Director: James DeMonaco
Writers: James DeMonaco, James DeMonaco (characters)
Stars: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zach Gilford
The concept: one night a year, all crimes are allowed. This time, instead of one family’s home being invaded, the action takes to the streets, where our protagonists are on the run. The premise is improbable enough, but this plot extends it to simply stupid: the characters are lame and the situations are absurd. Worse of all, the violent acts are dull and unoriginal. Many of the potentially best kills are dispatched off-camera or in a blur. There’s nothing about this sequel that vaguely resembles the gripping original.
GAY ANGLE: Not worth it to watch Frank Grillo as the hero.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Writers: Kate Angelo (screenplay), Jason Segel (screenplay), 2 more credits »
Stars: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry
Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel play a married couple who decide to spice up their sex life by recording it. Needless to say, it gets out of their hands, which is supposed to cause a zany time. As a screen couple, Diaz provides the hot and Segel handles the comedy. Unfortunately, the majority of the movie is spent with them in mediocre banter and their chemistry isn’t special. The attempts at madcap situations are overblown and silly. Despite the efforts at outrageous humor and enuff F-bombs to make Tarantino blush, most of the gags fall flaccid (pun intended). The upbeat energy keeps it moving, but the genuine laffs are overclouded by everyone trying too hard (pun also intended).
GAY ANGLE: There’s plenty of both of them naked (especially from behind) and Segel’s weight loss makes him more appealing.
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.