Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Writers: Blake Masters (screenplay), Steven Grant (based on the Boom! Studios graphic novels by)
Stars: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg, Paula Patton
Mark Wahlberg & Denzel Washington are undercover agents playing each other, until they both get double-crossed and have to work together. While the plot is typical, there are enough variations to keep it interesting. The chases and fights are competent without being exceptional. What makes a film like this work is the chemistry between the leads and these guys got it! The snappy banter helps a lot (this may be Wahlberg’s best comic performance). Don’t go expecting more than basic summer action fare and you’ll be mindlessly entertained.
GAY ANGLE: No Wahlberg flesh unless you count the guns (pun intended).
We’re the Millers
Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Writers: Bob Fisher (screenplay), Steve Faber (screenplay)
Stars: Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Emma Roberts
Jason Sudeikis plays a small-time drug dealer, who’s hired to smuggle a lot of pot from Mexico. To diffuse suspicion he hires a fake family: neighbor/stripper Jennifer Aniston, runaway/punk Emma Roberts and Will Poulter in the breakout hilarious role as the doofus adolescent. Along their way, they encounter a wacky family and some other complications. While the plot points are obvious, there’s a liberal sprinkling of humorous lines and comical characters. Granted, the current trend to be outrageous and/or gross gets a nod, but plenty of it is genuinely funny.
GAY ANGLE: Ladies and straighties, Aniston does a very hot strip.