A quartet of better than average releases got July off to a great start for renters and offered many a chance to catch up with movies that were much better than their box office intake would indicate.
GET HARD – Let’s face it-we all love a dumb comedy and this one is made to order. It stars Will Ferrell as a naive millionaire who gets nailed for fraud and sentenced to jail. He is rich so he remains out of prison till his start date . He realizes he is in no shape for the hooligans he will encounter so he hires an ex-con to show him the ropes. Enter Kevin Hart who steals the rest of the movie as a small tough guy given the impossible task of hardening Ferrell. Lots of yuks ensue.
WHILE WE’RE YOUNG – A middle aged couple befriends a twenty something pair and the four of them almost bridge the generation gap in this mild comedy. We all know that technology has changed our culture but this movie is a fresh way to revisit old arguments about vinyl vs. compact disc, and days when we had a degree of privacy. Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts star.
THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN – This is more of a sequel to the 1978 film of the same title. That movie followed the true story of a series of deaths in a small southern town by a masked killer. Here we get a similar series of attacks in a town where the original movie is screening at a Drive – In. Is the killer back or is this a gruesome homage form a twisted fan? Fun stuff with a solid cast that includes the late Edward Hermann and Ed Lauter as well as Veronica Cartwright and Gary Cole.
THE GUNMAN – This thoughtful action movie stars Sean Penn as a mercenary who finds himself the target of killers when a job brings him to the Congo where he once assassinated a high ranked official. He must now renew old acquaintances from that job and find out who want him dead. Tense and well made with supporting turns by Javier Bardem, Ray Winstone(Sexy Beast), and Idris Elba.