Trailer Park: “Knight And Day,” “Grown Ups,” “Wild Grass,” “8: The Mormon Proposition”
It’s getting to that point in the summer where it’s almost too hot to not go to the movies. But unfortunately, all this week’s movies suck. Just kidding! Seeing if you’re paying attention. If you’re in a movie-going mood, you can go action adventure with “Knight and Day,” funny and crass with “Grown Ups,” confusing and arty with “Wild Grass,” or political/religious with “8: The Mormon Proposition.”
The Movie: “Knight and Day”
The Trailer: Roy (Tom Cruise) is a secret agent who “accidentally” bumps into June (Cameron Diaz), a car restorer. June gets whisked into Roy’s mission of sorts as authorities (including Peter Sarsgaard as a government agent) insist Roy’s gone insane and he seems to be doing everything in his power to keep June on his side.
The Hitch: From the first whispers of this movie, I was already skeptical that Diaz and Cruise could muster up any chemistry, and I’m still pretty sure it isn’t there. I appreciate the fact that they’ve finally let Cruise play a crazy person, as it seems a good outlet for his energy, and it’s great that the movie is set in the countries it says it’s set in, but even those things aren’t enough to make this a particularly intriguing watch. That said, reviewers have been loving it. But what do they know?
The Movie: “Grown Ups”
The Trailer: Five middle-aged men reunite for the funeral of their middle school basketball coach. Adam Sandler is a Hollywood agent with a hot wife (Salma Hayek) and three kids. Rob Schneider is a hippie vegan married to a significantly older woman. Chris Rock is a whipped momma’s boy, married to Maya Rudolph. David Spade is the pervy single guy (as always). And Kevin James’ wife still breastfeeds their four-year-old son.
The Hitch: The cast of comedy heavy-weights basically spend the entire movie hanging out, making fun of each other. I guess it’s something like “Funny People” without the knowledge that they’re funny and with families instead of struggling careers and dying. The idea of being a “grown up” still alludes me, but I guess the only difference between being a 12-year-old and being a grown-up is the addition of families and careers?
The Movie: “Wild Grass”
The Trailer: Marguerite (Sabine Azéma), an unmarried dentist, gets her purse stolen and Georges (André Dussollier) who’s a happily married man finds her wallet and learns little bits about a woman he finds instantly fascinating. Georges wants to meet her but instead brings the wallet to the police station. He regrets not taking the chance, instead incessantly calling, writing, and for some reason slashes her tires. This, for some reason, piques Marguerite’s interest. And they get together.
The Hitch: I’m not familiar with Alain Resnais’ work, but apparently it’s avant-garde, often magical, and surprising. I’m also weirdly comforted by the fact that one can find love and adventures at any age, but hopefully it doesn’t have to be so complicated for everyone.
The Movie: “8: The Mormon Proposition”
The Trailer: Reed Cowan is a gay filmmaker who was raised Mormon. This obviously makes him the perfect candidate to make a documentary on California’s Prop 8, put forth by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which reversed same-sex couples’ constitutional right to marry.
The Hitch: It’s heartbreaking that it only takes a pile of money to take away a stranger’s right to marriage. And I’m so dumbfounded that these people believe that homosexuality has any negative affect on their lives.