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Keesha Sharp posing alone and with McG at the screening and premiere party of Fox's 'Lethal Weapon' held at NeueHouse Hollywood - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 12th September 2016

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Keesha Sharp

The Duff Review


Excellent

Astute and genuinely funny teen comedies don't come along very often; this one starts with a smart script and lets the spirited cast run with it. Director Ari Sandel and writer Josh A. Cagan also acknowledge their debt to high school classics like The Breakfast Club (30 years ago) and Mean Girls (10 years ago) as they poke fun at the various types of teenagers within the school hierarchy. Of course, the focus here is a postmodern type, the "designated ugly fat friend", also known as the duff.

It's 17-year-old Bianca (Mae Whitman) who is horrified to learn that she's a duff. She's neither fat nor ugly, but her casual appearance makes her the most accessible one alongside her hot friends Casey and Jess (Bianca A. Santos and Skyler Samuels). Yes, she's the third Charlie's Angel. So Bianca sets out to change her status, enlisting the advice of sexy jock-next-door Wesley (Robbie Amell) in exchange for helping him with his chemistry homework. Her real goal is to build up some confidence so she can pursue the sweetly sensitive musician Toby (Nick Eversman). But Wesley's on-off girlfriend Madison (Bella Thorne) is the campus queen bee, and doesn't like him hanging out with a duff.

The cast and filmmakers have a great time playing with adolescent stereotypes, constantly undermining expectations while pointing out that of course everyone is actually a duff in one way or another. This sharply observant approach gives every hilarious exchange of dialogue a pointed kick. We can't help but laugh simply because we see ourselves in the characters, remembering that when you're a teen everything seems overpoweringly important. Whitman is superb as the brainy, cute girl who has refused to unleash the hottie within, and her spiky chemistry with the energetic Amell is great fun to watch. Although it's the adults who shamelessly steal their scenes, including Allison Janney in a layered role as Bianca's too-helpful self-help guru mother and an unusually restrained Ken Jeong as her journalism teacher.

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Playing It Cool Review


Good

Movies don't get much more meta than this: a film about a screenwriter worried about writing a rom-com script because he's never been in love, even as he falls for someone. It's a snappy, smart script, but it's also completely overwritten, as every line feels like it's been carefully crafted to be absolutely hilarious. Thankfully, the cast adds some charm to the screen, and the genuinely witty script keeps the audience chuckling.

The screenwriter (Chris Evans) never has a name, nor does the woman (Michelle Monaghan) he meets at a charity event, then frets about because she has a boyfriend (Ioan Gruffudd). For help, he turns to his best friend Scott (Topher Grace) and their sardonic writer pals (Aubrey Plaza, Luke Wilson and Martin Starr), but each of them has his or her own issues. So our hero pursues this woman, who shares his cynical view of romance and enjoys hanging out with him even though falling in love is out of the question. And for a guy who has refused to let himself love anyone since his mother abandoned him when he was 8, maybe it's time he gives it a try.

Evans and Monaghan bring a lot of spark to their roles, including some real chemistry, although their characters are somewhat muddled by having them also appear in a continual stream of flashbacks, historical scenes, fantasies and stories told by anyone on-screen. Evans is also required to deliver a nonstop postmodern voiceover that adds yet another layer to the wackiness. All of these rather smug gimmicks are very well done but seem desperate to distract us from the fact that the film's plot is deliberately strung together from every romantic comedy ever made. And of course, that's precisely the point in a film that's constantly winking at us.

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Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and McG - Los Angeles fan screening of THE DUFF at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres - Hollywood, California, United States - Friday 13th February 2015

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Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and Mcg
Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and Mcg
Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and Mcg
Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and Mcg
Skyler Samuels, Bella Thorne and Mcg

Christian Bale Admits 'Terminator: Salvation' Didn't Work, "I Know The Reasons"


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Terminator Salvation was a disaster. We know that, you know that, everyone knows that. In fact, it's a miracle that Warner Brothers managed to pull in $371 million given the storyline was completely incoherent.  

TerminatorArnold Schwarzenegger did not appear in Terminator: Salvation - though he returns for next year's Genisys

Directed by the hapless McG, the movie starred Christian Bale and Sam Worthington  and used time travel as a key plot element. It speaks volumes that Bale's now infamous on-set rant at director of photography Shane Hurlbut was the most talked about thing during the promotion of the movie.

Continue reading: Christian Bale Admits 'Terminator: Salvation' Didn't Work, "I Know The Reasons"

McG - Stars took to the red carpet for the premiere of 'Before We Go' at the Toronto International Film Festival 2014 in Toronto, Canada - Saturday 13th September 2014

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Chelsea Handler and McG - Chelsea Handler and McG Wednesday 8th February 2012 at the premiere of Twentieth Century Fox's 'This Means War' held at the Grauman Chinese Theatre

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Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Handler

This Means War Trailer


Agent 1 and Agent 2 are CIA Operatives who are also the best of friends who don't keep anything from each other. While at work one day, both agents tell each other about their respective girlfriends. When they express an interest in seeing what their girlfriends look like, they quickly turn their laptops around to show each other - but to their horror, their girlfriends turn out to be the same girl!

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McG and Terminator - Thursday 14th May 2009 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Hollywood, California

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Stay Alive Review


Bad
It's a horror plot so surefire that you wonder why it hasn't been done before: Young people play a mysterious new videogame and start to die, one by one, in grisly scenes mimicking their game deaths. Stay Alive runs through this plot with such a plodding lack of imagination that you think again: Maybe this has been done before, on The X-Files or a direct-to-video picture you missed. Surely a movie this tired can't be the first crack at a fundamentally decent genre idea?

Stay Alive gets around this conundrum easily by knocking off The Ring and throwing in a little of the Final Destination series: the former's ghostly gimmick mixed with the latter's view of life as an elaborate series of macabre booby traps. Unfortunately, even the cut-and-paste is botched; no Ring-style tension builds, and the PG-13 rating curtails the death scenes, most of which all but cut away before the character's gory fate is sealed. Yes, you read that right: Stay Alive is like a Final Destination movie without the death scenes.

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Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz And Lucy Liu Strip For 'Charlie's Angeles' Director


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The stars of 'Charlie's Angels' - Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu - are apparently so close to and comfortable with director McG that they once stripped off for him. McG, who's real name is Joseph McGinty Nichol, explained the incident when his leading ladies stripped in the back of a van while attending the Super Bowl of Motorcross.

Related: Cameron Diaz Reveals Why Her Past Relationships Failed, But Avoids Benji Madden Engagement Questions

The director recalled: "They're all very free with their physicality. They've all seen me naked, I've seen them naked. That's how we get down. We got a big limo van, put on old Motley Crue records, and Drew and I stripped down. It's sort of fabulous the way we all trust on another, most particularly Drew. Drew is very into the body, very natural. It's a splendid thing."

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The Duff Movie Review

The Duff Movie Review

Astute and genuinely funny teen comedies don't come along very often; this one starts with...

Playing It Cool Movie Review

Playing It Cool Movie Review

Movies don't get much more meta than this: a film about a screenwriter worried about...

This Means War Trailer

This Means War Trailer

Agent 1 and Agent 2 are CIA Operatives who are also the best of friends...

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Stay Alive Movie Review

Stay Alive Movie Review

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