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May 16, 2011

Stilly Magazine presents The Summer Movie Breakdown


STILLWATER, Okla. — Raunchy Comedies

This isn’t Oscar season — it’s the summer movie season, so it’s okay to not take these films too seriously and enjoy some adolescent humor.

• The Hangover Part II (May 26): If the first “Hangover” was the alcoholic’s version of “Dude, Where’s My Car?” — does this movie finalize the trilogy? Sure, it’s a tired plot, but that doesn’t make it any less funny. This film isn’t likely to disappoint those who plan on seeing it. 4 of 5 stars

• Bad Teacher (June 24): What guy — or girl, for that matter — wouldn’t want Cameron Diaz as their seventh-grade teacher? Unfortunately, that’s where this one-joke wonder might end. Diaz is sure to be the “bad” teacher turned good in this formulaic film. 1.5 of 5 stars

• Horrible Bosses (July 8): There is no shortage of stars in this upcoming ensemble comedy that includes Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey, but the grim premise doesn’t give the film much hope. Disgruntled employees attempt to kill their unbearable bosses — because who hasn’t wanted to do that? — only to hit a few snags along the way. Eh. 2 of 5 stars

• Friends with Benefits (July 22): Another cookie-cutter comedy, except this one could actually work where other lust-turned-to-love plots failed. Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake seem to have some chemistry, and — for once — both genders should be able to take something away from this romantic comedy. 3 of 5 stars

• Crazy, Stupid, Love (July 29): Steve Carrell frequently disappoints on the big screen, but an oddball pairing with Ryan Gosling might help make this film bearable. Nonetheless, there isn’t much motivation to pay for a film about a disgraced divorcee reentering the single life. Not a good start to Carrell’s post-“Office” career. 2 of 5 stars

• 30 Minutes or Less (Aug. 12): All you need to know about this comedy can be summed up in two sentences. The lovably awkward Jessie Eisenberg teams up with his “Zombieland” director to play a delivery boy who is hijacked and forced into robbing a bank. And who better to play one of the crooks than Danny McBride of “Eastbound and Down” fame? 3.5 of 5 stars

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