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My Life in Ruins, not a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding, has a slimmed-down Nia Vardalos (smacked with an insult of “skinny”) wooed by another hirsute hunk, Alexis Georgoulis, a Greek bus driver who plays Zorba to the repressed heroine, a fun-loathing tour guide to a motley group of stereotypes. (An actual clip of Zorba the Greek on local television fairly insists on the analogy.) Think of it, if you like, as My Little Skinny Greek Romance, heavy-handed, lead-footed, thick-witted all the same.

The Hangover is a sledgehammer comedy about four buddies (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Justin Bartha) who go to Vegas for a bachelor party and wake up the morning after with no memory of the night before, a tiger in the bathroom, a baby in the closet, and the mystery of a missing bridegroom. Boys will be bores. For the record, in case it could help you decide if the movie’s sense of humor is yours, the line in the trailer where the three “immature” buddies pull up outside the house of the fourth and call out in front of his fiancée, “Paging Dr. Douche Bag,” is different in the final cut. It’s “Paging Dr. Faggot.” The scriptwriters’ wastebaskets must have overflowed with the evidence of such toss-up options. (“Paging Dr. Bedpan... Dr. Enema... Dr. Dildo....”) No one, in any event, need worry that Mike Tyson’s as-himself cameo will be soured by the accidental death last week of his four-year-old daughter. Having seen the movie prior to that, I can attest that he wasn’t funny anyway.

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John Rubio June 10, 2009 @ 10:37 p.m.

I find it ironic that the commentary "pretentious douche" and lessons on child rearing appear in the same message. Is this really the best way to make your point? I find it further ironic that the movie you advise us "to skip" employs the same "douche"-limited vocabulary as yourself. I believe Mr. Shepherd even pointed this out in his review. But I suppose that was just being pretentious, right? Perhaps rather than questioning why Shepherd finds a "kid's movie" so disappointing, we should be asking why you find the same one so challenging.

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rickeysays June 10, 2009 @ 8:45 p.m.

Duncan is just a pretentious douche. I'd like to excuse his take on Up by saying "well' it's just a kids movie", but it's not. It's a good movie. But it explores some pretty mature concepts that kids under, say, 8, will not get. Please take notice parents. Any kid under 8 is going to spend the whole movie asking you "mommy, why is he sad?" "Daddy, why is he doing that". I'm not making this up. This is a sample of the comments I got to listen to from the little kids sitting around me in the theatre(note to parents: please teach your kids it's not OK to talk in the movie theatre. If this concept escapes you, please stay home). Don't expect toy story. This is a good, likeable movie. But it's not the funhouse ride the ads and the name, UP, would lead you to believe. It's good, for 8 and UP. Drag Me To Hell and The Hangover both have to be considered in the light of "what they're trying to be". Neither is going for the Oscar. DMTH wants to be a fun but goose-pimply over-the-top bit of old school horror, and it succeeds. No one should expect "The Exorcist", or even "Poltergeist". Think more along the lines of "Nightmare On Elm Street". If you had a good time with that, you'll probably enjoy this. As for "The Hangover", I want to tell you to skip this movie, as there is way to much to dislike in it. But then I remind myself that you have to grade these things on a curve, and as much as I disliked parts of it, I didn't didlike ALL of it, which I do with way too many comedies Hollywood puts out. So if you're desperate to see a comedy, and you thought the trailer was hysterical, you probably won't hate yourself for seeing this.

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Josh Board June 11, 2009 @ 9:04 p.m.

I didn't like Drag Me to Hell for all sorts of reasons. And a few of my friends tried to tell me that "I'm just not into horror movies." But I liked Exorcist and some of those 70s films. Even a few like Halloween or The Omen, were good, scary fun. This movie wasn't funny in the parts that were supposed to be. And the scary parts, not very scary. The premise for the movie was okay...but, then you have two lead actors that look like they are 12. And...geez, there's just so much wrong with that movie, I can't start listing it now.

The Hangover was disappointing. A few laughs, but not enough to warrant all the praise it's getting from the critics. Not sure though, rickey...what you're arguing. It sounds like you and Duncan didn't like it.

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