Film Forum

Episode Recap

Episode 7

February 21, 2006

Films Reviewed: Date Movie and Eight Below

Commentary: The Razzie Awards

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Aquamarine

Regarding Date Movie:

Matt: You should be able to take a genre such as the “Date Movie” and really have fun with it.  Unfortunately, the fun ends about 15 minutes in and the film becomes one gross out joke after another.  Alyson Hannigan deserves better than this.  One star.

Aron: The film is more of a parody of the Meet the Parents/Fockers films than it is a parody of date films.  And I have to agree with Matt about the descent of gross out jokes.  But the jokes that did work are funny and the film is only 80 minutes long.  Two stars.

Average Rating: *1/2 (out of ****)

Regarding Eight Below:

Aron: Be forewarned: this is a very hard movie to take.  Despite the fact that the dogs are adorable and excellent actors, their plight is not for the faint of heart nor the weak of stomach.  But if you can take the hardships this film offers, you will be rewarded.  Grab a few extra napkins from the concession stand, because you will need them (Matt: No, bring a box of tissues).  Three stars.

Matt: Emotionally, this movie is the best I’ve seen so far in 2006.  Even the human actors (including Paul Walker and Jason Biggs) are good.  The dogs act circles around them.  However, the reason portion of my brain kept telling me that the film was scientifically inaccurate in its portrayal of an Antarctic Winter.  But it’s still worth seeing in the theater.  Three stars from me as well

Average Rating: *** (out of ****)

Commentary: The awards season in Hollywood continues.  Aron and Matt took a few minutes to analyze the “nominees” for the Razzie Awards, which “honor” the worst films of the year.  Click on the link to find out more!

Featurette: Behind the scenes of Aquamarine.  This new film features mermaids.

Next Week: It’s the Oscar show!