Friday, July 09, 2004

Something's Gotta Give

I don't usually post this early in the day, but I wanted to get this out as quickly as I can in case any of you are planning a trip to Blockbuster on your way home for the weekend.

Do not rent Something's Gotta Give.

Due in large part to the all-star cast, Something's Gotta Give received much acclaim when it came out earlier this year. I don't usually put a lot of stock in Hollywood buzz, but I rented this movie last night upon the recommendation of a friend who somehow convinced me that she is some sort of aficionado on good writing. What a mistake!

Something's Gotta Give is possibly the most boring movie that I have ever seen -- including Lawrence of Arabia. Here's the gist: there's an old guy playboy that is dating a 30 year-old. Then the old guy ends up stuck in a house with the 30 year-old's divorced mother. Guess what happens. That's right, the two stock characters end up in bed with each other and then in love.

Basically, Something's Gotta Give is about 554 minutes worth of predictable drama mixed with 3 or 4 minutes of Beevis and Butthead humor (huh huh, he said Viagra). In the end, I was left with an angry feeling burning in my stomach because this snorefest caused me to miss Hillary Duff on The Tonight Show (fortunately, I did take a break from the film to make sure I didn't miss Jay's second guess, Roger Clemens, or else I would probably have had to smash my DVD player in order to relieve my frustrations).

Today's rental choice: S.W.A.T. This movie is guaranteed to have enough gunshots to keep me awake, and the hip-hop dialog will be less predictable.