Wednesday, July 31, 2013

PCP on TV (& in Theaters!) - Sharknado

Some movies are so bad they're good. Movies like this make me wish Mystery Science Theater 3000 was still in production. Sharknado is one of those movies. And remarkably, after airing repeatedly on SyFy in recent weeks, Regal Cinemas is airing midnight showings this week only on August 2nd, so if you missed it on TV, catch it in theaters and laugh along with the crowd at what has to be one of the most ridiculous films ever made.

Sharknado - 2013, rated TV-14.  My rating: 1 out of 10 as a film, 8 out of 10 as a laughable experience.

A massive hurricane is driving towards the California coast, and a huge swarm of sharks is being pushed ahead of the storm. The hurricane causes severe flooding all throughout L.A., and the flood contains lots of sharks. Those cheesy CGI sharks (combined with shots of real sharks in deep water which is clearly ocean footage) go on a rampage, killing scores of L.A. residents in a bloody mess of dismemberment and destruction. The film concludes with the hurricane forming three water spouts, aka tornadoes, which suck up sharks from the water, turning into the super deadly sharknado of the film's title.

A film with as ridiculous a concept as Sharknado cannot be judged fairly on a normal scale, compared to other films. The CGI is cheesy, the acting is awful (although I wasn't expecting much from Tara Reid or Ian Ziering), for a hurricane it stops raining rather frequently, and the plot has holes so wide you could run a sharknado or two through them. So that is why it is an awful film from a film making standpoint.

From a fun experience standpoint though, Sharknado excels. This is the type of film you watch with a bunch of your friends, cold sudsy beverage in hand, and laughing all the way. Sharknado is tailor-made for a MST3K style bashing from the peanut gallery. Thanks to all the reasons why Sharknado sucks as a film, it is that rare piece of entertainment that falls into the category of "so bad it's good."  That label was made for this movie. It is easily one of the lamest, worst movies I've ever seen, yet at the same time it was also a ton of fun.

Overall, I wouldn't necessarily recommend seeing Sharknado in theaters later this week, unless you get a group of your friends to go with you. You're probably much better waiting for SyFy to rerun it for the umpteenth time and instead watching it then with friends for free. Plus, you can't watch it with a beer in hand in most theaters. But it is a film that everyone should see once, just because of how completely ridiculously awful it is, it is something you have to see to believe. Plus, that way you're prepared for the sequel coming next year too!

Monday, July 29, 2013

PCP on DVD - Ted

I'm not a huge Seth MacFarlane fan but I do typically enjoy his work. I'll watch Family Guy if there's nothing else on, but I don't go out of my way to watch it. I did think he did a decent job on the Oscars and SNL last year though, and I usually will watch anything with Mila Kunis in it so I picked up MacFarlane's foray into live action with Ted to give it a whirl.

Ted - 2012, rated R. My rating: 8 out of 10

Ted is the story of a man-child, John (Mark Wahlberg), who wished upon a star as a child, causing his teddy bear Ted to come to life. Ted is voiced by MacFarlane, and he is foul mouthed, crass, and a heavy pot user, and he drags John down to his level. Mila Kunis plays John's fed up girlfriend, Lori, who is sick of Ted's antics.

One of the funniest things about Family Guy is their off-beat pop culture references. Ted definitely channels MacFarlane's obsession with arcane pop culture, with Flash Gordon being a recurring element of this film. Unlike Family Guy, Ted actually has a rather coherent plot and it doesn't jump all over the place with crazy tangents, which helps with the movie's flow.

The movie is somewhat predictable, like so many romantic comedies - the woman wants the man in the relationship to grow up and be more responsible, but the man just wants to keep having fun. But despite its predictability, Ted works as a film. It works because it is absolutely hysterical, and it works because at its core it has a lot of heart. The relationship between Ted and John is fully realized and developed in depth, even though one of the two is a plush animal come to life. The side plot with a creepy father and son duo that want to kidnap Ted is entertaining as well, thanks to the dad's portrayal by Giovanni Ribisi.

Overall, if you were one of the few people that didn't see this movie last year (not many missed it, as it was the highest grossing original R rated comedy of all time), then I strongly encourage you to check it out. It was a lot better than I expected it to be, and it cracked me up repeatedly.

Friday, July 26, 2013

PCP on DVD - Skyfall

James Bond returned (finally, after a 4 year hiatus due to MGM's financial woes) to the big screen last year with Skyfall, the third Bond film starring Daniel Craig. I've always loved a good bond movie, and although Quantum of Solace was disappointing, Casino Royale was one of the best Bond movies, so I went in to Skyfall with high hopes that the franchise would redeem itself.

Skyfall - 2012, rated PG-13.  My rating:  8.5 out of 10.

Skyfall is somewhat unique amongst Bond films, as this one is directed by an Academy Award winning director in Sam Mendes. To my knowledge (although I could be wrong) this is the first time that an Oscar Winner is directing a Bond film. In fact, Skyfall has a lot of Oscar cred, with Oscar winners Judi Dench & Javier Bardem, as well as two time nominee Ralph Fiennes and five time nominee Albert Finney in the cast supporting Daniel Craig. Skyfall itself took home 2 Oscars this year (best original song and best sound editing) out of its 5 nominations. So this Bond film is not like a lot of its predecessors, this one is far more serious and filled with much better acting than any prior film in the franchise.

Bond has to fight against a threat from M's past, a super creepy Javier Bardem. Seeing him here reminds me just how much I need to go and see No Country for Old Men when I have some free time. Bardem is trying to take down MI6 and take out M herself in a massive plot of revenge. It is up to Bond to stop him.

Just like the two previous Daniel Craig 007 movies, Skyfall is far more grounded in realism than some of the goofier earlier entries in the franchise. Wounds have consequences that the characters have to deal with, and not every one of the mooks' bullets miss their targets. In addition to the realism, the film is gorgeously shot, with a lot of scenery porn, especially in the scenes set in Scotland.

Overall, Skyfall was a great movie, and one of the top Bond films ever. It definitely restored the franchise to rights after the disappointing Quantum of Solace, and I can't wait for the fourth Daniel Craig 007 film, as well as seeing where the series goes from there whenever he's ultimately replaced by yet another actor.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

PCP in Theaters - Pacific Rim

Back at the start of the summer, I had highlighted Pacific Rim on my summer movie preview as one I really wanted to see in theaters. I got that chance last week. Despite mixed reviews and a disappointing opening weekend box office, I did not come away disappointed with the film itself.

Today we are facing the monsters at our door. Today we are cancelling the apocalypse! - Stacker Pentecost.

Pacific Rim - 2013, rated PG-13.  My rating: 8 out of 10.

Pacific Rim is an alien invasion story set not too far into the future. A rift between our dimension and another dimension has opened at the bottom of the ocean. A giant monster, called a Kaiju, has come through that rift, and lays waste to San Francisco. It takes our conventional military six days to take down the monster. Then more monsters come through the portal, laying waste to other cities along the Pacific Ocean. So the governments of the world build giant robots, called Jaegers, to fight the continuing appearances of the Kaiju.

The war between the forces of humanity and the endless onslaught of Kaiju has been going on for years when the film starts, and the war is not going too well for us. The last few Jaegers, under the command of Stacker Pentecost, have a plan to stop the Kaiju once and for all. If they're not already too late...

Continue with the review after the jump -->

Monday, July 22, 2013

PCP on the Page & on DVD - Savages

When I first saw the trailers for Savages last year, I was excited to see the film. Oliver Stone directing a violent action movie? One that reminds me of Natural Born Killers? Sign me up! Then I found out it was based on a book, so I decided to read the book and watch the film, and do a comparison review for the first time here on the blog.

Savages - by Don Winslow.  2010.  320 pages.  My rating:  A.

Savages is a crime thriller from Don Winslow, an author I had never heard of before learning about the film being made on his work. Having read the book, I am glad that I read it. He has an extremely unique narrative style, changing up the formatting of the chapters between traditional narration and more interesting forms of writing. For example, characters imagine what the scene would be like as an email, or as a screenplay for Hollywood. It is not a narrative format that I have seen before, but it worked with the source material here, making the story come to life very vividly. The story is about a pair of pot growers and dealers in California, Ben & Chon, who have a Mexican cartel encroach on their turf to violent ends. Their girlfriend (it's complicated) is kidnapped to try and force them to sell out to the cartel, and the two retaliate in a series of raids to raise money to pay her ransom. Of course though, things are far more suspenseful and intense than I could hope to describe here. It is a crackling read, and at only 320 pages it is also a very fast read. I highly recommend this book to all.

Savages - 2012, rated R.  My rating: 6 out of 10.

Unlike the book, I cannot recommend the film as strongly. Despite having a stellar cast, including John Travolta, Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, and one of my all time favorite actresses in Salma Hayek, the film just doesn't crackle with as much life and wit as the book. The film also has a lot less action, condensing multiple raids against the cartel into just one shown on the screen. The film also changes the ending from the book, probably to appease the Hollywood studio bankrolling the film. In fact, the book's original ending is filmed as an ending in the movie, and then the movie goes and pulls the "it was just a dream/vision" stunt and then shows us the Hollywood ending. I like the book's ending better, plus a lot of the best parts of the book just don't translate well to the silver screen.

Overall my recommendation is to skip the movie and just go read the book. You'll enjoy it a lot more. The movie isn't terrible, so if you will never read the book, then go watch the movie, you'll have fun. But if you read the book first, you will likely be disappointed by the film, as I was. I probably would have given the film a 7 instead of a 6 had I not read the book first.

Friday, July 19, 2013

PCP on DVD - Dredd

Judge Dredd is an extremely dark and violent comic book, or so I've been told, having never read the source material. I also never saw the reportedly awful Judge Dredd starring Sylvester Stallone back in the 1990s. But I was willing to give this version of the film a shot, based on the fact that I like Karl Urban, and frankly I didn't have anything else rented worth watching at the time.

Dredd - 2012, rated R.  My rating: 6 out of 10.

As mentioned, Dredd stars Karl Urban in the title role. You wouldn't know it, however, as you never see Urban's face without his helmet once during the entire film. In fact, for all of the Judges, the only one to go without a helmet is the rookie that Dredd is in the field with, Anderson (Olivia Thirlby), because she has psychic powers and the helmet interferes with them.

The film is set far in the future, in a post-apocalyptic future where society as we know it today has completely broken down, thanks to nuclear wars. The Judges oversee the population of Mega City One, a sprawling metropolis that spans from Boston to Washington D.C., according to Dredd's opening narration. It is a sprawling hellhole of 800 million inhabitants, with thousands of violent crimes occurring daily. The police force known as the Judges have the power of police, judge, jury, and executioner all rolled into one package. And as the opening chase sequence shows us, Dredd is not shy about using his authority to kill criminals guilty of serious crimes.

Dredd is tasked with taking Anderson out in the field with him, to assess whether or not she will make a good Judge. Along the way, they wind up getting stuck inside a 200 story tenement building controlled by drug kingpin Ma-Ma (played by a nearly unrecognizable Lena Headey, aka Cersei Lannister from Game of Thrones). Ma-Ma has plans for expanding production of the latest drug, Slo-Mo, and she doesn't want the Judges to interfere. So, she basically throws everything she has at Dredd and Anderson in the hopes of taking the Judges out.

Visually, the film is gorgeous, but the slow motion shots get annoying after awhile. They get used every time a character is shown taking the drug Slo-Mo, which apparently makes your brain feel like time is passing at 1% of normal speed. Really, it's just an excuse to justify slow motion shots that look cool in 3D for the film's theatrical release. But fortunately, the slow motion scenes happen only a handful of times, and they don't bog down the film too much.

I definitely am getting old, because me 10 years ago would have loved this ultra violent film. I give it a 6, as a 31 year old. 21 year old me would've given this an 8. The action sequences are great, but the plot is straightforward and predictable. But if you're looking for plot in a film like this, you're watching the wrong movie. As action flicks go, this one is serviceable.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

PCP on DVD - Rock of Ages

I'm a sucker for 80's hair metal, so a movie musical based on that era's music is something I wanted to see. Unfortunately, there are plenty of better jukebox musicals out there (both on screen and in live theater), and this movie was a disappointment. I have not seen the stage musical, so I don't know if it is better or worse than this film, but the film version was a disappointment.

Rock of Ages - 2012, rated PG-13.  My rating: 6 out of 10.

The movie is set in the 80's in Los Angeles' rock and roll club scene, and features a ton of great 80's music, including tracks made famous by Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Journey, Poison, & many more. The film's take on these rock hits is cheesy in some places, but highly entertaining in others, especially when Tom Cruise takes the mic as rock star Stacee Jaxx.

The plot has a couple overlapping storylines, but primarily revolves around the small town girl that comes to L.A. to follow her dreams, and how easy it is to lose yourself and lose your way in the music industry in the pursuit of fame and glory.

Rock of Ages has a great supporting cast, including Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul Giamatti, Russell Brand, and Alec Baldwin. Too bad the leads, Julianne Hough and Diego Boneta, have poor chemistry and also lack the gravitas to carry this film. They're not bad singers at least, so there's not someone like Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia sucking the life out of every musical number with his terrible singing voice.

Despite how much fun 80's music can be, the film isn't as much fun as it should be. Honestly, you're probably better throwing on an 80's channel on Pandora and singing along with that channel than you would be watching this movie. You'd definitely have more fun. Really the only thing saving this film from catastrophe is Tom Cruise's performance. He's the best thing about this movie, and pretty much the only reason to watch this film.

Monday, July 15, 2013

PCP on DVD - Magic Mike

Sometimes I have to watch a movie that I don't particularly want to watch. A movie about male strippers usually tops this list. However, I knew that a) I'd be able to write a review of this for my blog, so yay - more content and b) this one is a good IOU movie to my wife since she has to put up with crappy action movies that she hates (plus she totally loves Channing Tatum), so it's a win-win. At least I got to watch this at home on DVD and wasn't forced to watch this in theaters.

Magic Mike - 2012, rated R. My rating: 8 out of 10.

For a movie about male strippers, it turns out that Magic Mike was actually a lot more bearable than I expected. In fact, outside of the stripping sequences that I as a hetero male did not appreciate, the film was actually downright good. This is probably mostly due to the fact that the film is directed by Steven Soderbergh, a pretty damn good director. Also, aside from lots of buttocks, there is not much in the way of nudity, there is no full frontal from Tatum or any of the other strippers (fortunately), plus Olivia Munn is topless in the film too, which was a nice surprise.

The film tells the story of Mike (Tatum), a stripper who has dreams of getting out of the stripping business and opening his own professional company building handmade furniture. But he is stuck for now working for club manager Dallas (Matthew McConaughey), a shady businessman who wants to expand his strip club business. Mike takes under his wing a young man, Adam (Alex Pettyfer) and shows him the ropes of the skin business because he sees something in Adam, and also he wants to get in Adam's sister's pants. But Adam turns to the dark side of the skin industry in a hurry, getting into trouble with drugs and falling in with the wrong crowd, and Mike needs to save his bacon.

The film is your typical underdog story that just happens to be set in a strip club. Soderbergh does a great job with the plot sequences, and the actors themselves do a pretty impressive job with the dance sequences. Seriously, I wish I had half of Tatum's moves (but it's not surprising that he can dance, he was in Step Up, and he used to be a stripper before he was an actor). Anyways, unlike the other two movies I've seen about the skin industry, Showgirls and Striptease, Magic Mike is something those two films aren't: an actual good movie. Not a movie I'll ever watch again in my life, but it wasn't as bad as I feared either.

Basically guys - if you're in the doghouse with your lady friend, buy her this movie, and you just might get back in her good graces. And if she forces you to watch it with her, don't worry, it's nowhere near as bad as it could have been.

Friday, July 12, 2013

PCP on DVD - Dark Shadows

I had never seen any original episodes of the old TV show Dark Shadows. So, coming in to this film, I had no preconceptions as to what the plot or characters were supposed to be or how they were supposed to behave. So keep that in mind as my review would likely be different if I was more familiar with the source material. (For example, in my review of Alex Cross, I dinged it 2 points for massively deviating from the source material).

Dark Shadows - 2012, rated PG-13.  My rating: 6.5 out of 10.

Gee, a movie directed by Tim Burton starring Johnny Depp as a weirdo character. Where have I seen that before? Oh yeah, every Tim Burton movie ever. Also starring in the film is Helena Bonham Carter, another frequent Burton collaborator (as well as his real-life significant other). The two of them (Depp & HBC) play oddballs here, just like they do in pretty much every Burton film ever. Seriously people, branch out and do something different for a change!

Aside from my gripes about those two, who are actually enjoyable to watch despite the fact they keep playing variants on the same character, the rest of the cast is pretty solid, especially former Bond girl Eva Green as a villainous witch and Kick-Ass star Chole Grace Moretz as a bratty teen descendant of Depp's character.

As the previews gave away, Depp is a vampire from the 1700s who is freed from imprisonment in the 1970s and has to deal with massive culture shock. Some of those jokes are quite funny, especially a few good ones about cameo rock star Alice Cooper. He has to restore his dysfunctional family to their former glory, while fighting off the immortal witch that cursed him with vampirism in the first place.

The film has its moments, and has the usual grand Tim Burton visual flair, but the film also has plenty of hollow moments and dull spots as well. Those come in especially when the movie has to do an exposition dump to explain a character's history or actions, which drags down its overall score. It leaves open a possibility of a sequel, but I doubt the film did well enough at the box office for that to get greenlit. Too bad, because having gotten the characters' backstories out of the way, a sequel to this film could have actually been pretty good.

Bottom line: if you are a Depp or Burton fanatic, you've probably already seen this film. If you're not, it's serviceable but there are better vampire movies out there than this one.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

PCP on DVD - The Raven

Edgar Allen Poe was one of the first poets and first horror writers I read when I was growing up. I still have in my book collection a copy of his complete works that I peruse from time to time. So a mystery thriller based on his work starring John Cusack as Poe? Sure, I'll give that a shot.

The Raven - 2012, rated R.  My rating:  6 out of 10.

The Raven is a story set in the waning days of Poe's life. Someone is murdering people using methods described in some of Poe's writings, and the police call him in to consult (after first thinking he is a suspect). If that plot sounds familiar, it is because that is basically the plot of the pilot episode of the TV show Castle.

Cusack is a good Poe, he is probably one of the best things of this film. Visually, the film is gorgeous, but it is also somewhat boring and dull in places as well. The resolution of the film is not as satisfying as it could have been either.

Overall, the film is pretty middle of the road average. You wouldn't have missed anything by missing this film. But if you like Cusack (like I do) then give the film a shot because he does his best to redeem it here.

Monday, July 8, 2013

PCP on DVD - The Lorax

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax is a classic fable about the dangers of environmental destruction in the name of greed. The hour long animated movie version from the 70's is still shown in schools today as a teaching lesson. The modern update is more of a corporate cash-in, ironically, given how it was used in advertising for a number of real-life corporations.

The Lorax - 2012, rated PG. My rating: 6 out of 10.

The new version of The Lorax features more musical numbers (which makes sense given stars Zac Efron and Taylor Swift) than the original, but despite the flashiness of the updated animation, the film feels hollow and empty. Unlike many animated films, there is also less here for adults than for kids.

While the film still has the message of environmentalism is good and corporate greed and destruction of the environment is bad, the film just lacks a lot of the heart and joy of Seuss' original work. I'll still show this to my son Jackson when he gets older, but I'll make sure to show him the classic 70's version first.

Friday, July 5, 2013

PCP on DVD - Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

As I have my history teaching degree (even though I'm not a teacher), I always enjoy a good historical movie. I like them even more when they are crazy, over the top fun (like Inglorious Basterds). Also, I thoroughly enjoyed Wanted, and the director of AL:VH is the same man, Timur Bekmambetov, so when this film was announced, I was looking forward to it.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter - 2012, rated R.  My rating: 6 out of 10.

Based on the book of the same name (by the author of Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Seth Grahame-Smith), AL:VH is a fun little historical mashup, combining America's greatest president with awesome vampire slaying abilities. If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend that, it was a ton of fun. Unfortunately I can't quite say the same for the film. AL:VH has its moments, including a really cool action sequence atop a train, but in general the film is just kind of flat outside of the action sequences. Those are all done very well though, but action is something the director has down to an art. Plot and pacing in quiet moments, not so much.

Overall, if you like historical humor, or like vampire movies, then you'll enjoy AL:VH. If not, then you probably won't miss much if you don't see the film.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

PCP in Theaters - Man of Steel

You know you're busy when you see a movie back on June 14th and finally get around to writing your review of it 3 weeks later. Sorry for the delay on this in theaters review, I usually try to be more timely on these so they go up while the film is still in theaters. But anyways, on to my review of the Superman reboot Man of Steel.

Man of Steel - 2013, rated PG-13.  My rating:  8 out of 10.

Here is my 10 word review of Man of Steel:  Better than Superman Returns, not as good as I hoped.

Okay, that's not exactly a helpful review.  It's pretty hard for the film to not be better than Superman Returns, due to how disappointing that film was. That was the Phantom Menace of the Superman series, where you've been waiting decades for a new film and while it is technically proficient, it just falls flat.  Meanwhile, Man of Steel is a reboot launched in a darker, grittier universe than Superman had previously inhabited, and one hopes a universe that also contains the rest of the Justice League.

There was a lot to like in this film.  I liked the way they told the origin story, by using the narrative structure of mixing in the flashbacks as the film goes on, rather than telling the story in a linear fashion. Had they gone linear, the first 45 minutes of the film would've been rather dull, and most of it was stuff that is already ingrained into most viewers' brains from decades of Superman being a part of the pop culture landscape. I'm glad the film didn't spend too much time dwelling on all of that all over again. Also, I'm glad for the presence of Producer Christopher Nolan.  He must've pulled director Zack Snyder aside and said "stay away from that slo-mo crap you always do." I was expecting the film to be dragged out with massive quantities of slo-mo, like Snyder's 300, Watchmen, & Sucker Punch, but I don't recall slo-mo being used once in this film.

The action sequences were flashy and entertaining, and the CGI was well done albeit used a bit too much, and in some cases the fight sequences got repetitive after awhile. There's only so much back and forth super-punching you can see the hero and villains do before it gets boring. The acting performances were pretty good though, especially Michael Shannon's General Zod. I look forward to seeing more of him as an actor in the future, he does a pretty good villain.

There were a few dislikes as well.  Instead of doing slo-mo, the film uses shaky-cam throughout (that or the projector in the theater was busted and gave the picture a massive wobble) and it gave me a massive headache because it was shaking just so much. I was just glad I didn't see it in 3D.  Also, there were a handful of plot holes that annoyed the heck out of me.

Overall I enjoyed the film, but not as much as The Dark Knight or the Avengers. I still recommend it to all to watch, but I hope the next one in the series is better. Disclaimer - I don't really read DC comics, I've always been more of a Marvel guy, so things in this film that conflict with the comic's canon does not bother me at all.

Monday, July 1, 2013

PCP on DVD - The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods was a horror movie that I was deeply looking forward to as soon as I heard it was coming out. I usually am not a huge fan of horror, as I find the genre to be derivative and predictable. But then I heard that Joss Whedon was writing and producing a horror film, and that piqued my interest.

The Cabin in the Woods - 2012, rated R.  My rating: 9 out of 10.

As you may know from reading other posts on my blog, I am a huge Whedon fan.  He has yet to make something that I didn't thoroughly enjoy. The Cabin in the Woods continues that streak. It is not your typical horror movie, but at the same time, it kind of is. You'll have to see it to fully understand what I mean by that sentence. But primarily, TCITW is a story of 5 college kids that go into the woods and then bad things happen to them. Standard horror fare really. But the film has a major twist, a very unique vision for that type of film, and it actually dissects all of the tropes of the genre and acts as a social commentary on the horror genre in general. It isn't a mean-spirited commentary, however, but a very smart and winking one. Clearly Whedon is a fan of the horror genre, and the film is filled with shout-outs and references to other horror films. It also reunites Joss with a number of actors from his other works, including Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers), Fran Kranz (Dollhouse), Amy Acker (Angel, Dollhouse), and Tom Lenk (Buffy, Angel). The film isn't directed by Whedon, he turns those duties over to his co-writer, Cloverfield (as well as Buffyverse) writer Drew Goddard. Goddard does a great job in his directorial debut, and the script the two wrote is just outstanding.

Overall, the film is quite good, and I highly recommend it. It isn't a true horror film, but instead a witty yet still scary takedown of the horror genre. I don't want to say any more on the plot though so as not to spoil it, but if you haven't seen this yet, go pick it up on DVD and have a fun night.