Gerard Butler has had a long string on movie duds, but this one will put him back on solid ground as an intrepid Secret Service agent. After terrorists stage a spectacular attack on the White House and hold President Aaron Eckhart hostage, Butler is the only one who can save the day. As this genre goes, this is pretty much by the numbers, but it’s well staged and well acted (who even recognized Melissa Leo in that wig?). The fights are sometimes too jumbled to follow, but the plot (pun intended) offers a frightening theory that’s effectively played out.
GAY ANGLE: Butler’s back to buff (as we see for about 3 secs).
The movie’s title has several meanings and that’s part of the problem. Too much earnest message and not enuff laffs. Tina Fey plays an admissions officer at Princeton, who is solicited by a teacher (Paul Rudd) to consider a special student. Fey is the comic core of this film. When she’s being awkward, she’s funny. The emotional stuff…not so much. I’m a big fan of Rudd, but this isn’t one of his most charming performances. Overall, there are laughs, but the leanings toward heartfelt dilute the comedy.
GAY ANGLE: Out lesbian Lily Tomlin plays her hetero mom (at least she’s a feminist).
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.