Leslie Mann

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  • Vacation

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 19th August 2015

    Online discourse being what it is, the announcement of a reboot or remake is usually greeted with dread and resentment. It's sacrilege. Why can't they just leave it alone? How can a woman possibly carry a proton pack? But this ignores the recent evidence that Hollywood has now got the cheat codes for 'repurposing'. Jurassic World, Godzilla, The Equalizer: respect the original property but make something of its own hue. You have nothing to fear from reboots except a Kevin James Uncle Buck, so make your way with confidence to see Vacation.

  • This Is 40

    Movie Review | Matt | 19th January 2013

    I’m getting old. Nights of drinking snakebite and being 'that guy' picking up guitars at house parties have been replaced with evenings of visiting friends with new babies and picking out paint samples with my wife. Before long, I’ll be chatting to perfect strangers at bus stops, marvelling at how Easter has come early this year. My only hope is that, while my body gradually deteriorates and I slowly chip away at the planet-sized boulder that is my mortgage, I can still find time to occasionally be just like Paul Rudd.

  • Why does nobody like Leslie Mann?

    Movie Feature | Rob | 27th October 2012

    Leslie Mann is, by all accounts, a happily married mother of two, who occasionally appears in husband Judd Apatow's films, usually playing the mother of her own kids. She has a happy family, life is good. Then how come whenever she's on screen, everyone always hates her?

  • ParaNorman

    Movie Review | Ed Williamson | 13th September 2012

    Like any right-thinking adult, I make it my business to scare a child at least once a week. Otherwise there's a risk they could grow up soft, I always think, what with their Bebos and their Sylvanian Families. Happily, I can now take the day off every once in a while, because stop-motion animation ParaNorman should put the frighteners on them. Might even make them laugh a bit too, but then you can do that just by tickling them.

  • The Change-Up

    Movie Review | Rob | 11th September 2011

    Ah, the ol' body switcharoo routine – the calling card of a writer short on ideas. Having featured in (*glances quickly at Wikipedia*) 38 different movies (!), it's safe to say the body swap schtick has been well and truly done to death.

  • Rio

    Movie Review | Rob | 4th April 2011

    Those bloody Orange adverts have a knack of putting me right off the films they promote, making me judge them months before they're released. Just read my Gulliver's Travels review for proof (although it didn't help that that actually was complete arse). I was well-prepared to dislike Rio on the basis of that God-awful phone ad. Well, don't I feel like a fool...

  • I Love You Phillip Morris

    Movie Review | Rob | 18th March 2010

    Oscar nominations for gay cowboys and a win for Sean Penn's gay politician; Hollywood loves homosexuals, as long as it's all kept clean. I Love You Phillip Morris gained massive plaudits at Sundance last year but struggled to find a US distributor comfortable with its somewhat graphic content.

  • Funny People

    Movie Review | Ali | 26th August 2009

    I'll make no bones about it: I'm a huge Judd Apatow fan. I count The 40 Year-Old Virgin as one of the most underrated comedies of the past decade (there's just something about this scene that slays me every time) and consider Knocked Up to be a near faultless comedy - one that wears its heart on its big dumb soppy sleeve.

  • Drillbit Taylor

    Movie Review | Ali | 26th March 2008

    With comedy guru Judd Apatow on production duty and stoner du jour Seth Rogen credited as a co-writer, you might think this movie is a surefire smash: the last film that boasted those credentials made around $120 million. Unfortunately, Drillbit Taylor merely serves to represent the moment the 'Geek Clique' juggernaut hit its fi...

  • Knocked Up

    Movie Review | Ali | 5th September 2007

    Comedy is the most fickle of genres - so many comedians have been called the Next Big Thing� only to be outed as one trick ponies a few films down the line. There's a constant shift in comedy that swirls round every few years and it looks like 2007 is a time for change; Ben Stiller is looking more like a monkey than ever; Will...