Ignore the Commercials. See Film on it's own Merits
The Paramount marketing department would have you think this film is a
wacky laugh fest. Which is a pity, since more people would enjoy the
film if their expectations were different. They go in thinking the film
is one way. When in reality, it's a whole other thing. The film is much
more touching, funny, and real. I cared about the two main characters,
and how they interacted. I was interested in what was at stake for
them. For me, the smaller moments of the film made it enjoyable. It was
Streisand and Rogen Bring Considerable Comedy Chops to a Lightweight Road Trip Movie
Aside from her near-cameo appearances in two ensemble comedies, Barbra
Streisand has not starred in a movie in sixteen long years, not since
1996's "The Mirror Has Two Faces" which she also directed. Her output
as an actress has been meager since around 1980 when she started
directing films, building houses and returning to the concert stage
periodically, so it was with both great anticipation and some
trepidation that I saw this light- hearted 2012 comedy. What a relief
to find she hasn't miss...
This is not a comedy!
I mean that in the nicest way because honestly the movie was wonderful
to watch. There wasn't really anything comedic about this movie in the
slightest. Although there are some parts that were quite funny, if you
plan to watch this movie, do so with family, not with friends, because
this is the kind of movie that is simply telling the story of a mother
and her son who have grown distant as time has past and how one thing
(trip) manages to bring them closer together. If you're looking for a
Call your mama!
Mama don't let your boys grow up to be cowboys or better yet organic
chemist. In this fun tale you see Andy Brewster (Seth Rogen) is on a
mission to sell his discovered organic cleaning product and find a
distributor. In a caring move he invites his mother Joyce Brewster
(Barbra Streisand) to come along for the eight day cross country trip.
Most movies feature two guys or girls in a crazy road trip but never a
mother and son. Freud was right, we all have mother issues and Andy
finally deals wit...
A second rate movie despite the stellar cast
How is it possible that when you put together an esteemed actress with
the ambassador of a new generation comedy that you get a second rate
movie? For starters this film started off as a wannabe comedy. It was
as if the cast were trying their hardest to make us laugh but it just
did not work. The obsessive neurotic mother with the geeky kind of son
was somewhat off for laughs.Then the conversation developed, the story unfolded but despite the
charm and warmth it conveyed as well as being engagi...