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'Wayne's World' Reunion

Brian Doyle-Murray - Academy of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences hosts a 'Wayne's World' Reunion at AMPAS Samuel Goldwyn Theater - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 23rd April 2013

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Club Paradise Review


Terrible
Before "celebrity" reality shows, ensemble comedies were the lifelines that kept failing showbiz careers from bottoming out. This subgenre was like a post-Thanksgiving meal concocted of small quantities of disparate leftovers. It was never particularly good, but if one dish didn't taste good, at least you had a dozen other Tupperwares to open.

Club Paradise is a prototypical specimen, starring a dozen actors in career lulls, including Mork, Twiggy, a gaggle of Second City vets, Jimmy Cliff, and even Lawrence of Friggin' Arabia. A word of warning: these leftovers are rotten.

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Caddyshack Review


Excellent
No, they don't make 'em like this any more. Now you just can't make jokes about guys eating boogers and turdlike objects floating in the swimming pool -- not unless you want the FCC coming down on your ass! The absurd humor of Caddyshack is legend enough to merit little additional comment from me, but it's notable for featuring Chevy Chase in one of his most sophisticated roles -- but his deadpan dialogue is only the second-most quotable in the movie, after Bill Murray's infamous Carl Spackler, one of Murray's most ridiculous roles on film. The plot wanders around the golf course and involves a half-dozen elements, but if you simply dig the gopher, the caddy, and the Dangerfield, you're not going to be doing half bad.

National Lampoon's Vacation Review


Extraordinary
OK, when's the last time you saw National Lampoon's Vacation? No, I mean the real Vacation -- the one after with all the profanity and nudity in it? Thought so.

To re-experience Vacation properly (or experience it for the first time) run, don't walk, to get the DVD of the film, a comedy that's every bit as enjoyable today as it was 20 years ago. (Yes, it's been that long.)

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Groundhog Day Review


Essential
Brilliant, quirky, good-natured, and smart are just some of the adjectives that we film critics don't get to use often enough, but all of them apply to Groundhog Day. Director/screenwriter Harold Ramis, actor Bill Murray, and everyone else involved with this film have all been responsible for their share of dogs. But this quirky, good-natured comedy is as good as it can be. Too rarely does a clever screenplay come along to give good actors a chance.

Murray's TV weatherman is a burnout with a bad attitude, a small fish in a small market, who affects the egotism and cynicism of all members of the press but knows that he's second-rate. Then, in a bizarre plot turn, he is thrown into a time warp where he is forced to live the same day over and over until he gets it right -- and to learn to appreciate life's blessings in the process.

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Wayne's World Review


Excellent
Sometimes, no matter how much you love analyzing and breaking down movies, you have to understand that some are just made for fun. Wayne's World is a prime example. Sure, you can predict everything that's going to happen, but the characters are entertaining and it's a fairly decent mix of physical and verbal comedy. Of course, who can forget the variety of endings they invented and the moments of dialogue that still pop up today, such as, "Shaw... and monkeys might fly out of my butt!"

The most memorable television I watched in my teens consisted primarily of those "not ready for prime time players" at Saturday Night Live. They had cutting edge music and hosts who could act. Not to mention they had talented writers, including Michael Myers and Dana Carvey. Carvey had the Church Lady and Myers had Dieter and Simon. And when they worked together to produce the Wayne's World sketch, I never thought I'd love a pair of naïve losers more.

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Snow Dogs Review


Weak

Thankfully, the talking pooches basking on beach recliners in the TV commercials for Disney's Iditarod comedy "Snow Dogs" are only from a dream sequence, and not some ill-advised CGI gimmick around which a movie was built.

The real gimmick -- a Miami dentist (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) inherits a sled dog team and becomes determined to learn the ropes of mushing -- isn't much more plausible. But "Snow Dogs" has a contagious sense of humor and a great spirit that go a long way toward turning the predictable plot into entertaining family fare.

Gooding provides plenty of choice comedic double-takes and ice-induced pratfalls as he shivers his way through a story that includes mischievous sled dogs, assorted friendly Yukon ruffians, a pretty, sparky Eskimo love interest (Joanna Bacalso) and the Disney-traditional long-lost father.

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