Thursday, June 16, 2011

Homo Box Office: 'Beginners' / "Our Idiot Brother'

Neglected to blog about seeing "Beginners" a couple weeks ago. Although it has all of the elements of a movie I would love -- relationship-driven, family comedy/drama -- something about Mike Mills' tale of a commitment-phobic man's journey to finding love -- as his dad comes out of the closet at age 70 and finds true happiness -- rubbed me the wrong way. Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer give fine performances, but the whole film just struck me as tedious and too self-consciously cutesy. (It probably didn't help that I find Melanie Laurent -- as McGregor's new love interest -- completely annoying.) I guess I could see why someone would like this film, but I found myself just dying for it to end. (Did I mention that I got roped into seeing "Thor" in Tulsa? Talk about a exhausting -- and only one shirtless scene in the whole thing!) 

 The trailer for Paul Rudd's new film, "Our Idiot Brother," kind of reminds me of "Beginners." It looks like something I would like, but something tells me the slacker-with-a-heart-of-gold routine might get old real quick. Hope I'm wrong.



thegaycurmudgeon said...

I propose that action movies be rated on a shirtless-torso basis (one to four shirtless torsos). Based on your review, Thor would get one shirtless torso.

Beginners' Unluck said...

I agree absolutely on 'Beginners'. Tedious.