It’s a big week for action movies. Not. Sure, this week’s new releases won’t get your adrenaline pumping with big explosions or elaborately-choreographed chase scenes. But they they will take you on a trip into Alaska, ancient times, and Woody Allen’s brain, respectively. It’s beautiful outside (unless you live in New York), but it’s also kinda hot, so get yourself some movie tickets and soak up the theater AC. Here’s a look at this week’s movies.
The Movie: “The Proposal”
The Trailer Hitch: High-powered executive Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock) finds that she’s in danger of being deported back to Canada and ropes her harried assistant Andrew Paxton (Ryan Reynolds) into marrying her in exchange for a promotion. The two venture to the Paxton’s family estate in Alaska where a makeshift wedding is planned. Hilarity ensues, and if the rom-com holds true, they realize that they actually kind-of, sort-of, really like each other.
The Verdict: Not to be a traitor to arty movies, but I’m psyched about “The Proposal.” Ryan Reynolds is an uber babe and Sandra Bullock is great at playing uptight biotches who become endearing when forced into awkward situations. And, uh, Betty White is in it!
The Movie: “Year One”
The Trailer Hitch: Produced by Judd Apatow, “Year One” follows Jack Black and Michael Cera on an Old Testament bromantic journey. As director Harold Ramis puts it, ”The two worst hunter-gatherers in a Stone Age tribe are expelled and venture out into a world they didn’t know existed. Jack believes there is a God who is mapping things out for him and Michael is a terrified existentialist, afraid of everything.”
The Verdict: “Year One” should be pretty funny, but it will probably have lots of kitschy cavemen jokes. See it for the supporting cast—Hank Azaria, Bill Hader, Oliver Platt, David Cross, and Paul Rudd. If nothing else, you’ll get to see your crushes in loin cloths.
The Movie: “Whatever Works”
The Trailer Hitch: Woody Allen finally(?) comes together with Larry David in a romantic comedy about a grumpy old man who thinks everyone around him is a moron but manages to fall in love with a young, homeless runaway (Evan Rachel Wood) who makes him lighten up a bit. They get married, and then Melody’s religious mom shows up.
The Verdict: I don’t know if I can handle Larry David acting even more like Woody Allen, but it should be interesting if you’re down with both their bodies of work. But what’s up with the neurotic New York men seducing beautiful, young women in Woody Allen’s movies? Subtle much?