This week we see a very odd mix of comedies available. First we have She’s Funny That Way. For a film this star studded, I have no idea why I had never heard of it. Well actually I know why, it’s not very good. The film has names like Will Forte, Jennifer Aniston, Kathryn Hahn, Owen Wilson, Rhys Ifans and Imogen Poots in it yet it’s kind of boring. It’s also directed and co-written by the legendary Peter Bogdanovich. It’s a movie very much for actors. It’s about actors and directors and a play and how all their lives interact. Poots plays a wannabe actress who escorts to pay her bills. She spends a night with a client who offers to change her life. He turns out to be the director of a stage show she auditions for. He’s also married. Aniston plays a therapist that connects to many of the characters and there’s a stalker judge and they all seem to love Poots’ call girl. With all this interaction you’d think a lot happens, but nothing is all that interesting. There’s lot of talking and complaining, but none of it is all that funny or entertaining. I love most of this cast too which is the biggest disappointment. Too many stories and characters make the film unnecessarily connected and it just doesn’t pan out for me.
Second we have Santa’s Little Helper. Ok this is more a family comedy than actual comedy, but hey it tries to have laughs so I’m putting it here. It stars WWE star Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, WWE Diva Paige and Annalynne McCord. Oh yeah, that’s quite the trifecta. McCord works for Santa Claus and is given the task to find The Miz and give him tests to see if he can be Santa’s new helper. Of course The Miz doesn’t know he’s being tested for Santa and the hilarity ensues. Paige plays an elf out to stop The Miz because she wants his job. Clearly not a movie for me, but it’s a safe enough film for families with children to watch. I can see it on ABC Family or Hallmark this time of year and I bet my mother would watch it, she loves this stuff. The Miz isn’t actually that bad either. He doesn’t quite have the charisma of The Rock, but he’s sort of charming in this and he surprisingly has some chemistry with McCord. Again, really not my type of movie, but if your kids like wrestlers and still believe in Santa, they should like this.
Last we have Forbidden Zone. I literally have no idea what the hell I watched. I’m sure someone thinks this is an all time cult classic, but man did I not get it. It wants to have a Rocky Horror vibe twisted with some John Waters, but it didn’t work for me. This set comes with two discs, one black & white, one in color, neither would I ever watch again. There’s people in drag, in Nazi outfits, nude people everywhere, “special” effects and animation. What does it all add up to? No clue. Somehow the guy behind this is Danny Elfman’s brother. Take the worst, most bizarre, incomprehensible Terry Gilliam film and times it by a thousand and it would probably make more sense than this. I have no idea what this means, what it was supposed to be about, what the point was, any of it. But it has a huge cult following online so if it’s your thing, grab this double disc set I guess.