Cars 2 / Bad Teacher Reviews & Win $30 In Our MSN FilmFan Competition24.06.11 # Competition # 3 Comments
Reviews round-up for Cars 2 and Bad Teacher, and launching 5 weeks of competitions here on Movie-Moron.
To quote insider Dalmatian Jaws on CARS 2, “Incredibles, Up, Ratatouille, Wall E, all made money, but none of them were a merchandising powerhouse. Cars broke previous merchandising trends. Usually toy sales go up before the movie, peak right after, then taper off until a sequel. Cars just kept going up and up. It’s like Hot Wheels mixed with G.I. Joe, little boys can make them crash into each other AND talk to each other. Even two years after the movie came out toy sales were still through the roof. Hence: Cars 2.”
Here’s what the critics are saying -
“Cars 2 is fun. Whether that’s because John Lasseter is in touch with his inner child or mine, I cannot say. …As wacky as a Bond picture crossed with Daffy Duck. …Michael Caine does a pretty good impression of himself.”
“Takes the bold, arguably generous and ultimately calamitous step of pushing its lovable, goofy sidekick to the center of the action…. Mater is dumb… Pixar has now found its redneck Jar-Jar Binks. …This is the loudest Pixar feature …maybe the company was tired of turning out one masterpiece after another and decided to coast for a while.”
Cars 2 currently holds a 38% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 74% for Cars.
BAD TEACHER is channeling Bad Santa, and a bit of Bad Lieutenant, by way of Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds. Cameron Diaz stars opposite her ex, Justin Timberlake, which was probably a bit awkward. Here’s what the critics are saying -
“Nowhere near as gleefully filthy or fun as it should be, which would be OK if it had something more to offer, like warmth or a sharper script. …Comic rhythms are out of whack, and sloppy continuity and story blanks suggest ample post-production surgery on a pic that started shooting over a year ago.”
“…Spends the requisite time on Elizabeth’s man-baiting and chomping ways, but it’s her relations with Lucy Punch and Phyllis Smith (from “The Office”) that help make it into something more than the latest in big-screen giggles and flatulence.”
Bad Teacher currently holds a 48% rating on RT.
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