Movies I Slept Through – Super

“Super” answers the question brought up in Dumb and Dumber, “What if he shot me in the face?”

“Super” is about  a man named Frank(Rainn Wilson). He’s just your average guy with an average drug rehabbing wife(Liv Tyler). When she is lured away by a drug dealer(Kevin Bacon), Frank decides to go to the cops. Unfortunately for Frank, he has no proof of wrong doing. So he does what many movie characters do and decides to take matters into his own hands.

Frank creates an alternate identity known as the Crimson Bolt. The Crimson Bolt has one goal and that’s to make crime shut up. I guess really two goals if you count getting Frank’s wife back. How does he make crime shut up? He gets a big ass wrench and beats people with it.

Now, I never saw “The Rocker” but based on the poster and what I assume is the plot; this is Rainn Wilson’s best leading role as of yet.[Editor’s Note: I found out that his character in “The Rocker” is called Fish. It can’t be THAT bad can it?] He shows some decent range by coming off as vulnerable in some scenes and quite a physical presence in others. Good job Rainn Wilson.

Ellen Page has an interesting role as Crimson Bolt’s side kick, Boltie. She inadvertently helps Crimson Bolt realize what he is doing may not be the best thing in the world. The glee with which she attacks people is disturbing.

Liv Tyler does an ok job as the drug addled wife. She spends most of her time in a stupor so it’s hard to judge the quality of her performance. I just imagined her character was the same chick from that Aerosmith video just 17 years down the road.

Combine Kevin Bacon’s role here as the drug dealer who steals Rainn Wilson’s wife with his performance in that Logitech Revue commercial and I say we’re ready for a “Footloose” sequel.

The violence in “Super” walks a fine line between being completely brutal and having that brutality come off as comical.  It’s dark, very dark. The plot grows to the inevitable point of the Crimson Bolt doing something that a real super hero would do, much like this review grew to the inevitable  comparison of “Kick Ass”, but “Super” shows a little more restraint than “Kick Ass”. Spoiler Alert: There are no jet packs in “Super”.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie, but the scenes where Rainn Wilson hallucinates/receives messages from God took me out of things a bit and Ellen Page’s character is legitimately disturbing  to the point I’m afraid she’ll become someone people like but really shouldn’t. “Super” gets a Nap Before.


Movies I Slept Through – Hall Pass

“Hall Pass” is about two middle aged men that get permission from their wives to sneak out of Algebra and play swords in the bathroom for 98 minutes.

“Hall Pass” follows Rick (Owen Wilson) and Fred (Jason Sudeikis), two kinda douchey guys that are married but can’t stop looking at or talking about other women whenever they’re more than 7 feet from their pretty bitchy wives played by Jenna Fischer and Christina Applegate.

After Rick and Fred are caught talking about other women for the millionth time, Rick’s wife decides to give him a “Hall Pass”. Which means he gets a week free from marriage to do whatever he wants without consequence. Through more self indulgent circumstances, Fred also gets a Hall Pass and from there hilarity ensues. Or at least it’s supposed to.

There’s a funny thing about that movie poster. The movies they’re promoting at the top came out in 1998(There’s Something About Mary) and 1994 (Dumb and Dumber), which means you have to go back 13 years to find a movie the Farrelly Brothers have done that would possibly make you think, “Those guys did ‘There’s Something About Mary’ too? That movie is the reason I started finishing into girls’ hair. I’m so there.” Let’s just say they haven’t been on the biggest roll lately and “Hall Pass” continues that streak.

After Rick and Fred receive their Hall Passes, the movie is filled with lame attempts to pick up women, excessive reactions to fairly mild drugs and has two requisite gross out scenes. One of which involves the Unexpected Penis Principle (aka Crotch-22) which is when a penis just appears for comic effect but just makes you uncomfortable. You freeze. You don’t want to stare but you can’t look away and then you just start questioning your sexuality. (Right fellas?)

“Hall Pass” isn’t without it’s bright spots. Stephen Merchant is great in his small roll, a few of the jokes are good for a laugh, and there’s one running joke that has a big pay off at the end of the movie. Also, Merchant has a pretty funny scene during the credits so stick around for that. I have to give “Hall Pass” a Nap During. When the funny stuff hits, it’s pretty good and during the slow points you can at least play a pretty rewarding drinking game if you do shots every time someone says, “Hall Pass”.