Director: Rob Reiner
Writer: Mark Andrus
Stars: Michael Douglas, Diane Keaton, Sterling Jerins
This is one of those films with a generic title that’s destined to fade into mediocrity. Michael Douglas plays the cranky, self-centered old man whose heart is softened when he’s visited by the granddaughter he never knew about. Toss in Diane Keaton as the sweet, slightly sassy woman next door and you have a formula that’s painfully predictable. Surprisingly, his conversion to caring takes place quickly and the conflict turns to their romance. Douglas manages to land a few zingers, Frances Sternhagen (as the cantankerous friend) has the best lines and Keaton sings a couple of lovely songs. While this is lite on laffs, the leads’ personalities may make it appealing to mature audiences looking for innocuous blandness.
GAY ANGLE: This film strives for racial diversity, but loses out on the gay angle.
Director: Brett Ratner
Writers: Ryan Condal (screenplay), Evan Spiliotopoulos (screenplay)
Stars: Dwayne Johnson, John Hurt, Ian McShane
Dwayne Johnson plays the mythical muscleman, but in this case he’s just a mighty mortal with good PR. He heads a small band of mercenaries who are hired to quell a war in ancient Greece. This is basically a by-the-numbers action flick (Brett Ratner directed after all) with lots of passable combat…no magic and no Greek gods. There’s nothing original or special about the script or the skirmishes, but it doesn’t suck.
GAY ANGLE: There’s plenty of Johnson’s gigantic biceps, if you’re into that.
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.