REVIEW: BIG FAT LIAR

CAST

Frankie Muniz (Malcolm In The Middle)
Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2)
Amanda Bynes (Easy A)
Donald Faison (Scrubs)
Russell Hornsby (In Treatment)
Amanda Detmer (Boys and Girls)
Michael Bryan French (I Know What You Did LAst Summer)
Christine Tucci (K-911)
Alexandra Breckenridge (She’s The Man)
Sandra Oh (Tammy)
Jaleel White (Dreamgirls)
Lee Majors (The Six Million Dollar Man)
Sean O’Bryan (Chaplin)
John Cho (Sleepy Hollow)
Taran Killam (Ted 2)
Kenan Thompson (Kenan & Kel)
Dustin Diamond (Saved By The Bell)
Martin Klebba (Project X)

Jason Shepherd is a 14-year-old chronic liar who is constantly deceiving and misleading his way out of trouble. He tries to get out of his creative writing essay by making up a lie, but eventually gets caught by his English teacher Phyllis Caldwell, who alerts his parents. He is given three hours to submit his essay, otherwise he will fail English and go to summer school. At first, Jason struggles to come up with inspiration for his essay, but after remembering an earlier comment from his father that making up stories seems to be his God-given talent, he writes a story entitled “Big Fat Liar,” which is based on all of the lies he has told throughout his life. On his way to turn it in, he is struck by the limousine of Hollywood producer Marty Wolf, who gives him a ride to the community college. Along the way, when Jason explains that he had made up a lie to get out of trouble, Marty tells him he should have made it more convincing, revealing that he is a more professional liar than Jason. Upon arriving at school, Jason leaves with a “word of advice” from Marty: “The truth is overrated.” In a rush, Jason accidentally forgets his essay in the limo; Marty initially tries to return it, but is inspired by the story when he reads it and he decides to keep it for himself.Jason realizes his essay is missing and tries to explain what happened, but neither his parents nor Ms. Caldwell believe him and he is sent to summer school to repeat English. Later, he and his best friend Kaylee see a preview for a film produced by Wolf Pictures titled “Big Fat Liar”, realizing it was plagiarized from Jason’s essay. Determined to convince his parents he was being truthful after losing their trust, Jason and Kaylee fly to Los Angeles to confront Marty. Upon arrival, they trick limo driver and struggling actor Frank Jackson into giving them a ride to the Wolf Pictures studio. Jason sneaks into Marty’s office, hoping to convince him to tell his parents what really happened; but Marty burns the essay and has Jason and Kaylee thrown out. Angered, the two decide to inconvenience him until he confesses, with Jackson joining them due to his own troubled history with Marty. After gathering information about Marty’s cruel and abusive treatment of his employees, they begin to sabotage him through various pranks, such as dying his skin blue and hair orange, super gluing his headset, sending him to a child’s birthday party where he is mistaken for the hired clown, and modifying the controls to his car, which is destroyed by a wrestler known as “the Masher.”These pranks make Marty miss his appointment with his boss, Universal Pictures president Marcus Duncan. After Marty’s previous film proves to be a critical and commercial failure, Marcus loses confidence in him and threatens to pull production for Big Fat Liar. Jason approaches Marty and agrees to help in exchange for his confession. Guided by Jason, he makes a successful presentation which convinces Marcus’s wife Shandra to green-light Big Fat Liar, but Marcus warns Marty any mistakes will make Universal pull funding and end his career. However, Marty betrays Jason again and calls security to arrest him and Kaylee. Marty’s assistant, Monty Kirkham, decides to help Jason and Kaylee expose him, having grown tired of his repeated verbal abuse. They rally all of his employees and devise a plan to stop him once and for all.The next morning, as Marty heads to the studio to begin shooting, many of his employees make him be late through multiple mishaps. As Marty finally arrives at the studio, he witnesses Jason kidnapping his stuffed monkey Mr. Funny Bones. After a chase across the studio, Marty catches Jason on a rooftop, snatches his stuffed monkey back, and immaturely and arrogantly celebrates his victory. He mocks Jason and tells him he will never tell the truth to anyone, confessing that he stole Jason’s story in the process. However, the entire conversation is revealed to have been caught on camera and is witnessed by many people, including Marty’s employees, the news media, Jason’s parents, and Marcus. Disgusted by his plagiarism and dishonesty, Marcus immediately fires Marty while Jason reunites with his parents, who finally learn that Jason was telling the truth, allowing him to regain their trust.In the aftermath, Universal produces Big Fat Liar, utilizing the talents and skills of all those whom Marty had abused. Frank Jackson stars as the film’s lead character after being rehired by Marcus, and the film is released in theaters, with Jason being credited for having written the original story, making Jason’s parents and Ms. Caldwell proud of him. Meanwhile, Marty, having been permanently stripped of his career, declares bankruptcy and begins his new job as a birthday clown. Unfortunately, he is recognized by the Masher, who tells his son Darren to show Marty his “nutcracker” maneuver. Marty screams in horror as Darren charges at him and flying roundhouse kicks his testicles, making him groan in pain.The story is cute and fifth grade humored but what do you expect it’s rated PG. I really believe this is one of the best family comedies. Not only is the childrens acting great, exceptional casting, well written, but it’s good clean fun.

REVIEW: WHAT A GIRL WANTS

CAST

Amanda Bynes (Easy A)
Colin Firth (Devils Knott)
Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire)
Eileen Atkins (Robin Hood)
Anna Chancellor (The Dreamers)
Jonathan Pryce (Brazil)
Christina Cole (Hex)
Oliver James (Raise Your Voice)
Roger Ashton-Griffiths (Game of Thrones)
David Gyasi (Carnival Row)

Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) lives a comfortable but unsatisfying life as a young American girl with a bright future. She has never met her father. She lives with her single mother, Libby (Kelly Preston) above a Chinese Restaurant in Chinatown, New York. Believing it is in his best interest, her mother left Daphne’s father seventeen years ago because of his family’s disapproval of their relationship; ultimately, his father’s secretary threw her out of the house, without Libby having a chance to tell him that she was pregnant with their daughter.Daphne flies to London to get to know her father, Lord Henry Dashwood (Colin Firth), who recently inherited an Earldom but has disclaimed his seat in the House of Lords to run for election to the House of Commons to eventually become Prime Minister with Alistair Payne (Jonathan Pryce) backing him up. At a hotel, she meets Ian Wallace (Oliver James), a local boy. She notices her father on the television during a news broadcast, and tells Ian that the politician is her father.When Henry is informed of the existence of the daughter he didn’t know existed, he embraces the opportunity to connect with her at the urging of his mother Jocelyn (Eileen Atkins). Her appearance causes a controversy that endangers his political ambitions. Daphne tries to win the acceptance of her father’s social circle but is repeatedly thwarted by his snobby, gold-digging fiancée, Glynnis Payne (Anna Chancellor) and equally snobby step-daughter-to-be, Clarissa Payne (Christina Cole). Daphne has to ward off the advances of Armistead Stewart (Ben Scholfield), a sleazy upper-class boy whom Clarissa fancies. In the end, Daphne ends up throwing him into the Thames at the Henley Regatta when he tries to kiss her. To please her father and his social circle, she abandons her old style and dons the upper-class sophisticated look. She is noted in the British newspapers because of this.Due to her changing herself, Ian is disappointed and leaves when they were supposed to go to a concert which Daphne forgot about. During her coming-out party hosted by her father, she overhears Alastair[further explanation needed] talking to Glynnis about having “gotten rid of” Daphne’s mother 17 years ago when he says how he thought he would have to do the same thing to Daphne. After Daphne tries to confront him about it, Glynnis grabs Daphne and locks her up. Glynnis then asks the band’s lead singer, Ian, to announce the father-daughter dance. Glynnis, knowing that Daphne is locked up, uses this as a ploy to get Henry to dance with Clarissa. Libby rescues Daphne, but it is too late; Daphne witnesses Henry dancing with Clarissa. Daphne rejects her new self because it is not who she is. She returns to America, and restarts her work as a waitress. Henry announces in a ceremony he is no longer going to pursue his political career. On the steps on his way out, he discovers that Alastair knew about Libby’s pregnancy. Henry punches Alastair in the face for concealing Daphne’s existence. He then breaks off his engagement to Glynnis as it is implied that she also knew about Henry having a child.Daphne is serving at a wedding, and the father-daughter dance begins. She thinks of Henry and what she left behind, and just then, Henry shows up by boat after a long flight from London. After asking him what he’s doing there, Henry informs Daphne that, while on the plane, he wrote down something that he had to tell her at least two hundred times, but is unable to find the papers. He then says that he loves her for who she is and “wouldn’t change one hair on her head”. Daphne, overjoyed, accepts his love and instead of calling him Henry, refers to him as “Dad”. She finally gets the father-daughter dance she has been longing for her whole life, while Libby watches. Realizing that he still loves Libby, Henry informs Daphne that he has “a rather large present” for her. Ian shows up and cuts in. As he and Daphne dance, Henry goes to see Libby. He apologizes to her, Libby accepts his apology, and they kiss.

In the epilogue, Glynnis gets married to a wealthy nobleman and Clarissa marries Armistead Stuart (who still has a wandering eye). Alastair becomes a tour guide in London. Libby and Henry are married in a Bedouin ceremony. This time they make sure it is legal. Daphne gets into Oxford. As the credits start to role, Daphne, Ian, Henry, Libby, and Jocelyn have a family meal outside the Dashwood manor.

This was a cute, clean movie that you can sit down and watch with your family.

REVIEW: EASY A


CAST

Emma Stone (Birdman)
Penn Badgley (John Tucker Must Die)
Amanda Bynes (What a Girl Wants)
Dan Byrd ((Heroes)
Aly Michalka (Izombie)
Thomas Haden Church (Sideways)
Lisa Kudrow (Bad Neighbours)
Juliette Goglia (Mike & Molly)
Braeden Lemasters (The Stepfather)
Patricia Clarkson (Lars and The Real Girl)
Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones)
Cam Gigandet (Twilight)
Malcolm McDowell (Tank Girl)
Stacey Travis (Ghost world)
Fred Armisen (Achorman)
Johanna Braddy (Paranormal Acitivity 3)
Yoshi Sudarso (Power Rangers Dino Charge)

Olive Penderghast, a 17-year-old girl living in Ojai, California, lies to her best friend Rhiannon Abernathy about going on a date in order to get out of camping with Rhiannon’s hippie parents. Instead, she hangs around the house all weekend listening to Natasha Bedingfield’s “Pocketful of Sunshine”, which is played by a greeting card she was sent. The following Monday, pressed by Rhiannon, Olive lies about losing her virginity to a college guy. Marianne Bryant, a prissy and strictly religious Christian at their school, overhears her telling the lie and soon it spreads like wildfire. The school’s conservative church group run by Marianne decides Olive will be their next project. Olive confides the truth to her friend Brandon, and he explains how others bully him because of his homosexuality. He later asks Olive to pretend to sleep with him so that he will be accepted by everyone as a “straight stud”.Brandon convinces Olive to help him and they pretend to have sex at a party. After having a fight with Rhiannon over Olive’s new identity as a “dirty skank”, Olive decides to counteract the harassment by embracing her new image as the school tramp. She begins to wear more provocative clothing and stitches a red “A” to everything she wears. Boys who usually have had no luck with girls in the past beg Olive to say they have had sex with her in order to increase their own popularity, in exchange for gift cards to various stores, in turn increasing her reputation. Things get worse when Micah, Marianne’s 20-year-old boyfriend, contracts chlamydia from sleeping with Mrs. Griffith, the school guidance counsellor, and blames it all on Olive. Olive agrees to lie to cover up the affair so that the marriage of her favorite teacher, Mr. Griffith, would be spared.
Marianne’s religious clique, which now includes Rhiannon, begins harassing Olive in order to get her to leave school. After an ill-fated date with Anson, a boy who wants to pay her to actually sleep with him and not just pretend she did, Olive reconnects with Todd, her old love interest, who is also the school’s mascot. Todd then tells her that he does not believe the rumors because he remembers when she lied for him when he was not ready for his first kiss years ago. Olive then begins to ask everyone she lied for to help her out by telling the truth, but Brandon and Micah have abruptly left town and everyone else is enjoying their newfound popularity and do not want the truth to get out. Mrs. Griffith also refuses to tell the truth and when Olive threatens to expose her, Mrs. Griffith rebuffs her, saying no one would believe her.
Out of spite, Olive then immediately tells Mr. Griffith, who believes her and separates from Mrs. Griffith. After a friendly talk with her open-minded mother Rosemary, Olive comes up with a plan to get everything finally out in the open. She then does a song and dance number at a school pep rally to get people’s attention to watch her via web cam, where she confesses what she has done (the web cam is the framing device of the film). The various boys whose reputations Olive helped improve are also shown watching. Later, Olive texts Rhiannon, apologizing for lying to her. When she is finishing up her web cast, Todd comes by riding a lawnmower and tells her to come outside. She signs off by saying she may lose her virginity to Todd, and proudly declares “it’s nobody’s goddamn business”. She goes outside to meet him, they kiss and the two are shown riding off on the lawnmower.Overall, Easy A doesn’t provide anything groundbreaking or revolutionary to the comedy genre, but it is certainly a breath of fresh air and just a good fun film.

REVIEW: SHE’S THE MAN

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CAST

Amanda Bynes (What A Girl Wants)
Channing Tatum (21 Jump Street)
Laura Ramsey (The Covenant)
Robert Hoffman (Coach Carter)
Alexandra Breckenridge (Dirt)
Brandon Jay McLaren (Power Rangers SPD)
David Cross (Scary Movie 2)
Vinnie Jones (X-men 3)
Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps)
John Pyper-Ferguson (Agents of SHIELD)
Julie Hagerty (Airplane)
Lynda Boyd (Sanctuary)
Jonathan Sadowski (Live Free Or Die Hard)
Jessica Lucas (Gotham)
Amanda Crew (Final Destination 3)
James Kirk (X-Men 2)
Katie Stuart (The 100)
David Richmond-Peck(V)
Mark Acheson (Elf)
Chad Krowchuk (Man of Steel)

Viola Hastings (Amanda Bynes) is a teenage girl who plays for Cornwall high school’s soccer team until it gets cut. Meanwhile, her twin brother, Sebastian (James Kirk), is supposed to enroll in Illyria, an elite boarding school, but he secretly goes to London with his fledgling band instead. Viola agrees to cover for him and decides to pass herself off as Sebastian, in hopes of joining their boys’ team and beating Cornwall to prove their coach and her cocky ex-boyfriend, Justin (Robert Hoffman), wrong. With the help of her stylist friend, Paul (Jonathan Sadowski), she is transformed into “Sebastian” and attends Illyria in his place.

While moving in, she meets her roommate, Duke Orsino (Channing Tatum), an attractive soccer player and Illyria’s team captain. During tryouts, Viola fails to impress Coach Dinklage (Vinnie Jones) and is assigned to second string, much to her dismay. Her teammates, including Duke, initially dislike “Sebastian” due to his awkward and strange behavior. However, with help from Paul once again, they begin to accept him into their social circle. “Sebastian” then gets the popular and pretty Olivia (Laura Ramsey) as his lab partner, which frustrates Duke, as he has feelings for her. “Sebastian” agrees to put in a good word for Duke if he promises to train him to be a better soccer player. Coach Dinklage eventually notices “Sebastian’s” effort and improvement, thus promoting him to first string. At the Junior League carnival, where her mother has made her volunteer, Viola works a shift at the kissing booth and shares a kiss with Duke. Duke expresses to “Sebastian” that he might move on from Olivia as he is starting to like Viola now. Viola is delighted as she secretly feels the same way.

Olivia who now has a crush on “Sebastian”, asks Duke out on a date in hopes that it will make “Sebastian” jealous. Viola, who is unaware of Olivia’s true intentions, is enraged instead because Duke has now abandoned his interest in Viola. When Viola finds out the truth, she encourages Olivia to tell Sebastian directly about her feelings. The situation becomes even more complicated when the real Sebastian returns from London a day early, unbeknownst to Viola. As soon as he arrives at Illyria, Olivia confesses her feelings and kisses him. Duke, seeing this, believes his roommate has betrayed him. When “Sebastian” returns to their room, the two have an argument and Duke kicks him out. Viola oversleeps and misses the first half of the game, while the real Sebastian is mistaken for “Sebastian” and winds up poorly playing his sister’s game instead. At half-time, Viola explains the situation to Sebastian and they switch places again.

Duke, still furious at “Sebastian”, refuses to cooperate with him on the field. Determined to makes amends with Duke, “Sebastian” explains that he is actually Viola. Illyria wins the game when Viola scores a goal, finally humiliating Justin and the rest of the Cornwall boys. Everyone at Illyria celebrates their victory over Cornwall, except for Duke who is hurt about Viola’s deception. She invites Duke to her debutante ball, but he doesn’t respond to her invitation. At the ball, Viola is skeptical that Duke will show up, but he eventually does just in time to escort her on stage, where they share a kiss. At the end of the film, Viola and Duke are shown happily playing on Illyria’s soccer team together.

This is one of those films that shows so much in the trailer and yet it’s not one of those films that when that part comes up it’s not funny anymore. The parts in the trailer that make you laugh are even more hilarious in the actual film.It’s seemingly completely off the wall but more exact to the classic comedy than you’d think. There isn’t too much to say about a downside except that the last half hour drags a little and also becomes a might predictable but it doesn’t change the hilarity of the first half of the film. Nonetheless you’ll be laughing to tears and it’s one of the funniest films I have seen in a while.