The Kids Are All Right (2010) It's not often that I see multiple Best Picture nominees in one year, but here's my third from the past year. This lesbian themed drama is all about the cast featuring Annette Bening in her Oscar winning performance along with the wonderful Julianne Moore, who I've been a fan of since her turn on 30 Rock. The cast also features Mark Ruffalo and Mia Wasikowska - who played Alice in Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland last year. The story is both dramatic, romantic and funny with Bening and Moore as a couple with two kids. When the kids locate their biological father, the family of four becomes a family of five and many complications arise. The ending is not as tight as I'm used to in a flick, but overall it's a fun journey. This Oscar winning film is rated R for language, themes, nudity and graphic sexual situations.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) My kids had never seen this classic comedy so it was about time we fixed that. It's amazing in just 23 years certain things that were ok in a family film now seem a bit inappropriate. There's alot of liquor to be had in Roger Rabbit's world. There's talk of booze, there's lots of people drinking it and abusing it. It just kind of sticks out like a sore thumb because I don't think much alcohol would be permitted in a PG rated movie today. There is also a fair bit of profanity for a movie about cartoon characters, but it's all still a fun movie. Kids today are even phased by the blending of animation and live action but back in the day when this movie was released it blew us all out of the water. It wasn't the first time cartoons and humans have appeared on screen together, but it never looked like this before. I still don't fully understand the story here, but it's just fun to watch Roger Rabbit run around the place, bouncing off of walls and just being plain silly! The film starts off with a fully animated Roger Rabbit short. I remember sitting in the theatre when I was 14 years old and laughing myself silly at that cartoon. My kids enjoyed it just the same, howling with laughter in the opening moments of the film. This material holds up!
Hardbodies (1984) For fans of the T & A flicks of the 80's, this is a minor classic. With above average production values and actors who can actually act, Hardbodies was even released by a real movie studio - Columbia Pictures. The story, as if it were important, involves three middle aged guys renting a beach house and hoping to score with hot chicks. When they prove to be rusty in their pick up techniques, they make a deal with a local kid who shows them the ropes on how to impress the ladies of the beach circa 1984. This is one of those late night classics that aired on HBO quite often in my youth. The video cassette of this flick is also one of the all-time top renters, which is why I included a picture of the old VHS box. It's available nowadays on a two movie DVD with the inferior sequel, Hardbodies 2. You can also catch this on Netflix, where it's been recently added to their Watch Instantly lineup. As you could guess it's rated R for nudity, language, sexual situations and even a heaping dose of drug use. They just don't make `em like this anymore!