Movie Buzz: 4/27

27 Apr

This weekend, Think Like a Man, took number one at the box office.  It grossed $33.6 M.  The Lucky One came in number ($22.5M).  The Hunger Games may have moved to the number three slot but it is still holding strong. Chimpanzee also opened this weekend bringing in $10.7M.  Let’s see how they did and if they are worth the money!

Note: We only review films in wide release.  

Think Like a Man—PG-13 What’s the Buzz? Four men discover their love lives are falling apart when the ladies in their life start following the advice of one of their own! Based on Steve Harvey’s book. Critics were 50/50 but consumers loved it!  USA Today thought the “gender politics” and breezy humor were amiable, but the story wrapped up too neatly.[1]  Audiences thought it was hysterical and that BOTH genders would equally enjoy the film.

So is it worth the money? Yes!

  • Box office rank: 1
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 51
  • rottentomatoes: 51% (not ripe, but not bad)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.8
  • rottentomatoes: 92%  (Saaaaucy!)

 The Lucky One—PG-13 What’s the Buzz? A Nicholas Spark film about a boy and girl falling in love, being torn apart, and then brought back together.  Basically.  Zac Efron stars in this film as a U.S. Marine Sergeant who credits staying alive to a picture of a beautiful woman he doesn’t know but HAS to meet.  “I’m beginning to think writer Nicholas Sparks isn’t one person at all, but a roomful of ladies doing Harlequin-romance Mad Libs”, said The New York Post.[2] Consumers thought there were too any gaping holes although they still enjoyed the film.

So is it worth the money? Maybe

  • Box office rank: 2
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 38
  • rottentomatoes: 21% (Not Fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 4.0
  • rottentomatoes: 74% (And that’s why man created Redbox)

Chimpanzee—G –What’s the Buzz?  A baby Chimpanzee, Oscar sets on an adventure after being separated by his family only to get a little help from an unexpected source. The film is narrated by Tim Allen.  The Washington Post said, “the movie’s heart is absolutely in the right place. Disney is donating some proceeds to chimpanzee conservation efforts. But one wonders whether more than a few viewers won’t want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film.”[3]  Consumers thought it was enjoyable, touching, and many loved the incredible jungle footage.  Without watering down the brutality of the animals’ lives, it is a great family film.

So is it worth the money? You bet your socks!

  • Box office rank: 4  
  • Film Critics Say: Metacritic- 57
  • rottentomatoes: 78% (Fresh)
  • Consumers Say: Metacritic- 7.0
  • rottentomatoes: 80% (Ripe for the picking!)

What’s opening in theaters this weekend?

The Raven (latest review results—19% rottentomatoes)

Safe  (latest review results—58% rottentomatoes)

The Five-Year Engagement (latest review results—61% rottentomatoes)

The Pirates! Band of Misfits  (latest review results—87% rottentomatoes)

7 Responses to “Movie Buzz: 4/27”

  1. littlebells April 27, 2012 at 10:07 AM #

    Yeah, I sniffled through the Chimpanzee trailer. Hope to see it or TLM tonight. And Safe? *rolls eyes* is that all Jasan Statham is capable of? I swear I lost IQ points posting that trailer.

    • Open Book April 27, 2012 at 4:32 PM #

      Ahh! I want to see Chimpanzee as well. I won’t get a chance to see it for some time. Please come back and give us your review.

      • Comic Relief April 27, 2012 at 8:02 PM #

        I’m very proud of Tim Story. I guess he finally found his genre.

  2. Comic Relief April 27, 2012 at 8:04 PM #

    …the Director of “Think Like a Man.”

    • Open Book April 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM #

      Why do u think he does better with romcoms than the superhero genre?

  3. littlebells April 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM #

    Saw CHIMPANZEE! Absolutely precious and a very sweet love story. I thought the high speed camera footage was incredible and wow, the rainforest is one amazing piece of Mother Nature. I loved Tim Allen’s narration and highly recommend this film. yes, you can wait until it comes out on dvd, but the scenery and amazing chimpanzees are magnificent on the big screen.

    Of course the best part of the experience was my husband telling me my shirt was on backwards. yeah, their is no separate tag (it’s stamped on). I felt like a real winner. HAHAHAHAHA!!!

    • Open Book April 29, 2012 at 2:25 PM #

      hahaha!! That’s funny. Well u can tell your hubby u were making a fashion statement about the global economy. lol!

      Thanks for Chimpanzee review.

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