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film review21 AND OVER (released 3rd May)

Liked “The Hangover”? Liked teen comedy “Project X”? Well “21 & Over” combines the two in a story of two college students desperately trying to get their inebriated friend home in time for his big job interview the next day. A mish-mash of every party movie you’ve ever seen, however at this point it’s all very tired, and while young stars Miles Teller and Skylar Astin get the odd belly laugh through their antics, this comedy won’t stay with you for very long.

2 Stars

Pedro AlmodovarI’M SO EXCITED! (3rd May)

A Spanish comedy from the celebrated director of “Volver”, “The Skin I Live In” and “All About My Mother”, Pedro Almodovar. Taking a somewhat lighter tone than his previous films, he tells the story of a larger-than-life air steward whom attempts to entertain the passengers on his flight, trying to take their minds off of the fact that their plane has a technical failure and must keep in the air until a solution is found. Outrageous, light, and a bit risqué, “I’m So Excited” may not have the impact of his past work but is an enjoyable ride, filled with all the vivid characters and hilarious situations you would expect from the filmmakers.

4 Stars

Fast and Furious actorVEHICLE 19 (10th May)

“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker steps out of the shadow of Vin Diesel, but keeps himself in a car in this claustrophobic killer about a man whom mistakenly hires a rental car that was meant to be part of a criminal plot. Very similar to films such as “Phone Booth”, we see our hero do his best acting almost entirely behind the wheel, but this tepid action film struggles to deliver in almost every department, not least in Walker’s inability to provide an engaging lead performance.

2 Stars.

Robert De NiroTHE BIG WEDDING (29th May)

Robert De Niro and Dianne Keaton plays it for laughs in this wedding comedy, where they portray a divorced couple pretending to be still married at their son’s wedding in order to appease the bride’s ultra-conservative parents. Featuring a stellar cast including Susan Sarandon, Katherine Heigl and Robin Williams, “The Big Wedding “is a knock around comedy that doesn’t really do anything new, it just has famous faces doing it. Inoffensive and occasionally funny, it will please fans of movies like “The Wedding Crashers”.

3 Stars.

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