Ian's Movie Reviews
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Posts Tagged ‘comedies


November 22, 2015

Amy Schumer seems to have risen to fame pretty quickly as a comedian in the last year or so, and this summer she was given her own movie. Trainwreck basically acts as a capsule to contain a lot of the themes in her stand-up routines, including her latent alcoholism and promiscuity. And though it doesn’t […]

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

December 29, 2013

There are many places I could start this review. Fr example, I could start it talking about the scene where Ron Burgundy is being chased by a shark. But why don’t I start at the beginning? We pick up the story with Ron and Veronica married and living in New York. (And they have a […]

The World’s End

November 23, 2013

The World’s End is a fun, British romp about beer and robots. So already hats a pretty good premise, but as Edgar Wright is wont to do, as a bonus we also get great characters, sharp humour, and just a dab of social commentary. In World’s End, Gary gets his high school buddies together for […]

The Internship

July 19, 2013

The Internship sees former frat packers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson doing what Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson do, only this time they are doing it while trying to get jobs at Google.  The problem: they are old and out-dated.  And what follows?  They join the rag-tag group of interns left behind and have to […]

The Hangover Part III

May 25, 2013

The Hangover was a genuinely funny movie. It came out of no where to take the comedy world by storm. Hangover II was garbage and came with a lot of disappointment stemming from high expectations. Hangover III falls somewhere in the middle, though perhaps of the lowered expectations resulting from Part II. The third Hangover […]

This is 40

December 29, 2012

Django Unchained was sold out, so we saw this instead. It was like going to a restaurant expecting to order top sirloin, but instead getting mutton. This is 40 takes the most annoying character from Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and makes her the central character. Leslie Mann is not an actress I was to see […]

American Reunion

April 11, 2012

“High school was awesome. But then we graduated and everybody started getting married and all that other stupid crap…” The year I graduated high school I saw a movie about a group of friends who were graduating high school. That movie was American Pie. Needless to say, it was easy to relate to as I […]

Horrible Bosses

September 17, 2011

In a time when movie comedies have hit a stride of mediocrity and have had an obsession for gratuitous gross-out scenes, Horrible Bosses is a breath of fresh air. Why? Its actually funny. And it doesn’t try to make me gag in the process. What makes this movie work? Without a doubt it is the […]

Date Night

August 17, 2010

Date night stars Steve Carrell and Tiny Fey as a boring married couple who steal someone’s dinner reservation and find themselves in the middle of crime, corruption and intrigue.  Its a fun romp though nothing outstanding.  There really aren’t a lot of laughout-loud jokes, but its pleasant enough to watch. The story is coherant and […]


July 5, 2010

What this movie basically boils down to is that you spend your price of admission to watch Adam Sandler and friends get together and have a good time.  And is it worth it? Absolutely not.  Because that’s really all this movie is; these five actors have decided to get together, do a movie, and goof […]

Hot Tub Time Machine

July 1, 2010

Hot Tub Time Machine set out to make this year’s The Hangover, but didn’t quite deliver. I guess I would sum up this movie as a lot of mediocrity broken up every once in a while by some glints and gleams of genius. There are things to like here, but overall the movie left me […]

Film Club Review – Some Like It Hot

May 13, 2010

Some Like It Hot Some Like It Hot is the story of two jazz musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon) who witness a mob murder and go undercover as two members of an all-female band. On the way, they meet Sugar Cane played by the immortal Marilyn Monroe. AFI’s pick for the best comedy of […]

Funny People

April 3, 2010

Funny people really isn’t all that funny, at least not in the knee-slapping joke-a-minute way. That’s not to say it isn’t enjoyable though. The first hour of this movie is really entertaining and you will chuckle through some of the dryer humour which creeps up occasionally. And the stand-up comedy they show will definitely make […]

Zach and Miri Make a Porno

November 2, 2009

I really liked this movie. It was funny, we care about the characters, it was interesting, and the dialogue was fantastic and  Kevin Smithesque.  I laughed a lot, which s the sign of a good comedy, but I was also moved by the story and characters, which is the sign of a good movie. Darrell […]

Tropic Thunder

November 1, 2009

This was a pretty damn funny movie. Right from the trailers to the dancing credits. The five actors who are thrown into a real guerilla situation while they think its a movie set is a concept that’s a bit of a stretch, but it works. Robert Downey Jr steals the show with his white actor […]