The Weekend Cheat Sheet: May 9, 2008

The Weekend Cheat Sheet

We know that you are all live busy lives; it explains why you never call us anymore. And while we understand that everyone is hustlin’ and bustlin’ all over town, just trying to make a livin’, we know that you also want to catch a flick on the weekends. On top of that, we know that since your time is valuable, you don’t want to waste it on another cinematic turd. Therefore, we’ve created the “Weekend Movie Cheat Sheet” to help you make those snap decisions. Need a date movie? A popcorn flick? A thriller? We’ve got you covered — and we’ve got you in and out faster than you can say “Hey, those Film School Rejects really know what they are talkin’ about…”

What type of movie are you looking for?

A Popcorn Movie…

Popcorn Movie: Iron ManWe recommend: Iron Man

Why: The Summer movie season is all about popcorn movies. In fact, for movielovers across the world, this weekend marks the start of 3 consecutive months of awesome popcorn purchase inducing cinema. And what better way to get it started with one of the best-constructed, most entertaining superhero movies to ever hit the screen. Yes, Iron Man, with Robert Downey Jr. in the lead and Jon Favreau at the helm, is that good. So good, in fact, that it is enough to not only entertain you, but it may also instill some hope for the rest of the summer movie season. Break out those big tubs of popcorn, because this is what it’s all about!

A Family Flick…

Family Movie: Speed RacerWe recommend: Speed Racer

Why: I don’t want you to go into this with the wrong idea, so I will be upfront and say that Speed Racer is a lot longer than it needs to be. That still won’t stop your kinds, who have already brainwashed by the intense marketing campaign, from wanting to see it. The Wachowski Brothers, who previously brought us The Matrix, show us that even a kids movie can be an intense thrill-ride and that even Christina Ricci, now 28, can still play a cute teenager. If that isn’t reason enough for the adults to round up the little kiddies and head to the cineplex, I don’t know what is…

A Date Movie…

Date Movie: What Happens in VegasWe recommend: What Happens in Vegas

Why: Last week the American public was duped into thinking that Made of Honor was going to be a solid date movie. It wasn’t. Thankfully, Fox has surprised us with What Happens in Vegas, which stars notorious chick flick actors Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher. Sure, they are the ones on the poster, but it is a stellar supporting cast that includes Rob Corddry, Lake Bell, Dennis Farina and Dennis Miller that really makes this film worth seeing. Be ready to have that “When are we getting married on a whim and winning $3 million on a slot machine?” talk with your lady afterwards, but otherwise this should be a rather smooth

A Thriller…

Thriller: Iron ManWe recommend: Iron Man

Why: Yeah, that’s right — Iron Man again. It really is that good.

A Take-a-Chance Flick…

Take a Chance: Forgetting Sarah MarshallWe recommend: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Why: It appears that most of the options on the table above have been rehashed from recent weeks, and it’s true — there isn’t much in the way of new movies for you to choose from. But alas, there are still a few good ones out there should you decide to do the dishonorable thing and skip Iron Man. One solid choice is Forgetting Sarah Marshall. This Judd Apatow-produced comedy falls somewhere between Walk Hard and Superbad, with the laughs coming in more on the Superbad side. It’s not for the kids, as it contains some dudity (male nudity), but that doesn’t mean the big kids can’t enjoy it — and they will.

So there you have it, the quick and easy way to go to make all of your movie-related decisions this weekend. Check back every Friday morning for more of the Weekend Movie Cheat Sheet. We’ll see you at the movies…

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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