REVIEW: DUMB AND DUMBER TO

CAST

Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2)
Jeff Daniels (Kingpin)
Rob Riggle (Let’s be Cops)
Laurie Holden (The Walking Dead)
Don Lake (Zootopia)
Kathleen Turner (Serial Mom)
Steve Tom (Seven Pounds)
Rachel Melvin (Sleepy Hollow)
Tembi Locke (Sliders)
Paul Blackthorne (Arrow)
Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)
Eddie Shin (Westworld)
Cam Neely (Me, Myself and I)

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Twenty years after the events of the first film, Lloyd Christmas has been committed at Baldy View Sanitarium, a mental institution, ever since his doomed romance with Mary Swanson. During a recent visit, Harry Dunne discovers that Lloyd pranked him into thinking he was traumatized the entire time. They head to their apartment, where Harry reveals he needs a donated kidney.

They go to Harry’s old home, but Harry cannot get a kidney from his parents because he was adopted. Harry’s dad gives him his mail that has been piling up since he moved out. It includes a postcard from a former girlfriend, Fraida Felcher, dating back to 1991. It says she is pregnant and needs Harry to call. Fraida admits that she had a daughter named Fanny that she gave up for adoption. She wrote Fanny a letter, only for it to be returned and instructed to never contact her again.Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, and Rob Riggle in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Hoping she can provide a kidney, Lloyd and Harry drive a hearse that Fraida gave them to Oxford, Maryland, where she now lives. Dr. Bernard Pinchelow and his wife Adele are Fanny’s adoptive parents. Fanny, who has taken the name Penny, is going to a KEN Convention in El Paso to give a speech on her father’s life work. Penny is given a package to be given to one of the convention heads but ends up forgetting the package and her phone.Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Adele is secretly trying to poison Bernard and Penny out of jealousy, with the help of her secret lover, the family’s housekeeper, Travis Lippincott. Harry and Lloyd arrive to inform the Pinchelows of their situation. Bernard realizes Penny left the package, which he says is an invention worth billions. Adele suggests that Harry and Lloyd deliver the package to Penny. So that he and Adele can get the contents of the box, Travis accompanies Harry and Lloyd. Annoyed with the duo’s antics, Travis attempts to kill them but dies in a train collision. Adele hears of the death from Travis’s twin brother Captain Lippincott, a former military man who agrees to help her kill Harry and Lloyd.Jim Carrey, Kathleen Turner, and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)When the duo arrives in El Paso on a stolen Zamboni ice resurfacer, Harry impersonates Bernard, so he and Lloyd are invited to a seminar. They get into an argument when Harry discovers that Lloyd has developed a romantic attraction to Penny. After being escorted out of the convention due to not being on the attendance list, Lloyd gets a call from Penny. After informing Penny that he is in town with her dad, they arrange a meeting during which Lloyd deduces that he, not Harry, is Penny’s father.Jim Carrey and Rachel Melvin in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Adele arrives at the convention with Lippincott and exposes Harry as a fraud, telling the convention heads that he stole the package. Fraida also arrives and tampers with the fire alarm to create a diversion after she and Penny are denied entry. As the building is evacuated, Harry runs into Fraida and Penny, only to have Lippincott and Adele corner them with guns in a bathroom. At this moment, Lloyd returns, having been to Mexico to have one of his own kidneys removed for Lloyd. Lippincott and Adele are about to shoot, but three FBI agents bust in with a healthy-looking Bernard, who knew all along that Adele was trying to poison him. It is revealed that it was Adele, not Penny, who wrote “do not contact again” on Fraida’s letter, and that the “priceless invention” in the package was in fact nothing but cupcakes. Adele attempts to shoot Penny, but Harry jumps in front of the bullet and is severely injured. Adele and Lippincott are arrested.Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Harry is rushed to the hospital where he reveals that he was pranking Lloyd about needing a kidney and both laugh. Fraida tells Harry and Lloyd that Penny’s biological father is a dead high school friend named Pete “Pee-Stain” Stainer. As the duo leave El Paso, they spot two women walking in their direction and shove them into a bush as a joke. Harry and Lloyd run off and high-five each other.Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber To (2014)Well, I was pretty excited to see this one, knowing that no matter how bad it might turn out to be, these two still would never fail at making you laugh, now it’s not as good as the first, but it sure does make you laugh, it’s just unbelievable how dumb these two are, time will never heal how stupid they are, and they sure won’t be getting better any time soon, they’re still as dumb, still funny, and still as entertaining as they were in the first.

 

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REVIEW: DUMB AND DUMBER

 

CAST

Jim Carrey (Kick-Ass 2)
Jeff Daniels (Kingpin)
Lauren Holly (What Women Want)
Karen Duffy (McBain)
Mike Starr (Jersey Girl)
Charles Rocket (Hocus Pocus)
Teri Garr (Dick)
Victoria Rowell (Barb Wire)
Cam Neely (Me, Myself and I)
Harland Williams (Wag The Dog)
Lin Shaye (Ouija)
Felton Perry (Robocop)
Connie Sawyer (Pineapple Express)

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (1994)Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) and Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels), two kindly but dim-witted men, are best friends and roommates living in Providence, Rhode Island. Lloyd, a chip-toothed limousine driver, immediately falls in love when he meets Mary Swanson (Lauren Holly), a woman he is driving to the airport. She leaves a briefcase in the terminal; Lloyd, unaware that it contains ransom money for her kidnapped husband, Bobby, and that she was supposed to leave it there for the kidnappers to pick up, retrieves it and tries to return it to her before the kidnappers can get it. Her Aspen-bound plane has already departed, leading to Lloyd running through and falling out of the jetway.Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (1994)Fired from his job, Lloyd returns to his apartment and learns that Harry has also been fired from his dog-grooming job after delivering dogs late to a show and accidentally getting them dirty. Bobby’s kidnappers, Joe “Mental” Mentalino (Mike Starr) and J. P. Shay (Karen Duffy), follow Lloyd home from the airport in pursuit of the briefcase. Mistaking the crooks for debt collectors, the duo flee the apartment and return later to find that Mental and Shay have decapitated Harry’s parakeet. Lloyd suggests they head to Aspen to find Mary and return the briefcase, hoping she can “plug them into the social pipeline.” At first, Harry opposes the idea, but he eventually agrees and the duo leaves the next day.Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber (1994)Mental and Shay catch up to the duo at a motel that night. Posing as a hitchhiker, Mental is picked up by Harry and Lloyd while Shay secretly follows them. During a lunch stop, the duo prank Mental with chili peppers in his burger, not knowing of his ulcer. When Mental reacts adversely, they accidentally kill him with rat poison pills (which he planned to use on them) after mistaking it for his medication. Nearing Colorado, Lloyd takes a wrong turn and ends up driving all night through Nebraska, while the police waiting on the road to Colorado expect them to show up after finding out about Mental’s death. Upon waking up and realizing Lloyd’s mishap, Harry gives up on the journey and decides to walk home, but Lloyd later persuades him to continue after trading the van for a minibike.Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (1994)The two arrive in Aspen, but are unable to locate Mary. After a short scuffle over some gloves that night, the briefcase breaks open and they discover the money. They “borrow” it for a hotel suite, clothes and a Lamborghini Diablo. They learn that Mary and her family are hosting a gala and prepare to attend. At the gala, Harry, attempting to lure Mary over to Lloyd, reluctantly agrees to go skiing with her the next day and lies to Lloyd that he got him a date. The next day, Lloyd finds out Harry lied to him after waiting all day for Mary at the hotel bar.Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber (1994)In retaliation, Lloyd pranks Harry with coffee spiked with laxatives, leading him to defecate in a broken toilet at Mary’s house. Lloyd arrives at Mary’s house and informs her that he has her briefcase. He takes her to the hotel, shows her the briefcase, and confesses his love after some initial struggle; she rejects him, as she is already married. Nicholas Andre (Charles Rocket), an old friend of the Swansons and the mastermind behind Bobby’s kidnapping, arrives with Shay and, upon learning that Harry and Lloyd had spent all of the ransom money and replaced it with IOUs, takes Lloyd and Mary hostage, as well as Harry when he returns. An argument leads Nicholas to shoot Harry. Before Nicholas can kill them, an FBI team led by Beth Jordon (a woman that Harry met earlier at a gas station) raids the suite and arrests him and Shay and Harry is revealed to be alive thanks to a bulletproof vest that was strapped on him earlier. Mary and Bobby are reunited. Lloyd, jealous that he can never be with Mary because she is married, fantasizes about shooting Bobby dead.Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (1994)The next day, Harry and Lloyd begin walking home. All of the items they bought were confiscated and their moped has broken down. The two unknowingly decline the chance to be oil boys for a group of bikini girls, after which Harry tells Lloyd that they will get their “break” one day. Harry and Lloyd then play a friendly game of tag as they walk back home.Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber (1994)The film is well paced and has a spontaneous nature that lacks in most comedies. Behind all the stupidness, there is a real glow of brilliance. The fact is, more than all the goofiness and crazy antics, “Dumb and Dumber” is a film full of smarts, and that’s what we end up admiring the most.

REVIEW: ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS

CAST

Jim Carrey (The Number 23)
Ian McNeice (The Black Dahlia)
Simon Callow (Amadeus)
Maynard Eziashi (The Contract)
Bob Gunton (Argo)
Sophie Okonedo (After Earth)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agaje (Lost)
Bruce Spence (Mad Max 2)

In the Himalayas, after a failed rescue mission results in a raccoon falling to its death (a parody of Cliffhanger), Ace Ventura undergoes an emotional breakdown and joins a Tibetan monastery. Once he has recovered, he is approached by Fulton Greenwall, a British correspondent working for a provincial consulate in the fictional African country of Nibia. Because Ace’s presence is troublesome to the monastery, the Grand Abbot gives Ace excuses to justify his departure, and sends him off with Greenwall. Thereafter, Greenwall takes Ventura to Africa, and warns him about the hostility of gorillas as it is mating season. Greenwald then asks Ventura to find the white bat ‘Shikaka’, a sacred animal of the Wachati tribe, which disappeared shortly after being offered as dowry of the Wachati Princess, who is set to wed the Wachootoo Prince to form armistice and peace between the two people. After arriving in Nibia and meeting with consul Vincent Cadby, Ace begins investigating his case, but must overcome his intense fear of bats in order to succeed.Accompanied by his capuchin monkey, Spike, Ace travels to Africa to search for the missing bat. He eventually befriends the tribe’s princess, who tries to seduce Ace. However, Ace admits his oath to celibacy, but quietly masturbates in a hut afterwards. Ace then befriends the tribal prince, Ouda, who assists Ace throughout the film. Thereafter much of Ace’s activity involves eliminating obvious suspects—animal traders, poachers, and a Safari park owner among others—and enduring the growing escalations of threat between the Wachati and the Wachootoo. After being attacked with drugged arrows, Ace suspects the medicine-man of the Wachootoo of taking the bat, as he strongly disapproves of the wedding. He travels to the Wachootoo tribal village, with Ouda translating the chief’s words, rather poorly. The Wachootoo mistake Ace as the “White Devil”, and have him go through many dangerous and humiliating challenges to gain their trust. He eventually does when his pain makes the chief, entire tribe, and even Ouda laugh for the first time in years. Despite this, if the bat is not returned in time, the Wachootoo will declare war on the Wachati tribe.Confused by the case, Ace consults the Grand Abbot via astral projection. Advised by the Abbot, Ace deduces that Vincent Cadby has taken the bat and hired Ace to divert suspicion from himself, having planned to let the tribes destroy each other so that he can then take possession of the numerous bat caves containing guano to sell as fertilizer worth billions. When Ace confronts Cadby with this knowledge, Ace learns he was hired as Cadby’s alibi, and he is arrested by tribal security chief, Hitu. Shortly after, Ace calls an elephant to escape, and summons herds of jungle animals to destroy Cadby’s house. Cadby then tries to shoot Ace, but is defeated by Greenwall who punches him in the face. Cadby escapes with the bat in a car, but Ace follows him in a monster truck. In pursuit, Ace destroys Cadby’s car, leaving the bat cage lodged in a tree.Ace, despite his chronic fear of bats, bravely yet dramatically returns the bat just as the tribes are about to meet on the battlefield, until they notice the bat and kneel before it. Cadby is watching nearby, but is discovered by Ouda. Ouda then calls him the “White Devil” to give Ace more time, and Cadby is pursued by both tribes. After escaping, he encounters a female gorilla that mistakes him for a mate and is subsequently raped. The Princess is married to the Prince, who is revealed to be the man who humilited Ace during one of the Wachootoo tribal challenges earlier. Moments later, it is discovered that the young bride is no longer a virgin, apparently on Ace’s account. Despite this, peace between the once-separate tribes is achieved, by having everyone joining together and furiously chasing after Ace. Ace runs through the jungle fearfully, concluding the movie.A superb follow up with some truly hysterical moments and lines and even though its not as good as the first film it has some brilliant stars, animals and locations and a lead star at the peak of his career

REVIEW: ACE VENTURA: PET DETECTIVE

CAST

Jim Carrey (The Number 23)
Courteney Cox (Masters of the Universe)
Sean Young (Blade Runner)
Tone Loc (Heat)
Robbie Willingham (The Last Boy Scout)
Udo Kier (Blade)
David Margulies (Ghostbusters 1 & 2)
Randall Cobb (Liar Liar)

Ace Ventura is a Miami private investigator who specializes in the retrieval of tame or captive animals. He goes undercover as a slightly overweight delivery man. As he makes his way to his target location he carries a package marked “fragile”, which he carelessly tosses around for fun. Once he arrives, he knocks at the door and presents the package to the gruff man who opens the door. While the man signs for the package, Ace asks to pet his dog at the door and then tells the man the rest of the signing can be taken care of and leaves. After exiting the building, Ace races to his car as the man notices his dog is still at the door. After yelling at the dog to move from the door, the man goes to move the mutt himself but discovers that it was a fake plush toy with a note mocking his foolery.Ace had hidden the real dog in his uniform and makes it to his vehicle. Before leaving with the dog, the man manages to damage Ventura’s car with a bat and even climbs it when it takes off. Ventura shakes the man off and heads to the rightful owner to claim a reward. The owner forces herself onto Ace out of gratitude and seduces him. Meanwhile, two weeks before the Miami Dolphins football team is due to play in the Super Bowl, the team mascot, a bottlenose dolphin named Snowflake, is stolen. Despite Ace’s recent success, he struggles to pay rent, repair his battered 1970’s Chevrolet Monte Carlo, and even receives complaints from his neighbor landlord Mr. Shickadance, who claims Ace keeps dozens of different animals in his apartment. Ace explains to his landlord that he’ll pay rent when he finds a lost, rare albino pigeon worth a $25,000 reward. Ace then invites him inside the apartment to prove there are no animals. Once gone, Ace calls the animals from their hiding spots.Ace’s special connection with animals and his eccentricities make him the laughing stock of the Miami-Dade Police Department, aside from his friend Officer Emilio. Melissa Robinson, the Miami Dolphins’ Chief Publicist, notifies the police. During his hunt for the albino pigeon, Ace gets hired to find Snowflake as well. After searching the tank the dolphin was taken in, he discovers a rare triangular-cut orange amber stone, which he speculates to be part of a 1984 AFC Championship ring.Ace receives help from a friend named Woodstock to hack into the aquatic supply stores to trace any equipment able to house a big aquatic animal. Together they discover a possible suspect, billionaire Ronald Camp. Melissa and Ace intrude as guests at a formal social event thrown at Camp’s house. While Camp is conversing with Melissa, Ace snoops around to find an indoor tank room and assumes it’s Snowflake. When cockiness blinds Ace, he goes to feed the dolphin and, in sheer surprise, learns that the tank holds a shark instead. After surviving an attack from the shark, he returns to the party soaked with clothes shredded, saying it was a plumbing issue. Camp walks Melissa and Ace outside, apologizing for the escapade and extending a handshake; Ace grabs his hand to glance at the very type of ring he had been searching for. Ace explains his plan to Melissa as they head to her place, now excluding Ronald Camp as a suspect. Ace tracks down the players in a team photo and sees their rings, but is dismayed to find every ring intact. Disappointed by his failure, he expresses his anger to Melissa and hears news that Roger Podacter, Miami Dolphins’s Head of Operations, had mysteriously fallen to his death from his apartment. At the crime scene, Miami Police Lieutenant Lois Einhorn concludes the death to be a suicide. However, Ace proves it was a murder, embarrassing the police and infuriating Einhorn.After researching for NFL receipts, Ace comes across a more recent team photo which uncovers a new lead involving a former Dolphins player named Ray Finkle, who also owned a ring but did not appear in the old team photo due to being added during midseason. Finkle missed the field goal kick at the end of Super Bowl XVII, which cost the Dolphins the championship and ruined his career. Enamored by his detective prowess, Melissa finds herself unable to resist Ace and they have sex four times while hiding out at his apartment. The next day, Ace visits Finkle’s parents and discovers that he blames Dan Marino for holding the snap incorrectly, causing him to miss the kick. Finkle became so obsessed with both the loss and Marino that he became insane and was committed to a mental hospital. Despite Ace warning Melissa to send extra protection, Marino is still kidnapped. Ace follows Marino’s kidnappers but crashes, letting them escape with the football player. Ace visits Einhorn and explains his theory: Finkle kidnapped Marino out of revenge due to blaming him for his career having failed. Also, he took offense to the Dolphins giving Snowflake his jersey number and teaching it to kick a field goal, and presumably killed Podactor after he found Finkle snooping around. Einhorn compliments him on his findings with an unexpected kiss; Einhorn is so given to be seductive that she kisses him on top of her desk, making Ace ask her to get off from her gun digging into his hip. Einhorn tells him to allow the police to finish the job; Ace declines, saying it is his job to find Snowflake.Ace and Melissa go to the mental hospital where Finkle was committed. Ace searches Finkle’s belongings and discovers a newspaper article about a missing hiker named Lois Einhorn. Later, Emilio informs Ventura that he found a note from Roger Podacter himself regarding a secret romance between him and Einhorn. Studying this, Ace tries to figure out Einhorn’s connection to his suspect, Ray Finkle. With his dog’s help by lying on the picture of Finkle which it’s fur made it look like a woman’s hair, Ace comes to the realization that Lieutenant Lois Einhorn is, indeed, Ray Finkle in a transgendered disguise. He theorizes that shortly after escaping the mental hospital, Finkle was implied to have stalked the original Einhorn while she was hiking on her day off from work and may have murdered her in secret. Afterwards, he underwent a partial gender reassignment surgery to assume her identity and take advantage of her position in the Miami-Dade police force so Finkle can get revenge on the Dolphins on Super Bowl Sunday. Soon after, Ace aggressively brushes his teeth, and makes himself vomit, feeling disgusted.On Super Bowl Sunday, Ace follows Finkle to an abandoned yacht storage facility, where he finds Snowflake and Marino. Ace subdues Finkle’s henchmen, but before he can rescue Marino, Finkle holds him at gunpoint. Einhorn then radios the police department and implies Ace was the one who kidnapped both Snowflake and Marino and requests for backup. When the police arrive, Einhorn and Ace are tussled from fighting and she commands the department officers to shoot him. Melissa arrives and holds Emilio at gunpoint with threats to shoot him if they refuse to hear Ace out. The department stands down and Ace describes Finkle’s plan. To prove the truth he strips her down and find a normal feminine body and hair. However, with a little help from Marino who noticed the bulge from behind, he is able to expose Einhorn’s true identity as Finkle. Ace mentions that he(Finkle) made two costly mistakes in not perfecting his disguise: Penectomy and Vaginoplasty. He theorizes that Podacter discovered this during an earlier rendezvous with Einhorn and realizing he could go to the police and expose her as Finkle, she murdered him to protect her secret. Ace proves it by turning Einhorn around to reveal the bulge inside the silk panties. After plenty of male officers, Marino and Snowflake react disgust from unknowingly kissing a man they believed to be female, a humiliated Finkle attempts to kill Ace, but Ace subdues him. After taking off his ring, a 1984 AFC Championship ring missing a stone, Ace finalized his theory that Einhorn is the disgraced Ray Finkle and closes the case. Finkle is then arrested for his crimes and charged with kidnapping and murder, among other things.

Marino, Snowflake and the others return at halftime for the Super Bowl between the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. While receiving a kiss from Melissa, Ventura spots the lost albino pigeon, but Swoop, the Eagles’ mascot, shoos it away before he can catch it. Enraged, Ventura gets in an altercation with Swoop, eventually hilariously beating the mascot while being thanked on the JumboTron for saving Marino and Snowflake. Ventura briefly stops fighting Swoop and smiles as the audience cheers for him.This was the movie, one of Jim Carrey’s first leading roles, which launched him into superstardom shortly before such hits as ‘The Mask’ and ‘Dumber and Dumber’, and ‘Ace Ventura – Pet Detective’ was to spawn two sequels, an animated series, as well as gain a huge cult following. It’s pure cheese, but jolly good fun.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS

CAST
Jim Carrey (Yes Men)
Taylor Momsen (Spy Kids 2)
Jeffrey Tambor (Paul)
Christine Baranski (The Big Bang Theory)
Bill Irwin (Interstellar)
Molly Shannon (Scary Movie 5)
Clint Howard (Apollo 13)
T.J. Thyne (Bones)
Lacey Kohl (Secretary)
Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World)
Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of The Lambs)
Mindy Sterling (Austin Powers)
Verne Troyer (Doctor Parnassus)
Frank Welker (The Simpsons)
All the Whos down in Whoville enjoy celebrating Christmas with much happiness and joy, with the exception of the Grinch (Jim Carrey), who resents Christmas and the Whos with great wrath and occasionally pulls dangerous and harmful practical jokes on them. As a result, no one likes or cares for him. Meanwhile, six-year-old Cindy Lou (Taylor Momsen) believes everyone is missing the point about Christmas by being more concerned about the gifts and festivities. After having a face-to-face encounter with the Grinch at the Post office in which he saves her life, Cindy Lou becomes interested in his history; she asks everyone what they know about him, and soon discovers that he has a tragic past.
The Grinch actually arrived in Whoville by mistake when he was a baby, and was adopted by two elderly sisters. Although he showed some sadistic tendencies as a child, he was rather timid and not the cruel, selfish person he would become; he was ridiculed by his classmates (particularly by Augustus May Who, the current Mayor of Whoville) because of his appearance, with the exception of Martha May Whovier, who was courted by both the Grinch and May Who. One Christmas season, he made a gift for Martha, but attempted to shave his face after being made fun of for having a “beard”, cutting himself and when the school saw his face covered with shaving tape the next morning, they laughed at him. He lost his temper, went on a rampage and ran away to live on Mt. Crumpit.
Cindy Lou, touched by this story, decides to make the Grinch the main participant of the Whobilation, to the great displeasure of Mayor May Who, who reluctantly agrees after pressure from the townspeople, who have been warmed by Cindy Lou’s generous spirit. When Cindy Lou goes to Mt. Crumpit and offers an invitation to the Grinch, he turns her down. He gradually changes his mind, however, due to the promise of an award, the presence of Martha at the celebration and the chance to upset the Mayor. Just as the Grinch is enjoying himself and is almost won over, May Who gives him an electric shaver as a present, reminding him of his awful humiliation at school. May Who then asks Martha to marry him, promising her a new car in return. This causes the Grinch to openly berate the Whos for thinking that Christmas is about gifts that they will just dispose of later, in the hopes of making them too ashamed to celebrate the holiday. He then goes on to ruin the party by burning the Christmas tree with a flamethrower.
When he discovers that his attack has not removed the spirit of Christmas from the Whos, the Grinch instead concocts a plan to steal all of their presents while they are sleeping. Creating a Santa suit and sleigh with his own dog, Max, as a “deer”, the Grinch flies around Whoville, stealing all of the Whos’ Christmas gifts. He is almost discovered by Cindy Lou, but concocts a lie that allows him to get away. The next day, the Whos discover the Grinch’s scheme, and May Who denounces Cindy Lou as the root of this catastrophic disaster. However, her father, Lou Lou Who, finally stands up to him and reminds everyone that they still have the Christmas Spirit and that the principal meaning of Christmas is to spend it with family and friends. The people accept his speech and begin to sing. Hoping that the change of mood would inspire the Grinch, Cindy Lou goes to Mt. Crumpit to find him.
The Grinch reveals that he intends to push the stolen gifts off the top of the mountain after he hears the Whos crying. However, instead of crying, he hears the joyful singing of the Whos. Infuriated about the failure of his plan, the Grinch has an epiphany about what Christmas is really about: not material gifts, but spending time with loved ones, an insight that profoundly touches him and causes his heart to grow to three times its original size. When the sleigh full of stolen gifts begins to go over the edge of the cliff, the Grinch desperately tries to save them to no avail. However, when he realizes Cindy Lou has come to wish him a merry Christmas and is in danger of falling off the cliff with the sleigh, the Grinch finds enough strength to lift the sleigh, the gifts and Cindy Lou to safety. After a long descent down Mt. Crumpit, the Grinch returns to Whoville with Cindy and the gifts. He confesses to the burglary and apologizes for his actions towards the Whos and gives himself up to the arriving police, but the Whos reconcile with the Grinch. Martha turns down May Who’s proposal and decides that she would rather stay with the Grinch instead. The redeemed Grinch starts a new life with the Whos, commemorating the Christmas feast with them in his cave.
What can be said for The Grinch, if you have not seen it then I wholeheartedly recommend it. It is a fantastically funny film that I always go back to every Christmas

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: A CHRISTMAS CAROL (2009)

CAST

Jim Carrey (How The Grinch Stole Christmas)
Gary Oldman (The Dark KNight)
Colin Firth (The King’s Speech)
Bob Hoskins (Hollywoodland)
Robin Wright (Wonder Woman)
Cary Elwes (Saw)
Fionnula Flanagan (Transamerica)
Steve Valentine (Mars Attacks)
Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids)
Molly Quinn (Castle)
Paul Blackthorne (Arrow)
Callum Blue (Smallville)

In 1843, on Christmas Eve, Ebenezer Scrooge, a miserly old moneylender at a London counting house, does not share the merriment of Christmas. He declines his cheerful nephew Fred Holywell’s invitation to a Christmas dinner party, and rejects two gentlemen’s offer to collect money for charity. His loyal employee Bob Cratchit asks Scrooge to allow him to have a day off on Christmas Day to spend time with his family, to which Scrooge reluctantly agrees before leaving. In his house, Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his deceased business partner Jacob Marley, who warns him to repent his wicked ways or he will be condemned in the afterlife like he was, carrying heavy chains forged from his own greediness. Jacob informs Scrooge that three spirits will visit to guide him out of his misery.Scrooge is visited by the candle-like Ghost of Christmas Past, who takes him back in time to his early life. They visit Scrooge’s boarding school and Scrooge sees his sister Fanie, who died after giving birth to Fred. Scrooge later begins a successful career in business and money lending as an employee under Fezziwig, and he becomes engaged to a woman named Belle. However, the Ghost shows Scrooge how Belle left him when he became obsessed with wealth. A devastated Scrooge extinguishes the spirit with its candle snuffer cap but Scrooge is rocketed thousands of feet into the air while clinging onto the snuffer, only to have it disappear, resulting in Scrooge falling down to earth, back into his bedroom for the next visitation.Scrooge meets the merry Ghost of Christmas Present, which shows him the joys and wonder of Christmas Day. Scrooge and the Ghost visit Bob’s house, learning his family is content with their small dinner, Scrooge taking pity on Bob’s ill son Tiny Tim. The Ghost abruptly ages, commenting that Tiny Tim will likely not survive until next Christmas. The Ghost warns Scrooge about the evils of “Ignorance” and “Want”; Big Ben begins tolling midnight as “Ignorance” and “Want” manifest themselves before Scrooge as two wretched children who grow into violent, insane individuals, leaving the spirit withering away, dying at length when midnight strikes (to the point of dissolving into a skeleton before the twelfth strike).The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come arrives, appearing as a dark shadow, and takes Scrooge into the future. He witnesses a group of businessmen discussing the death of an unnamed man where they would only attend the funeral if lunch is provided; Scrooge is then chased across London by the Ghost and later discovers that his possessions are stolen and sold by his maid Mrs. Dilber. Shortly afterwards, Scrooge sees a covered corpse on a bed, followed by a family that is relieved he is dead, as they have more time to pay off their debt. The spirit transports Scrooge to Bob’s residence, discovering that Tiny Tim has died. Scrooge is then taken to a cemetery, where the Ghost points out his own grave, confirming Scrooge was the man who died. Scrooge promises to change his ways just as the Ghost forces him to fall into his empty coffin lying in a deep grave that sits above the fires of Hell.Waking up in his own room on Christmas Day, with love and happiness in his heart, a gleeful Scrooge decides to surprise Bob’s family with a turkey dinner, and ventures out with the charity workers and the citizens of London to spread happiness in the city, and later attends his nephew’s annual Christmas dinner, where he is warmly welcomed. The following day, he gives Cratchit a raise and becomes like “a second father” to Tiny Tim, who escapes death. A changed man, Scrooge now treats everyone with kindness, generosity, and compassion; he now embodies the spirit of Christmas.Jim Carrey is full of surprises and the entire movie is a theatrical outburst of his talent, under the brilliant direction of Robert Zemeckis. Brilliant because it manages to take the Dickens story and walk us through all its dimensions.  It’s an enchanting story and I encourage you all to see it.

CHRISTMAS 2017 REVIEW: MR. POPPERS PENGUINS

CAST

Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty)
Carla Gugino (Watchmen)
Angela Lansbury (Murder, She Wrote)
Ophelia Lovibond (Guardians of The Galaxy)
Madeline Carroll (Flipped)
Clark Gregg (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
Jeffrey Tambor (The Hangover)
David Krumholtz (Sausage Party)
Phillip Baker Hall (The Insider)
Andrew Stewart-Jones (Gotham)
Frank welker (Transformers)

Thomas Popper (Jim Carrey), is a divorced real estate entrepreneur whose father traveled around the world during his childhood in the 1970s. He learns that his father has died during an adventure to Antarctica. The following week, a crate containing a gentoo penguin, named Captain, shows up at his door as a souvenir from his father’s last adventure. A few days later, five more penguins arrive. Popper intends to give them away but changes his idea when his children, Janie (Madeline Carroll) and Billy (Maxwell Perry Cotton), think that the animals are Billy’s birthday present. At work, Popper is given the task of buying Tavern on the Green, the only privately owned real estate in Central Park that is an old restaurant where he used to eat with his father when he was a child. However, its elderly owner, Selma Van Gundy, will only sell it to a person of true value. Popper has unsuccessful meetings with her, and she refuses to sell the restaurant to him. Having the penguins around helps Popper become closer to his children. He also begins dating their mother, Amanda Popper again. The penguins lay three eggs. Two eggs hatch, and one doesn’t. Popper becomes obsessed with seeing the last egg hatch, losing his job. Popper realizes that the egg can’t be hatched so he decides to donate the penguins to the New York Zoo. Then, he is re-employed but his children and ex-wife are disappointed by his decision. Popper finds a lost letter from his father telling him to hold his children close and love them. Popper asks his children and ex-wife to help him get the penguins back from the zoo. They find the penguins, free them and they get away and flee to the tavern. Upon seeing how Popper had reunited his family and saved the penguins, Van Gundy sells him the restaurant. Popper decides to renovate and reopen the restaurant. Popper and his family travel to Antarctica with the penguins, allowing them to live with their own kind. Popper’s first penguin, Captain, reveals to have laid another egg. Popper tells his children that they’ll visit them when the baby is born.Mr. Popper’s Penguins is a great family time movie.  You will have a lot of fun watching Jim Carrey in this relaxed, gentle and positive comedy. You will be left with a feeling of warmth, confidence and the feeling that everything has a silver lining. My opinion is, the funnier, the better.