REVIEW: DAPHNE & VELMA

CAST

Sarah Jeffery (Descendants)
Sarah Gilman (I Didn’t Do it)
Vanessa Marano (Finding Nemo)
Brian Stepanek (Young Sheldon)
Nadine Ellis (Hairspray)
Arden Myrin (Insatiable)
Brooks Forester (Oh, Dwayne)
Lucius Baston (Ride Along)
Courtney Dietz (Vampire Academy)

Sarah Gilman and Sarah Jeffery in Daphne & Velma (2018)Daphne and Velma from Scooby Doo fame team up for the first time in this live action prequel that puts a modern spin on the classic animated characters. Sarah Jeffery and Sarah Gilman bring the characters to life as they patrol the halls of their high school in search of answers to one very serious mystery. It’s a campy film that pokes fun at our social media obsessed society while giving new context to Daphne and Velma’s relationship.Sarah Gilman, Sarah Jeffery, and Evan Castelloe in Daphne & Velma (2018)In Daphne and Velma, the two girls are online penpals who share an interest in the unexplained when suddenly hey find themselves at the same high school. Since his is a Scooby Doo film it doesn’t take long for a mystery to plant itself right in front of them. When kids at their super school for the super smart start having their minds wiped they try to find the culprits. But soon wealthy philanthropist, school administrators, kooky parents, and strange specters all pop up to get in the way of their finding answers.It’s a fairly satisfying film that offers some great development for Daphne and Velma – two characters whose primary roles have tended to be ‘girlfriend’ and ‘nerdy comic relief.’ The girls get to come up with cool gadgets, unravel clues, and stick it to the bad guys with an ultimate reveal that feels at least somewhat similar to unmasking the monster at the end of a Scooby Doo episode.Sarah Gilman and Sarah Jeffery in Daphne & Velma (2018)Even without it’s eponymous characters, though, the plot of Daphne and Velma works fairly well. It may be blasphemous to say considering the film’s Warner Bros. origins but it almost feels like a Disney Channel original movie. That’s not a bad thing considering that the film’s primary audience will fall into that same demographic. But it does take away from the impact of this film as a prequel when you realize it would be pretty much the same movie without the well-known names.Daphne-VelmaIt’s not the best movie in the world and if you don’t ever get a chance to see it I think you can rest soundly at night. But it’s a fun movie for Scooby Doo fans and especially kids who may be moving on from the animated series and into movies more specifically geared towards preteens.

MV5BYjYyZWM5OWQtNDFlYS00NWQyLThjNTUtNWRjNGYzODBjZWZlXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNTM5NjkxMzM@__V1_Daphne and Velma is a campy little film that does a good job of modernizing two well known characters while still keeping things fun .Daphne and Velma leads viewers on a fun little mystery without really doing anything too outrageous. While it certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea it’ll be good for younger Scooby Doo fans who might be growing out of the cartoons but still love the franchise.

REVIEW: ANGER MANAGEMENT – SEASON 2

 

Starring

Charlie Sheen (Two and a Half Men)

Selma Blair (Hellboy)

Shawnee Smith (Saw 3D)

Daniela Bobadilla (Justice League vs The Fatal Five)

Noureen DeWulf (Pulse 2 & 3)

Michael Arden (Bride Wars)

Derek Richardson (Hostel: Part II)

Barry Corbin (The Ranch)

Laura Bell Bundy (How I Met Your Mother)

Brian Austin Green (Terminator: TSCC)

Charlie Sheen and Selma Blair in Anger Management (2012)

Recurring / Notable Guest Stars

Meredith Salenger (Race To Witch Mountain)

Brett Butler (The Walking Dead)

Michael Boatman (The Good Fight)

Martin Sheen (The West Wing)

Carolyn Hennesy (Click)

Mimi Kennedy (Mom)

Kristen Renton (Marriage Killer)

Kate Reinders (Work It)

James Black (The Starter Wife)

Aldo Gonzalez (Sons of Anarchy)

Darius McCrary (Transformers)

Toby Huss (Dickinson)

Steve Valentine (Mike & Molly)

Stacy Keach (Prison Break)

Danielle Bisutti (Curse of Chucky)

CeeLo Green (Hotel Transylvania)

Ken Lerner (The Running Man)

Denise Richards (Valentine)

Bryce Johnson (Popular)

Lindsay Lohan (Mean Girls)

Eddie Shin (Westworld)

Ashley Fink (Glee)

Don Stark (That 70s Show)

Slash (Private Parts)

Marion Ross (Happy Days)

Brian Posehn (The Big Bang Theory)

Steven Krueger (The Originals)

Nicole Travolta (The Middle)

Carol Kane (Scrooged)

Mircea Monroe (The Change-Up)

Brian Gross (Red Tails)

Rizwan Manji (THe Dictator)

Richard Moll (Scary Movie 2)

Adam Wylie (Child’s Play 2)

Robert Gant (13 Reasons Why)

LeAnn Rimes (Logan Lucky)

Greg Cipes (Teen Titans)

Kristina Anapau (Cursed)

Michaela Watkins (Wanderlust)

Patrick Cox (2 Broke Girls)

Brea Grant (Heroes)

Anna Hutchison (The Cabin In The Woods)

Bob Clendenin (That 70s Show)

Andy Mientus (The Flash)

Ajay Mehta (Life of Pi)

Meera Simhan (New Girl)

Gina Gershon (Red Heat)

Odette Annable (Supergirl)

Ron West (3rd Rock From The Sun)

Schuyler Helford (Indoorsy)

Cheech Marin (Machete)

Ana de la Reguera (Cowboys & Aliens)

Carla Gallo (Bones)

Julia Duffy (Newhart)

Brooke Lyons (Izombie)
Dominic Rains (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Fred Stoller (Fred & Vinnie)

Chasty Ballesteros (The Ranch)

Barry Livingston (Argo)

Isaiah Mustafa (IT: Chapter 2)

Ginger Gonzaga (Ted)

Shannon Welles (Inception)

Aly Michalka (Izombie)

Tiffany Dupont (9-1-1)

Kelly Frye (Criminal Minds)

Michael Gross (Tremors)

Elaine Hendrix (Dynasty)

Ethan Erickson (Jawbreaker)

Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (Final Destination 5)

Ivar Brogger (Andromeda)

Eric Steinberg (Terminator: TSCC)

Will Sasso (Mom)

Arden Myrin (Insatiable)

Mercedes Mason (The Finder)

Gilbert Gottfried (Problem Child)

Ciara Hanna (Power Rangers Megaforce)

Robin Riker (Alligator)

Jeff Doucette (Doctor Dolittle)

E.J. Callahan (Bubble Boy)

Cheryl Ladd (Poison Ivy)

Izabella Miko (The Cape)

Corbin Bernsen (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)
Julia Duffy (Dumb and Dumberer)

 

Charlie Sheen and Daniela Bobadilla in Anger Management (2012)Charlie Sheen is in heaven. ‘Anger Management’ was the perfect show for him. He gets to walk around a set, cracking badly written jokes while a laugh-track validates them. The entire show is laden with attractive women who were probably in grade school when Sheen was doing ‘Major League.’ He gets to pretend to have a sex-filled no-strings-attached relationship with Selma Blair. And, to top it all off, the man who once pronounced “I’m different. I have a different constitution. I have a different brain, I have a different heart. I got tiger blood, man,” is playing a psychologist. One of the world’s greatest ironies I guess.Charlie Sheen and Ken Lerner in Anger Management (2012)The problem – well the show has a ton of problems, but the biggest – is the fact that ‘Anger Management’ doesn’t play on the Charlie Sheen is batshit insane. It tries to make him a level-headed psychologist who happens to simply be way too addicted to females. At least one thing carried over from Charlie’s real-life shenanigans. Whenever one of his patients professes something crazy, or over-the-top, Charlie rolls his eyes, the laugh-track guffaws, and then he tries to set them straight. How much funnier would a show be about a therapist who happens to be just as crazy as Sheen is in real-life?Lindsay Lohan in Anger Management (2012)The show’s formula hasn’t changed from the first season. Sheen begins almost every episode gathered in his living room with his group of patients. Season two features maybe one or two semi-interesting storylines. In one episode Charlie’s father (played by his real-life father Martin Sheen) comes to visit. The gimmick is light-hearted fun for the first 10 minutes. There are a couple other episodes that focus more on the patients, which is a nice respite from chronicling Charlie’s endless female conquests. Yet again, most of the season revolves around Charlie trying to get into the pants of (extremely) younger women. Yes, it’s just as sleazy as it sounds even if there is a laugh-track trying to lighten the mood.Charlie Sheen in Anger Management (2012)Anger Management is neither a bad show, nor a great one. Though there are some fairly talented people involved, the show is mediocre at best, happy to recycle the same gags repeatedly. This third volume picks things up partway through the series’ second season, but you could pick up this series at any point and not miss much. The show continues to try and find comic gold in the interactions between therapist Charlie Goodson (Sheen) and his ‘interesting’ array of patients including cantankerous old codger Ed (Barry Corbin); sexpot Lacey (Noureen DeWulf); passive Nolan (Derek Richardson), who has an unreciprocated crush on Lacey; and gay, disingenuous Patrick (Michael Arden).Since the characters haven’t been developed much beyond a surface level, generating any genuine, lasting laughs is near impossible.Charlie Sheen, Martin Sheen, and Noureen DeWulf in Anger Management (2012)To be fair, even a mindless show like Anger Management can muster a laugh or two on occasion, and I always enjoy Martin Sheen’s appearances as Charlie’s father. By and large though, Anger Management has the feel of a show that’s put together on the fly, so as to not interfere with Charlie Sheen’s busy social schedule. A Nice addition to the series was Anna Hutchison who played a reformed hooker who Charlie falls in love, this kept my interest for the remainder of the show as she is one of my all time favorite actresses.

REVIEW: INSATIABLE – SEASON 2

Debby Ryan in Insatiable (2018)

MAIN CAST

Deby Ryan (Life of The Party)
Dallas Roberts (The Grey)
Kimmy Shields (Girlboss)
Chirstopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Alyssa Milano (Charmed)
Daniel Kang (Candy Jar)
Michael Provost (Chance)
Erinn Westbrook (The Debut)
Sarah Colonna (Invasion)
Irene Choi (Arena)
Arden Myrin (What Women Want)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Tanya Christiansen (Legacies)
Caroline Pluta (Rise)
Ryan Homchick (The Pack)
Dana Ashbrook (Twin PEaks)
Alex Landi (Grey’s Anatomy)
Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend)
Tommy Dorfman (13 Reasons Why)
Beverly D’Angelo (The House Bunny)
Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer)

72391718_2475979002645594_1049410855742996480_nPatricia is back with Insatiable Season 2 and ready to hype the intensity even far more than what you all have expected. In the second season of Insatiable, we will see the hunger of power and beauty overruling Patricia’s mind leading her to entangle herself in something unethical acts. Yes, In Season Two of Insatiable, we will see a hell of CRIMES alongside the twist and messy story sparked by HOTNESS and BEAUTY of the BEAUTY QUEENS. You all must know that Patricia want to be the Beauty Queen, and for this, she’ll do anything, and concerning anything every crime is accountable.71643117_10221170888807609_75716815979806720_nWhen Insatiable first came out last year on Netflix, it was an immediately hit but spawned a backlash about fat-shaming. But its stars remind its audience — as it enters its second season, premiering on Oct. 11 — that this is a cautionary tale, not a morality tale. The premise of the show is simple: Patty Bladell is a high school student who has had to deal with bullying because of her weight. When an altercation leads to her jaw being wired shut and she has to go on a liquid diet, she loses weight drastically. Now that she’s considered conventionally pretty, a pageant coach and lawyer Bob Armstrong (played by Dallas Roberts) sees her potential as a beauty queen and she agrees, thinking that this is the way to get back at her bullies. Despite the backlash, the show was renewed for a second season and it starts off with the unfinished business that season one set up. It also addresses in its way the criticism leveled at the show.Insatiable-Season-2-Release-Date-1The second season — which this writer viewed before its premiere — does just that: it explores sensitive issues about recognizing when one has problems and seeking help, living as a mixed-race person, and trying to reconnect to one’s roots, among other issues. But it’s still incredible messy, and funny, and self-aware. Ms. Ryan noted that the beauty of working in the show is never knowing what comes next. Like the role of Ms. Diaz, who first thought it was a prank when Netflix reached out to her to ask if she wanted to guest star in the show. Her role is very much like her: Gloria Reyes was Miss Philippines and Miss Universe in 1969. Although she is a guest star, her role is pivotal in the way Patty views her life after a short conversation with her. As the show goes from one stressful episode to the next — because it never does give one time to calm down from all the insanity from one scene to another — one wonders how it will all end. If Mr. Roberts has his way though, he said he’d love to end the series with “Bob and Patty walking while the world burns behind them.”

REVIEW: 2 BROKE GIRLS – SEASON 5

Starring

Kat Dennings (Thor)
Beth Behrs (The Neighbourhood)
Garrett Morris (Ant-Man)
Jonathan Kite (Black Dynamite)
Matthew Moy (No Strings Attached)
Jennifer Coolidge (American Pie)

 

RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Leslie Grossman (Popular)
Arden Myrin (Insatiable)
Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars)
Valerie Azlynn (Julia X)
Steve Talley (The 100)
Millicent Martin (Grace and Frankie)
Mo Gaffney (That 70s Show)
Bryan Callen (The Hangover)
Barret Swatek (American Housewife)
Ed Quinn (Eureka)
Alec Mapa (Doom Patrol)
George Hamilton (The Godfather – Part III)
John Michael Higgins (Stil Waiting)
Deborah Theaker (A Mighty Wind)
Steven Weber (Izombie)
Robert Costanzo (Total Recall)
Camille Chen (Game Night)

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

They’re always a bit “raunchy” in their humor, but that’s kinda where you find adoration for the characters. I’ve enjoyed the show since the beginning  it. Season five continues the raunchy jokes, with great characters and awesome humor.

Season 5 Highlights are

Jennifer Coolidge, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Wrecking Ball

Max, Caroline, and the diner crew rally together, when the city seeks to demolish the diner and cupcake window to build an I-MAX theater. Meanwhile, believing she is an expectant mother, Sophie takes many pregnancy tests.

Leslie Grossman, Arden Myrin, Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, Beth Behrs, and Tip Scarry in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Gym and Juice

Max and Caroline get part-time jobs at the juice bar at a gym to enjoy free use of the gym’s locker room after their shower breaks; Caroline has a run-in with a group of rich moms who are jealous of the attention she’s getting from a sexy train

And the Maybe Baby

When the girls run into Caroline’s newly engaged ex, Andy, Caroline wonders if she made a mistake when she sees how much he supports his fiancé’s career.

Jennifer Coolidge, Garrett Morris, Kat Dennings, Jonathan Kite, John Milhiser, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Escape Room

Han insists the diner gang attends a mandatory night out in an “Escape Room Club” when he feels they aren’t working together as a team, they soon find themselves locked inside the “Alice in Wonderland”-themed room.

Judith Roberts and Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Coming Out Party

Caroline’s grandmother wakes from a coma and does not know that she and the rest of her family is broke. Caroline tries to ward off telling her the bad news by throwing her one last hurrah lunch with the help of Max and the gang.

Kat Dennings, Dominic Burgess, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Booth Babes

Max and Caroline make a deal in order to get into a gaming convention, where they learn Han’s friend has based video game characters on them.

Jennifer Coolidge, Garrett Morris, Kat Dennings, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Story Telling Show

Caroline attracts the attention of a Hollywood executive when she shares her riches-to-rags tale at storytelling night; Sophie and Oleg look for a surrogate.

Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Lost Baggage

Max tags along with Caroline as she travels to Los Angeles on a film studio’s dime to discuss the idea of making her riches-to-rags life story into a movie. While there, Max loses her luggage but finds a new crush.

Ed Quinn, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Great Escape

Max pet-sits Randy’s dog, Bruno, who escapes with a cannibalistic serial killer loose in their neighborhood; Caroline sets up meetings with actresses who are interested in playing her.

Steven Weber and Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Show and Don’t Tell

When the girls go to prison to see Caroline’s father, Martin, perform in a musical, they tell him they plan to use Caroline’s movie money to convert their cupcake window into a dessert bar.

Garrett Morris, Ed Quinn, Kat Dennings, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Attack of the Killer Apartment

In an attempt to get to know Max’s world better, Randy asks to spend the night at her apartment; Caroline works on getting a liquor license for their dessert bar.

Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Ten Inches

When Max and Caroline need more space for their renovated dessert bar, they’re willing to do just about anything to convince Angie, the brash owner of the pizza place next door, to rent them her back office.

Kat Dennings, Matthew Moy, and Beth Behrs in 2 Broke Girls (2011)

And the Big Gamble

Max and Caroline learn Han is in trouble with a gang when he can’t pay a substantial debt he amassed from gambling on Women’s tennis.

An excellent season with alot of laughs and alot of f.

REVIEW: BONES – SEASON 10

Starring

Emily Deschanel (Boogeyman)
David Boreanaz (Angel)
Michaela Conlin (Yellowstone)
Tamara Taylor (Lost)
T. J. Thyne (Ghost World)
John Francis Daley (Game Night)
John Boyd (Argo)

David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)
Recurring / Notable Guest Cast

Patricia Belcher (Jeepers Creepers)
Carla Gallo (Superbad)
JD Cullum (The Lone Ranger)
Sam Anderson (Lost)
Rance Howard (Far and Away)
Ignacio Serricchio (Lost In Space)
Laura Spencer (The Big Bang Theory)
John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise)
Sean Gunn (Super)
Nora Dunn (Bruce Almighty)
Pej Vahdat (Shameless)
Amy Davidson (Girl on The Edge)
Danny Woodburn (Watchmen)
François Chau (The Tick)
Brian Klugman (Cloverfield)
Gil Bellows (Sanctuary)
McKaley Miller (Hart of Dixie)
Charlene Amoia (How I Met Your Mother)
Sean Marquette (The Goldbergs)
Chastity Dotson (Veronica Mars)
Billy Gibbons (Two and a Half Men)
Andrew Leeds (Office Christmas Party)
Mather Zickel (Mike & Molly)
Michael Grant Terry (Grimm)
Ryan O’Neal (Love Story)
Cyndi Lauper (Vibes)
Steven Williams (Jason Goes To Hell)
Nathaniel Buzolic (The Originals)
Jason Gray-Stanford (Stargate SG.1)
Shalita Grant (Santa Clarita Diet)
Arden Myrin (Insatiable)
Kelly Schumann (Superstore)
Eric Allan Kramer (The Incredible Hulk Returns)
Todd Williams (The Vampire Diaries)
Vito D’Ambrosio (The Flash)
Jeremy Ratchford (Cold Case)
Eugene Byrd (Arrow)
Mike Starr (Ed Wood)
Noel Gugliemi (The Fast and The Furious)
Kurt Fuller (Ghostbusters II)
China Anne McClain (Black Lightning)
Jessica Camacho (The Flash)
Linda Lavin (The Good Wife)
Taylor Spreitler (Melissa & Joey)
Michael Cram (Flashpoint)
Alex MacNicoll (13 Reasons Why)
Rick Overton (Eught Legged Freaks)
Amanda Brooks (Aquarius)
Lindsey Kraft (The Big Bang Theory)

Eugene Byrd, Michaela Conlin, Emily Deschanel, and T.J. Thyne in Bones (2005)In the 10th season of Bones, suspense is at an all-time high as Seeley Booth (David Boreanaz) is framed and jailed for the murder of three FBI agents while Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) considers committing blackmail to get him out of prison.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)The new season brings some changes. The team will lose a key player at a dramatic moment early in the season, and have to work in a replacement after an emotional farewell. Another primary character will develop a emotional bond with one of the rotational lab interns, one that threatens their official relationship. Still another will strike it rich, a couple of season after having been cleaned out by a particularly nasty serial killer.David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)Yet another character will revisit a gambling habit that threatens a job and a relationship. And, one key character will become pregnant. And those events are just character development. There is a fresh lot of challenging cases that will need solving.Those week to week cases continue to be innovative and interesting, challenging the team and the viewer to keep up. At the same time, the series hasn’t lost its sense of humor, or its willingness to experiment. Bones is still good fun and recommended to its loyal fans in its tenth season.

REVIEW: INSATIABLE – SEASON 1

Debby Ryan in Insatiable (2018)

MAIN CAST

Deby Ryan (Muppets Most Wanted)
Dallas Roberts (The Grey)
Kimmy Shields (Girlboss)
Chirstopher Gorham (Ugly Betty)
Alyssa Milano (Charmed)
Daniel Kang (Candy Jar)
Michael Provost (Chance)
Erinn Westbrook (The Debut)
Sarah Colonna (Invasion)
Irene Choi (Arena)

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RECURRING / NOTABLE GUEST CAST

Carly Hughes (American Housewife)

Arden Myrin (What Women Want)

Jordan Gelber (Riding In Cars With Boys)

Chloe Bridges (The Final Girls)

Brett Rice (The Blind Side)

Beverly D’Angelo (The House Bunny)

Drew Barrymore (Santa Claria Diet)

Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)

Robin Tunney (Hollywoodland)

Jon Lovitz (The Simpsons)
Christine Taylor (Zoolander)
Michael Ian Black (Wet Hot American Summer)
William Baldwin (Sliver)

70dbaecd5b50ac67d9a414.96031511_More than 200,000 people have already signed a Change.org petition to cancel the Netflix comedy Insatiable before a single frame of it has aired. “We still have time to stop this series from being released,” the petition seethes, “and causing a devastation of self-doubt in the minds of young girls who will think that to be happy and be worthy, they need to lose weight.” Reading those words of these warriors against thin privilege fills me with a righteous rage as I brood about the victims of this manifest unfairness—namely, that I have to watch television shows before I write about them. It would be sooooo much easier (and lucrative!) to do these reviews based on the TV-log description or the title or the voices in my head.ins110unit00726rBut life’s not fair, so they say, which means I had to invest hours of viewing a sharply written and antically acted comedy about a fat, bullied teenage girl who drops four dress sizes after an accident, then goes on a rampage against her former tormentors, in order to tell you that Insatiable is not an assault on human decency but an extremely funny piece of work. Something like Death Wish if it had been directed by John Hughes, Insatiable starts off with Debby Ryan (Life Of The Party) encased in a Michelin-man size fat suit, playing a high school pariah named Patty—or Fatty Patty, as the rest of the school (even, oh my God, the band dorks) calls her. The name may be cruel, but it’s not exactly inaccurate. “While my classmates were out losing their virginity, I was at home, stuffing another hole,” laments Patty.insatiable-ht-ml-180731_hpEmbed_3x2_992She bottoms out one night when a homeless drunk demands her chocolate donut on the grounds that she’s too fat to eat it. She punches him; he punches back, much harder, and breaks her jaw. Three months of liquid diet later, Fatty Patty is Hottie Patty, with all the popular kids who once shunned her (and now have no idea who she is) begging her to join their cafeteria table. She’s unplacated by her new popularity, and the stage is set for Revenge of the Plus-Sized. But Patty’s not the only one bearing homicidal grudges. Bob (Dallas Roberts, The L Word), the attorney defending Patty on criminal charges over slugging the homeless guy, has his own kettle of barely suppressed rage. An airhead partner in his dad’s law firm, Bob is despondent that he’s been banned from his real love: coaching teenage contestants in the town’s cutthroat beauty pageants. (A mother, furious when her daughter loses a pageant after imprudently giving a happy-face oratory on keeping “trannies” out of women’s restrooms, falsely accused Bob of unhinging the girl by touching her “ho-ho.”) Seeing a chance to get back in the game and humiliate his rival coaches, Bob suggests that the newly beautiful Patty enter a pageant. Heinous, hilarious skullduggery ensues.netflix_insatiable_reviewInsatiable is not an exercise in fat-shaming or any other teenage caste cruelty. Sure, Patty gets mocked and abused, but the kids who engage in that behavior are unambiguously treated as villains, and they don’t fare well. And Patty’s acts of vengeance mostly seem heroic, even when they are patently misanthropic. Everybody who ever suffered shunning or scorn at the hands of a high-school social overlord will be raising a fist in solidarity. Which is the point. Executive producer Lauren Gussis, who worked on Showtime’s boy-psycho-next-door Dexter for several years, says Insatiable is really her memoir of an overweight adolescence full of convulsive anger at the way other kids treated her: “the kind of rage that makes you want to do dark things.” Dark, funny things.

 

REVIEW: EVAN ALMIGHTY

 

CAST

Steve Carell (Anchorman)
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises)
Lauren Graham (Bad Santa)
John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane)
Wanda Sykes (Clerks 2)
John Michael Higgins (Still Waiting..)
Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street)
Harve Presnell (Lois & Clark)
Johnny Simmons (Jennifer’s Body)
Graham Phillips (The Good Wife)
Jimmy Bennett (Orphan)
Ed Helms (The Hangover)
Rachael Harris (Lucifer)
Dean Norris (Terminator 2)
Simon Helberg (The Big Bang Theory)
Jon Stewart (The Faculty)
Catherine Bell (JAG)
Molly Shannon (Wet Hot American Summer)
P.J. Byrne (Black Lightning)
Arden Myrin (Insatiable)
Audrey Wasilewski (Red)
Meagen Fay (That’s My Boy)
Suzy Nakamura (Horrible Bosses 2)
Jan Hoag (Scream Queens)
Lamont Thompson (The O.C)
Tucker Smallwood (Contact)

MV5BMTk0ODQyNDc3M15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTA2MTEzMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1499,1000_AL_Newly elected to Congress, former local television news reporter Evan Baxter (Steve Carell) leaves his hometown of Buffalo, New York and moves to suburban northern Virginia, where his congressional campaign declares that he will change the world. Evan prays to God (Morgan Freeman) to give him this opportunity. On the other hand, his wife, Joan (Lauren Graham), expresses her concern about the new location and prays that she, Evan, and their three sons (Jimmy Bennett, Graham Phillips, and Johnny Simmons) will be closer together as a family. On the first day of his job, Evan is given a prime office space, where he is accompanied by his three congressional staffers, Rita, Marty, and Eugene (Wanda Sykes, Jonah Hill, John Michael Higgins), and invited to co-sponsor the Public Land Act bill with his boss, Chuck Long (John Goodman). Soon after Evan’s arrival to Congress, six strange things start to happen around him:MV5BMTU1NzA3OTI1OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwMjg4NjA3._V1_His alarm clock repeatedly goes off at 6:14 a.m. Ancient tools and gopher wood are delivered to his house. Pairs of animals simply follow Evan without any apparent reason (with birds even flying into his office through the window). Evan grows a beard that immediately reappears no matter how many times he shaves. Eight vacant lots in Evan’s neighborhood are purchased in his name.The number “614” increasingly appears everywhere he goes.Evan soon learns that the number refers to the verse in the Book of Genesis, where God instructs Noah to build an Ark in preparation for a flood. God repeatedly appears in various guises before finally revealing himself to Evan, cordially insisting that Evan should build an Ark as well. God explains to Evan that a flood is coming, and that the only opportunity Evan will have to change the world is by saving his community instead. God also tells Evan to inform others about the flood should they ask him later. Evan’s family initially believes that he is having a mid-life crisis. Later, his three sons suspect something greater is occurring and assist him, along with various animals, in the construction of the Ark, although Joan does not. The fully constructed ark is at the center of the image with a downcast sky. A large ramp on the left side of the image is leading up into the ark. In the foreground of the image is a paved street.

Animals eventually follow Evan to Congress. When Long discovers this, he allows Evan latitude at first, but warns him that he will no longer tolerate it if it happens again in the future. Meanwhile, Evan’s staffers are outraged by his change in appearance and behavior. When Evan returns to the Ark, God presents him with a robe, and later tells him that the flood will likely come at midday on September 22. When Joan becomes suspicious of his behavior, Evan tells her the truth: God has been talking to him and is responsible for his new looks and recent actions, although Joan does not believe Evan and is convinced that he is beginning to lose his mind. After wearing the robe for some time, Evan finds it comfortable, but soon realizes that God will not allow him to take it off and wear anything else after two failed tries to change his clothes later. The next time Evan arrives at Congress, animals follow him once again.Film Title: Evan AlmightyOnce Evan finally explains his reason for this, his facial hair, and his robe, he is temporarily suspended from Congress after humiliating himself in front of many witnesses. Long later removes Evan from the Public Land Act bill that he is co-sponsoring with him. Joan watches the news on television and initially believes that Evan is going insane, and decides to return to her mother’s home. Joan packs up her van and takes her sons to come with her, much to their reluctance. Evan deduces that God purposely had him suspended from Congress so that he would have more time to build the Ark, although Joan remains skeptical and departs. Evan decides to build the Ark alone, gaining media attention and public ridicule, as hundreds of animals assemble in pairs. Meanwhile, God appears to Joan as a waiter at a diner, wearing a name tag displaying “Al Mighty”.MV5BMTk4NTc1NTc0NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwNDQ4NjA3._V1_In this guise, God listens to Joan as she picks up the newspaper she was reading and shows it to him, which mocks Evan and features him building the Ark. Joan explains that Evan claims that God asked him to do it, but she is concerned that Evan is only losing his sanity and allowing himself to become the laughingstock of the neighborhood. Sympathetic toward Evan, God tells Joan that perhaps it is an opportunity for him, and explains that he himself does not give things but only the opportunity by which to obtain things, citing togetherness of families as one of these things. Seeing God’s meaning, Joan returns to Evan with new-found faith and helps him and the animals finish the Ark together in order to prepare for the flood. Meanwhile, word reaches Evan that Long has commissioned a dam and has cut corners in doing so.On September 22, Evan loads hundreds of animals onto the newly finished Ark in front of spectators and live news crews, who continue to mock him. Later, Long and the policemen arrive with a wrecking ball crew and try to destroy the Ark, since it violates numerous building codes. Minutes pass with no sign of rain, provoking spectator scorn. A large rainstorm does come, but it is brief. Joan asks Evan to leave the Ark and believes that maybe God did not mean a literal flood, but a metaphorical one. However, Evan witness Long’s dam burst from the distance, causing all of the spectators, reporters, and policemen to immediately seek refuge in the Ark, which rides the flood through the streets and landmarks of Washington, D.C.. The Ark reaches its final destination in front of the Capitol, which disrupts the vote on the Public Land Act bill. Evan tells Long that the flood was caused by his poor design of the dam, which incites other Congressmen also present to turn against Long.

After Congress puts the Public Land Act bill on hold to investigate Long’s defective dam and the animals returning to their natural habitat, Evan is given his job back with a promotion, and celebrates these events by finally shaving his beard, changing back into his regular clothes, and going on a long-promised hiking trip with his family. When God reappears once again during the hike, Evan is initially disappointed when he realizes that he never needed to build the Ark again in the first place, since the flood only happened because of Long’s defective dam. However, God reassures Evan that he now has a perfect life as well as everything that he had originally prayed for, and that this would not have happened otherwise. Evan is happy to realize this, as God informs him that the right way to change the world is by doing one Act of Random Kindness (ARK) at a time. During the film’s closing credits, God issues a new commandment to the outgoing audience: “Thou shalt do the dance”, and later follow by the footage where the film’s cast and crew dance to “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory.

Evan Almighty is predictable on every turn, and has enough humor to satisfy. The animals do their part to provide a fair share of fecal humor. Morgan Freeman offers up plenty of wisdom in the role of God. Steve Carell does an exceptionally adequate job of delivering very humorous dialogue, which in his style is sure to be adlibbed in great part. The sheer amounts of animals in this film are overwhelming and a treat to behold. Overall the storyline and humor feel very cliché. Evan Almighty was a mild success, but just does not offer anything special apart from a few good laughs.