In the quiet, seemingly perfect land of suburbia, a businessman named Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) has everything. A high-flying career, a beautiful home, a wife and a young son, but when his house gets broken into by thugs who kill his wife, he starts to begin to understand the immensity of some of the mistakes he's made in his life. He's being hunted by loan sharks who happen to have connections to the mob, and they intend to get their money back no matter what the costs. When it starts to become clear that everything he has left is at stake, he decides to take matters into his own hands and give those mobsters as good as they give. Soon the neighbourhood transforms into one of the bloodiest in the area, and even his sister Margaret (Julianne Moore) gets dragged into her brother's vengeful scheme.
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The Four Seasons was one of the most adored rock bands of the sixties with its charismatic partnership of four singers led by the infamous Frankie Valli, whose powerful falsetto took the world by storm. But like any chart sensations, they started from the bottom living a difficult life in New Jersey. Despite achieving the fame they so desperately yearned for as young musicians, with success brought a lot of struggles; the band members' relationships became frequently tested, particularly as both fans and producers became interested in bringing Frankie's voice out more and more. Meanwhile, they had their personal lives to worry about with family troubles and problems involving the Mob - but in the end, the successes of tunes such as 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and 'Walk Like a Man' would make them the one of the most iconic acts of the decade.
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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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The story starts out with our mildly pathetic hero Sam (Chad Donella), who after a string of bad romances, finds his soulmate in the slap-happy Hope (Erinn Bartlett). But he loses her number, and when he finds her again she's inexplicably sad. So Sam goes on a quest to find out why, along the way falling in love with another girl, Annie (Jennifer Morrison, the chick from Urban Legends).
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If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were to get together for another movie, one with a less idiotic plot than a tomboy FBI agent going undercover at a beauty pageant, I'd be gung ho to see it.
The level of talent and the amount of good humor that goes to waste in this gimmicky, so-stupid-it-stops-being-funny star vehicle is phenomenal.
Sandra Bullock is said star, and her screwball (bordering on Lucille Ball) performance as a clodhopping, quarrelsome, graceless lout of a foible-prone FBI agent would be comic gold if the boat anchor of a story weren't dragging it down.
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In the quiet, seemingly perfect land of suburbia, a businessman named Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon)...
The Little Rascals are a group of intelligent kids made up of Spanky, Alfalfa, Darla,...
If the whole crew that made "Miss Congeniality" -- writer, director, stars, everybody -- were...