Thursday, June 23, 2011

"Is the Pope-mobile Catholic?"

The three big movies opening this week are Cars 2, Bad Teacher and Conan O'Brien Can't Stop.

Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake and Jason Segel. Diaz plays a junior-high teacher who just does not care about her job. She drinks and smokes on the job and all she wants is to marry a rich man so that she can stop working. She gets dumped by her fiancĂ©e and then sets her eyes on the hot new substitute teacher, played by Timberlake. She must compete with another teacher in the school for his attention and also spur the advances of the gym teacher, played by Segel. While I am not a huge fan of Cameron Diaz, I think this looks kind of funny. I know that she can be a good actress (if you have not seen Being John Malkovich, it’s a must-see) but she always seems to pick really stupid movies. I am hoping that is not the case this time. It has gotten mediocre reviews so far, but sometimes comedies do not review well and then end up being pretty good, so we shall just have to wait and see.

In Cars 2, we find racecar Lightning McQueen and his tow truck friend, Mater, on an overseas adventure. McQueen is competing in the first-ever World Grand Prix which will determine who is the fastest car in the world. However, Mater gets caught up in an international espionage scheme and is torn between helping his friend and being a spy. Owen Wilson returns to voice Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy is back as Mater. They are also joined by Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shaloub, Cheech Marin, Joe Mantegna, Michael Caine, John Turturro, Eddie Izzard and Emily Mortimer. The first film got pretty good reviews, but this one does not seem to be faring as well. I will mostly likely wait until it comes out on DVD to see it.

Conan O'Brien Can't Stop is probably the one movie that I am actually really looking forward to seeing. It is about his stand-up comedy tour in the United States and Canada after he lost his hosting job at The Tonight Show. Conan is awesome, so this film is sure to be as well.

Also in theaters tomorrow are: A Better Life, Leap Year, Turtle: The Incredible Journey and The Names of Love.