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The Movie Guy: The Paperboy, Side Effects, and Guilt Trip

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by Keith Kilburn

The Paperboy (Now on Netflix, Redbox and at the Wal-Mart)

I had seen this movie advertised on television and at Wal-Mart and while I hadn’t seen it up until that point, it looked as though it might have been an interesting movie to check out. The film is populated with actors we’re all familiar with and seems to have a plot that could be interesting. Two reporters are trying to keep a man that has been sentenced to death row from being executed for a crime he might not have committed. The problem isn’t the actors, but rather what is going on in this train wreck of a movie as it unfolds. I understand that real people do strange and bizarre things in life, but this movie heaps a big pile of ‘what the hell was that’ on top of the weirdness. Some examples? Zac Effron gets urinated on by Nicole Kidman who later has simulated sex (you really have to see it to believe it…) with John Cusack and then there is Matthew McConaughey who enjoys having sadomasochistic gay sex with large angry African-Americans, with this movie set in the early seventies when race relations were nowhere near as nice as they appear to be these days the movie’s overall language usage is like something out of a dark period in American history. These sorts of things do happen in real life, sure they do (and probably every day…) but to see them in a film sold in Wal-Mart after the firing of Paula Deen comes as something of a surprise. Oh and did I mention that somewhere in here there is a plot about a killer and 2 reporters?
Do yourself a favor, save 2 hours of your time and whatever money you might be considering spending on watching a movie and pick something else other than this train wreck.

0 stars out of 5, this is not the movie you’re looking for…

Side Effects (Now at the Redbox and your local video store…)

I had seen previews of this movie before it came out theatrically and somehow managed to miss the movie last year, when I saw it in the Redbox I convinced my wife (who made the comment she’d never heard of it…) that it might be a decent thriller about the drug addled society we live in these days. Instead what I found was a slow moving movie, and saying ‘they did it to build suspense’ is just making an excuse for a really slow moving movie. The plot follows a young couple, the husband who went to jail for insider trading and the wife who lost everything they had but waited for him, trying to weather the stormy mental health issues she is having. After an attempted suicide she is placed on medication by a psychiatrist and begins to experience a series of side effects before killing her husband in a sleep-walk induced stupor. Sounds like a good movie so far? The problem is to get this far takes 2/3rds of the movie and the last bit is Jude Law’s character playing Sherlock Holmes to discover a plot that involves another psychiatrist played by Catherine Zeta Jones and the young wife manipulating Jude Law and the Stock Market to get the money they both feel they so richly deserve after having been ignored and neglected by husbands who took everything from them. In a typical movie like fashion Law turns the tables on both of them and manages to get himself out of the mess that he’s found himself in.

This is a slow moving movie that I felt would be better suited to a movie of the week on one of the major networks, rather than a theatrical release. Nothing in the movie is original or comes close to anything that we haven’t seen elsewhere before and worse yet it is so slow paced that I felt like I was on medication watching it.

1 Star out of 5, should medication come with the DVD?

Guilt Trip (at your local Redbox, Video store and retail outlet…)

To me Seth Rogen is either hit or miss and I’ve never been much of a Barbara Streisand fan that I can recall (although 1987’s ‘Nuts’ is an excellent movie…) but ‘Guilt Trip’ turned out to be a really cute movie about a overbearing mother dealing with her neurotic son on a road trip across country and the two of them learning to deal with pain from their collective past that they’ve never let go of. This movie is like a more update to date version of 1991’s ‘Only the Lonely’ with John Candy, the difference here though is that there isn’t a love interest for Seth Rogen to chase after. This is a decent movie that talks about the relationships that mothers and their sons have and how sometimes both parties just need to let go and learn to quit living in the past. I thought the movie was funny and touching and there is a scene in the movie that made me think of my mom while watching it. If you have some time, take a few minutes and check this one out its decent for a couple of laughs and it may even make you think twice about your mom afterwards.

3 stars out of 5, certainly better than ‘Green Hornet’.

The Paperboy (Now on Netflix, Redbox and at the Wal-Mart)
I had seen this movie advertised on television and at Wal-Mart and while I hadn’t seen it up until that point, it looked as though it might have been an interesting movie to check out. The film is populated with actors we’re all familiar with and seems to have a plot that could be interesting. Two reporters are trying to keep a man that has been sentenced to death row from being executed for a crime he might not have committed. The problem isn’t the actors, but rather what is going on in this train wreck of a movie as it unfolds. I understand that real people do strange and bizarre things in life, but this movie heaps a big pile of ‘what the hell was that’ on top of the weirdness. Some examples? Zac Effron gets urinated on by Nicole Kidman who later has simulated sex (you really have to see it to believe it…) with John Cusack and then there is Matthew McConaughey who enjoys having sadomasochistic gay sex with large angry African-Americans, with this movie set in the early seventies when race relations were nowhere near as nice as they appear to be these days the movie’s overall language usage is like something out of a dark period in American history. These sorts of things do happen in real life, sure they do (and probably every day…) but to see them in a film sold in Wal-Mart after the firing of Paula Deen comes as something of a surprise. Oh and did I mention that somewhere in here there is a plot about a killer and 2 reporters?
Do yourself a favor, save 2 hours of your time and whatever money you might be considering spending on watching a movie and pick something else other than this train wreck.
0 stars out of 5, this is not the movie you’re looking for…
Side Effects (Now at the Redbox and your local video store…)
I had seen previews of this movie before it came out theatrically and somehow managed to miss the movie last year, when I saw it in the Redbox I convinced my wife (who made the comment she’d never heard of it…) that it might be a decent thriller about the drug addled society we live in these days. Instead what I found was a slow moving movie, and saying ‘they did it to build suspense’ is just making an excuse for a really slow moving movie. The plot follows a young couple, the husband who went to jail for insider trading and the wife who lost everything they had but waited for him, trying to weather the stormy mental health issues she is having. After an attempted suicide she is placed on medication by a psychiatrist and begins to experience a series of side effects before killing her husband in a sleep-walk induced stupor. Sounds like a good movie so far? The problem is to get this far takes 2/3rds of the movie and the last bit is Jude Law’s character playing Sherlock Holmes to discover a plot that involves another psychiatrist played by Catherine Zeta Jones and the young wife manipulating Jude Law and the Stock Market to get the money they both feel they so richly deserve after having been ignored and neglected by husbands who took everything from them. In a typical movie like fashion Law turns the tables on both of them and manages to get himself out of the mess that he’s found himself in.
This is a slow moving movie that I felt would be better suited to a movie of the week on one of the major networks, rather than a theatrical release. Nothing in the movie is original or comes close to anything that we haven’t seen elsewhere before and worse yet it is so slow paced that I felt like I was on medication watching it.
1 Star out of 5, should medication come with the DVD?
Guilt Trip (at your local Redbox, Video store and retail outlet…)
To me Seth Rogen is either hit or miss and I’ve never been much of a Barbara Streisand fan that I can recall (although 1987’s ‘Nuts’ is an excellent movie…) but ‘Guilt Trip’ turned out to be a really cute movie about a overbearing mother dealing with her neurotic son on a road trip across country and the two of them learning to deal with pain from their collective past that they’ve never let go of. This movie is like a more update to date version of 1991’s ‘Only the Lonely’ with John Candy, the difference here though is that there isn’t a love interest for Seth Rogen to chase after. This is a decent movie that talks about the relationships that mothers and their sons have and how sometimes both parties just need to let go and learn to quit living in the past. I thought the movie was funny and touching and there is a scene in the movie that made me think of my mom while watching it. If you have some time, take a few minutes and check this one out its decent for a couple of laughs and it may even make you think twice about your mom afterwards.
3 stars out of 5, certainly better than ‘Green Hornet’.

The Paperboy (Now on Netflix, Redbox and at the Wal-Mart)
I had seen this movie advertised on television and at Wal-Mart and while I hadn’t seen it up until that point, it looked as though it might have been an interesting movie to check out. The film is populated with actors we’re all familiar with and seems to have a plot that could be interesting. Two reporters are trying to keep a man that has been sentenced to death row from being executed for a crime he might not have committed. The problem isn’t the actors, but rather what is going on in this train wreck of a movie as it unfolds. I understand that real people do strange and bizarre things in life, but this movie heaps a big pile of ‘what the hell was that’ on top of the weirdness. Some examples? Zac Effron gets urinated on by Nicole Kidman who later has simulated sex (you really have to see it to believe it…) with John Cusack and then there is Matthew McConaughey who enjoys having sadomasochistic gay sex with large angry African-Americans, with this movie set in the early seventies when race relations were nowhere near as nice as they appear to be these days the movie’s overall language usage is like something out of a dark period in American history. These sorts of things do happen in real life, sure they do (and probably every day…) but to see them in a film sold in Wal-Mart after the firing of Paula Deen comes as something of a surprise. Oh and did I mention that somewhere in here there is a plot about a killer and 2 reporters?
Do yourself a favor, save 2 hours of your time and whatever money you might be considering spending on watching a movie and pick something else other than this train wreck.
0 stars out of 5, this is not the movie you’re looking for…
Side Effects (Now at the Redbox and your local video store…)
I had seen previews of this movie before it came out theatrically and somehow managed to miss the movie last year, when I saw it in the Redbox I convinced my wife (who made the comment she’d never heard of it…) that it might be a decent thriller about the drug addled society we live in these days. Instead what I found was a slow moving movie, and saying ‘they did it to build suspense’ is just making an excuse for a really slow moving movie. The plot follows a young couple, the husband who went to jail for insider trading and the wife who lost everything they had but waited for him, trying to weather the stormy mental health issues she is having. After an attempted suicide she is placed on medication by a psychiatrist and begins to experience a series of side effects before killing her husband in a sleep-walk induced stupor. Sounds like a good movie so far? The problem is to get this far takes 2/3rds of the movie and the last bit is Jude Law’s character playing Sherlock Holmes to discover a plot that involves another psychiatrist played by Catherine Zeta Jones and the young wife manipulating Jude Law and the Stock Market to get the money they both feel they so richly deserve after having been ignored and neglected by husbands who took everything from them. In a typical movie like fashion Law turns the tables on both of them and manages to get himself out of the mess that he’s found himself in.
This is a slow moving movie that I felt would be better suited to a movie of the week on one of the major networks, rather than a theatrical release. Nothing in the movie is original or comes close to anything that we haven’t seen elsewhere before and worse yet it is so slow paced that I felt like I was on medication watching it.
1 Star out of 5, should medication come with the DVD?
Guilt Trip (at your local Redbox, Video store and retail outlet…)
To me Seth Rogen is either hit or miss and I’ve never been much of a Barbara Streisand fan that I can recall (although 1987’s ‘Nuts’ is an excellent movie…) but ‘Guilt Trip’ turned out to be a really cute movie about a overbearing mother dealing with her neurotic son on a road trip across country and the two of them learning to deal with pain from their collective past that they’ve never let go of. This movie is like a more update to date version of 1991’s ‘Only the Lonely’ with John Candy, the difference here though is that there isn’t a love interest for Seth Rogen to chase after. This is a decent movie that talks about the relationships that mothers and their sons have and how sometimes both parties just need to let go and learn to quit living in the past. I thought the movie was funny and touching and there is a scene in the movie that made me think of my mom while watching it. If you have some time, take a few minutes and check this one out its decent for a couple of laughs and it may even make you think twice about your mom afterwards.
3 stars out of 5, certainly better than ‘Green Hornet’.

Keith Kilburn and his wife, Dawn, live in Leesburg with two cats and dog named Godzilla. He’s written for Herorealm.com before they were bought out by corporate interests and has written a novel that he’s working on publishing. It’s rumored that he’s seen more movies than Blockbuster rents in a year and knows more about comic books than Stan Lee himself!

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