Kevin Carr’s Weekly Report Card: October 15, 2010

This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr makes a complete and total jackass of himself by enjoying the hell out of Red and being more excited than he should about the prospects of Jackass 3D. He realizes that it may be the beginning of award season, but that won’t stop him from watching a movie about bodily fluids flying at the camera in 3D and getting mildly turned on by Helen Mirren firing a Gatling gun while wearing an evening gown.

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Studio: MTV Films

Rated: R for male nudity, extremely crude and dangerous stunts throughout, and for language

Starring: Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius and Ryan Dunn

Directed by: Jeff Tremaine

What it’s about: Johnny Knoxville and company perform crazy, crude and insanely dangerous stunts in immersive 3D.

What I liked: To say a movie is full of shit is normally a complaint. With a film like Jackass 3D, it is a badge of honor. I will admit that this film is not for everyone, and it’s exactly the same as the other films… only in 3D. You can expect all the crazy stunts, the dangerous results, the nut shots and poo flying at the screen, augmented by the 3D experience. One could say that Jackass 3D is the Avatar of flinging poo movies, and that wouldn’t be too far from the truth.

By now, you should know what to expect from a Jackass movie. It is simultaneously everything that you expect it to be and a collection of unexpected silliness. Dick and fart jokes? They’re in there, but not as you might always predict. Poop and vomit? Yup, that’s in there too, and sometimes quite surprising.

But in the end, this movie does exactly what it sets out to do, and that is to entertain… especially someone like me with the sense of humor of a twelve year old.

What I didn’t: To say there are things unsavory about Jackass 3D is like saying there was some nastiness to The Human Centipede. Everything about this film that could be considered a complaint is also its greatest strength.

Who is gonna like this movie: Anyone who liked Jackass or Jackass: Number Two.

Grade: A-

Studio: Summit Entertainment

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence and brief strong language

Starring: Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Karl Urban

Directed by: Robert Schwentke

What it’s about: Frank Moses (Bruce Willis) is an ex-spy who is bored with his retirement and in love with the girl on the other end of the telephone at pension services. However, when a hit squad comes after him, sending him on the run, he is thrust back in the spy game. Using his old connections and partners, Frank works to uncover a conspiracy that has put him on the CIA’s most wanted list.

What I liked: I like a good spy movie. I also like a good action movie. And I also like a good comedy. Red is one of those unique films that manages to do all of these things. What The Losers and The A-Team attempted this summer, Red nails with precision.

The key to this movie is the cast. All of them are good actors, but their composition as a cast in the film makes it thoroughly enjoyable to watch. From Bruce Willis doing his stock action schtick to John Malkovich playing over-the-top in the way that only John Malkovich can to Helen Mirren looking mighty fetching in an evening gown while she gives the bad guys the whole nine yards with her Gatling gun, this is one of those rare movies where the entertainment value lives up to the names in the cast.

Red mixes humor with action brilliantly, and its an exceedingly well-paced film. Additionally, the look of the movie is fantastic – a slick, elegant backdrop to a pretty classy movie. And with the “getting the gang back together” feel, it seems like this could be a sequel to a popular film from the 80s that was never made.

What I didn’t: Red does have some moments where things slow down a little bit, but most of these scenes are forgivable in the grand scheme of things. I really don’t have much to complain about with this movie, and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

The only thing that seemed a bit odd is the pivotal scene at the shipyards, which looked like it was shot in the same location to the climax of The Losers. It made me wonder if DC Comics got a special two-for-one shooting location fee for that place.

Who is gonna like this movie: People who like a strong dose of humor with their action.

Grade: A-

Want to see what Kevin had to say about these films on TV? Check out his interview on FOX…

Kevin Carr crawled from the primordial ooze in the early 1970s. He grew up watching movies to the point of irritation for his friends and was a font of useless movie knowledge until he decided to put that knowledge to good use. Now, Kevin is a nationally syndicated critic, heard on dozens of radio stations around the country, and his reviews appear in a variety of online outlets. Kevin is also a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Central Ohio Film Critics Association (COFCA).

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