Friday, June 8, 2012

Carroll's DVD Review


Released in 2010, this comedy has its good, its bad and its very ugly moments.

Shot to look as if the whole movie had been cobbled together from camcorder footage taken by a bunch of randy, YouTube-obsessed kids, the film uses that concept to sell the audience on the gimmick: that the film is somehow real "found" footage. The movie purports to be the actual story of four actual high-school-age friends: Zack (Zack Pearlman), Justin (Justin Kline); Jacob (Jacob Davich) and Matt (Matt Bennett). One of the film's few likable characters, Matt is also the lone virgin among them. He's on a quest to lose his virginity to his girlfriend of two years, Nicole (Nicole Weaver). Early in the film, Matt and Nicole break up. That sets the stage for further misadventures in his effort to "do it."

I didn’t like the way it was shot. Other than that, it was pretty good. There are some laughable moments. But there are times when you shake your head and ask yourself, “Didn’t I see this movie before? Oh yeah, that’s when it was called ‘American Pie’.”

It’s just … believability is everything. In my day, my friends and I were not concerned in the least about trying to help our buddies to get laid, we were just trying to get our own-selves laid.

My rating ….. Six stars. (Did I mention that I didn’t care for the manner in which it was shot?)



In this 2007 comedy, A rich kid becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist to the student body of his new high school. These kids have some 'issues' and Charlie is coming to their rescue with a briefcase full of prescription pills and a head full of pop psychology. It stars Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis (Yummy), Kat Dennings (Yummier), and Robert Downey Jr. (Ironman)

Now this is my kind of comedy right here. A good story behind the comedy. I actually knew a kid in my school a lot like Charlie Bartlett.

My rating …. I am giving this a solid 8 and a half stars.

Here is hoping you all have a fun and romantic weekend.

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