Miles Teller plays a student jazz drummer whose ambition drives him to extremes, while he endures the abusive tactics of a teacher/band leader (J.K. Simmons). Much like director Damien Chazelle’s extensive use of close-ups, this film focuses intensely on the personal dramatic conflict. Fortunately, Teller and Simmons create potent characters. The pace never lags, but the grueling encounters (and Simmons’ character) sometimes push beyond reality. Still, it’s a compelling character study.
GAY ANGLE: The conductor liberally uses gay slurs, but it’s not clear if the subjects are really gay or he’s just an equal-opportunity offender.
Dumb & Dumber To
Directors: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Writers: Sean Anders (screenplay), Mike Cerrone
Stars: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Rob Riggle
They’re back, 20 years later and as dumb as ever. Unfortunately, not as funny. This time they set out to find Harry’s long-lost daughter, but not without silly complications. There are a funny moments scattered around and the duo still brings plenty of goofy energy. It’s just that more of the jokes fall flat than land a laff. At least they didn’t stoop to the current trend in gross-outs gags, but went for the classic stupid characters.
GAY ANGLE: Nothing sexy in stupidity and one gay reference isn’t especially funny.
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.