‘They Came Together’ does a good job of generating laughs

Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper in 'They Came Together'
Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Ellie Kemper in ‘They Came Together’

[rating=3]Starring:  Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Ed Helms, Michael Ian Black, Jason Mantzoukas, Cobie Smulders, Christopher Meloni, Ellie Kemper, Bill Hader, Max Greenfield, Melanie Lynskey and Kenan Thompson
Writer(s):  David Wain and Michael Showalter
Director(s):  David Wain

Anytime I look at the “specs” of a film prior to viewing and see that the running time is less than 90 minutes, unless it is a documentary, I get nervous.  While not always true, usually the shorter running time is an indicator the film will disappoint.  Fortunately for the 83 minute movie They Came Together, that wasn’t the case.

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Tune in to ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

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Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, David Koechner and Will Ferrell are once again a news team in ‘Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues’

[rating=3]Writer(s):  Will Ferrell and Adam McKay
Director(s):  Adam McKay

Picking up where Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy left off, this raw comedy opens with “Ron Burgundy” (Ferrell) and “Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy” now married and working as co-anchors for a newscast originating in New York City.  Then the managing editor/chief anchor (Harrison Ford in a cameo) announces he will be retiring.  Rather than being promoted into his place as he expects, Ron Burgundy is fired for consistently screwing up on-air.  Veronica gets the job and it causes Ron to leave her.

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No need to apply early for ‘Admission’, wait for the DVD

Tina Fey and Paul Rudd get romantic in 'Admission'
Tina Fey and Paul Rudd get romantic in ‘Admission’

[rating=2]Starring:  Tina Fey, Paul Rudd, Gloria Rueben, Wallace Shawn, Nat Wolff, Travaris Spears, Lily Tomlin and Michael Sheen
Writer(s):  Karen Croner (screenplay), Jean Hanff Korelitz
Director(s):  Paul Weitz

I’ve heard that the novel that was adapted into the film Admission is an excellent one.  Sadly, the same cannot be said for the adaptation.  “Portia Nathan” (Fey) is an admissions officer at Princeton who lives in a neatly ordered world.  She has the man she wants, the house she wants and the job she wants is just around the corner.  Her boss “Clarence” (Shawn) has announced he will be stepping down as Dean of Admissions at Princeton.  He tells Portia and “Corrine” (Reuben) that they are his two “stars” and he expect to see one of them in his office next year.

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‘This is 40’ is funny… but not that funny

Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in 'This is 40'
Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in ‘This is 40’

[rating=3]Starring:  Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann, Maude Apatow, Iris Apatow, Jason Segel, Annie Mumulo, Robert Smigel, Megan Fox, John Lithgow, and Albert Brooks
Director(s):  Judd Apatow
Writer(s):  Judd Apatow

This is 40 isn’t the first movie about the trauma of a birthday with a zero in it.  Nor is it the first to look at the concept of a mid-life crisis.  But it’s the first movie I can remember where two of the supporting characters from another movie become the central characters in a “sort of sequel” to that movie five years later.

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‘The Shape of Things’ goes from stage to screen with entertaining grace

[rating=3]Starring: Gretchen Mol, Paul Rudd, Rachel Weisz, Fred Weller
Director(s): Neil LaBute
Writer(s): Neil LaBute

Rachel Weisz and Paul Rudd star in 'The Shape of Things'
Rachel Weisz and Paul Rudd star in ‘The Shape of Things’

The Shape of Things first sparked my interest when it was playing off-Broadway on the New York stage. I found it curious that film stars Paul Rudd and Rachel Weisz were giving the stage a shot in roles that seemed completely out-of-character. I missed the chance to see the story unfold on stage, only to find out that it was debuting in theaters shortly after with the original cast.

The film opens with a rebellious MFA student Evelyn (Weisz) surveying what she has deemed “fake” art in a museum. She plans to deface a sculpture to make a point. Paul Rudd enters to stop her as Adam, an anxious, nerdy museum guard. Somehow, a quirky courtship begins.

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