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Chris Pratt Says He Isn't Impotent, He Just Didn't Know What The Word Meant


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Chris Pratt has clarified what he meant when he used the word ‘impotent’ in an interview the other week when he spoke about being overweight – apparently, he didn’t know what the word meant!

The Hollywood superstar gave an interview to Men’s Health U.K. last week, in which he described his feelings about being overweight a few years ago before he slimmed down and rose to prominence. He claimed that he felt “depressed” and “impotent”, remarks that were inevitably seized upon and wound up all over social media.

Expanding upon what he meant to Access Hollywood on Tuesday (June 9th), Pratt laughed it off, saying “I'm not sure I knew what 'impotent' meant when I said it. I had a lower sex drive, to be honest with you. Everything about my spirit was dull. I didn't feel great, and I think people will relate to that.”

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Mickey Rourke Once Told Anna Faris' Baby To Be Quiet On A Plane


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Celebrity bust-up time! Actress Anna Faris has blown off steam about the time Mickey Rourke told her son Jack to be quiet.

When she appeared on Tuesday’s edition of ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, 38 year old Faris told the host that Rourke had shushed her young son on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles back in 2013. Recalling the incident, she said “The longest trip we've ever done is to London to visit Chris when he was shooting Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a long trip.”

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Mickey Rourke apparently told Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's son Jack to be quiet on a flight

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A Week In Movies: Golden Globes Glitter, Oscar Nominations Spark Controversy, Kingsman Premieres In London, New Trailers For Avengers 2, Spy, Fifty Shades And More


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Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday and brought the usual flood of reactions, mainly because of notable snubs. Voters opened themselves to charges of both racism and sexism by ignoring black actors and female writers and directors. The biggest outcry was for Selma, which received a Best Picture nomination but nothing for its acclaimed cast or director Ava DuVernay.

More - 'Boyhood' Leads Oscar Nominations, but 'American Sniper' Is Strong

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Anna Faris - A host of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet at the 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards which were held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th January 2015

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Anna Faris - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 7th January 2015

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Anna Faris - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015

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Anna Faris and Allison Janney - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015

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Anna Faris and Allison Janney - A variety of stars were photographed as they took to the red carpet for the 41st Annual People's Choice Awards which were held at the Nokia Theatre LA Live in Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 8th January 2015

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Anna Faris and Jack Pratt - Anna Faris spotted out with her son Jack Pratt in Beverly Hills - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Friday 21st November 2014

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Allison Janney and Anna Faris - Nominees for the 2015 People's Choice Awards were photographed at a Press Conference which was held at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 4th November 2014

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Dave Annable, Allison Janney and Anna Faris - Celebrities attend People's Choice Awards 2015 nominations and press conference at The Paley Center for Media at The Paley Center for Media, People's Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 4th November 2014

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Anna Faris and Allison Janney - People's Choice Awards 2015 - Nominations and Press Conference at The Paley Center for Media, People's Choice Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 4th November 2014

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Anna Faris - A variety of celebs were photographed at the 5th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic at Will Rogers State Historic Park, Pacific Palisades, California, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Anna Faris and Chris Pratt - An array of stars attended the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival held at the MGM Grand and were photographed at the event in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 21st September 2014

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Anna Faris - A-Listers attend Fashion Style gifting suite at a private Brentwood residence looking glamorous with hands full of bags in the wonderful Brentwood sunshine on the West side of - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 11th August 2014

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Anna Faris - 'Life After Beth' screening at Sundance NEXT FEST - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 8th August 2014

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris - Film Premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 22nd July 2014

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt - The premiere of Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 21st July 2014

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Anna Faris - Anna Faris wearing a white blouse with an undone bow tie, leaves Wax salon carrying some goodies in a bag - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 24th June 2014

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Anna Faris - Premiere of '22 Jump Street' held at The Regency Village Theatre in Westwood - Westwood, California, United States - Tuesday 10th June 2014

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Anna Faris - 2014 CBS Upfront Presentation, New York - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 31st December 2008

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Halle Berry, Dion Sanders, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalea, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, James Brown, Norah O'Donnell, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Les Moonves, Julis Chen, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Joey McIntyre, The McCarthys, Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette, NCIS Cast, Miguel Ferrer, NCIS Los Angeles, Dylan McDermott, Maggie Q, Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, The Talk, Katherine Mcphee, Scorpion Cast, Tea Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Madam Secretary, Morgan Freeman, Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, NCIS New Orleans and Renee Felice Smith. - CBS presented its 2014-15 prime time schedule at Carnegie Hall, where many of the Network's new and returning series' stars were in attendance - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 14th May 2014

Halle Berry, Dion Sanders, Bill Cowher, Tony Gonzalea, Jim Nantz, Phil Simms, James Brown, Norah O'donnell, Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Les Moonves, Julis Chen, Will Arnett, Margo Martindale, Beau Bridges, Joey Mcintyre, The Mccarthys, Mark Harmon, Pauley Perette, Ncis Cast, Miguel Ferrer, Ncis Los Angeles, Dylan Mcdermott, Maggie Q, Chris O'donnell, Ll Cool J, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, The Talk, Katherine Mcphee, Scorpion Cast, Tea Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth, Madam Secretary, Morgan Freeman, Josh Duhamel, Dean Winters, Ncis New Orleans and Renee Felice Smith.
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Anna Faris, Jack Faris and Jack Pratt - Anna Faris out and about in West Hollywood with her parents and son Jack Pratt - Los Angeles, United States - Tuesday 4th March 2014

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Anna Faris - The 56th Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 26th January 2014

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Anna Faris - 'Mom' star Anna Faris returns to her car after shopping for groceries at Bristol Farms - West Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 21st January 2014

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Chris Pratt and Anna Faris - Peoples Choice Awards 2014 Arrivals held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live, 777 Chick Hearn Ct., Los Angeles, CA. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 8th January 2014

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'Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2' Scoffs At US Box Office Competition


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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, despite receiving mixed reviews, has gained over $34 million at the US weekend Box Office. The film was released on Friday (27th September), and received mixed, although generally positive reviews. Some critics described the film as "wildly cute" and "colourful" (Miriam Bale, New York Times), but many felt the film lack originality particularly the "the original film's intelligence" (Sean O'Connell, Washington Post).

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Neil Patrick Harris provides the voice for Steve, Flint Lockwood's monkey.

However, such comments do not appear to have discouraged many from seeing the second instalment in the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs franchise, quite the contrary as the film beat off its competition by at least $20 million. The other films in the Box Office are more equally spread, figures wise, with Prisoners (down from No.1 last week) and Rush (up from No.38) each gaining $10 million. 

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Video - CBS CEO Les Moonves Joined By Wife Julie Chen, Will Arnett And LL Cool J At CBS Upfront 2013 - Part 3


CBS CEO Les Moonves and his wife 'The Talk' host Julie Chen were among red carpet arrivals at the 2012 CBS Upfront Presentation along with Will Arnett, who will appear in the new CBS sitcom 'The Millers', and 'NCIS: Los Angeles' star LL Cool J.

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Video - Sarah Michelle Gellar, Robin Williams And Anna Faris Make An Appearance At CBS Upfront 2013 - Part 2


The biggest stars of the CBS network including 'The Crazy Ones' actors Sarah Michelle Gellar and Robin Williams, and 'Mom' stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney were snapped on the red carpet the CBS Upfront 2013 event. Sarah is photographed kissing Robin on the cheek which makes one paparazzo shout, 'Get a room!'

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New Anna Faris Role: Lead Role In Chuck Lorre Sitcom ‘Mom’


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The new Anna Faris role sees the Scary Movie star join the growing list of movie stars seeking small screen success, with a role in Chuck Lorre’s new series Mom. CBS are working on a pilot for the show, which will star Faris as a newly-sober mom, trying to pull her life into order. According to The Wrap, it’s set in Napa Valley, California, which is notorious for its wine production. Let’s face it, this  could prove to be something of a stumbling block for a newly-sober mom.

Mom is being executive-produced by Chuck Lorre, who has something of a Midas touch when it comes to sitcom; he’s been responsible for shows such as The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men and Roseanne. He’s joined by Eddie Gorodetsky, with whom he has also worked on Two and a Half Men. They’re working on the script for the show, along with Gemma Baker (another Two and a Half Men colleague). Mom is being produced by Chuck Lorre Productions, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Anna Faris is best known for her roles in the Scary Movie horror-spoof franchise and most notably, has also appeared in Lost In Translation, Brokeback Mountain and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. Mom could turn out to be her most significant TV work to date, after her 2004 role in Friends as Erica, the mother of the twins adopted by Monica and Chandler Bing.

What's Your Number Trailer


When Ally Darling asks her boyfriend to accompany her to her sister's wedding, he refuses, saying it sounds too serious if her parents will be there. While with her friends on a night out, she discovers that if a woman has had over 20 partners, they're 96% more likely to stay single for the rest of their life.

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Take Me Home Tonight Review


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He built his name on That '70s Show, and now Topher Grace stars in, produces and came up with the story for what should have been called That '80s Movie.

Clearly, the intention was to recreate the vibe of 1983's freewheeling romp Risky Business. And while it's good fun, it's also forgettable.

Matt (Grace) was a high-achiever in the class of 1984. He's just earned a top four-year engineering degree from MIT, but has no idea what to do with the rest of his life. Then one day he bumps into his high school crush Tori (Palmer) and pretends to be a successful banker. Soon he's invited to a cool party at the home of Kyle (Pratt), the hard-partying boyfriend of Matt's twin sister Wendy (Faris). And when Matt's goofy pal Barry (Fogler) tags along, it becomes clear that trouble won't be too far behind.

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Yogi Bear Review


Good
There's no real reason for this live action/animation hybrid version of the classic cartoon besides the fact that digital effects allowed them to do it.

But at least it's rather undemanding good fun while it lasts.

At Jellystone Park, Yogi Bear and his sidekick Boo Boo (voiced by Aykroyd and Timberlake) drive Ranger Smith (Cavanagh) crazy with their picnic-stealing antics. But just as they reach a kind of agreement, things are complicated by the arrival of nature expert Rachel (Faris), who wants to make a documentary about the talking bears. Meanwhile, the local mayor (Daly) decides to sell the park to logging companies to pay the city deficit, luring Smith's sidekick Jones (Miller) in as an accomplice. It's going to take a miracle to save the park.

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Yogi Bear Trailer


2011 will see the return of two very popular bears, Hundred Acre Wood resident Winnie The Pooh and secondly Jellystone Park occupant Yogi Bear! Never alone, Yogi is once again accompanied by his young partner in crime Boo-Boo.

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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Trailer


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Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs Review


Excellent

Like a comically deranged Twilight Zone episode, this colourful animated feature underscores its fantastical story with some intriguingly serious issues. But it never gets preachy, and a stream of warped humour will keep adults chuckling all the way through.

Geeky inventor Flint (voiced by Hader) has finally created something that will make him famous: a machine that makes food from water. When it's inadvertently catapulted into the clouds, it starts raining cheeseburgers, much to everyone's delight. Now famous, he remotely programmes the machine to rain everything from ice cream to spaghetti and meatballs. While Flint's mono-browed dad (Caan) doesn't really get him, the greedy mayor (Campbell) wants a piece of his success. Meanwhile, Flint meets weather reporter Sam (Faris), who might actually understand him.

Filmmakers Lord and Miller somehow manage to keep the film utterly silly, with outrageous visual flourishes and zany comical asides, while maintaining a sharp intelligence beneath the surface. As a result, grown-ups will probably find the film funnier than kids, who will be entranced by the visual antics and miss the sophisticated wit. And they quietly hide the serious subtext as well, including a knowing look at celebrity and pointed comments on how tricky it is for people to truly communicate.

But all of this is mere icing on the cake, as it were, for a film that's raucous, nonstop fun. Images of food falling from the sky are pure dreamlike fantasy, especially when Flint's machine overheats and produces oversized culinary delights that look utterly delicious even as they flatten the houses they land on. Of course, this gives the screenwriters plenty of running gags and punning opportunities, which the talented vocal cast run wild with.

Even side characters like Mr T's supercop and Bratt's Guatemalan cameraman get terrific moments along the way, while Flint's relationship with his dad has a surprising resonance. And along the way, there are some superb sequences that combine goofy humour with awkward emotion plus a hint of unhinged weirdness (such as the Jell-O palace). And as global chaos threatens to erupt, along with Mt Leftovers, the film develops into a hysterical disaster movie satire that's brilliantly animated and, for once, makes full use of 3D to throw everything right into our faces.

Observe And Report Review


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Some people take their jobs way too seriously. Ronnie Barnhardt (Seth Rogan), head of security at a local shopping mall, is one of those people. Thus, when management receives reports about illicit activity occurring on the premises, he takes them very personally. Beside the complaints about a pervert exposing himself to women in the parking lot, after-hours robberies are taking place on a regular basis. Ronnie alerts his security staff to be on high alert, but all of their brains put together couldn't solve a three-letter crossword puzzle.

When a cosmetics counter employee named Brandi (Anna Faris) becomes the pervert's latest victim, management calls a police detective (Ray Liotta) to help catch him. Ronnie is livid that his supervisors have outsourced an investigative team. He feels that he's perfectly capable of handing the case, and would love to prove it to Brandi to win her affection. He quickly discovers, however, that Brandi's "affection" isn't difficult to win.

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Anna Faris, Interview


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Anna Faris talks about her role in the film The Bunny House. As well as being in front of the camera, Anna also helped cast some of the actors and had more of an input in the behind the scenes goings on.

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The House Bunny Review


Very Good
In The House Bunny, Anna Faris looks significantly more glammed up than when she came into movies as the star of Scary Movie. In that film, she was stuck in a poor man's Neve Campbell role by design -- a spoof of a minor star, a winking knockoff. Faris stayed through the franchise throughout four installments, and coming out the other side, she still plays bimbos and cast-offs like Shelley Darlington, a second-string Playboy bunny who has turned 27 without hitting centerfold, and is summarily ejected from the Playboy mansion.

But years of scene-stealing in both indie movies and lowbrow comedies have refined Faris's approachable goofiness, and she finds an original, star-quality approach to playing a cheesy sex bomb. As Shelley, Faris widens her eyes (or as Shelley refers to them, "the nipples of the face") as if she's struggling to see through her own blissful daze, and speaks with a breathy, earnest tone. She's superficial and bubbleheaded, but doesn't have a malicious bone in her toned body; Faris finds comedy in her innocent belief in the healing togetherness of the Playboy fantasy. Shelley's attempts at sexiness are so goofy that they go back around and become sexy again.

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Mama's Boy Review


Weak
Diane Keaton. Jeff Daniels. Jon Heder. Anna Faris. That's a lot of star power for a movie to go straight to video. Hell, it even has Eli Wallach in it!

Start watching Mama's Boy and you still won't understand. Yes, the premise is tired -- kid won't leave home even at 29; mom meets a new guy who moves in and wreaks havoc on kid's cushy lifestyle -- and even though we already had a Grandma's Boy a year earlier, Mama's Boy starts out funny enough to merit a few chuckles and hands off the fast-forward button.

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Smiley Face Review


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Smiley Face is Gregg Araki's entry into that hallowed genre of the stoner comedy, of which Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle may be the most resent minor classic (a major stoner classic seems somehow self-contradictory, doesn't it?). But Araki's take on what is really the modern update of slapstick lags in some major departments, mostly notably in briskness and anarchy, the engines of this genre. Thankfully, this being an Araki outing, it still manages a dash of weirdness and spontaneity to keep things amusingly off-kilter.

Smiley Face's stoner heroine Jane F. (Anna Faris) may be about as dull as bongwater, so a story about her had better be sharp and stepped up for it to register, and it can't even for half a beat be afraid that it's not making sense. The best slapstick flicks -- of which the stoner comedy is the modern-day update -- do not care if you get the jokes or not, or even if you like them very much (those qualities help make everything from The Three Stooges to Airplane! to the aforementioned Harold & Kumar so charming). In this regard, Araki's approach to the material is rather cautious, as the genre goes; there's a been-there-done-that whiff about this humor, and he wants to endear us to Jane and her story too insistently. Most troublesome is that Araki and screenwriter Dylan Haggerty beat a very simple premise -- that this chick is baked out of her gourd -- into the ground over and over again. The entire extent of Smiley Face's comedy rests on Faris pulling the dopey stoner face and stumbling through the scenery as she scrambles to pay off her dealer so he won't confiscate her furniture.

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Brokeback Mountain Review


Essential
The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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My Super Ex-Girlfriend Review


Good
To use relationship parlance, My Super Ex-Girlfriend is good for a one night stand. It won't be meeting the other DVDs in your family. When you see it on the cable stations, just nod and move on so no one gets hurt.

Alone and deprived of sex, New Yorker Matt (Luke Wilson) begins dating nebbish Jenny (Uma Thurman) hoping to get some frenzied lovemaking and little else. He gets more than that. Not only does he get a girlfriend, she's the city's savior. When not riding the subway and working at an art gallery, Jenny is G-Girl, the 21st century answer to Supergirl.

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Scary Movie 4 Review


Weak
Scary Movie 4 is inane, gross, ridiculous, and pretty stupid. It also made me laugh more than once. That's evidently becoming the theme of slapstick spoof shtick (or at least the endless stream of Scary Movies), that they head straight for the lowest common denominator but amid all of the diarrhea jokes and people getting beaned in the face with flying objects, they hit upon something genuinely witty, almost by accident.

The dumb jokes are, of course, framed in send-ups of other box office hits from the last couple of years - Anna Faris's spectacularly inept and oblivious Cindy Campbell, who appeared in all the previous films, moves into the house from The Grudge, next door to Tom Cruise's - oh, sorry, Tom Ryan's - house from War of the Worlds. The plot, such as it is, somewhat follows the Worlds story, but is really a cobbled-together excuse to veer from spoof to spoof like a sketch comedy, and the dialogue, such as it is, is almost entirely forgettable. Actually, it's largely a time killer, something for the actors to do while carefully oblivious to the antics around them and not really meant to be heard over the guffaws of the audience.

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Brokeback Mountain Review


Essential
The first thing you're likely to hear about Brokeback Mountain, the new film from Ang Lee, is that it's about gay cowboys. Truthfully, that's all the novelty it has to offer. Just the thought of screen hunks Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal making out is a point of sale or controversy, depending on your point of view. But once you get past the hook, what emerges is a much more traditional, but no less affecting, tragedy about two people who simply cannot have what they want.

Ennis Del Mar (Ledger) and Jack Twist (Gyllenhaal) meet while working for Joe Aguirre (a menacing Randy Quaid), looking after sheep on the eponymous mountain. Their friendship develops over fairly archetypal lines. Ennis is the stoic one, Jack the mischievous one. Lee wisely lets this develop naturally over time. Ultimately, though, in a burst of passion, the two reveal what's been simmering since they first saw each other.

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Just Friends Review


OK
I like Ryan Reynolds. I like Anna Faris. I'm befuddled why Amy Smart hasn't become the 21st century version of Meg Ryan. All three star in Just Friends, and they are all likable, with Reynolds and Faris showing deft comic timing. It's too bad the script doesn't just let them down, it leaves them for dead.

The movie starts in 1995. Chris (Reynolds) and Jamie (Smart) are childhood friends, who have just graduated high school. Chris chooses the night of her graduation party to confess his love for her. Long story short, Chris's love for Jamie gets broadcast for everyone to hear, and she responds by telling Jamie that she loves him. Like a brother.

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The Hot Chick Review


Bad
I often question the intelligence of production teams behind movies like The Hot Chick. Do well-rounded, educated artists really set out to create such appalling, frail productions? Apparently so, because Tom Brady, the film's director and co-writer, graduated from Harvard University. That's right, the creator of The Hot Chick, one of the most mindless, incompetent films of the year, went to Harvard, one of the most prestigious colleges in America.

Given Mr. Brady's vast achievements of shame, I can't imagine he's listed high in Harvard's list of successful alumni. After all, his artistic mishaps don't end with The Hot Chick; he also inspired a pathetic flop called The Animal that proved just how stupid American filmmakers perceive their audiences. Brady also assumes partial responsibility for the failed television comedy Men Behaving Badly. From a guy who attended Harvard, I expect Emmys and Oscars, not cancellations and Rob Schneider!

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Waiting Review


Weak
Those who have worked in food service know the challenges and difficulties the trade involves. They also know, as patrons, how to conduct themselves at a restaurant. More likely than not, they have observed a few incidences in which an employee at a restaurant -- quite possibly themselves -- has sought revenge on an especially difficult customer by tampering with the food in nasty, nauseating, stomach-churning ways, and they don't want something similar to happen to them.

I've never worked in food service myself. After watching Waiting, I thank my lucky stars for that. It does not appear to be an overly gratifying profession. Strenuous hours. Difficult bosses. Whining customers. Demanding environment. I have, however, been a difficult customer in the past. Waiting has woken me up to the reality of my nature, and the possible consequences I could receive. It goes without saying that my days as an obstinate customer are over.

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May Review


Very Good
How refreshing, after the mild thrills of movies like Final Destination 2 and Wrong Turn, to watch a horror movie with some inner life. It's easy to describe Lucky McKee's May in terms of its similarities to other films; it owes a lot to Brian DePalma's Carrie (lead actress Angela Bettis even played Carrie in the TV-movie redo), with its meek anti-heroine and eventual havoc. To that end, it also brings to mind the Willard remake from earlier this year, with its darkly funny approach to a social outcast, and even bears a passing, coincidental resemblance to sort of a horror version of 2002's Secretary. But May is its own film, made with confidence and skill.

The title character (Bettis) does not have telekinetic powers or a special relationship with rats, although she does work as a vet's assistant. She is an awkward, lonely girl; we see in flashbacks that she was rejected as a child: By other children, because of her lazy eye (and resulting eyepatch); and by her parents, through general indifference and for reasons not entirely known. We see her mother present May with a doll on her birthday, but won't let May take it out of the box, not wanting to "ruin" it; years later, the doll is May's only friend.

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Lost In Translation Review


Very Good
While filmmakers like Brian De Palma and Neil Jordan have escaped to France to make labors of love, Sofia Coppola (The Virgin Suicides) chose Japan. Two characters working through transitions in their lives while stuck in foreign environs rejoice in a quickly bonded friendship. A pleasantly simple story, matched with fine performances by Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson, topped off with stunning cinematography that allows the setting to mingle with those who inhabit it.

The recently wed Charlotte (Johansson) lazes around her hotel room, waiting for her photographer husband (Giovanni Ribisi) to return from another crazy day of shooting. She spends some of her days wandering into cultural parks and entertainment, but finds herself stifled by a lack of direction. Her path converges with Bob (Bill Murray), a famous actor from America who is stuck in filming commercials because the money is just too darn good to turn down. Both are experiencing an estrangement from their spouses and get caught in reflection of where they are headed, leading to a powerful camaraderie that seeks enjoyment and solace.

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Scary Movie Review


OK
A cynic would say any filmmaker is looking for trouble by trying to make a spoof out of another spoof.

Scary Movie is just that spoof, a Wayans brothers special that's a flat-out parody of Scream -- both of which ironically were produced by Dimension Films. Studio spoofs itself -- now that's comedy!

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Scary Movie Review


Weak

It takes "Scary Movie" almost until its closing credits to produce its first real out-loud laugh -- and even then it's a laugh mostly for those who have seen "The Usual Suspects."

Don't get me wrong. This post-modern horror spoof has a respectable number of chuckles, snorts, snickers and small giggles courtesy of scattered moments of Mel Brooks/Zucker Bros. lampoonery. It has a ready supply of eeeewwwwws, too, since director Keenan Ivory Wayans takes more than a few cues from the "Something About Mary"/"South Park" school of raunchy comedy.

But just adding fart jokes, dick jokes and pop culture winks with a half-life of two weeks to scenes lifted wholesale from "Scream" and "I Know What You Did Last Summer" does not a comedy make.

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Lost In Translation Review


Excellent

It's been more than two months since I first screened "Lost in Translation," the sublimely personal, remarkably fine-tuned second feature by writer-director Sofia Coppola, and I must apologize for not reviewing it sooner. But the fact is, I was intimidated.

An esoteric yet warm, emotionally intimate portrayal of a bond blossoming between two disparate Americans in Tokyo -- spiritually adrift souls drawn together by mutual incongruity within their own lives and the culture around them -- it's so extraordinary in its beautiful, lyrical simplicity that I have been afraid to even try to describe it because I'm sure I can't do it justice.

Without a plot so much as a series of evocative connections and captured moments in a transitory but treasured friendship spawned of loneliness, ironic detachment and jet lag, "Lost" is driven by the exceptional performances of the pensive, sadly beautiful Scarlett Johansson ("Ghost World") and the unexpectedly vulnerable and empathetic Bill Murray.

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Scary Movie 3 Review


Good

The "Scary Movie" horror spoofs must be some kind of mutant, alien movie franchise. There's just no other explanation for the fact that the sequels actually keep getting better. And unlike the hilarious but indefensibly scattershot second installment, "Scary Movie 3" even has a coherent combo-platter plot.

Serving up campy twists on The Ring's" killer-videotape plot and the alien invasion from Signs" -- with a little mock-"8 Mile" thrown in for flava -- the story catches up with wide-eyed dingbat heroine Anna Faris (who goofed on Neve Campbell's "Scream" character in the first two films) after she has become a blonde TV reporter (a la Naomi Watts in "The Ring") who discovers the creepy VHS cassette that curses anyone who watches it to die horribly in seven days. But when she tries to warn the world of its dangers, her producer puts his foot down: "No more paranoid on-air rants about the supernatural!"

Meanwhile Charlie Sheen -- returning to the kind of parody he showed such a deadpan knack for in 1991's "Hot Shots!" -- plays a farmer and former priest (shades of Mel Gibson in "Signs") whose cornfields have been flattened in a mysterious "crop circle" that from above reads "Attack Here!" with an arrow pointing to his house.

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