Streaming In Between (Coal and Gems) – What Men Want
This was a Redbox on-demand purchase for just 1.99 during their special. We felt like it was worth the $2 rental and definitely held our attention through the film, and caused us to audibly chuckle a number of times. I am always a big fan of Taraji P Henson, Tracy Morgan (who feels like a carbon copy of his Tracy Jordan character from 30 Rock in this), and a number of the other supporting actors and actresses of the film.
This film’s shortcomings lay in its own design. This is a rom-com through and through, and the storyline, lessons learned, and the outcome is predictable from the viewing of the trailer. Just like its predecessor with Mel Gibson (What Women Want) the clichés, poor (cringe-worthy) choices/communication between characters and plot holes are abundant, but this one is still fun.
Don’t go out of your way to seek this flick out, but if you’re home on a rainy day and have nothing else to watch, it’s worth the few bucks for a few chuck (les)!
What Men Want – 5.5/10
Flashback Flicks is when we feature a movie made a decade or more ago. We try to focus on movies that are available through a streaming service or somewhere easily online, that way you can join in on the fun! Have you seen the movie before? Sound off and let us know what you think.
Guess Who (2005) starring Ashton Kutcher (That 70’s Show, Butterfly Effect), an early-career Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Avatar), and the late Bernie Mac (The Bernie Mac Show, Oceans Eleven). Is a fun rom-com about a loveable Kutcher trying to win over the over-bearing father-in-law, played by Mac. The movie has some shining and endearing moments that make you frustrated to love the characters of this movie.
I feel that the homophobia displayed by Mac’s character and the interracial prejudice in the NY/NJ setting may not hold up as well in 2018 and can make the viewer suspend disbelief (side note – these observations are coming from a point of privilege for this writer.. and maybe I exist in a fish-bowl, but it’s hard to picture many people like this). Dated views aside, the laughs are light enough and ubiquitous throughout to prevent it from hurting the film too much.
The plot is nothing revolutionary, but this is a fun movie. It’s not receiving a higher score because it follows the rom-com formula too predictably and has some content that doesn’t feel to hold up as well over time. However, that doesn’t stop it from achieving its goal of making the audience laugh. Check it out, and let us know if you agree or not!
Currently available to stream on Netflix (as of 6/11/2018)
Guess Who – 6/10