Love the Coopers (2015)

Love the Coopers
Director: Jessie Nelson
Writer: Steven Rogers
Cast: Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Alex Borstein, Timothée Chalamet, Maxwell Simkins, Blake Baumgartner, Amanda Seyfried, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, Olivia Wilde, Jake Lacy, June Squibb, Anthony Mackie, Steve Martin
Seen on: 9.12.2015

Christmas is just around the corner and Charlotte Cooper (Diane Keaton) is preparing for Christmas dinner with her family – her father Bucky (Alan Arkin), her sister Emma (Marisa Tomei), her husband Sam (John Goodman) and their children Eleanor (Olivia Wilde) and Hank (Ed Helms) including his currently-divorcing wife Angie (Alex Borstein) and their children Charlie (Timothée Chalamet), Bo (Maxwell Simkins) and Madison (Blake Baumgartner). But not all is well with the Coopers: Sam wants to separate from Charlotte but has promised one last Christmas without the family knowing. Emma gets caught shoplifting. Bucky’s closest relationship – with waitress Ruby (Amanda Seyfried) – is threatened when Ruby tells him she will leave town. Hank has lost his job in addition to the divorce and doesn’t want to let his family know. And Eleanor would rather spend the day at the airport than one minute longer than necessary with her family. There she meets soldier Joe (Jake Lacy) and hits it off with him.

Love the Coopers is exactly what you’d expect from an USAmerican Christmas family movie. It’s basically trivial, but rather nice to watch.

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Home (2015)

Director: Tim Johnson
Writer: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Based on: Adam Rex‘ book The True Meaning of Smekday
Cast: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez, Matt Jones, Brian Stepanek
Seen on: 10.4.2015

Oh (Jim Parsons) is excited: led by Captain Smek (Steve Martin), he and his people, the Boov, are about to land on a new planet, taking over to make everything better for its inhabitants and especially for the Boov. But Oh has a reputation for screwing up and it’s not enitrely unfounded. When he does so once more, he has to go on the run. That’s when he meets Tip (Rihanna). When all the humans were relocated to Australia, she managed to stay behind in New York, fending for herself alone, if you don’t count her cat Pig, until she will be able to find and reunite with her mother. Oh offers to help her locate her mother if Tip helps him escape and so the two of them have to take on all of the Boov – and the Gorg who the Boov are running from in the first place.

Home was sweet. It tackles big topics in a manner perfectly suited for children and it is entertaining while it does so. Despite many jokes made for adults, it might be geared a little too much toward children to really appeal to me, but that is no fault at all.

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It’s Complicated (2009)

It’s Complicated is the newest movie by Nancy Meyers, starring Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin and John Krasinski.

Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) have been divorced for a while, but remained on quite good terms. During the graduation of their youngest son, their romance gets rekindled. At the same time, Jane meets the charming architect Adam (Steve Martin). And that’s when things get really complicated.

It’s Complicated is a nice, rather run-of-the-mill RomCom. What makes it different from other such movies is the presence of an actual adult (a total rarity in RomComs) and the performances by Meryl Streep and John Krasinski.

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