Tag Archive: Best friends


Starring: Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Mae Whitman, Dylan McDermott, Kate Walsh & Paul Rudd
Written and directed by Stephen Chbosky

A high school freshman with emotional problems develops deep friendships with a group of social outcasts.


You’re not a real teen
unless you dress in drag and
watch Rocky Horror.

Grade: A-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1659337/

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Starring: Rashida Jones, Andy Samberg, Ari Graynor, Eric Christian Olsen & Elijah Wood
Written by Rashida Jones & Will McCormack
Directed by Lee Toland Krieger

A divorcing couple tries to remain friends but it proves difficult when they both start dating again.


If you’re going through
a break-up, this film goes well
with Kleenex, ice cream.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Celeste & Jesse Forever is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1405365/

Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie DeWitt & Mark Duplass
Written & directed by Lynn Shelton

Jack is best friends with Iris, his brother’s widow, but a drunken night with Iris’ sister Hannah complicates their growing affection for each other.


Ahhh, indie rom-coms:
far more palatable than
that Heigl bullsh*t.

Grade: B+


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Your Sister’s Sister is playing now in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1742336/

Haiku Review: Ted (2012)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Mila Kunis, Seth MacFarlane, Joel McHale & Giovanni Ribisi
Screenplay by Seth MacFarlane & Alec Sulkin & Wellesley Wild
Directed by Seth MacFarlane

A 35-year-old slacker struggles to grow up due, in part, to his friendship with a childhood teddy bear that he wished to life when he was a boy.


Marky Mark should have
wished for a funnier bear
than Seth MacFarlane.

Grade: C


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Ted is playing now in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1637725/

Starring: Jennifer Westfeldt, Adam Scott, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Chris O’Dowd, Megan Fox & Edward Burns
Written and directed by Jennifer Westfeldt

Two platonic best friends decide to have a child together and split the responsibility to avoid the strains that parenthood puts on romantic relationships.


Rom-com or one big
laundry list of reasons to
shun reproduction?

Grade: B-


c2012
By Daniel J. Hoag
Friends with Kids is now playing in select cities.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1720616/

Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd & Jon Hamm
Written by Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo
Directed by Paul Feig

Chosen to be the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding, a lonely, down-on-her-luck woman must deal with an eccentric group of bridesmaids, including a fiercely competitive rival.


Dear Hollywood: more
smart female comedies. Can
Wiig be a star now?

Grade: B+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
Bridesmaids is now playing in theaters nationwide.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1478338/

Starring: Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher, Cary Elwes & Kevin Kline
Screenplay by Elizabeth Meriwether
Directed by Ivan Reitman

A commitment-phobic doctor sets up a friends-with-benefits arrangement with her best friend Adam, but they both discover that keeping sex and love separate is more challenging than they thought it would be.


She tries not to care.
You’ll struggle to care at all.
Please, Portman, don’t slum.

Grade: C+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
No Strings Attached is available on Blu-Ray and DVD on 5/10/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1411238/

Starring: Vince Vaughn, Kevin James, Jennifer Connelly & Winona Ryder
Written by Allan Loeb
Directed by Ron Howard

When a man discovers that his best friend’s wife is being unfaithful, he struggles with how to break the news to him.


Sweaty, unpleasant
A**holes and adultery
Opie makes a mess

Grade: C-


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Dilemma is available on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1578275/

(Blu) Haiku Review: The Switch (2010)

Starring: Jason Bateman, Jennifer Aniston, Patrick Wilson & Jeff Goldblum
Written by Allan Loeb
Directed by Josh Gordon & Will Speck

Jealous that his best friend doesn’t ask him to be her donor when she decides to be artificially inseminated, a neurotic man switches his sperm with the intended specimen and must deal with the consequences seven years later when he meets her neurotic son.


Bateman and the kid
are the sweet spots of the film;
the rest feels tossed off.

Grade: C+


c2011
By Daniel J. Hoag
The Switch is available on Blu-ray and DVD on 3/15/11.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0889573/