Into every movie reviewer’s life, a few questionable scenes must fall. What really bugs me is when I’m going along, enjoying the movie, “getting” the characters, and then something happens in the plot, with language or content, that interrupts my enjoyment of the film. Hence I offer the following reviews so you can decide for yourself if these films sound like something you’d like … or not.
“Made of Honor” is a fairly recent release. I thought the premise sounded fun – a guy and a girl have been best friends for years, and it’s only when she becomes engaged that he realizes he’s in love with her. When she asks him to be her maid of honor, he agrees in the hopes that he’ll have the chance to break up her engagement and swipe her for himself. Along the way, he learns a lot of lessons about himself, and becomes a better man for the hard knocks he takes. All that, I liked. However, the movie did have a lot of sexual innuendo and language. Drat.
“Get Smart” was hysterical. I laughed so hard, I got a stomach ache. Maxwell Smart is a wanna-be secret agent who has been doing desk work for ages because he can’t pass the agent exam. When he finally does achieve that lofty status, he’s told he should keep his desk job, as they need him too much. But when the agency is compromised and the identities of all the agents are revealed to their enemies, Max is the perfect choice to get out there and do what needs to be done … in his own inimitable way. Unfortunately, this movie also contained a lot of innuendo, and the biggest shame is, it wasn’t needed. This film was great on its own merit and didn’t need anything to pull in an audience.
“Frequency” is a little bit older than the other two films I’ve mentioned. It has an awesome plot – a young family man who works as a firefighter enjoys using his ham radio late at night. He is killed in a fire, and his son and wife carry on without him. But the son finds his old ham radio one day, and begins using it. The film turns into a cool time-warp thing as the son flips on the radio to find himself talking to his father, thirty years earlier. It’s a little confusing, but the plot is absolutely awesome as the son tells the father to be careful in the fire, and saves his father’s life. But that sets off a whole chain of other events, and they work together to make everything right. I really liked this movie, and the ending gave me chills. My concern with it is the level of violence toward the end that might make some viewers uncomfortable. It’s not as bad as others, but may push the limits for some.
As always, it's your call. My opinions might not jive with yours at all, but I offer them so you can better choose what works for you.
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