Director: Shawn Levy
Writers: Vince Vaughn (screenplay), Jared Stern (screenplay)
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson try to rekindle the comic charisma that worked in “Wedding Crashers,” but with no help from the script (which Vaugh co-wrote). They play 2 laid-off salesmen who get gigs as summer interns at Google with hopes of landing a job for them and their team of misfits. It’s been a plot staple since “Bad News Bears:” This seemingly hopeless group comes together to beat all odds. Although there are some mildly amusing supporting characters, Vaughn and Wilson flail around with pitiful patter and lame jokes. There’s plenty of energy, but not many laffs.
GAY ANGLE: Considering how diverse this group is, none of them is gay.
Director: James DeMonaco
Writer: James DeMonaco
Stars: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Max Burkholder
The future America’s in great shape, primarily because one nite a year anything (including murder) is legal. This leads to a “Straw Dogs” style home invasion scenario, with Ethan Hawke’s family having to defend itself. When this film is working, it’s violently gripping, but there are several lags in pacing that also lack suspense. Even with the clever dystopian plot, three of the tight spots rely on the same last-minute rescue. Still, paranoia, brutality and subversive concepts combine for a decent thriller.
GAY ANGLE: Since everything is legal, that would include gay marriage, but it never comes up.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.