The Longest Week (2014)

Directed By – Peter Glanz

Screenplay By – Peter Glanz

Cinematography By – Ben Kutchins

Starring Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde & Billy Crudup

86 min.

The Longest Week isn’t anything all that special but as always Bateman can carry a film, especially this time with Olivia Wilde and Billy Crudup backing him up. The Longest Week’s biggest problem is that it wants to satirize Bateman’s spoiled, extremely rich-parent dependent character Conrad, but is ultimately too sympathetic towards him. This keeps the film from truly being a satire but also ends up with a character that is fairly flat.

The Longest Week is a fine time filler with a highly watchable cast.

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The Switch (2010)

Directed By – Josh Gordon & Will Speck

Screenplay By – Allan Loeb

Cinematography By – Jess Hall

Starring Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston & Thomas Robinson

101 min.

Life is full of pleasant surprises and The Switch is one of them. I thought this movie would be god awful, literally terrible, and to my delight it wasn’t. Everything in this movie works and works decently well. It also helps that Gordon and Speck found the cutest little kid ever in Thomas Robinson and he kind of looks like a little Jason Bateman, kind of. But it works. If only Jennifer Aniston would just be her character from Horrible Bosses in everything, but alas. Aniston is good though, she get’s the job done, like this movie.

The Switch gives you exactly what it says it would and for that I applaud it. I figured it was giving us the hard sell but it really was just saying what it was, a Hollywood romantic comedy starring Jason Bateman and Jennifer Aniston in their typical roles, one being the neurotic guy who can’t say how he feels and the other a cute single women who just wants to have someone she connects with, and this time, a kid. The kid is where this movie really surprised me. The little guy is adorable and having him be a little neurotic mini-Bateman is so enjoyable to watch.

Give The Switch a chance and I think you’ll be surprised too, but don’t expect what it’s not, be happy that it’s good at being what it is.

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Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)

Directed By – Sean Anders

Screenplay By – Sean Anders & John Morris

Cinematography By – Julio Macat

Starring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis & Charlie Day

108 min.

Let me start off by saying that I thought the first was entertaining, not necessarily a hilarious movie, but a highly entertaining one. I think in terms of an entertaining sequel Horrible Bosses 2 delivers. The humor might not be quite on the same level as the first but it is close enough and does produce laughs.

Interestingly I felt like Bateman checks out on this one, or at least his character becomes an exaggerated version of his stuck-up self that he was in the first, and for the most part Bateman doesn’t join in on the fun. Bateman’s character only comes alive when Jennifer Aniston is on screen and frankly I don’t blame him because Aniston in these two movies is hotter than I’ve ever seen her. (Seriously, Aniston is mind-blowingly hot in these movies.)

While Charlie Day gives his usual quirky funny man Charlie Day performance, it is Sudeikis that really shines in this sequel. He has toned down the horniness of his character and added a large quantity of dumb, making him a hilarious pseudo-criminal. But I give credit to both Day and Sudeikis as Bateman really relies on them to play off of.

Surprisingly Chris Pine is also genuinely funny in this movie. The man brought the heat and it shows.

Horrible Bosses 2 is a decent sequel with an original plot and that’s more than I can say for a lot of sequels. You don’t need to rush to the theaters to see this movie but when this movie is available to you at your convenience, give it a shot, you’ll be amused.

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