Friday, March 21, 2008

FILM: New in Theaters - 3/21/08

My pick this week is Drillbit Taylor. No, not out of pity for Mr. Owen Wilson. The trailer is actually hilarious. And why wouldn't it be? The movie was co-written by Seth Rogen and Kristofor Brown ("Beavis and Butthead"). Although you'd think I--and every other theater-goer--would be tired of the Superbad-genre of films that the Apatow crew have been dishing out, I just can't resist. In this one, three social outcasts hire a bodyguard to protect them from a formidable bully. Granted, the bully is Josh Peck from "Drake & Josh," but Peck's obviously on a mission to revamp his Nickelodeon reputation--what with his casting in the indie The Wackness--so I doubt he'll be smacking them around with daisies. As for the victims, they're your average, overlooked, geeky weaklings who are smart enough to know they can't win a fight on their own, but dumb enough to entrust their safety to some half-wit. And that is where the sure-fire comedy begins.

Your other options this week include the romantic dramedy Meet the Browns from Tyler Perry, featuring a comeback from the once unstoppable Angela Bassett. She plays a financially-struggling single mother who goes to her estranged father's funeral and inherits a little more than she bargained for. For those in the mood for something a little more cryptic and terrifying, there's Shutter with Joshua Jackson--yet another Asian film remake. This time the plot revolves around newlyweds who find ghosts in the images they develop after a tragic incident. Cue the creepy music and the rigid, crawling spirits. And for you indie lovers there's Under the Same Moon, a heartwarming film about a boy who misses his mother so much that he crosses the Mexican border by himself just to get to her.

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