Movie Buzz 7-1

1 Jul

Cars 2 dominated the box office last weekend despite it’s bad reviews by film critics and consumers, how will it do this weekend? Also, opening last weekend in wide release was Bad Teacher we will see how film critic reviews measure up against consumer reviews on this film. Then let you know if it’s worth the money.

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Cars 2-G- What’s the Buzz?  Pixar did not impress film critics with this sequel many felt it ran on fumes from the beginning until the end.  Colin Covert from the Minneapolis Star Tribune states; “With “Cars 2,Pixar goes somewhere new: the ditch.” What do consumers have to say?  Many believed this film lacked heart and soul and many grew tired of Larry the Cable Guys routine. [1] So is it worth the money? Yes! (if your other option is Transformers).  

  • Box office rank: #1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 57 Positive, rottentomatoes: 34% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 5.8 Positive, rottentomatoes: 64%

Bad Teacher: R – What’s the Buzz? This film scored surprisingly better than I thought  it would among critics. What were some of the comments? From USA today Claudia Puig states; “No one bothered to create anything beyond a vague outline of a superficial character.” The common complaint was the screenplay lacked substance and required the actors to work far too hard.  Consumers and film critics on Metacritic gave the film better reviews. They said Cameron Diaz delivers up a down and dirty fun time  [2]  Is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: #2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 47 Mixed, rottentomatoes: 44% (rotten)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 6.1 Positive, rottentomatoes: 51%

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13 Responses to “Movie Buzz 7-1”

  1. Open Book July 1, 2011 at 10:43 AM #

    Hi Everyone-

    Here’s a great review of Cars 2 written by Francesa last week. I hope u don’t mind Francesa that I copied and posted it here.


    June 25, 2011 at 2:36 PM Edit # Cars 2

    I went to the 7:00 show with my sister, her husband, my 9 year old niece and 2 1/2 yr old nephew. It was his first movie in a theater, so needless to say my sister’s family and I were so excited for him.

    The movie theater was not quite 1/2 full, my nephew was one of the youngest in the theater. Most kids were i would say between 6-10 years old with their parents. I thought with all of the hype there would be more people. i suppose the early shows today there will be more.

    So for the movie. IMO it was okay. I thought for a kids movie it was a little to long, almost 2 hours. I thought it was not as funny as the first. Larry the Cable Guys one liners at times got to be a bit much. Sometimes a little of him goes a long way, kind of like Jim Carrey. I thought it was kind of scary in parts(at least for my nephew). Machine guns on cars, bombs going off etc. We did not see it in 3-D, but I did hear people say on the way out, that it was not worth it. Usually when you see kids movies there is an adult undertone to it. I did not feel it. I as an adult did not feel, do I dare say, connected to the characters or the film on a whole. Now i know it is a kid movie but shouldn’t I come away having felt vested in at least part of the movie? The movie was visually appealing. Pixar is so good at that. I just felt the story revolving around Mater took something away from it.

    I felt it was not one of Disney/Pixar best efforts. When walking into the theater there were big vinyl posters of the characters that the kids were taking their pictures next to. It made me wonder was it all done for the marketing?? It kind of seemed that way. I don’t see how they could make a sequel and to be honest I really hope not. This was probably not the best review, but it was just an okay movie and it is really hard to put into words something that was just okay. Would i go see it again, no, I don’t even think I would see it on Netflix or buy it to own.

    With all this being said, my nephew really enjoyed it. He did get a bit restless. And asked his dad to turn down the volume on the big tv, Ha!

    • Littlebells July 1, 2011 at 12:33 PM #

      Thanks OB and Francesa! I’m tempted to go see Bad Teacher, BY MYSELF. Sorry, I’m a little hung over and I don’t even drink! 🙂

      Francesa, are the clips in the trailer the best part? I hate when I see movies and all the good pieces are the previews.

  2. Parisienne July 1, 2011 at 9:12 PM #

    I just returned from seeing Cars 2 and I agree with Francesa. I felt it was way to long for a kid’s movie and although I found it to be extremely visually appealing, it was a little ridiculous. I found myself fighting to stay awake and was not emotionally invested in any of the characters whatsoever. IMO, the message of the movie was its ok to be the underdog because you can still be a hero. Larry the Cable Guy’s schtick got old really quickly though and I was hoping that the focus would be brought back to Lightning McQueen but it wasn’t. Although I did like it, I would not see the film again.

  3. comic relief July 2, 2011 at 12:32 PM #

    Liked the first one. I’m sorry this one is a stinker.

  4. Littlebells July 2, 2011 at 7:28 PM #

    Um, not exactly where to put this since we don’t have an article on Product Placement. Yet! But today while at the grocery store 7-Up and A&W are advertising their products with a chance to win a Harley and a picture of Captain America. Let me see if I can find a picture…..


    So far nothing too over the top and I actually think it’s sort of subtle.

    • Open Book July 3, 2011 at 2:53 PM #

      Hey! CR have u seen this?

      What do u think CR of LB’s links?

      • comic relief July 3, 2011 at 3:38 PM #

        OB and LB,
        I can’t figure out, is that motorcycle a classic or not? The wheels look a lot more substantial than I remember. I’m curious whether there is hierarchy in regard to whether certain brands are more coveted than others?
        7-up is aligned with Dr. Pepper. I thought Coke and Pepsi were the cola sales kings.
        Green Lantern monopolized Subway. Entreneur magazine says they are #1.

        I don’t know who to believe. Other sights say they are number 2 behind McDonalds. So they scored really high in that respect. I thought I remembered Twilight having Burger King, two sites say they are (#3).

        For some reason I always thought they were higher than Subway, I thought I remember the team Jacob and Edward stuff showing up there.

        • Littlebells July 3, 2011 at 6:31 PM #

          I looked it up and 7 up is with Dr. Pepper in the states and Pepsi outside the country. 7 up may be trying to gain more traction and use an American icon to stimulate the iconic”ness” of 7 up????? I don’t know what i”m saying!!! 🙂

          I will be interested to see where else Captain America shows up.

          As for the motorcycle: in the movie he rides an Indian Motorcycle. So I don’t know how they are trying to incorporate the Harley into Captain America. As for this Harley being a classic, it’s their 2011 sportster forty eight model. They are probably trying to tie in Captain America and how YOU too can have a motorcycle, even thought it’s not the one in the film.

  5. Francesa July 3, 2011 at 1:13 AM #

    Went and saw Transformers 3:

    A lot of the time I do not agree with the critics, but this time I feel they are dead on. This movie was full of special effects but not on plot. I am all for wanting to be entertained and not having to think and just enjoying the show, but this took it to a whole new level of mindlessness. We went to the 5:00 show here in Boston. We did not see it in 3-D(thank god) I probably would have been sick. The theater was about 3/4 full and mostly with teenage kids and some adults. The movie started off half way decent but never evolved from there. You left the movie forgetting about the movie? Does that make sense?

    I ponder the question, is there such a concept as to many special effects? To many cars blowing up or bombs going off?

    From an action stand point it was good. At times it hits you one after another, but Bay is really good at that type of movie making, blockbuster action movies. It was better than the 2nd film though I will say that.

    Well off to lock down our place in the harbour. Have a safe and fabulous holiday weekend for those of you living in the states.

    • Open Book July 3, 2011 at 2:51 PM #

      Wow! My hat’s off to u!! Standing O……….I just can’t do it. LOL!!! Not this time. The last Transformers I saw was in IMAX and I had to peel myself off the seat when it was over. It was just too close for comfort!

      TBH: As of late I feel like I can tell how bad a film is going to be just by the trailer. Especially some of these action films. They look overproduced and full of repetitive information u saw in the previous film if it’s a sequel. Anyway, it seems like HW are experimenting with 3-D and CGI while forgetting about the story. This to me is………………….

      • Littlebells July 3, 2011 at 6:32 PM #

        The second one was so loud and had no real story. Kudos to you. My ears are still ringing!

  6. Francesa July 3, 2011 at 1:38 AM #

    Interesting photo gallery in regards to product placement in movies and some of the worst offenders. They ask the question “Is it a movie….or a commercial??

    • Open Book July 3, 2011 at 3:07 PM #

      O.k. this is the best article. LOVE it!

      I hope u have a nice weekend!

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