Love, Etc. and more...
John C. Reilly, Jacob Wysocki, Creed Bratton, Melanie Abramoff, Olivia Crocicchia
The fat kid in high school has always been the center of cinematic humor. He’s the bullied boy, the guaranteed geek pratfall, the jolly chubster that the cool kids go to in order to imply or elicit a laugh. But thanks to indie icon Azazel Jacobs and a more than formidable cast, this SXSW sensation plays against type. The title character is an excessively overweight teen, forced to take the jabs of his classmates during the day while caring for his almost-Alzheimer’s uncle the rest of the time. Sure, the same familiar coming of age issues are addressed, but Jacobs and his cast find fresh and inventive ways around the cliches.
Can a documentary be romantic? Does the very nature of the form—the illustration of fact and the highlighting of truth—lend itself to explorations of that most fragile of human emotions… love? That’s what the makers of this new motion picture hope for. By following around different relationships—first timers, old marrieds, newly divorced and suddenly with child—the realities of what love means can be deciphered. And since it’s set in New York City, we’ll get a bit of that Big Apple metropolitan drama as well. As with any film about people and their problems, it’s not pretty, but then again, love isn’t always
Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Ken Jeong, Donnie Wahlberg, Jim Breuer, Brandon Keener, Joe Rogan
Groan. It’s time to dumb down the Summer season once again as Kevin James plays a lonely overweight zookeeper who’s so desperate to get a life, he threatens to leave the animals he loves (and, in turn, who love him). Suddenly, all the creatures great and small reveal that they can talk, and oddly enough, can help him with his lack of romance. Rosario Dawson is the target of his critter fueled Don Juaning. It’s bad enough that every new CG animated film has to be loaded with stunt voice casting and lame pop culture references. Now, this inert Dr. Doolitte redux plans on more of the same. Sigh.