Let’s face it, you’re going to have to deal with the utter emptiness left in your evenings this weekend. There’s a big, gaping abyss that’s been occupied by “I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here” all week. Thank goodness that movies still exist! This week, a pregnant couple look for home in “Away We Go,” you should maybe be drunk before seeing (the “Dude Where’s My Car” for grown-ups) “The Hangover,” and you might cry because they ruined the already bad TV show “Land of the Lost.”
The Movie: “Away We Go”
The Trailer Hitch: A youngish, brainy indie couple lay in their ramshackle house, discussing whether or not they are “f**k-ups.” Burt (“Office” loverboy John Krasinki) feels he’s not living up to his potential in that all-to-common unfulfilled creative-type way, and Verona (Maya Rudolph of “Saturday Night Live”) is expecting a baby and feels that there must be more for them. So they leave their lives behind and visit friends and relatives in Arizona, Wisconsin, Florida, and Canada. From the varying dysfunctional families, they manage to piece together their own ideas of “home.”
The Verdict: Krasinski and Rudolph are totally adorable together. “Away We Go” is a sweet and slightly twisted look at parenting. “Revolutionary Road” director Sam Mendes hasn’t disappointed yet, and the screenplay was penned by Vendela Vida and Dave Eggers which is really exciting since he wrote “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius” and thusly stole my heart.
The Movie: “The Hangover”
The Trailer Hitch: Four everyman drive to Vegas for a bachelor party, full of stereotypical what-happens-in-Vegas scenarios. The next morning, there’s a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet, and a missing groom. They retrace the steps of the previous night’s disasters and get insight into what they’re like when they’re totally out of control…and maybe what they’re really like in general.
The Verdict: I wanted to write this off as another poop-joke-addled dude flick, but it’s actually a kind of a farcical look at the drunken-morning-after genre itself. Maybe it’s making fun of Vegas movies? It is directed by Todd Phillips who wrote/directed “Old School” and “Road Trip.” The boys-gone-wild theme is really be working for him.
The Movie: “Land of the Lost”
The Trailer Hitch: Based on the cheesy ’70s Saturday morning show, Dr. Rick Marshall (Will Ferrell) gets no respect for his lamebrain theories on alternate dimensions. But then his time machine catapults him and his research assistant (Danny McBride) straight into the space/time vortex. They make friends with an ape man named Chaka who helps them navigate as they run from a T.Rex and encounter bug-eyed, alien-looking beasts. Will they get back to earth so the doctor can prove Matt Lauer wrong?
The Verdict: It’s a good thing that Ferrell has a mass of boy fans who’ll see anything he touches, because this has bad idea written all over it. I bet you a dollar funniest part will totally be that line about Matt Lauer. Ferrell and McBride riff off each other, but even if they were the comedic geniuses we’re supposed to believe they are, nothing could save this story line. Or the utter cheese-wizziness of it.