Rude, lewd and vulgar, the dialogue in
There's lots of filthy talk offered in place of any real humor. What might be a good five-minute skit is stretched into a mind-numbing hour and 40 minutes of endless, nasty comments.
Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughan and
Their characters form a neighborhood watch team after a strange murder occurs in their town. Their goofball investigation reveals that alien invaders are behind the killing
This plot could be a great premise for generating laughs. There are some fun special effects in the sci-fi portions of the story. But the non-stop penis jokes eventually take over all aspects of the movie. The available comic energy is wasted appealing to the mind set of an immature 14-year-old boy.
'Queens' in a doomed kingdom
Two good movies out right now about women who are immensely privileged, spoiled and clueless when their world is crumbling about them:
When the economy collapses the following year, the Siegels' dream castle and lifestyle begin to crumble. Jackie remains a cheerful mother of seven (she kept having kids because she could afford nannies). Now she power shopsWal-Martand frets her brood may actually have to go to college and get jobs. Bernie is certain he will raise money to finish the now-crumbling Versailles property.
Things are tough all over.
Pretty Sidonie (Léa Seydoux) serves as Marie Antoinette's reader, and it's clear she has a crush on her queen. The queen, in turn, is reputed to be having an affair with a haughty duchess.
The self-indulgent monarch at first seems oblivious to the impending doom to France's aristocracy. As seen through Sidonie's eyes, we are privy to court gossip, intrigue and rising panic as the palace nobles begin to hear of beheadings in Paris.
Diane Kruger gives a sympathetic portrait of the doomed ruler, torn by love for family and another woman. Much of the film is shot at the actual palace, with lavish attention to detail and well-nuanced performances.
"Farewell, My Queen" gives us mystery and suspense even with an inevitable outcome.
Both films manage to show us the humanity, for better and worse, behind the trappings of wealth.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.