January 2014 Throwback Movie of the Month: Clueless

With MSQ’s one year anniversary, January was hectic! But, I didn’t forget about the throwback movie series!

To be young, spoiled and completely clueless…

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Cher (Alicia Silverstone) was surrounded by limitless credit cards and obnoxious friends when she decided to mentor a misguided new girl at her high school. As the most popular girl in school, Cher had to play therapist with her best bud, Dionne (Stacey Dash, and her thuggish boyfriend, Murray (Donald Faison), get her new friend,Tai (Brittany Murphy) accumulated to the Beverly Hills lifestyle, and manage a rocky, unexpected love life with her stepbrother, Josh (Paul Rudd).

The movie is an absolute classic! From Cher thinking Billie Holliday was a man to her horrible attempts at baking a fully intact roll of cookie dough, she was the ditsiest teenager ever. But draped with style, daddy’s fortune, and good intentions, it was hard not to love her.

The first time I watched Clueless I was 8 years old and while most of the things went right over my head, I enjoyed the high school perspective. I thought Cher’s days of changing her grades, setting up lonely teachers, and delivering idiotic debates were a universal high school experience. As I got older, my understanding of the movie evolved; figuring out a what “you-know-what” is, “Rolling with the Homies” is a real song, and Cher was a social pot-smoker.

There was a brief TV show based off of the movie and it was horrible. It featured the same exact cast from the movie except for Cher – Rachel Blanchard – and every episode was dumber than the previous one. The unpopularity of the show was a direct results of the show’s cancellation after 62 episodes. If Alicia Silverstone was on board for the TV show, I’m sure the show would have been better received.

Nevertheless, I’m still partially damaged because I can not locate my VHS copy of Clueluess. But no fear! The Walmart $5 bin is near…

4.5 STARS

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy in the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Ron Burgundy and his beautiful news anchor wife, Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate) faces divorce after Ron is fired and Veronica is promoted to primetime news anchor. Ron travels across San Diego to reassemble the Channel 4 news team to take over a new 24-hour news channel, Global News Network (GNN).

Led by news executive Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), Ron Burgundy, the gullible weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), the cat loving investigative reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and racist sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner) must redeem themselves on a national news market.

Any movie with Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell is a simple combination for idiotic humor. The movie was everywhere. Although there was a definite plot, the scenes were sporadic and sometimes, did not make sense. The broad, goofy outlook is a testament to the type of work Will Ferrell produces. Anchorman Man 2 is very similar to the other Ferrell movies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Blades of Glory (2007), and Stepbrothers (2008).

Meagan Good serves as the token Black woman for the first Anchorman lacked diversity. The only problem is her character was corny and pointless. Linda Jackson’s sole purpose is to provide a great seaway to the epic Black dinner scene. And I am no MAC cosmetic consultant, but I’m certain that her eyebrows were drawn on by an infant. I was afraid. In the 1970s, did women wear their eyebrows like that?

Despite Good’s questionable presence, this movie review could have easily been dedicated to the other numerous, awesome cameos. In the first few second of Anchorman 2, multiplatinum rapper and former Degrassi star, Drake, makes a special appearance that will make you chuckle. Acting is what put Drake on the map and I’ve always wondered why he can’t continue to utilize that craft in addition to rapping. Other memorable cameos include Will Smith, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and Jim Carrey.

2013 was a big year for sequels. Earlier in the year, I projected the success of animated sequels but it seems as if all eleven sequels of 2013 made a significant impact on the film industry.

Sequel Box Office Opening Weekend Gross:
Movie Release Date Opening Weekend Gross
1.) Monsters University 6/21 $82.4 million
2.) Despicable Me 2 7/3 $83.5 million
3.) Red 2 7/19 $18 million
4.) Smurfs 2 7/31 $17.5 million
5.) Kick Ass 2 8/16 $13.3 million
6.) Insidious Chapter 2 9/13 $40.3 million
7.) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 9/27 $34 million
8.) Thor: A Dark World 11/8 $85.7 million
9.) Best Man Holiday 11/15 $30.1 million
10.) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 11/22 $158 million
11.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12/13 $73.6 million
(Courtesy of Box Office Mojo, an IMDb company ©)

We will have to wait to see if Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues will also have a strong sequel box office opening weekend. Ninja 2 is this year’s last sequel and it will be released on New Year’s Eve.

3 STARS: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is stupid funny! It takes a special person, including myself, to understand the dynamics of Will Ferrell’s senseless comedy.

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