Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” made its debut on Starz this past weekend.
Last year’s Academy Award winner for Best Original Screenplay, “Midnight in Paris” stars Owen Wilson as Gil Pender, a man who idealizes the Paris of the 1920s. Disenchanted with his career as a Hollywood hack, disrespected by his fiancée and lightly regarded by his future in-laws, Gil wishes he had lived amongst the great literary, artistic and culturally important figures of that time.
Little does he know… something extraordinary is in store for him.
Premiering this weekend on H.B.O. was this year’s “Hall Pass”, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Christina Applegate, and Jenna Fischer.
“Hall Pass” is the story of a pair of friends (Wilson and Sudeikis) who are constantly bemoaning the fact that they can’t have sex with any other women aside from their wives. They apparently spend all of their free time together having Jr. High School level sexual discussions and ogling women.
When their wives discover how they actually act when “unsupervised”, they give them each a “Hall Pass”. A week off from marriage in order to act out their impulses.
Is there a comedic equivalent of erectile disfunction?
Premiering this weekend on HBO was 2010’s “Little Fockers”, starring Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro.
“Little Fockers” is the third movie in the “Meet the Parents” series. “Meet the Parents” was released in 2000, “Meet the Fockers” in 2004 and “Little Fockers” in 2010. I mention this to bring attention to the fact that this film is a full decade removed from “Meet the Parents”, which may not have been the greatest comedy ever, but it had its moments.
This movie, however, had none. It was excruciatingly unfunny.