Melissa McCarthy

#BreakingInMovie, #LifeOfTheParty, and more – Movie Reviews

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Breaking In – Review

Breaking In – Budget of $6 million – 1 hour and 28 minutes

Breaking In
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After her estranged father is killed in a hit and run, Shaun goes to his vacation home in Wisconson to settle his estate by selling his home.  She has not spoken to him in years but she knows he is not perfect.  Her two children, Jasmine and Glover travel with her but her husband will be joining the next day.  As the three walk around, they see a few things out of place.  A broken picture, cut wires, malfunctioning alarm system but ignore it because no one has been in the home for months.  Also, they notice the vacation home is now a fortress with a sophisticated alarm system, retractable window shades, and cameras everywhere.  While Glover is playing with a drone he is grabbed.  When Jasmine goes to find him, she is grabbed.  While Shaun attempts to order pizza in the driveway, she is attacked but fights back.  After the fight, she sees her children locked inside the fortress at the mercy of strangers.  She must find out what they want to save her children.

This movie shocks from beginning to end.  You will see Shaun risk life and limb, like most mothers, to save her children.  However, she doesn’t make typical movie mistakes.  Like wearing heels in the forest or calling for her kids in the dark.  She is smart and uses her knowledge of the house to her advantage.  The irony is the house meant to keep them safe is the same house that becomes a prison.  So how far would you go for your children?

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

I am your mother. Is there a difference? – Shaun

So what does that make you, slightly paranoid – Glover

I’m your big sister. It’s my job to worry about you. Not your job to worry about me – Jasmine

Fear, I can manage. Desperation is a whole other thing – Eddie

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Life of the Party – Review

Life of the Party – Budget of $30 million – 1 hour and 45 minutes

Life of the Party
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Deanna has dropped her daughter Maddie off at the sorority house for Maddie’s senior year.  The school would have been Deanna’s alma mater but she left her last year. When she got pregnant, she and her husband Dan decided only one of them could afford to go, him.  While she regrets not finishing, she is proud to see her daughter go the distance.  As Deanna and Dan pull off, Dan says he wants a divorce, marrying a real estate agent, and selling the house.  In tears, Deanna goes to her parents’ house and looks through old photos.  She sees a photo of her in the archaeology club and gets an idea.  Deanna goes to Maddie’s sorority house to tell her about he divorce and enrolling in school.  At first a little nervous, Maddie sees this is a good thing for her mom and cheers her on.  Now Deanna has to navigate through the complicated world of college and divorce while maintaining a relationship with her daughter and getting her degree.

This is a love letter to mom’s who wondered if they could finish.  You will get the answer to your question.  However, it’s not without some well-earned bumps in the road.  While Deanna is trying to move forward, she is being dragged down by her ex and Mean Girls.  However, what makes this movie different is the relationship between Deanna and Maddie.  In most movies, Maddie would not accept her mom until the end.  But in this movie, Maddie takes a deep breath and accept her mother going to her school within 2 minutes.  This mature look at college women is a great contrast to the girls in Deanna’s class.

I give it 2.5 out of 5 stars

You are like my sexual Dumbledore – Jack

Wow, that’s a lot of text – Deanna

Mom, what are you doing – Maddie

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Overboard – Review

Overboard – Budget of $12 million – 1 hours and 52 minutes

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Widowed, mother of three Kate is working two jobs while in nursing school.  She tries to balance motherhood between studying, delivering pizzas, and cleaning carpets.  One day she is called to clean a yacht’s carpeting after a hard night of partying.  When she starts to clean, she bumps into Leonardo.  Leonardo is a playboy and heir to a construction fortune.  When Kate refuses to get him some fruit, he fires her; then throws her and her equipment off the yacht.  Kate is fired from her carpet cleaning job and her mom can no longer watch her kids.  Kate feels her dream of nursing going down the drain.  Then she reads a news article saying that Leonardo washed ashore and has amnesia.  Kate’s best friend Theresa comes up with a plan to trick Leonardo into thinking Kate is his wife so he can do all the heavy lifting while she studies.  Theresa sees it as payback for getting her fired.  With apprehension, Kate decides to do it.  Now Leonardo believes he is a married, sterile, recovering alcoholic, poor, construction worker.   However, his sister Magdalena wants Leonardo to stay gone.  She hopes to convince his father that Leonardo has died so she can inherit the company.  It’s only a matter of time before Leonardo learns the truth about Kate, Magdalena, and himself.

With a nod to the remake, this version has a role reversal (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer).  Even with the reversal, it’s still as funny and heartwarming as its predecessor.  Leonardo and Kate come off as convincing adversaries and a couple.  This movie had genuine laughs about everyday life.  And it was great to see that even with Leonardo loss of memory, he did not lose his taste in food, style, and music.  Now be warned, there are some subtitles.  But hearing the jokes in Spanish actually makes the comedic timing better.  So sit back and enjoy for an easy going, not vulgar laugh.

I give it 3.5 out of 5 stars

I am not being selfless.  I am thinking of myself less – Leonardo

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#Ghostbusters – Review

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Ghostbusters – Budget of $144 million – 1 hour 56 minutes

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Erin is up for tenure at Columbia University; and then she is shocked to find out that her old friend, Abby, has put her book on Amazon for sale. This book on paranormal activity made Erin the laughing stock of her field. She confronts Abby to ask here to take the book down. Abby agrees to do it, but only if Erin comes with her and Holtzman to find a suspected ghost. During this, Patty, an MTA worker, makes a ghost discovery of her own. She finds Erin, Abby, and Holtzman to tell them about her ghost. All four band together to fight ghost. During their investigation, they realized that paranormal activity is increasing and must find the cause. However, this hobby becomes a job when all 4 women leave their employment or is fired. They find a place, hire a sexy but dumb receptionist Kevin, and improve their inventions. Their feats are posted to YouTube but no one believes them. Well … that is … until they start calling. So who you gonna call?

Although it has the same title, it is not a remake of the 1984 classic Ghostbusters. It does get creepy at moments to frighten the audience, but it’s done with humor. This movie can easily stand on it’s own, but you need to see the first film to get some of the cameos. Unlike some films, the best jokes are NOT in the trailer. Each women is given a distinct personality, strength, and weakness to make the audience connect to the character. Although this movie makes you LOL (as in texting it but not laughing), it quickly makes up for itself with puns, action, and suspense. This is a good matinee movie to see in 3D. And stay past the end crawl.

I give this 3.5 out of 5 stars

Too sexy for academia – Erin

Come here often – Holtzman

You were never invited – Abby

You are just a bundle of joy. Aren’t you? – Patty

Hey, that man went out the wrong door – Kevin

This world cannot be cleansed soon enough – Rowan

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#TheBoss – Review

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The Boss – Budget of $29 million – 1 hour 39 minutes

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Michelle Darnell was adopted and returned several times.  From these disappointments, she learned that she can only depend on herself and she is determined to succeed at all cost.  Present day, she is the 49th wealthiest woman in the world with a mass empire and crushes anyone in her path.  But all that comes crumbling down, when a rival, and former lover, reports her for insider trading and she goes to jail for 4 months.  When she gets out, Michelle realizes she has no one and moves in with her former assistant, Claire, and Claire’s daughter, Rachel.  Claire sees that Michelle is in a funk and asks her to get off the couch to attend Rachel’s Dandelion troop meeting.  During the meeting Michelle gets the bright idea to create her own troop, sale brownies, and give the girls real business skills and a cut of the profits.  Overtime, Michelle might learn what success really is and what it is not.

This is a “coming into your own” movie that has made Melissa McCarthy famous. Her Jimmy Fallon performance pales in comparison to The Boss’s opening number.  Melissa reminds you that she can do everything.  This comedy does get raunchy, but it’s necessary to keep the laughs going.  Some of the jokes do fall flat or get old over time.  This is not her best work, but it’s a good matinee movie with two interesting fight scenes.

I give it 3 out of 5 starts

Agnus, family is for suckers.  Don’t worry, I’m gong to straight to the top – Michelle

You crushed that like velvet – Tito

I’m sorry.  What did he say ?– Michelle

God, you’re the worst – Claire

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