Thursday, August 19, 2010

Movie Reviews: Sex and Breakfast, Pizza, and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

Sex and Breakfast is an indie film that allows itself to be small and stays that way.  The story is simple: two couples are experiencing a sort of sexual stasis and want to add a little energy to their relationships.  They go to a couple’s seminar where the teacher discusses and promotes partner trading.  The acting is strong and I was especially surprised to see Eliza Dushku not playing a hard ass rebel and by the young actress Alexis Dziena.  The strongest scenes are between the couples when they are home and at breakfast.  When a third party enters the scene, the energy simply fades away.  When the two couples come together (no pun intended), the energy returns.  Had the director/writer and/or editor had the sense to remove the weaker scenes this would have been a shorter but much tighter movie.

Pizza is another indie film that sort of meanders all over the place and lands nowhere.  An overweight girl is celebrating her eighteenth birthday and she decides to tag along with the pizza delivery guy as he makes his rounds.  Perhaps the flaws in this slim movie lie in the predictability of the plot.  Or perhaps it had something to do with how uncomfortable it was to watch the young girl, who is socially inept beyond her years, go through the various parts of the story.  In the end you have a supposedly young woman who acts more like she’s in elementary school following around after an adolescent boy trapped in a thirty-year-old man’s body.  Even the surprising presence of Alexis Dziena as the inevitably bitchy pretty girl couldn’t salvage this one.  (There was, however, some good music sprinkled here and there.  Not enough to merit watching the film or even buy a soundtrack, assuming there is one.)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist didn't live up to my expectations at all.  Cute.  Okay.  So what?  There are so many cute adolescent movies out there that I think I just wanted something a little more edgy.  I even had the temerity to think that the title implied a solid soundtrack.

Not so much.  Rob and I liked it.  It wasn't a bad movie.  We just won't go out of our way to watch it again.  Cute isn't enough to say Woohoo! over.  I'm really glad we didn't waste our money going to the theater for this one.

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