Ready or Not is a black comedy/horror film directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett from a screenplay by Guy Busick and R. Christopher Murphy. When I first saw this movie listed, it had 100% rotten tomatoes. A few days later it had been adjusted to 91%. The film is about a newly-wed woman who becomes hunted by her in-laws. I felt I had to see it. It was the biggest waste of my time, ever.
“Ready or Not” follows the ultra-rich Le Domas family. They are in the business of games and are about to add a new member, Grace (Samara Weaving) to the family. After courting Alex Le Domas (Mark O’Brien), the youngest brother of the family, the two have decided to tie the knot. The wedding is taking place on the enormous family estate where Alex’s parents, Tony Le Domas (Henry Czerny) and Becky Le Domas (Andre Macdowell) have always lived along with their oldest son, Daniel Le Domas (Adam Brody), Tony’s sister, Aunt Helene Le Domas (Nicky Guadangi), Daniel and Alex’s sister, Emilie Le Domas (Melanie Scrofano), Daniel’s wife, Charity Le Domas (Elyse Levesque) and the butler, Fitch Bradley (Kristian Bruun).
Right after the wedding ceremony, Grace’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws convince her to take part in a terrifying game. Grace draws a card that says “Hide & Seek”, the one card nobody wanted Grace to get saddled with. After confirming they were actually going to play, Grace gets her set of rules and goes off to hide. After the maid accidentally gets shot and killed, Grace overhears a conversation that reveals she is the one being hunted for the kill.
“Ready or Not” makes an attempt to mimic “Get Out” but fails miserably. The movie is not funny and how it got 91% “Rotten Tomatoes” is one of those things that make you want to say “um”. The aura surrounding Ready or Not seems childish and didn’t make much sense. The reason for the game is survival of the Le Domes family but why did it come to this? It was suggested that an invisible person named Mr. Baile was seated at the dining room table. The invisible Mr. Baile was never really explained nor what happens if a different card were drawn. The sequences of events were beyond anyone’s understanding. There’s a car scene where the vehicle is shut down by the security company because the person driving wasn’t the owner. However, that person was in danger and hurt, needing medical assistance. The security company abandoned the situation leaving the person to possibly die. That is not funny, just crazy. I do not recommend seeing “Ready or Not”, even when it comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray. If you decide this movie is for you, SEE IT AT YOUR OWN RISK!
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I was disappointed in Think Like A Man Too! It was too slap stick for me. Kevin Hart’s rantings really got on my nerves. If he had toned his character down some, it would have been a different ballgame. It seems like the director tried to steal a page from” Hang Over 3″ and “Last Vegas” with an over the top chain of funny events in “Sin City”. Both movies were better than Think Like a Man Too. There were some funny parts, but not funny enough to spend the price of a movie ticket to see it. The plot was okay but the craziness that followed was just plain stupid. What a waste of talent. You would think with this star studded cast, you’d get a pretty good movie, NOT! I even resented some of the insinuations because Think Like a Man Too crossed the line in ethic jokes. I don’t like any race of people to be the brunt of bad jokes or bad dialogue.
One of the couples from Think Like a Man Too is getting married. Kevin Hart is (erroneously) the best man. While he thinks he’s the best man for the job, he ends up being the worse. 5 couples make up the wedding party accompanied by an over bearing, control freak mom who doesn’t think the bride is good enough for her son. The problems begin with each gender’s expectations of the bachelor and bachelorette parties, respectively. Other problems include a reservation misunderstanding, the grooms mother and one couple’s dedication to their jobs. If you can get through Kevin Hart’s rantings, you might enjoy the rest of the cast that includes: Michael Ealy (Dominic), Jerry Ferrara (Jeremy), Meagan Good (Mya), Regina Hall (Candace), Dennis Haysbert (Uncle Eddie), Taraji P. Henson (Lauren), Terrence Jenkins (Michael), Jenifer Lewis (Loretta), Romany Malco (Zeke), Gabrielle Union (Kristen), Kevin Hart (Cedric), Gary Owen (Bennett) and Caleel Harris (Duke). My recommendation is wait for the DVD which releases on 9/16/14.
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Baggage Claim is an average girly flick about the oldest daughter, out of 3 sisters, who is still not married or engaged. Paula Patton plays Montana, the daughter of an annoying mother, played by Jenifer Lewis. Hunks like Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, Boris Kodjoe and Tyler Lepley ended up in hot pursuit of Montana but none were worthy. Montana wanted to please her mother by getting married and providing her with grandchildren but just wasn’t feeling any of her suitors. Montana’s best friend, played by Derek Luke, lives in the same apartment building with his fiancé and is always lending her a shoulder to cry on. Montana is a flight attendant whose co workers/friends are Jill Scott who plays Gail and Adam Brody who plays Sam. Together, they pull out all the stops to help Montana find someone, within 30 days, to take to her sister’s rehearsal dinner. At this point, she would do anything to get her family off her back about getting married. The pressure is on since her sister’s marriage will leave Montana as the only woman in the family not to have taken the plunge. Baggage Claim is a cute film that holds a cute message. Worth seeing on DVD.
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Tagged 30 days, adam brody, baggage claim, boris kodjoe, derek luke, Djimon Hounsou, flight attentant, gail, girly flick, hunks, jenifer lewis, jill scott, married, montana, paula patton, rehearsal dinner, sam, suitors, taye diggs, tyler lepley