It's so hard to find a decent (new) movie to rent these days. The other night, I literally spent like an HOUR perusing the video store trying to find something to watch. Nearly all the movies in there that were targeted at people who are over the age of 10 are either full of sex, nudity, swearing, or all of the above. Very rarely do you find a movie that isn't like that. Well, I guess there are a few movies that I would watch, but they are mainly targeted towards women, and well, Ande just isn't into chick flicks. So I guess the issue is finding a movie that both men and women will enjoy, without having it littered with garbage.
Finally, I settled on a movie. it was rated R for violent and disturbing images, but I knew it didn't have nudity or sex in it, so I went ahead and rented it.
Have any of you seen "The Happening"? You know, that movie by M. Night Shyamalan (or M. Night SHAMA-LAMA-DING-DONG as Ande calls him).
Well, I was disappointed to say it was a shama-lama-ding-DUD. Fortunately, our local video store was running a special on the rental of new releases, and it only cost $.99 to rent, or I would have really been annoyed.
Now, I wasn't expecting some great work of art or anything, but this was just not a good movie. ***SPOILER ALERT***
The basic idea of the movie is that something begins causing people to inexplicably kill themselves. (Had I known that was the premise, I would have been MUCH less likely to rent it) There was quite a few scenes with violence, although it was fairly blood-less, and many incidents were more implied than shown on screen. Most of the time, after the first few scenes anyway, you see it coming before it happens.
In one scene, a kid says the "P" word, but I believe that is the only swearing. I could be wrong, though, so don't quote me on it. The whole premise of people killing themselves for no apparent reason does get (sort of) explained, but it's so far-fetched and ridiculous that it makes the remainder of the movie even more lame. I won't go into detail, just in case someone actually wants to see it.
This is definitely not a movie to watch with kids, should you decide to rent it. Overall, I would give this movie "two thumbs down".
Any suggestions for movies that men AND women would enjoy, that don't have a bunch of "junk" in them?