REVIEW: NAKED

CAST

Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie)
Regina Hall (Superhero Movie)
Scott Foley (Scream 3)
Loretta Devine (Urban Legend)
Dennis Haysbert (24)
Cory Hardrict (American Sniper)
Dave Sheridan  (The Devil’s Rejects)
Neil Brown Jr. (Battle: Los Angeles)
Jwaundace Candece (Let’s Be Cops)
Jason Davis (The Accountant)

1200Marlon Wayans is working hard; he has a new NBC sitcom and a new Netflix Original comedy. The latter, Naked based on the 2000 Swedish film Naken, puts Wayans through a balls-to-wall gauntlet that he conquers with cute-booty aplomb.Screen-Shot-2017-03-08-at-5_18_40-PM-2Rob Anderson (Wayans) is all set to marry Megan (Regina Hall), who used to date Cody (Scott Foley), who is the top pick of groom for Megan’s father (Dennis Haysbert). Cody is a successful executive. Rob is a substitute teacher who can’t commit—to anything other than marrying Megan. He doesn’t show up for the rehearsals, the dance lessons, or any of the important moments. Cut to a hotel elevator where Rob repeatedly wakes up, late for his wedding and naked. He’s a total screw-up and if he can’t “get it right” he’ll never get to the altar on time.naked-official-trailer-1-2017-marlon-wayans-netflix-youtube-thumbnailNaked starts awkwardly—Wayans doesn’t seem to have a grasp on a character who is more the victim of hilarity than its source. He settles into the role, though, and once he does we see Rob transform from a clueless but affable screw-up to a considerate but affable screw-up with a ton of extra skills he’s picked up along the way. The cast is great. Loretta Devine, as Rob’s mother, sparkles as usual, and when Neil Brown Jr. shows up as Officer McBride you have to smile at his sharply timed cynicism and deadpan delivery. Despite the greatness of the cast, there are moments when you know the actors are just as incredulous about their lines as you are.naked-netflix-700x375At first, the movie, like Wayans in the opening moments, hangs together awkwardly. The comedic lunacy should work; the actors, situations, and stunts are up to the task but it doesn’t quite gel. Then about halfway through nakeds runtime something happens, the themes blossom, you suddenly realize where all of this is going, and it’s really quite sweet. The trials Rob faces break him down, and strip away his bullshit—laying him bare (see what they did there)—to understand what is required of love: Beyond responsibility, love is more than simply feeling, it’s about giving a damn. In  This movie is made for bringing back Netflix and chill. A Film to sit down a just chill out too.

Advertisements

REVIEW: TED 2

CAST

Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy)
Mark Wahlberg (The Other Guys)
Amanda Seyfried (Pan)
Jessica Barth (Next)
Giovanni Ribisi (Avatar)
Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight)
John Slattery (Mad men)
Patrick Warburton (Get Smart)
Michael Dorn (Star Trek: Ds9)
Bill Smitrovich (The Phantom)
Cocoa Brown (Big Fat Important Movie)
John Carroll Lynch (The Founder)
Jessica Szohr (Love Bite)
Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke)
Sam J. Jones (Flash Gordon)
Sebastian Arcelus (Split)
Dennis Haysbert (Heat)
Liam Neeson (Batman Begins)
Patrick Stewart (Ameircan Dad)
Nana Visitor (Star Trek: Ds9)
Ralph Garman (The Lego Batman Movie)
Ron Canada (Wedding Crashers)
Maggie Geha (Gotham)
Rachael MacFarlane (American Dad)

John Bennett (Mark Wahlberg) has been divorced from Lori Collins for six months. Meanwhile, his best friend Ted (Seth MacFarlane), marries his girlfriend, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth). One year later, with their marriage is beginning to break-down so they decide to have a child. As Ted can not have children, John agrees to help Ted find a sperm donor, They asked Sam J. Jones but he refuses due to a low sperm count, they try unsuccessfully to break into Tom Brady’s house and steal his sperm. Ultimately, John offers to donate his sperm.Despite Ted and John’s efforts, Tami-Lynn’s historical drug use has rendered her infertile and the couple decide to adopt. As background checks are carried out, Ted brings his legal status as a person into question. The state authorities of Massachusetts declare Ted property rather than a person, resulting in the loss of his job at a grocery store – shortly after reassuring a customer (Liam Neeson) that buying a box of Trix, as an adult, will not bring him to any harm. Furthermore, his marriage to Tami-Lynn is annulled.John suggests that they take the state to court, and their case is assigned to a novice lawyer pro-bono, Samantha Leslie Jackson (Amanda Seyfried). The three bond over their love of marijuana as they prepare to present the case.Meanwhile, Donny (Giovanni Ribisi), Ted’s life-long stalker and would-be abductor, is now employed as a janitor at the headquarters of toy company Hasbro, in New York City. He convinces the company CEO to hire an expert attorney (John Slattery) to ensure that Ted maintains his status as property, therefore leaving him open to seizure by the firm to create more living teddy bears.Despite Samantha’s best efforts, the court rules against Ted. Disheartened but desperate, the trio contact Patrick Meighan (Morgan Freeman), a highly respected civil rights attorney, hoping he’ll take the case and overturn the court’s decision. Driving to Manhattan to meet him, Ted crashes into a hidden marijuana patch, where Samantha and John realize their attraction for each other. The next day, the trio meet Meighan, who is sympathetic to Ted’s plight but ultimately refuses the case, as he believes he has not significantly contributed to humanity due to his juvenile slacker lifestyle.Ted, angry at the injustice and jealous of Samantha and John’s new relationship, runs off. Donny follows him as he wanders into the New York Comic-Con. Once inside, Donny attempts to kidnap Ted, who flees and contacts John for help. John and Samantha arrive at Comic-Con and search for Ted, arriving as Donny is about to cut him open. As they make their escape, Donny cuts the cables holding up a model of the USS Enterprise and it swings towards Ted. John pushes Ted out of the way, takes the hit, and is knocked unconscious. Ted identifies Donny and he is arrested.At the hospital, Samantha, Ted and Tami-Lynn rejoice when John recovers. Patrick Meighan decides to take the case, telling them he has been inspired by John’s selflessness and Ted’s emotions over his fallen friend. Meighan gets the ruling overturned by demonstrating that Ted is self-aware, that he feels complex emotions, and is capable of empathy. Outside the court, Ted re-proposes to Tami-Lynn. After they are re-married, Ted and Tami-Lynn, adopting the surname of “Clubberlang”, adopt a baby boy, whom they name Apollo Creed, while John and Samantha happily pursue their own relationship.A good laugh, even  better than the original in my opinion. If you like Ted/Family Guy/other Seth Macfarlane shows, I’d definitely recommend this