Brian Stepanek - Celebrities attend HOME Special Screening presented by Twentieth Century Fox and Dreamworks Animation at Regency Village Theater in Westwood. at Regency Village Theater in Westwood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd March 2015
A sharp script and especially colourful imagery make this animated romp a lot more fun than expected, entertaining grown-ups just as much as the kids. It may be the usual frantic action comedy, but there's an edge to the humour and a continual stream of knowing gags and witty references that keep us laughing. As a result, the busy plot is surprisingly involving, and the action scenes are genuinely thrilling.
It opens in outer space with the Boov, a race of blobby creatures that are only good at one thing: running away from their sworn enemy the Gorg. Their leader Captain Smek (Steve Martin) has selected Earth as their next hiding place, so they swoop in and corral mankind into Happy Humantowns in the Australian Outback while the Boov occupy the cities, hilariously trying to make sense of everything they find there. But a Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons) sticks out from the hive-like community. Friendlier and more curious than he should be, he inadvertently alerts the Gorg to their location. So he goes on the run, meeting up with the human teen girl Tip (Rihanna), who has managed to hide out with her chubby cat Pig and now wants to find her mother (Jennifer Lopez). Pursued by Smek and top cop Kyle (Matt Jones), Oh and Tip must dart around the globe to solve both of their predicaments.
Based on Adam Rex's novel The True Meaning of Smekday, the story is packed with lively twists and turns, and the filmmakers bring it to life with energy, humour and some real emotion. The animators pull out all the stops as they play with outrageous colours and eye-catching action, while the Boov's ability to selectively control gravity adds plenty of scope for additional mayhem. For example, Oh and Tip travel the globe in a car that Oh soups up Back to the Future-style so they can fly to Boov central command in Paris and then on to Australia. These kinds of knowing film references flit across the screen all the way through their adventure.
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The Little Rascals are a group of intelligent kids made up of Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla, Buckwheat and Petey the dog to name but a few. Despite their habit of causing mischief wherever they go, they insist on getting involved in a project to help their grandmother's failing bakery business. After realising that they would be more of a hindrance than a help in the shop itself, they set out to make money by getting jobs during their summer vacation; the problem is, they're just not big enough to become construction workers, police officers or fire fighters. They even attempt to set up their own pet washing business, which eventually goes unsurprisingly wrong. The only thing left to do is win the prize money in a talent show nearby - but how are they going to match up to the rest of the local talent?
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In the latest iteration of the gay romantic comedy genre, Kissing Jessica Stein explores the world of bisexuality and centers on the various topics of telling your Jewish mother that you enjoy the taste of women and how to mix three shades of lipstick properly to the land the perfect girl.
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On the leading edge of romantic comedy, the fresh, frank and melodiously funny "Kissing Jessica Stein" discovers a novel new avenue to stroll down with the genre's reliable old friend, the romantically frustrated New York neurotic.
Nondescriptly pretty, entertainingly insecure copy editor Jessica Stein (Jennifer Westfeldt) has had it up to her 30-year-old eyeballs with bad dates and dysfunctional relationships -- and we can see why in a quick and comical montage of the men with whom she's been fixed up. She also can't take any more of her busybody Jewish mother (Tovah Feldshuh) pointing out eligible men every week at temple while her near-senile grandma points out all their flaws ("The man has no chin!").
So Jessica goes out on a limb. While reading the personal ads for laughs with her scene-stealing best friend (Jackie Hoffman, a wonderfully waggish cross between Cloris Leachman and Annie Lebowitz), she comes across one that genuinely piques her interest with a quote from a her favorite author. The ad is under "Women Seeking Women," but at this point, she figures, what the hell?
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