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 Date Movie…

Date Movie: Baby MamaWe recommend: Baby Mama

Why: I feel it necessary to preface this one with the fact that this is not a good movie for a first date. It may raise questions about kids, marriage, etc., so if you aren’t ready to have that little talk, you may want to go see Harold and Kumar. But if you are okay discussing those topics with your sweetie, this movie is a great date night flick. On top of satisfying the cinematic needs of both woman and man, this thing delivers the laughs by the ton. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are both great in a film that reminds us a bit of Knocked Up, just a lot less raunchy.

A Thriller…

Thriller: Prom NightWe recommend: Prom Night

Why: Audiences have kept Prom Night’s box office pretty strong over its first few weeks, proving to us that it is worthy. At least, it is the most worthy of all the thrillers out there right now — but that isn’t saying much. Sure, its just another in a long line of hit or miss remakes, but as our own Kevin Carr said, “I was surprised at the fact that I really didn’t get that bored with it.” You probably won’t be bored either — but we will admit that this probably isn’t the best weekend for a thrill-seeker.

A Popcorn Movie…

Popcorn Movie: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo BayWe recommend: Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Why: Not a kids flick, but you already know that. The stoners are back with their patented brand of idiocy in a film that almost lives up to the hilarities of its predecessor. John Cho and Kal Penn fit into the characters of Harold and Kumar just as well the second time around, and with Neil Patrick Harris back for a second turn, this film can’t do much wrong. Sure, the jokes feel a bit regurgitated by the end, but ultimately this one doesn’t fail to deliver some laughs. So if you’re looking for some silly, mindless comedy — or you are high — this one is an easy choice.

A Family Flick…

Family Movie: The Forbidden KingdomWe recommend: The Forbidden Kingdom

Why: Most of us would say, “Cool. Jackie Chan and Jet Li kicking the shit out of each other… Sounds badass.” And it is badass, for the few moments that Chan and Li spend fighting each other. Outside of that, this is a straight kids movie with all kinds of lighthearted shenanigans. For example, there is a scene where Jet Li actually urinates on Jackie Chan. And what kid doesn’t like a good pee-pee scene? Aside from that, there isn’t much else out there for the family — by now Horton Hears a Who and Nim’s Island have run their course. Beyond being a solid flick, The Forbidden Kingdom pretty much wins by default.

A Take-a-Chance Flick…

Take a Chance: Smart PeopleWe recommend: Smart People

Why: We don’t see anything else out there worth recommending, so we are sticking with Smart People. Smart People is one of those movies that reminds us of 2007’s little indie that could (Juno). Not just because it stars Ellen Page, but because it combines an incredibly smart screenplay (pun intended) with some great performances from a top-notch cast (that includes Page, Dennis Quaid, Sarah Jessica Parker and the incomparable Thomas Hayden Church). If you are looking to take a risk this weekend, Smart People is a great bet.

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…

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