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Rachel Dratch - New York premiere of 'Sisters' at Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 8th December 2015

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Kate Mckinnon, Greta Lee, Taran Killam, Ben Pratt, Britt Lower, Ike Barinholtz, Bobby Moynihan, Jon Glaser, Jon Cena, James Brolin, Rachel Dratch, Samantha Bee, Rosanna Arquette, Zosia Mamet, Ilaan Glazer Abbi Jacobson, Jane Krakowski, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jay Roach, Amy Pohler, Maya Rudolph, Tina Fey and Natasha Lyonne. Jon Cena
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Rachel Dratch , Stephen DeRosa - Opening night for Clever Little Lies at the Westside Theatre - Arrivals. at Westside Theatre, - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th October 2015

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Sisters Trailer


Maura and Jane have a lot of differences; Maura has a high-flying job at a hospital, though is recovering from a divorce and a little nervous when it comes to meeting other men, while Jane is, well, not. They're nonetheless the best sisters you could imagine and always bring out the best in each other. However, when they're parents call them back to their childhood home, they discover that it's been sold and they have to clean out the room they had as girls. Going through their old stuff brings back a lot of memories though, and Jane decides to encourage Maura to throw a huge neighborhood party before they have to leave. It's a time where they can re-connect to their teenage selves, hook up with some cute guys and get totally drunk. This is going to be messy.

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Rachel Dratch - Opening night for 'An American in Paris' at the Palace Theatre - Arrivals. at The Palace Theatre, Palace Theatre - New York City, United States - Sunday 12th April 2015

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Fellow Comedians Pay Tribute To The Late Taylor Negron


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Taylor Negron – the big-screen comedian best known for his work in movies like Fast Times at Ridgemont High and modern classic Easy Money, has died at the age of 57. The announcement was confirmed by multiple sources for Deadline, not long before the actor’s cousin, Three Dog Night’s Chuck Negron took to youtube with an emotional announcement.

 

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Over the weekend, Negron received hundreds of tributes from friends, family and fans.

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Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl - Rachel Dratch, carrying a Starbucks iced coffee, spotted with her son Eli Benjamin walking around Soho in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 6th August 2014

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Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl
Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl
Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl
Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl
Rachel Dratch and Eli Benjamin Wahl

Rachel Dratch - New York Premiere of '22 Jump Street' at The AMC Lincoln Square - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 4th June 2014

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That's My Boy Trailer


In his early teens, the immature and irresponsible Donny Berger struck up a brief romance with his school teacher resulting in her pregnancy. When she is jailed for having a sexual relationship with a minor, Donny is forced to raise the child (who he names Han Solo) until Hans' eighteenth birthday. Twelve years later, Donny owes $43,000 to the IRS which he must pay to avoid three years in jail. He recognises Han Solo in a magazine under the new name of Todd Peterson and reads that he is the one of the youngest hedge fund managers in the financial industry and is engaged to be married. Todd's world is turned upside down when his father (who he had attempted to erase from his life completely) turns up the day before his wedding wanting to spend quality time with his son, while really seeking help with his debt problem. The reunion forces Donny to accept the consequences of his terrible parenting.

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My Life In Ruins Review


Terrible
Nia Vardalos is the new Yakov Smirnoff. Her entire act revolves around her European heritage -- she's Greek, while Smirnoff's a Russkie. Without it, she's just another unemployable actress with a limited range. (See Connie and Carla, Vardalos' flat follow-up to her breakout hit, My Big Fat Greek Wedding.)

Her latest pseudo-comedy, My Life in Ruins, demonstrates that the tired Greek gags have taken her about as far as she's ever going to go. Even the characters in Vardalos' pictures are begging her to quit. "You're not funny. Stop trying," a manager tells self-absorbed tour guide Georgia (Vardalos) as she prepares to take a busload of imbecilic vacationers on a four-day Grecian jaunt.

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Spring Breakdown Review


Bad
There have been a slew of successful comedies over the past few years, both in film and television. The key to their success lies not simply in the escalating level of raunch or the burgeoning group of well-known comic actors who join the pack. For these comedies, success lies in the very specific, clear-eyed attitudes brought to the material by the various creative minds behind the humor -- be it the geek love of Judd Apatow, the savage wit of Tina Fey, the inspired idiocy of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, or the genre-bending genius of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. With that in mind, we come to Spring Breakdown, which lacks any sort of creative, iconoclastic attitude toward the material other than the one-note goofiness of a standard Saturday Night Live sketch. In 10-minute blocks, the formula sometimes works. In an 84-minute feature film, it is a complete dead zone.

The film essentially exists to take fabulously talented female comedic presences like Amy Poehler, Parker Posey, and Rachel Dratch and make them mug for the camera while acting like tired Geeky Spinster caricatures. These actresses have made caricatures work before -- Dratch did it regularly on SNL, Posey brilliantly skewered archetype after archetype in Christopher Guest's wonderful mockumentaries, and Poehler is currently the world's foremost female comedic performer, capable of turning any tired formula into comic gold simply by her very presence. If there is one sad message sent by Spring Breakdown, it is that even Amy Poehler can't always rise above the material.

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Harold Review


Bad
Late in the inept comedy Harold, the title character (Spencer Breslin) arrives at a friend's house, and the pal's father comes to the front door. A close-up lingers on the dad as if to say "Check it out, a really fun cameo!" The only problem is we have no idea who this actor is. And that's because he's not an actor -- he's the director's brother. If you think putting an unknown sibling in a movie is funny, stick around.

Despite Harold being remarkably amateurish, the concept is there, as you'd expect from a long-time Saturday Night Live veteran like director/co-writer T. Sean Shannon. A teenage kid named Harold has a bizarre case of early baldness and an attitude to match. He dresses horribly, walks with a hunched, old-man shuffle, and loves Murder, She Wrote. He's a cranky version of 14 Going on 74.

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Freshman Orientation Review


Weak
OK, it's official: I no longer care about 18 year olds. Freshman Orientation is the last hyperkenetic, oversexed, foul-mouthed, gender-bending, college frolic I'll watch. At this point I've simply eaten too much American Pie.

When Clay (Sam Huntington) arrives at a large state university, his only goal is to score a dumb blonde. At the same time, Amanda (Kaitlin Doubleday), the sorority girl of his dreams, is challenged by her sorority sisters to date a gay man and then dump him (to get revenge on the evil male of the species). Clay gladly pretends to be gay just so he can spend more time with her, but now he has to figure out "how to be gay." Amanda's Jewish friend Jessica (an especially foul-mouthed Heather Matarazzo) is similarly challenged to date and dump a Muslim. Off to the side, Clay's sensitive roommate Matt (Mike Erwin), a closeted gay teen, is slowly coming to terms with himself while simultaneously falling in love with Matt. And Matt's high-school girlfriend Majorie (Marla Sokoloff) also shows up as a newly self-identified lesbian.

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Looking For Kitty Review


Weak
In the director's notes included with the DVD of Looking for Kitty, Edward Burns remarks about how easy it is to shoot a film on a low budget, using digital video, existing locations, and the like. You don't even need to write a script!

Well just because you can do these things doesn't mean you should, and sure enough Looking for Kitty is the type of movie that rank amateurs usually turn in, an undercooked affair that doesn't offer any emotional response and which could have used a whole lot of vetting from people who weren't attached to a singular idea. It's nowhere near Burns' best work. I dare use a word I try to avoid in film criticism: It's just boring.

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The Hebrew Hammer Review


OK
It's the curse of the great-pitch movie: They can never live up to the premise. And the funny but sloppy The Hebrew Hammer has a premise to kill for. Mordechai Jefferson Carver (Adam Goldberg) is the hero of the title, a badass Orthodox Jew who makes a slight living as a private eye (his door reads "Certified Circumcised Dick") and prowls the streets of Gotham, striking fear into the hearts of anti-Semites and admonishing the kids to "stay Jewish." He rolls like Superfly in an extra-long Cadillac, fully pimped-out, but always observes the Sabbath and loves his mother, of course.

Every superhero needs a supervillain, of course, and this film's answer to that maxim is Andy Dick. Apparently psychotic from birth, Dick plays Damian, the racist son of Santa who kills his more tolerant father and sets about turning the North Pole into a sweatshop, banishing the non-Aryan elves and concocting a diabolical plan to destroy Hanukkah. Not surprisingly, this causes the Jewish Justice League (who hold court in a massive, Star of David-shaped building) no small amount of consternation, and they start casting about for a Jewish hero to fight Damian. Quickly discarding suggestions of Steven Spielberg and Yitzhak Perlman, they reluctantly settle on the Hammer, whom they'd drummed out of the organization long before.

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Review


Weak
Did you ever reminisce about your favorite sitcom star from the '70s or '80s and wonder, "Where are they now?" Well, you've finally got your answer. They've all been diligently working on the set of Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star, a grossly unfunny Hollywood satire hatched from the brain of David Spade that's heavy on the celebrity cameos but fresh out of clever ideas.

Dickie Roberts shot up the Hollywood ladder at a young age. A child phenomenon, he lorded over a hit sitcom and reaped the benefits of being a celebrity. He even had his own catchphrase -- "This is nucking futs!" But it all came crashing down the day his show got cancelled.

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Sisters Trailer

Sisters Trailer

Maura and Jane have a lot of differences; Maura has a high-flying job at a...

That's My Boy Trailer

That's My Boy Trailer

In his early teens, the immature and irresponsible Donny Berger struck up a brief romance...

Harold Movie Review

Harold Movie Review

Late in the inept comedy Harold, the title character (Spencer Breslin) arrives at a friend's...

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In the director's notes included with the DVD of Looking for Kitty, Edward Burns remarks...

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Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star Movie Review

Did you ever reminisce about your favorite sitcom star from the '70s or '80s and...

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