corpses (2003)