Mister and I are total redbox addicts. On the weeknights when we're apart, we'll discuss and deliberate before agreeing on a couple of movies that we'll both rent on the same night, just for the sake of having a "date night." Yes, we're sappy... we know. So I've done my research. I'm well-equipped to offer some insight. I know the redbox-provided movie descriptions aren't always quite informative enough, so I'm offering to take a little bit of the guesswork out for you, and scribbling up a few reviews of what we've watched as of late [note: nothing I am spilling to you is anything you wouldn't see in a preview! rest easy.]...
Major Players: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum
The Situation: Vaughn and James are BFF, Ryder is married to James (Connelly and Vaughn are dating). Vaughn witnesses Ryder being unfaithful with Tatum and struggles with how and if to break it to his best friend.
Verdict: This was pitched as a comedy, but it's pretty sobering. IMDB gave it 5.1 out of 10 stars, but I'd give it more...maybe 6.5/10. It's fairly predictable, but you can't go wrong with Vince Vaughn's banter. And Jennifer Connelly is completely gorgeous. I'd say, go rent it, gal.
The Other Woman
Major Players: Natalie Portman, Lisa Kudrow, Lauren Ambrose, Scott Cohen
The Situation: Portman becomes involved with co-worker Cohen, who is married to Kudrow. Portman and Cohen marry and start a family, only to discover that life ain't so easy after all. I won't spill too much here because the plot details will blow you away.
Verdict: Absolutely rent this. Portman is brilliant in damn near anything she does, but I was pretty disappointed this movie wasn't more publicized. IMDB gave 6.2/10--I'd give at least 8. The acting in this is unbelievable. I love Lauren Ambrose in her typical sidekick role, and I very much enjoyed watching Lisa Kudrow in the serious role of a woman scorned.
Major Players: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Aly Michalka
The Situation: Typical beginning of college tale... Potluck roommates Meester and Kelly meet as they begin college together, and it's soon revealed that Meester ain't all there. In fact, she's pretty much your run-of-the-mill, psycho jeaous beotch.
Verdict: I mean... if you're looking for background noise while you pack for a trip, or clean out your desk drawers, this might be the one for you. Totally predictable, not scary, no real plot. Not even any memorable quotes. You can soak up everything you want to know from the trailer. I wasn't expecting a ton, but I was still pretty disappointed in that buck that I spent. IMDB gave it 4.5, but I wouldn't go that high at all. Even as foxy Meester and Kelly are.
Major Players: Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams
The Situation: Gosling and Williams are in a failing marriage, and (sometimes) willing to save it. The movie chronicles their entire relationship over a series of flashbacks to the past, and back to their "current" state.
Verdict: Wow. I was hesitant to rent this, as a lot of people told me it was "depressing," and they're right... but being someone who appreciates the artistry of film, I think it was a beautiful and brutally honest portrayal of how the stress and demands of a relationship will whittle you down. Lots of sex, lots of nudity. I always appreciate witnessing how dynamic Gosling and Williams can be. Don't rent this if you're looking for a sappy love story... IMDB gave it 7.7/10, but I'd give it 8 or so. Don't get me wrong--I probably won't be watching again. But I was glued to the TV for the whole show... that's gotta mean something, right?
I have a few more for you, and I'll report back to you on monday!!
What have you seen lately that you'd recommend??