#NewarkMovie and #AddamsFamily2 – Movie Reviews

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The Many Saints of Newark – Review

The Many Saints of Newark – Budget Unknown – 2 hours and 0 minutes

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Richard Jr. watches his dad, Hollywood Richard, get off the ship with his new girlfriend, Giuseppina.  Hollywood is a soldier in the DiMeo crime family and a made guy.  Richard and his friend, Johnny Soprano, are members of the family too.  After some time, Richard Jr. sees Giuseppina suffer the way his mother did and deduces that Hollywood is abusing her.  He pulls his father aside and tells him to stop.  Richard blows Hollywood off until Hollywood makes disparaging comments about his dead mother.  Richard snaps and kills Hollywood.  Richard comes up with an idea to get rid of the body.  A few days earlier, policers killed and robbed a cab driver but blamed the driver.  This deception caused a riot in the community.  With the riot still taking over the area, Richard goes to the community, puts the body in an abandoned building, and lights the building on fire.  Now, the police believe Hollywood was a victim of the riots.  With Hollywood gone, Richard steps up and takes over the family, but he needs guidance along the way.  He considers Johnny, but Johnny gets pinched for an assault and weapons charge.  The judge gives Johnny two to five years for the crime.  With Johnny gone, Richard needs help from someone with experience.  So he goes to the prison to see Sally, his father’s twin brother.  Richard tells Sally he wants to do good deeds, and Sally laughs.  But Richard knows where to start: Johnny’s son, Tony Soprano.

Narrated by Christopher Moltisanti, this prequel to the critically acclaimed Sopranos is entertaining for fans but falls flat for anyone else (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  The story is historically accurate by displaying riots, growing issues between African Americans and Italian Americans, and integration.  While producers market this as a Tony movie, it’s not.  This film gives insight into the people around him who facilitated his ill-advised behavior.  Richard wanted to be a beacon of goodness for Tony, but he was Tony’s first paved section on his road to hell.  You get the violence, sex, and gore that you would expect from the genre, but it’s nothing new; just adjusted for the times.  If you are a fan of the show, watch it on HBO Max.  Otherwise, wait till it’s free to watch.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

Someone’s gotta win the Medal of Honor – Harold

I can’t say anything – Johnny

How hard did she bounce – Richard

I give you permission to picture her when you’re jerking off – Hollywood

There was a bird in the garage – Tony

It’s the wanting – Sally

I did 4 years – Olivia

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The Addams Family 2 – Review

The Addams Family 2 – Budget Unknown – 1 hour and 33 minutes

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Wednesday Addams stands on the stage waiting to hear the teacher call her name as the science fair winner for her intelligence swap experiment.  Instead of victory, Wednesday gets a horrible consolation prize.  They made everyone the winner so no one would feel like a loser.  However, Wednesday thinks that without a winner, everyone is a loser.  Dr. Cyrus Strange agrees with Wednesday.  Dr. Strange runs the science fair and believes Wednesday has a brilliant mind.  He wants to see her research, but Wednesday says no because her formulas are a closely guarded family secret.  At home, Wednesday refuses to speak to her family because they embarrass her.  And she wants to be alone until further notices.  Gomez can’t stand the thought of disconnecting from his family.  So he plans a cross-country trip that will end at the happiest place on earth: Death Valley.  By the end of it, he wants the Addams to be a united front again.  Before they drive off, a lawyer, Mr. Mustela, approaches Morticia and Gomez Addams for his clients.  His clients believe the hospital switched their child at birth, and Wednesday is their biological daughter.  Morticia and Gomez think Wednesday hired him.  So they laugh and give him a special ‘tip.’  Then Wednesday aska who the man is knocking at the door.  When Morticia and Gomez realize Wednesday didn’t hire Mr. Mustela, they quickly get in their RV and drive away.  Mr. Mustela works for a dangerous client and will not stop until he gets Wednesday and her DNA.  The Addams will need to be extra kooky and creepy to stay one step ahead of Mr. Mustela without tipping off Wednesday.  

In this sequel, Wednesday is the epitome of pre-teen angst (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  She doesn’t want her family around, hates classmates, and fits in nowhere.  However, her parents refuse to stop doting on her.  While they are mysterious and spooky, the Addams are a loving family at their core.  That’s why they are beloved by fans.  Like most kids her age, Wednesday doesn’t appreciate the attention and wants to run from it all.  For parents, it’s damned if you do and damned if you don’t.  As Wednesday travels through the country, she learns the meaning of family and being an Addams.  And your children will laugh during her growth.  Expect the typical cartoon violence with a few adult jokes slipped in for parents.  This movie is no better or worse than the first, but it’s worth the matinee price.

I give it 3 out of 5 stars

Pretty hot. Ay, ladies – Pugsley

I can’t believe parents let children go out this.  Clean and shiny – Morticia

Father, this will not end well for you – Wednesday

Children? I thought we were having chicken – Fester

They did a lot in 6 hours – Gomez

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