Tag Archive: Slackers

Starring: Jason Segel Ed HelmsSusan Sarandon Judy Greer
Written and directed by Jay Duplass & Mark Duplass.

A thirty-something slacker searches for a sign that will point towards his destiny while trying to help his brother, who suspects his wife is cheating on him.

For those who believe
in destiny… or just like
to smoke lots of pot.

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Jeff, Who Lives at Home is available now on Blu-ray and DVD.


Haiku Review: Elena (2011)

Starring: Nadezhda Markina, Aleksey Rozin & Elena Lyadova
Screenplay by Andrey Zvyagintsev & Oleg Negin
Directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev

An ailing older man tells his second wife that the bulk of his substantial estate will go to his estranged daughter – a decision that causes the wife to take extreme measures in order to protect herself and her impoverished son’s family.

Pathos like only
the Russians can muster up
Chekov would be proud

Grade: B+

By Daniel J. Hoag
Elena is now playing in select cities.

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

By Daniel J. Hoag
Ted is playing now in theaters nationwide.

Haiku Review: Paul (2011)

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Seth Rogen, Jason Bateman & Sigourney Weaver
Written by Nick Frost & Simon Pegg
Directed by Greg Mottola

A pair of British comic book geeks vacationing in the United States go on the lam with a foul-mouthed alien who’s being pursued by goverment agents.

E.T. with d*ck jokes
Close encounters with laughter
But Edgar Wright’s missed

Grade: B

By Daniel J. Hoag
Paul is now showing in theaters nationwide.

Starring: Parking lot attendants
Directed by Meghan Eckman

This documentary follows the attendants of a parking lot in Charlottesville, Virginia, as they wax philosophic and battle the ups and downs of subcultural life.

Real-life Slackers muse
about life and work among
SUVs, a–holes.

Grade: B-

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Parking Lot Movie is available on DVD on 3/15/11.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Chou, Christoph Waltz & Cameron Diaz
Written by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Directed by Michel Gondry

After his father is murdered, a wealthy, hard-partying slacker decides to fight crime with the help of a gadget-making martial arts expert.

Seth Rogen fights crime?
More likely than his nailing
Katherine Heigl.

Grade: C+

By Daniel J. Hoag
The Green Hornet is now showing in theaters nationwide.