Director: Rob Minkoff
Writers: Jay Ward (based on the series produced by), Craig Wright (screenplay), 3 more credits »
Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert
If you watched the Rocky & Bullwinkle show, you’ll remember this duo. If not, Mr. Peabody is a genius inventor, who’s also a dog and Sherman is his human son. They travel thru time in the WABAC machine, but things go awry when Sherman takes a trip on his own. This spunky animated adventure keeps a zippy pace and relies on fun with puns for most of the laffs. Visually, it’s colorful, but none of the characters are especially clever or wacky. While there’s a spirited energy and humor that appeals on an intellectual level, nothing about the film is outstanding.
GAY ANGLE: A dog adopting a boy could be construed into a statement about gay parenting.
Better Living Through Chemistry
Directors: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Writers: Geoff Moore, David Posamentier
Stars: Olivia Wilde, Michelle Monaghan, Ray Liotta
Sam Rockwell plays an unassuming pharmacist whose bleak marriage and unhappy life is disrupted by a sexy customer (Olivia Wilde). It starts with sex, but her love of the mood-altering effects of pills soon changes his life. When a plot is this predictable, it’s vital that something about the characters, the performances or the way it’s made makes it stand out. Rockwell and Wilde manage to make a good case, but the lackluster direction and unoriginal script keep it in the mediocre range. (At Criterion Cinema only)
GAY ANGLE: Rockwell has always been sexy in a non-hunk way and he flashes a bit of flesh.
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.