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Breaking In – Review

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

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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

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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 in 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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#MikeAndDaveNeedWeddingDates – Review

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates – Budget Unknown – 1 hour 38 minutes

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Mike and Dave Stangle have a bad history at family functions. They caused an explosion at their parents 4th of July party, caused an horrible accident at their cousins wedding, and almost killed their grandfather at his 50th birthday. Jeanie, their little sister, asked them to bring dates … nice girls … to her wedding; so they will not get riled up and ruin her wedding. So Mike and Dave create a Craigslist ad for nice girls to be their dates at the sister’s Hawaiian wedding. The ad goes viral and girls come from every direction. To narrow down their choices, Mike and Dave go on the Wendy Williams show. And who is watching … Tatiana and Alice.

Tatiana and Alice have been friends since grade school and work together as waitresses at Saki Bomb. Alice is still depressed that she was left at the alter and drinks to ease the pain. After getting fired, Tatiana sees the Stangle brothers on TV and decides that this is just what they both need. A vacation to forget the past. However, they are far from the nice girls Dave and Mike want. So they clean up their act and, instead of Craigslist, the find a different way to get the guys attention. And it works!!! Of course everyone in the Stangle family loves Tatiana and Alice, but the girls true colors show. The Stangle Brothers realize that Tatiana and Alice are just the female version of them. With an ATV to the face, well placed horses, some mystery bags, a crazy spa day, and a really big bush, this wedding is hanging on by a wire. Will the Stangle brothers or Tatiana and Alice cause the most damage?

Get ready to cover your eyes, cringe, and be shocked, but, be warned, the funniest parts are in the trailer … not the most shocking.  Based on the book, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates: and a Thousand Cocktails, this movie does not take itself too seriously, even during the sappy moments they throw in a joke and try to make your laugh (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Now the key word in that sentence is try. Some jokes did fall flat or feel forced. And when the script started to lack, they just turned up the cursing or the sexual innuendos. With the raunchy comedy veterans these characters aren’t a stretch for them. This is a matinee if you like raunchy comedies but if you are on the fence, wait for Redbox.

I give this 3 out of 5 stars

I read most of the Goosebumps books and so did you – Dave

Dude it looks just like that Jesus rag – Tatiana

You be Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds and I will be Coolio – Mike

I got to call my stocks and check on my bonds – Alice

Mike, it will turn me on if you didn’t – Eric

I do … not – Luke

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