42. This is the true story of Jackie Robinson, number 42, but unfortunately it “trickles through the thickets” and is “booted” by the filmmakers, who end up doing a “Barnum & Baily” on what should have been a great film.
Admissions. Paul Rudd continues his relentless campaign to appear in every lame comedy released in theaters. With Prince Avalanche, Almost Christmas, and This is the End still to be released this year, the question has to be asked: Has some evil genius who hates comedies cloned this guy?
Magic Mike. Cheaper than a “hen party,” safer than a bunch of “rope tricks,” and definitely less degrading than a “pervy hole,” the Misfits offer their review of Magic Mike, the story of a misunderstood male stripper. But if watching the “bump and grind” isn’t enough and you decide to take it all the way, remember to be sure and “cloak the captain.”
Chasing Mavericks. Some movies are more than the sum of their parts; This film is more than the sum of its too many parts. Despite too many characters, too many coincidences, and too many plot lines, it still manages to be a pretty decent film about surfing.
Bullet to the Head. Audiences might turn out to see one more Rambo or Rocky movie, but will they queue up at the theater for James Bonomo, the character Sylvester Stallone plays in Bullet to the Head?
Caught like deers in the headlights, the Misfits can only stare in disbelief at these films and ask, “Did someone really think a car from hell or a bulldozer animated by an alien life form would be scary?” There are probably more laughs than screams in this Halloween offering, but whether it’s a trick or a treat is up to the listener to decide.
It’s back to school for the Misfits and Glenn Ford, Sidney Poitier, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Roddy McDowall. Besides calculus and English, there are hard lessons to be learned about being a grownup, facing the real world, and knocking on the principal’s door before entering.