The Watch is all about four guys who band together in an ordinary town in Ohio to solve a murder, keep their town safe, and in the minds of three of them, have a great time while doing those two things. Whatever else The Watch may be, the most important thing to remember is that it passes the acid test for comedies. It is funny. Laugh out loud funny in places.
[rating=4]Starring: Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, Rip Torn, Justin Long
Director(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writer(s): Rawson Marshall Thurber
Who’d have thunk that a moronic and demoralizing school-age sport could make such a funny movie?
Dodgeball is probably one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in years. Vince Vaughn hasn’t begun to annoy me just yet, and here he’s probably at his most charming. Ben Stiller is funny, even if he’s doing one of his oddball type characters, most of which I find stupid. I can’t think of any better compliment to give a comedy than to say that it’s just plain funny, and that’s what Dodgeball is from beginning to end.
[rating=3]Starring: Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, James Rebhorn, Jon Abrahams, Owen Wilson
Director(s): Jay Roach
Writer(s): Screenplay by Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg; Story by Greg Glienna and Mary Ruth Clarke
Meet the Parents comedy is memorable largely for the brilliant casting of Ben Stiller and Robert DeNiro. I think had you been told that DeNiro was going to do a movie like this back in the 80s, or even the earlier 90s, then no one would have believed you.
But DeNiro pulls off the role of Jack Byrnes, the father of the woman Ben Stiller’s Greg Focker, is looking to marry. When Greg and his girlfriend go to her parents’ house for the wedding of her sister, Greg struggles to make nice with the people he hopes will be his future in-laws. However, Jack isn’t too receptive to this new guy in his little girl’s life. And Greg has his own problems as he makes one mistake after another.
[rating=1]Starring: Ben Stiller, Drew Barrymore, Eileen Essel
Director(s): Danny DeVito
Writer(s): Larry Doyle
Anyone who has ever seen a film that Danny DeVito has directed, produced, written or starred in knows that DeVito has a certain brand of humor. It’s a bit off-putting, a bit different and sometimes completely off the mark. His critically panned Death to Smoochy was all these things with the exception that it was exceptionally entertaining. Duplex is all these things and nothing else.