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Looking Forward

It's not that I find my weekends filled with webcomickery, chores and TV-watching to be unsatisfying. But I decided that I need to make a point of doing something interesting each weekend, so I don't only devote those days to those three activities. Ideally it's something social, such as going for a walk with sanguinity or thrihyrne (or if-one-can-believe-it's-possible: someone else!). I don't want to reach Sunday evening and have nothing post-worthy to show for it.

So until I do something interesting, here are a couple movie reviews:

Okay, if you've seen this movie already, didn't you spend the whole time thinking "So... how do these cars reproduce? " (Because I did. I can't be the only one.) Anyway, the story is ripped from the 1991 Michael J. Fox comedy "Doc Hollywood," (which is itself based on a book (there are no new ideas in Hollywood)), replacing a narcissistic young doctor with a narcissistic young anthropomorphic racecar. Standard fare; his big plans are interrupted, he's forced to do something he doesn't want to do which involves helping others, he learns valuable Life Lessons, he is released to achieve his goal, and discovers that it's not as great as he thought it would be due to those aforementioned Life Lessons, and so on. This would be damning with faint praise, but those folks at Pixar can do all this and make it quite enjoyably satisfying. The animation is visually stunning, with gorgeous landscape panoramas, expressive characters, and plenty of shiny, glowing, and reflective set pieces. And even though we know how the story will end, it's still quite a ride to watch it play out. I suppose the downside to being able to predict the outcome is that one's brain is free to dwell on anthropomorphic car reproduction. And did you notice that they don't have hands?

Overall Rating: 7 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)

Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):
Humor: 2
Nudity: 0 (Or perhaps 4, because those cars didn't wear clothes)
Sexual Reference: 0
Sexual Activity: 0

Action: 2
Gore: 0
Violence: 0
Profanity: 0

The Whole Ten Yards
The features that were engaging in "The Whole Nine Yards" (TW9Y) are absent in this sequel. Well, that's not completely true. A lot of the features are present, but seem far less appealing this time around. Bruce Willis does get in some of the "charming sociopath" character, but it's overshadowed by rather a lot of inexplicable, odd surliness. Natasha Henstridge is still gorgeous, but her role is essentially the same as in TW9Y. Amanda Peet is still gorgeous, and unlike the other main characters, actually gets some character development. Unfortunately, it's not her story. It's ostensibly about Matthew Perry's character, but mostly he just does the same falling-down slapstick. He doesn't really do anything plot-wise, aside from being carted around by the other characters so various events can transpire as we slog our way to the conclusion. He could be replaced by a crash-test dummy that gets hit in the head with a frying pan every few minutes, which is unfortunate, considering how likeable he was in the first movie. The feeling I got was that this script's first draft filled about thirty minutes, so the writers quickly stuffed in a bunch of subplots about character relationships (expressed mostly by scenes of people yelling at each other) until it was as long as a feature film. If you saw the first film and were hoping for another viewing experience like it, you'd be better served by renting The Whole Nine Yards again, and skipping the sequel.

Overall Rating: 3 (where 1=Worthless, 10=Fabulous)

Eight-Facet Info Rating, rated on a scale of 0 (None) to 4 (Lots!)):
Humor: 3
Nudity: 0
Sexual Reference: 1
Sexual Activity: 1

Action: 2
Gore: 1
Violence: 2
Profanity: 1

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