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Chris Rock Never Embraces the Nap in His Doc About African-American Hairnew

Good Hair is a mockumentary by accident because Rock pretends to explore the cultural phenomenon of how black women truly feel about their hair. Yet he relentlessly falls back on easy jokes and juvenile asides that mock the subject.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  10-08-2009  |  Reviews

'Zombieland' May Not Match 'Shaun of the Dead,' but it's Sure Entertainingnew

While the film loses some steam before its lackluster amusement-park ending, there are enough laughs and old-fashioned zombie kills to keep even the most casual fans of the horror-comedy genre happy.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  10-07-2009  |  Reviews

Ricky Gervais Tells the Truth About 'The Invention of Lying'new

A mid-life success as the creator of the original British reality spoof The Office and the HBO series Extras, Gervais has always made comic hay out of his short stature and pudgy build. The Invention of Lying is no exception. "I've always done that," Gervais admits. "I think it's funny."
Artvoice  |  M. Faust  |  10-02-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Ricky Gervais Lands in Cloudcuckooland With 'Invention of Lying'new

Ricky Gervais, the film's star and co-writer/co-director, doesn't do philosophical scrutiny or hermeneutic analysis; he merely undermines religion using the glib condescension of Hollywood leftists who assume the only people who still believe in God live in fly-over America. A hostile new trend has begun.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  10-01-2009  |  Reviews

'Zombieland' Gets a Little Horror in the Funniest American Comedy of the Year

There are plenty of folks who will peruse their local move listings, and -- whether due to assumptions about quality or a queasy stomach -- won't bother going past the first six letters of the title Zombieland. And that's a shame.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Scott Renshaw  |  09-29-2009  |  Reviews

An Impossible Ending Takes 'All About Steve' from Daring to Disasternew

As I watched the movie, which stars Sandra Bullock as an insane stalker, I couldn't understand why it was so hated. It wasn't very good, but it was far from awful, and I was getting some decent -- if uncomfortable -- laughs out of the thing. But by the time the movie ended, I understood.
Tucson Weekly  |  Bob Grimm  |  09-16-2009  |  Reviews

'Extract' Has Moments of Excellence, but it's No 'Office Space'new

The movie suffers from its inherent sitcom silliness, as well as from a painfully neat ending that ties everything up in a bow and covers it with sugar sprinkles. But Extract isn't a terrible film; it's just a flawed one.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  09-16-2009  |  Reviews

'Funny People' Shows a Kinder, Gentler Judd Apatownew

Poignant without ever being manipulative, densely referential with numerous classic lines, Funny People is a once-in-a-decade comedy.
Eugene Weekly  |  Jason Blair  |  09-11-2009  |  Reviews

'All About Steve' Should've Been About Sandranew

It is reasonable to assume that the delay of All About Steve's release, from late February to Labor Day weekend, is not a sign of studio confidence. But with Sandra Bullock resuscitated by The Proposal and Bradley Cooper proven bankable by The Hangover, it's now or never for the tale of Bullock's nutty crossword puzzle designer following Cooper's TV news cameraman all across the country.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Jonathan Kiefer  |  09-09-2009  |  Reviews

'Cold Souls' is a Delightfully Coy, if Featherweight, Comedynew

Writer/director Sophie Barthes' debut feature is a philosophical meditation hiding behind a science-fiction premise and all wrapped up in a intelligently nutty comedy of manners.
Baltimore City Paper  |  Bret McCabe  |  09-08-2009  |  Reviews

'Extract' Makes it Clear That Mike Judge Needs to Make More Features

Extract can't help but pale to Judd Apatow's work that has set the bar high for this kind of comedy. Nonetheless, you get the sense that if Mike Judge made more pictures, he'd hit his stride alongside the likes of Apatow pretty quick.
City Pulse  |  Cole Smithey  |  08-31-2009  |  Reviews

'Humpday' is Conceptually Funnynew

A comedy about two buddies who decide to make a gay porno is shockingly both hilarious and thoughtful.
Tucson Weekly  |  James DiGiovanna  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

Sleuth Goof 'Mystery Team' is a Chuckler With the Occasional Full-Throated Laughnew

The twentysomething talents behind Mystery Team are still in the comedy minors, but this nerdy, nutty, perfectly pitched first swing suggests there are major things to come.
Austin Chronicle  |  Kimberley Jones  |  08-28-2009  |  Reviews

'You, the Living': Everything's Funnier With Weltanschauungnew

Perspective is what separates the brilliant You, the Living, a Swedish import, from the mediocre The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, which Paramount snuck into theaters last week without any timely press screenings.
Chicago Reader  |  J.R. Jones  |  08-24-2009  |  Reviews

Listless Comedy 'Post Grad' Squanders Any Potential It May Have Hadnew

A kind of disjointed lurching from one thing to another pervades the movie, and it doesn't help that the characters speak almost entirely in platitudes. The uncertainty of post-college life is a potential gold mine of interesting material, and this movie avoids nearly all of it.
Las Vegas Weekly  |  Josh Bell  |  08-20-2009  |  Reviews

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