There’s no question as to which new movie will be the weekend box office winner. ‘Cars 2’ is the family-enticing sequel to Pixar’s major merchandise seller ‘Cars‘, while ‘Bad Teacher’ is a raunchy, irreverent and relentlessly crude adult comedy that resembles ‘Bad Santa‘. Pixar flicks are always huge money-makers, even though this one definitely does not deserve to be.
Like I said in my review, ‘Cars 2‘ is Pixar’s first full-blown let-down. As if the fact that the central character, Mater, is the most annoying character ever created by Pixar weren’t enough, the film’s dumb humor and predictable spy plot put the nail in the coffin. Time of death: six minutes. Nothing that happens after the sixth minute is of any entertainment value to anyone, save boys ages 2-10. Everyone else, kiss your $10 bucks goodbye – maybe even $15 if you paid for 3D.
Everything about ‘Cars 2’ reeks of product placement, as if the only reason the film was made was to fuel the ‘Cars’ merchandise that hands Disney billions of dollars. But the one noteworthy achievement of ‘Cars 2’ is its amazing 3D rendering. As I’ve publicly stated several times here in The Bonus View, I do not like 3D. For me to rave about a film’s 3D truly means something. While ‘Cars 2’ definitely falls onto my “Films I’ll Never Watch Again” list, I might have to break my own standard just to see the 3D again.
‘Bad Teacher‘ is like a much funnier version of ‘Bad Santa’. Take a drug-abusing, crude, blunt, vile alcoholic with the worst ambitions, place him/her in an unfitting profession that forces him/her to work with annoying kids, and you’re bound for comedic gold. ‘Bad Teacher’ successfully pulls off what ‘Bad Santa’ tried to. Watching Cameron Diaz transform into a nasty she-devil is hilarious. She has no tact, and bluntly tells both kids and adults why they suck and why they’ll never achieve their goals. She’s vain, shallow and superficial – not to mention comically brilliant.
For those who love Conan O’Brien and his zany antics, ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop‘ opens with a limited release this weekend. The documentary takes you through Conan’s life shortly after losing ‘The Tonight Show’ and hitting the road with his 44-show “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour.
Anyone who loves Conan will love this film. For those who think he’s just “okay,” it might change opinions. But those who hate Conan will loathe every minute of ‘Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop’. Literally, he is completely incapable of stopping – both his entertainment job and his comedy.