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Trailer: Misery Loves Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

I love comedy and stand-up and can’t wait to see this documentary. Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow, Lisa Kudrow, Larry David, and Jon Favreau are among over 60 famous funny people featured in this hilarious […]

Interview: Dylan Brody on Comedy, Depression, and Robin Williams

posted by Nell Minow

Dylan Brody is a comedy writer and stand-up performer dubbed “brilliant” by Robin Williams.  It was Williams’ tragic suicide that inspired Brody to write a moving essay about his own struggles with depression.  Brody generously took time to talk with me […]

List: Comedy Westerns

posted by Nell Minow

Movies and westerns were made for each other.  Hollywood came along not long after the era of westward expansion and access to the stunning landscapes of Monument Valley and endless vistas of desert and sagebrush was nearby.  The earliest commercial […]

TV’s Funniest Moments — Tonight on NBC

posted by Nell Minow

It’s September.  That means school and work and colder weather.  We need to laugh.  And tonight NBC is here to provide us with some of television’s funniest moments, assembled by The Paley Center for Media.

Contest: Laughing On Purpose DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Family-friendly comic Michael Jr. has a delightful new DVD called “Laughing on Purpose,” filled with gentle but insightful humor and I am lucky enough to have one to give away! Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with “Laughing” in the […]

Men, Women, and The Three Stooges

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Thelma Adams for her thoughtful discussion of two perennial questions: Why do men like The Three Stooges?  Why don’t women like The Three Stooges? “That’s Not Funny! Why Comedy is Different for Men and Women” is Adams’ post […]

Interview: Andy Borowitz of The 50 Funniest American Writers*

posted by Nell Minow

Andy Borowitz really understands what it means to be funny.  He is the first recipient of the National Press Club’s humor award and his @BorowitzReport Twitter feed is constantly circulated with LOLs.  His new book is The 50 Funniest American […]

Funatical: Taking Comedy to the Extreme

posted by Nell Minow

“You can’t hate anybody when you’ve laughed with them,” said headliner Ahmed Ahmed, quoting Rabbi-turned-comic Bob Alper. That’s the idea behind the Funatical comedy tour, in Washington, D.C. this week. The stars of the show had a press conference at […]

Ron Masak Meets His Heroes

posted by Nell Minow

Ron Masak’s face and voice are more familiar than his name. As Sheriff Mort Metzger in “Murder She Wrote” he appeared with Angela Lansbury as the mystery novelist who ran into a different real-life mystery every week. And he has […]

Interview: Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter of ‘She’s Out of My League’

posted by Nell Minow

It’s impossible to meet the gloriously beautiful, smart, and funny Alice Eve and Krysten Ritter without feeling that they are completely out of the league of any mere mortals. In “She’s out of My League,” Eve very believably plays a […]

Why We Laugh

posted by Nell Minow

I can’t think of a better or more purely enjoyable way to celebrate Black History Month than watching Robert Townsend’s brilliant documentary Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy. It is showing on Showtime this month and will be […]

List: Great Comedy Duos

posted by Nell Minow

As I was watching Year One, I thought about why the Michael Cera/Jack Black teaming does not work very well. They are both very funny guys, and they have that yin/yang element that propels most comedy teams, with one expansive […]

Bride Wars

posted by Nell Minow
C
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior
Movie Release Date:January 9, 2009
DVD Release Date:April 28, 2009
C
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG for suggestive content, language and some rude behavior
Movie Release Date: January 9, 2009
DVD Release Date: April 28, 2009

Movies thrive on smackdowns. “Clash of the Titans.” “Alien vs. Predator.” “Freddy vs. Jason.” “Kramer vs. Kramer.” Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. And now, Bridezilla vs. Bridezilla. Kate Hudson (who co-produced) and Anne Hathaway play BFFs who are sweetly supportive of […]

Anita Renfroe: Mother’s Day Special

posted by Nell Minow

The wise and hilarious Anita Renfroe is making some of her books available for just $5 until May 10, so it is a great time to grab a couple for Mother’s Day. You can also buy any DVD or CD […]

Fred Claus

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG
Movie Release Date:November 9, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG
Movie Release Date: November 9, 2007

The predictable work and family and romantic complications ensue, but they are dragged out and overplotted as an efficiency expert (Kevin Spacey) comes in for some bah-humbug moments, threatening to outsource the entire operation. The movie could have used an […]

Yes to Running

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:August 12, 2008
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008

Grammy-award winning singer-storyteller Bill Harley has a great new concert performance DVD for families called Yes to Running: Bill Harley Live. Harley is best known for his funny and clever songs and stories for kids (with some parent-friendly lessons about […]

Want to See Your Name on the News?

posted by Nell Minow

PalTalk has a site where you can put in any name — yours or a friend’s — and it will create a remarkably real-looking news broadcast about how the name you type in has become a massive nationwide political phenomenon […]

Sydney White

posted by Nell Minow
B-
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Movie Release Date:September 21, 2007
B-
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Movie Release Date: September 21, 2007

This updated fairy tale has some clever riffs on “Snow White” but never makes use of the considerable talents of its star, Amanda Bynes. Sydney (Bynes) is a college freshman who wants to join Kappa, the most exclusive sorority on […]

Ninotchka

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date:1939
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
Movie Release Date: 1939

Plot: Three Soviet bureaucrats arrive in Paris to sell some jewels so they can buy tractors. But the former Grand Duchess Swana (Ina Claire), who lives in Paris, is outraged, because they were her jewels confiscated during the Russian revolution. […]

Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

Viewers will know exactly what they’re in for when the opening credits reveal the production company: Happy Madison. Anyone who recognizes that name as a tribute to two Adam Sandler movies will enjoy this genial but raunchy story of a […]

Never Been Kissed

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1999

Drew Barrymore is completely adorable in this completely adorable story about Josie, a former high school ugly duckling, now a copy editor for the Chicago Sun Times. She wants to prove herself as a reporter and her first assignment is […]

Rushmore

posted by rkumar
A-
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
A-
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

This story about the misery that comes from the grandiosity and humiliation during adolescence is probably of more interest to adults than to the teens who are already only too aware of those experiences. Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) is a […]

Life is Beautiful

posted by rkumar
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1998
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1998

This Oscar-winner for Best Actor and Best Foreign Film is a “fable” is about a father’s love for his wife and son in the midst of the Holocaust. Writer/director Roberto Begnini stars as a Chaplinesque character who charms a beautiful […]

Mumford

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

This is a cleverly updated version of a 1930’s movie staple — a genial small-town comedy with eccentric but endearing characters and a leading man who is not what he pretends to be. Loren Dean plays Doctor Mumford, a psychologist […]

Blast From the Past

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1999
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1999

Brendan Fraser plays Adam, who was born in 1962, in an elaborate bomb shelter constructed by his eccentric genius of a father (Christopher Walken). His parents, mistakenly believing that a nuclear bomb exploded in Los Angeles, stayed in the shelter […]

Blue Streak

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

Martin Lawrence stars in a made-to-order story of a jewel thief who returns to the scene of the crime to retrieve his loot, only to find that the construction site where he stashed the stolen diamond is now a police […]

Patch Adams

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1998
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1998

If the real-life Robin Williams were a doctor, he would be the real-life Patch Adams, who believes that doctors should treat the patient, not the disease, and that sick, frightened people need to feel that those who take care of […]

Rush Hour

posted by rkumar
C+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1998
C+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1998

Hong Kong superstar Jackie Chan is always a delight to watch. His charm, wit,and impeccable timing make his kung fu moves closer to Charlie Chaplin or Jacques Tati than to Stephen Segal. He has had a hard time finding an […]

My Favorite Martian

posted by rkumar
F
Lowest Recommended Age:Preschool
Movie Release Date:1999
F
Lowest Recommended Age: Preschool
Movie Release Date: 1999

The commercial for this movie features our heroes (the visiting Martian and his earthling friend) in the midst of a car chase. The Martian (Christopher Lloyd) shrinks the car, which goes into the sewer system and comes up in a […]

Mickey Blue Eyes

posted by rkumar
D
Lowest Recommended Age:Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date:1999
D
Lowest Recommended Age: Mature High Schooler
Movie Release Date: 1999

Basic Movie Plot #2 is the fish out of water, and that is because it works so well. Whether we’re talking about a mermaid coming to Manhattan, a guy from the Australian outback coming to Manhattan, or Dorothy in Oz, […]

The Muse

posted by rkumar
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
Movie Release Date:1999
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
Movie Release Date: 1999

The latest film by writer/director/actor Albert Brooks has him portraying Steven Phillips, a Hollywood screenwriter who is let go by the studio when a young, arrogant executive tells him he has lost his “edge.” On the advice of a friend, […]

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