Dane Cook

Planes Fire and Rescue

Kids don’t have a problem with anthropomorphic characters populating their culture and entertainment — just look at nearly every single Disney sidekick (from horses to teacups, monkeys to crabs) — which helps explain a lot of the love that the little ones consistently heap on both the Cars franchise and its Planes spin-off. Adults may have questions about how an entire world populated only by mechanical vehicles works (and the popular theory regarding how every Pixar film ties together, and one which basically makes every car and plane a terrifying war monster, manages to both speak to this and remind us to be careful what we question, because do you want to view smiley-faced trucks as harbingers of human, no, you do not), but the kiddos don’t care. They just like what they’re looking at. But we’re not kids. And we have a lot of questions about how these things work. Next week, Walt Disney Pictures will release Planes: Fire and Rescue, the first (and we’re going to assume, not the last) sequel in the Planes franchise that took wing with last year’s Planes. While the first Planes film was all about a high-flying around-the-world ariel race, Fire and Rescue is about, well, fires and rescues. Lead character Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) is back, but now he’s working on a new career: as a plane dedicated to snuffing out fires and leading rescues in what looks to be a massive national park. It’s a cute premise, but man, do we have some questions. Here’s what Plane: Fire and Rescue needs to answer for us.

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There’s a scene in this movie, Disney’s Planes, in which a group of international superstar propeller-driven racing planes come together for a massive race round the world. One of the planes is from Mexico, wears a luchador mask and calls himself El Chupacabra. We watch as he spies a sultry, well-painted, French-speaking plane. She’s Rochelle, the rally champion from Canada. He falls in love and must serenade her with a mariachi version of The Miracles’ 1976 hit “Love Machine.” Heavy emphasis on the “chhhh” sound in “machine.” As you might imagine, this wins her interest and they fall head over heels for each other, a love that involves lipstick marks on his wings and pet names between them such as “Chalupa” and “Chimichanga.” In a movie so haphazard with its horrible stereotype-driven character creation, this is actually one of the less offensive moments. And that’s pretty bad. Because as we discover within 30-seconds of Planes, this is the laziest brand of kid’s film: the kind created by a bunch of marketing executives in a 90th floor boardroom. It’s sad to see it pillaging the strong, if flawed brand built by Pixar’s Cars.

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Planes

Though children everywhere adore the Cars series, the Pixar tales chronicling a world run by anthropomorphic vehicles who don’t appear to give a good goddamn about the non-existence of humans continues to terrify any adult who gives the franchise even the most brief of thoughts. Where the hell are the people? Continuing in the grand tradition of Cars, Disney has now branched off with Planes, which chronicles the adventures of, well, planes. It seems as if said planes and cars exist in the same freak world, and those cars just love watching aerial races, because honestly, why not at this point? The new film stars Dane Cook(‘s voice) as Dusty Crophopper, a crop-duster desperate to compete in the world’s most prestigious race, who has one major problem – he is afraid of heights. That’s both charming and just sort of obvious, so we look forward to the resulting final feature (or at least, we’re looking forward to having something sweet to take the kids to). After the break, check out the first trailer for Planes, guaranteed to be the new favorite film of all the kiddos in your life.

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Planes Movie

More than a few people are going to look at the new teaser trailer for Planes and think of it as the next evolution of selling out for Pixar. The thing is, despite John Lasseter’s presence as a producer, this straight-to-DVD sequel that got bumped up to first class has DisneyToon Studios written all over it. In fact, you won’t see the Pixar logo anywhere in the trailer — even though they’re aping the look of Cars right down to the font choices. The movie stars Dane Cook, voicing Dusty Crophopper, a plane whose afraid of heights but desperately wants to compete in a massive flying contest. It’s being directed by Klay Hall (Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) and comes right at the tail end of the Summer blockbuster season. Check out the teaser for yourself:

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Planes

While Disney’s Cars series has been the proverbial whipping boy for many fans of the House of Mouse’s better animated outings, the franchise is a perennial favorite for the younger set (if you spend any time with five-year-olds, you know this is true) and has made a trunk-load of cash for both Disney and Pixar. That said, of course the studio is planning spin-offs of the transportation-minded series, and while we’d love to see a Disney take on Jetskis or Steam Engines or even Segways, the studio is going simple – Planes. And, because everyone knows how much children love comedian Dane Cook, the erstwhile actor has been tapped to voice the lead of this summer’s Planes, as a height-averse plane named Dusty (we can only assume he’s a crop-duster). The film is billed as a “comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights.” Aw, Dusty, that’s so sad for you. Soar, little plane, soar!

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The Guilt Trip Trailer

There are bad movies. There are BAD movies. And then there’s The Guilt Trip, a cinematic abomination that offends by being heinously, obscenely bland. This is the blandest bland movie you’ll ever see, a comedy bereft of comedy and a road trip flick in which the most exciting occurrences feature a character eating a giant steak and getting her ears pierced. If that’s your idea of a great time at the multiplex, and if your enthusiasm for such an enterprise is only matched by your affection for Barbra Streisand, well, here ya go. If, like most of us, you demand actual content from movies when you shell out your ten bucks or so for a ticket, you’ll leave the theater in a state of heightened anxiety at best, and downright fury at worst. This lazy slop from director Anne Fletcher and writer Dan Fogelman stars Streisand as Joyce Brewster, overprotective mom to struggling inventor Andy (Seth Rogen). When Andy needs to drive across the country to pitch a cleaning product to various big box retailers and other major potential clients, he invites mom along for the ride. His reasons for doing so are too convoluted to be addressed here, but before the pair leaves their starting point in New Jersey, you’ll wish he hadn’t bothered.

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Joseph Kahn‘s new movie Detention is essentially The Breakfast Club meets Prom Night meets the kitchen sink. A group of diverse high-schoolers are stalked by a serial killer named Cinderhella, and the terror culminates during their collective stay in after school detention. The film is far from a straight forward thriller though as Kahn plays with the medium in different ways and fills the story with crazy distractions like time travel, homages to The Fly, grizzly bears and more. It’s pretty nuts. Detention was released earlier this week, and if you haven’t picked it up yet we have some good news. We’re giving away a copy of the film on Blu-ray and another on DVD. And because we care how you look in public we’re also throwing in a Detention t-shirt, beanie and baseball cap (pics below). Keep reading to see how you can win!

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Every bit of movie news has to be taken with a fistful of salt. With so many moving parts, even the biggest players in the game sometimes see their work fall into the tall grass of development hell. That’s the bad news. The good news is that all of those times you shake your fist at a new project (be it remake or reboot) are warranted, but they don’t always get made. Sometimes, the stuff we’re dreading goes down in flames too. So it’s with that bittersweet spirit that we look back on a few announced projects that still haven’t been made. And might never be.

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There is a lot going on in the trailer for Joseph Kahn’s Detention. It’s got hipsters. It’s, apparently, got aliens. A high school killing spree. And, most importantly, Dane Cook as a school principle. Obviously, it’s a fairly overstuffed and messy trailer, but everything this trailer hints at could make for pure cinematic gold. The director of Torque bringing aliens and hipsters together in one movie could be magical. Who doesn’t like seeing hipsters suffer bloody and brutal deaths? In the movies, of course. It’s the joyful type of bloodshed we rarely get to see on the big screen. The last half of the trailer really picks up and finds a smooth groove. Hopefully the film is as balls to the wall as the trailer is selling it as. In almost 2 weeks time, we’ll get confirmation at its SXSW premiere. There’s promise in this trailer, and I cant wait to see whether or not Kahn managed to deliver a worthy followup to his hilarious motorcycle epic.

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It was another losing weekend at the box office generally and for one Mr. Dane Cook in particular. His flick My Best Friend’s Girl crashed into third place at $8.3 million, allowing Samuel L. Jackson to win his own personal box office battle with Lakeview Terrace.

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Kevin and Neil are recovering from the righteous wind storm that swept through the Midwest… or at least they’re using that as an excuse for not having seen all the movies this week.

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My Best Friend\

We here at Film School Rejects are huge fans of comedian cum actor Dane Cook. Well, sort of. So you can imagine our joy when we saw that he is going to be in another movie…

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The Best of the Rejects

The weekend is here. That means it’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy the Best of the Rejects.

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Ryan Reynolds is the Anti-Dane Cook

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. It’s a revelation I had a while ago that came to the front of my mind after seeing Reynolds in Chaos Theory. It seems pretty obvious that where one is a talented comedic and dramatic actor the other is a one-note comedian that can’t translate stand up success to the box office.

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Dan in Real Life

The movie is half-understated, intimate comedy, while the other half tends to veer into screwball comedy territory. There’s no excuse for Peter Hedges to take a story that should be a character study of what it’s like for a middle-aged man raising three daughters on his own and film it like Meet the Parents mixed with Wedding Crashers.

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Audiences are getting too old for this shit.

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Rob Hunter

Mr. Brooks

Movie Reviews By Rob Hunter on November 1, 2007 | Comments (7)

We all have guilty pleasures. Chocolate. Hannity & Colmes. John Tesh music. Snorting blow off the buttocks of a Thai hooker. The one thing all those have in common though is their general acceptance by polite society. My own guilty pleasure is more embarrassing than these, and I rarely find myself able to talk about it without fear of recrimination and judgment. I like Kevin Costner. This is not a new affliction for me. I’ve been a fan since he stole Silverado from the more seasoned ensemble around him. The rest of the movie-going public joined me in the late eighties through the early nineties as he churned out hit after hit… movies that not only made money but were actually damn entertaining. No Way Out, The Untouchables, Bull Durham, Field of Dreams, Dances With Wolves… How quickly people forget. Granted the man then went on to make some incredibly bad movies, like 3000 Miles to Graceland, which was without question the worst film released in 2001. (Yes, the same year that saw Freddy Got Fingered, Pearl Harbor, and Britney Spears’ Crossroads.) But mixed in with the bad and mostly mediocre there have been some great performances in really good films… Tin Cup and The Upside of Anger come immediately to mind. Which brings me to the newly released DVD of Costner’s latest film, Mr. Brooks. Costner plays Earl Brooks. Husband, father, businessman, serial killer… This isn’t a spoiler as the movie’s entire advertising campaign was built around Costner’s portrayal […]

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I didn’t expect to like Mr. Brooks although I was originally intrigued by the idea of Robin Hood playing a serial killer.

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Well, it’s about time that we had a big weekend at the box office. Saw IV cleaned up this weekend with a big take of $32 million.

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Dan in Real Life is simply a film that doesn’t live up to what its title and slogan promises. As far as the movie feeling like real life goes, this is far from it, despite a few honest and sincere moments. The slogan for the film is “plan to be surprised,” but I found most of it to be formulaic and predictable.

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