Odds & Ends – Netflix Edition

longestweekThe Longest Week – Jason Bateman plays a dependently wealthy man-child chronically working on (or at least thinking about) the great American novel until one day his parents cut him off, he gets evicted, and he shows up on his best friend’s (Billy Crudup) doorstep, begging for a place to stay. And this might have gone well if he didn’t immediately start crushing on and sleeping with his best friend’s girl (Olivia Wilde). Likeable leads. Aiming for quirky but falls into been there, done that.

Touchy Feely – Rosemarie DeWitt plays a massage therapist suddenlyTouchy-Feely-Poster1 stricken with a complete aversion to touch. She can’t do her job anymore but that’s the least of it: all of her personal relationships start to suffer too. Luckily her brother the dentist starts to do really well healing his patients thanks to his daughter (Ellen Page) breeching protocol. The uptight family does some X and wander around and just like this movie, they never really go anywhere.

Life of Crime – Tim Robbins is a rich old white guy with a young, hot wife (Jennifer Aniston) but leaves his wife for a younger, hottlife-of-crimeer mistress (Isla Fisher). Too bad some dumb criminals pick this exact moment to kidnap the wife and demand a hefty ransom. Sure he has the money, but now that he thinks about, he wouldn’t mind if his wife just disappeared – in fact, it would save him on alimony. Not the best Elmore Leonard adaptation but solid, and sometimes charming.

The Giant Mechanical Man – Jenna Fischer plays a woman who’s a little too old to still not know what she wants to be when she grows up. Temping isn’t paying what it used to andmechanicalman she has to move in with her uppity little sister. She feels comforted by the giant mechanical man (Chris Messina) when she spots him around the city – one of those street performers who dress up like a metal statue and never move. Turns out the mechanical man is going through a transition period himself. His girlfriend’s left him because he spends his day wearing silver paint rather than being gainfully employed. The two finally meet when they both take jobs far below their stations, and bond over their common loserdom. It’s quietly sweet, but it’s hard not to think that Pam belongs with Jim, and Danny with Mindy. Call me crazy.

 

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10 thoughts on “Odds & Ends – Netflix Edition

  1. Carrie Rubin

    All these movies have highly recognizable actor names, and yet I’ve not heard of any of them. For a big movie fan, I’ve apparently lost my way. Going to hang my head in shame now…

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  2. seanathant

    Good reviews, None of these were bad but none were great either. I was kind of surprised to have never heard of any of these beforehand but i understood why after seeing them. Decent diversions but you’ve seen it all before.

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  3. ruth

    Out of these four, I’m most curious about Life of Crime. The premise sounds interesting, but hopefully the movie itself doesn’t suck.

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  4. reocochran

    I watch Indie movies. If you watch them, you will see more ads for other ones. Some are great but all are out of the mainstream. I like many I find there. If Jason weren’t do likeable, I would not have enjoyed the first one, the second one reminds me of a good, serious movie with Kristen Wiig in it. She wants love, cleans houses and meets Two teens who set her up as a prank. She manages to find love in a strange stretch for her acting skills. Don’t remember the title. I am sure it is on her resume. 🙂

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