Set It Up (2018)

Set It Up
Director: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Katie Silberman
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Lucy Liu, Taye Diggs
Seen on: 27.11.2018
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Plot:
Harper (Zoey Deutch) is the assistant of Kirsten (Lucy Liu) and Charlie (Glen Powell) is the assistant of Rick (Taye Diggs). Kirsten and Rick are both incredibly successful, unbelievably demanding and never stop working. That means that Harper and Charlie also never stop working. Until they come up with a plan: if they set up Kirsten and Rick and they fall in love, it should mean less work for everybody. And since they know everything about their bosses, it should be easy for them to make it happen. But the more Harper and Charlie work together, the more they realize how much they themselves have in common.

Set It Up is fun, shallow entertainment that nicely sticks to all genre conventions. You don’t miss much if you don’t watch it, but you will be entertained when you do watch it.

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The Disaster Artist (2017)

The Disaster Artist
Director: James Franco
Writer: Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber
Based on: Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell‘s book of the same name
Cast: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Ari Graynor, Alison Brie, Jacki Weaver, Paul Scheer, Zac Efron, Josh Hutcherson, June Diane Raphael, Megan Mullally, Jason Mantzoukas, Sharon Stone, Melanie Griffith, Hannibal Buress, Bob Odenkirk, Randall Park, Dree Hemingway, Zoey Deutch, Ike Barinholtz, Kevin Smith, Keegan-Michael Key, Adam Scott, Danny McBride, Kristen Bell, J.J. Abrams, Lizzy Caplan, Judd Apatow, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Greg Sestero, Tommy Wiseau
Seen on: 26.1.2017
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Plot:
Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) dreams of being an actor and making it big. In one of his acting classes, he meets Tommy Wiseau (James Franco). Tommy is a strange guy, but Greg is struck by his mysterious charisma and generall weirdness. They become unlikely friends. And since Tommy seems to have a lot of money, he can offer Greg a chance that he wouldn’t otherwise get: they should go to Hollywood together, stardom is sure to follow. But when it doesn’t, Tommy makes a new plan: he will make a film himself for them and then their film is going to make them famous.

The Disaster Artist is fun to watch, at least if you can take a huge James Franco ego project, because that’s what it is, too. Mostly it’s a good story that kept me glued to the screen.

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Before I Fall (2017)

Before I Fall
Director: Ry Russo-Young
Writer: Maria Maggenti
Based on: Lauren Oliver‘s novel
Cast: Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage, Logan Miller, Kian Lawley, Elena Kampouris, Cynthy Wu, Medalion Rahimi, Erica Tremblay, Liv Hewson, Diego Boneta, Jennifer Beals, Nicholas Lea
Seen on: 22.6.2017
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Plot:
Sam (Zoey Deutch) is beautiful, a good student, she runs with the popular girls, Elody (Medalion Rahimi), Lindsay (Halston Sage) and Ally (Cynthy Wu), she has a boyfriend Rob (Kian Lawley) and, as it turns out, she even has a secret admirer. Or not so secret, as Sam suspects her childhood friend Kent (Logan Miller). Things are awesome. At least for Sam. Not so much for Juliet (Elena Kampouris) who is humiliated at a part, as she’s humiliated every day at school. But after the party, Sam and her friends crash their car. And when Sam wakes up, it’s the morning of the day of the party, over and over again.

I like time travel stories, so I figured I’d give this film a shot even though I didn’t expect much from it. Before I Fall, then, was much stranger than I expected in many ways, but not necessarily in a good way. It’s entertaining, but it’s not a must see.

[Slight SPOILERS]

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Why Him? (2016)

Why Him?
Director: John Hamburg
Writer: John Hamburg, Ian Helfer
Cast: Zoey Deutch, James Franco, Bryan Cranston, Megan Mullally, Griffin Gluck, Tangie Ambrose, Cedric the Entertainer, Keegan-Michael Key, Kaley Cuoco, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley
Seen on: 24.1.2017

Plot:
Ned (Bryan Cranston), his wife Barb (Megan Mullally) and their son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) have been invited to spend Christmas with their daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) and her new boyfriend Laird (James Franco). When they meet Laird, though, Barb and particularly Ned are taken aback. Laird is filthy rich, but he is also very eccentric and has trouble with respecting personal boundaries. What’s even worse: he obviously wants to ask Stephanie to marry him soon. Can Ned learn to like and accept Laird?

Why Him? is pretty much exactly how you expect it to be: it’s filled with immature humor, very problematic in some places, but put altogether it could have been way worse than it was.

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Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Beautiful Creatures
Director: Richard LaGravenese
Writer: Richard LaGravenese
Based on: Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s novel
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Alice Englert, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, Thomas Mann, Emma Thompson, Eileen Atkins, Margo Martindale, Zoey Deutch

Plot:
Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) lives in the small South Carolina town of Gatlin. Ever since his mother’s death, his father pretty much hasn’t left his room and Ethan is taking care of him. He dreams of college and leaving. But recently he’s been having strange dreams of a girl. And then Lena (Alice Englert) shows up at his school. She’s the niece of the town’s supposed madman Macon Ravenwood (Jeremy Irons). Ethan feels an instant connection with Lena, even recognizes her as the girl he dreamt about. But even more crazy things happen around and to Lena, and time is running out for her.

What the movie did to this book was incredible. From a nice, if not great young adult story, it was turned into a misogynistic, illogical, offensive crapfest. I actually had to shout DAFUQ several times.

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