This Sunday is the first day of spring and, thanks to daylight savings, there are at least two more hours in your day. And what are you going to do with all that extra time? Go see a movie! Yay! This week actually offers a decent selection that should get you motivated for springtime … especially if your springtime involves running from the law (“The Bounty Hunter”), mooching off of your relatives instead of getting a job (“Greenberg”), or starting an all-girl rock band (“The Runaways”). And really, it should include all of those things.
The Movie: “The Bounty Hunter”
The Trailer: Milo (Gerard Butler) is a New York cop-turned-bounty hunter who is excited to have the chance to jail his bail-jumping ex wife, Nicole (Jennifer Aniston). Nicole is a New York Daily News reporter who skipped her court date in order to meet a contact who has some information about a suspicious suicide case. Milo does what it takes to wrangle his ex-wife but they soon realize that they’re in danger of becoming a news story and are forced to solve the crime together.
The Hitch: It should be interesting to suss out the sexual chemistry that unleashed a Pandora’s box of rumors regarding Jen and Gerard’s alleged relationship. I’m not sure how much car chasing and hand-cuffing is too much, but the trailer is getting uncomfortably close and I imagine the movie only expands on that. It seems like one of those relationships where they feign disdain for each other in strange role-playing scenarios, in order to have hot, fake hate-sex.
The Movie: “Greenberg”
The Trailer: New Yorker Roger Greenberg (Ben Stiller) emerges from a psychiatric hospital, emotionally vulnerable and with no career to speak of, outside of some dabbling in carpentry. Roger moves to Los Angeles to house-sit for his brother who’s in Vietnam on vacation with his family. He falls for the family’s personal assistant, Florence (Greta Gerwig), and hangs out with his old friend, Ivan (Rhys Ifans), while trying to figure out what to do with his life and address the fact that he doesn’t seem to care.
The Hitch: I’m actually really excited to see Ben Stiller playing a slacker-loser after so many roles where he’s either neurotic and uptight or forced wacky. Director Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale” and “Margot at the Wedding”) wrote the screenplay with Jennifer Jason Leigh, who also stars as Greenberg’s ex-girlfriend. And I think the premise is something a lot of people of our generation can relate to: treading water, hoping we’ll just fall into our path without putting forth any actual effort.
The Movie: “The Runaways”
The Trailer: As the story goes, in the 1970s, rhythm guitarist Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) and drummer Sandy West each sought out producer Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), wanting to form a girl band. So he hooked them up and helped find the girls who’d complement their rocker girl image best— Cherie Currie (Dakota Fanning). The feisty young women ooze sexual power and angst, become totally huge in Japan, sign with Mercury Records, get exploited, and make some pretty awesome music for being a packaged band.
The Hitch: I’m not even going to read the reviews because I’ve been excited for this movie for months and months. I feel like Joan Jett needs her own movie to cover her Blackhearts years (“I Hate Myself for Loving You” is one of my favorite songs ever), but it should be interesting to see things from Cherie Currie’s perspective. And yay to Stewart for getting to have some non-Mormon fun!