June 7, 2013, - 7:49 pm

Weekend Box Office: The Purge, The Internship, The Kings of Summer

By Debbie Schlussel

Another mediocre weekend of new movies at theaters this weekend–well-suited for an ever more mediocre nation. *** SPOILER ALERT *** – If you don’t want certain things given away for the very predictable, “The Purge,” only read the first two sentences of my review:

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* “The Purge“: I absolutely hated this very obvious, predictable far-left “social commentary” denouncing rich White people (especially those who are still in married, nuclear families) and mocking American patriotism as something akin to supporting murder. Samantha Power–Obama’s America-hating UN Ambassador nominee–would LOVE this. The only good guy in this movie is a Black homeless veteran, who saves everyone, including the family that tortured him and was going to help him get murdered. And while the movie is entertaining, it’s mostly a racist (anti-White) exercise in torture porn, killing porn, and other brutal savagery. That’s how it gets its “thrills.” I saw almost every “twist” and plot point in this movie a million miles away–that the Black guy was gonna save the day, that the rich people are evil, self-absorbed Whites (they threw on one Black chick with the evil Whites at the end to make it seem balanced, but it wasn’t), that the daughter’s boyfriend was gonna try to kill the dad, etc.






The story: It’s the future–the year 2022, to be exact. Crime is near zero and unemployment is under 1% in America, where things are doing very well, economically. Ethan Hawke plays a wealthy, successful salesman of home security systems, which he’s sold to his entire gated neighborhood. His McMansion is the largest and nicest in the neighborhood. And it’s the night of “The Purge,” an annual 12-hour event, once a year, in which everyone is allowed to commit any crime, including murder, against anyone else, and they won’t be arrested for it. There are no police, firemen, hospitals, or EMT’s available from 7:00 p.m. on that night until 7:00 a.m., the next morning. It’s a “holiday” the “new founding fathers” of the “new America,” established so that everyone can take out their hate (“purging” it) from themselves by perpetrating violence against the homeless, weak, poor, and other “undesirables,” who cannot afford expensive home security systems, something apparently only rich White people have. Those rich White (married nuclear family) people all support this savage “Purge” holiday and put out lavender and white flowers on the night of the Purge to signal to purgers that this is a house that supports the purge and it should be left untouched.

Hawke is the father of a young son and a teen daughter and has a beautiful wife (Lena Headey). The whole neighborhood is jealous of their success. When the Purge begins, they are locked down in their McMansion, supporting the Purge, with Hawke and his wife lecturing the liberal kids about how good the Purge is for America and its economy. But no security system is really 100% failsafe, and you know at the beginning of the movie, there’s gonna be trouble. First, the daughter’s “older” boyfriend sneaked into the house before it was locked down. He tells the daughter that he is going to speak with her father and “resolve” things, but predictably, he has a gun and tries to kill the dad (Hawke).

Then, the son sees video from outside the house of a Black homeless man running from Purgers down the street. He begs for help, and the son shuts off the security system and lets him in. Then, the upper-class White Purgers who were trying to kill the Black man (who is wearing dog tags and a military-style green jacket, apparently to show us he’s a military vet) come to the house and threaten to kill Hawke and his family if he doesn’t release the Black man to them to be killed. So Hawke and his wife capture and torture the Black man into submission and prepare to throw him to the “wolves,” where they know he’ll be killed.

The rest of the movie is spent on the family trying to fight off the Purgers. And, again, they are ultimately saved by the Black guy they were going to send to his certain death at the Purgers’ hands.

Just horrible. And, like I said, anti-American, anti-White, anti-nuclear-family, racist class warfare propaganda.

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* “The Internship“: This is billed as a reunion of “The Wedding Crashers” lead actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. But it’s no “Wedding Crashers.” Not nearly as funny. Not even close. Instead, it’s a love letter to and about Google, and a somewhat annoying one at that. It’s also a lie–there are several scenes with interns training to man the Google “helpline,” for example, but one of the most frustrating things about Google is that it, in fact, refuses to have a “helpline,” because that would cost money. Instead, if you have a problem with any of your Google products (as I occasionally have–I use some Google products for my site), you are stuck searching the help section and participating in useless forums, where you’ll mostly never get help or find the answers you need. Hey, Google, thanks for untruth in advertising. I wish Google DID have a helpline.

I also found this movie to be very self-absorbed and–per usual with Hollywood liberals a/k/a hypocrites–it’s full of ethnic stereotypes against “smart-but-square” Indians, Asians, etc. No Muslim stereotypes, though, ‘cuz they’d NEVER do that.

The story: Vaughn and Wilson are very successful, very effective salesmen for a watch company. But their company went out of business, and they need to find new jobs. So they apply for internships at Google, which they get, despite the fact that they are not genius college students from Harvard and Stanford (which is pretty much the rest of the Google internship population). The interns are divided into teams to compete in various tasks (including the fake Google “helpline”), with the winning team members getting actual jobs at Google. At first, Vaughn and Wilson seem like idiots and out of their league. They are outgunned by the young geniuses, but, predictably, they soon start helping their team win. Oh, and did I mention that they do this by taking their team of interns (who are mostly underage) to a strip club to get drunk and receive and/or perform lap dances? Ick. That’s “team bonding” and the “socialization” of geeks, these days, sadly. A terrible message for the many kids who will end up seeing this movie, which–by the way–is NOT for kids. It’s rated PG-13, but should really have an R-rating.

Yes, there were funny lines and scenes in this movie, and I laughed. But not as much as I expected to. And not nearly as much as I did when watching “The Wedding Crashers.” This was just okay. But I’d be lying if I said it was not entertaining. It was, but it was also dumb and predictable, including the silly, improbable, and hardly believable “love story” between Wilson and a top Google exec.

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* “The Kings of Summer“: In this coming of age movie, three teen boys who are fed up with their strict parents (who later become crazy and immature) run away from home and live in the woods in a house they’ve built from junk. While their parents are working with police to find them, they are “hunting” and “fishing” for their own food (a good deal of it bought by them from the nearby Boston Market just outside and across the street from the woods). They also learn about love and jealousy and test their friendship in the process. There are several VERY scary and creepy scenes involving a poisonous copperhead snake. And there is a gross bloody scene of a rabbit being killed and skinned. Plus the language is not for kids–it’s rated “R” for a reason (several of them).

This is one of those quirky, artsy movies I usually hate and I could have done without the melodrama. But there are funny lines and it’s entertaining. And, while one of the three boys is a very weird quasi-gay character (who is very funny), it’s mostly about boys becoming men (despite having parents who don’t necessarily foster that), which I liked.

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23 Responses

Ugh! Why would I waste a dime on any of this?

Worry01 on June 8, 2013 at 9:03 am

The leftists who made ” The Purge” forgot one thing – its “Purge Day” every day in the Muslim World. This would have been an entertaining film about real-life Islamic barbarism but we can’t have that from Hollywood today! If you have to use stock evil white villains – you already its a bore. A concept that could have been more interestingly told given today’s headlines but political correctness in America doesn’t allow certain stories to be told. If you do elect to watch this crap, just take care to remember certain parts of the planet have no real law and order or civilization at all! We should be thankful to live in a country where we CAN take civilization for granted.

NormanF on June 8, 2013 at 10:08 am

Reading your description of “The Purge” made me wonder what kind of people dream this crap up? I mean, how would an idea like this even come into someone’s brain, much less make you want to flesh it out and put it on paper? Then what kind of person would BUY the script and make it into a movie? I suspect, it’s some leftie who actually WOULD think a “Purge Day” would be a good thing. Of course, they can’t make it appear that THEY would ever do this, so they use Hollywood’s favorite stereotype, the rich white Capitalist. Of course, they ignore the fact that they all ASPIRE to be rich white Capitalist ARTISTES and live in multiple gated mansions like Steven Spielberg. Honestly, most people in Hollywood make me sick, which is why I don’t go to the movies. Once again, Debbie, thanks for watching this crap so we don’t have to.

DG in GA on June 8, 2013 at 11:02 am

    DG in GA, you ask “Who would go to this film?” My guess is low-IQ “hip” liberal teens without enough life experience or critical thinking skills in their backgrounds to realize how shallow, cliché-filled and phony this story is.

    Sadly, quite a few critics at Rotten Tomatoes also liked the film, describing it as “edgy.”

    Burke on June 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    “Reading your description of “The Purge” made me wonder what kind of people dream this crap up?”

    -Shirley Jackson, it was called “The Lottery.”

    pete bone on June 11, 2013 at 9:32 am

What’s on YouTube?

The Reverend Jacques on June 8, 2013 at 11:03 am

The Purge is Occupy Wall Street writ large. The successful will be targeted – white, asian, black, hispanic – and attacked. And government will approve. Barack Obama and Duncy Pelosi verbally approved of OWS and their tactics. And the premise of the movie is ridiculous. No country that had anything like this would have low unemployment and a low crime rate, let alone survive.

Concerned Citizen on June 8, 2013 at 11:37 am

A little off subject, but I think the recent passing of Esther Williams, one of the all-time movie greats should be noted.

She was a real American, and didn’t hang out with Commies or Pinkos, and none of their themes infected her movies. She was a talented singer, actress and swimmer, and, ultimately, a businesswoman. None of the people today can compare with her.

Little Al on June 8, 2013 at 11:42 am

    @Little Al–

    Great Esther Williams story: It’s summer (probably the late 1950s) and Esther is at a drive-in restaurant. She is spotted by a fan who says, “Wow. Esther Williams! But, if I tell my friends, they probably won’t believe I saw her.”

    At that, Esther turns to the guy, and bares her breasts for a few seconds, saying “Now they definitely won’t believe it.”

    Prometheus on June 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

“The Purge” is an idea I had many years ago. Except I would have had it where the middle class hard working whites defend themselves while the ultra liberals are killed since they do not like guns.

This movie could have been done very well but Hollywood screwed it up as usual.

Glen benjamin on June 8, 2013 at 1:16 pm

I’m not really interested by any in this batch…

Enema “Purge” sound like the usual photo negative lie somebody like Ethan Hawke would be involved in.
My guess is it’s designed to make us feel guilty when complaining about the real “Purge” holiday that will inevitably result after immigration “reform” forces the US to go on a law and order free holiday whether we like it or not.
Am I wrong or is America genuinely this suicidally libtarded?

Zarus on June 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

“The Kings of Summer“

Kinda has a “Lord of the Flies’ vibe to it.

ebayer on June 8, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I remember the first and only time I saw Vince Vaughn (maybe in “Dodgeball?) and then started seeing his name connected to that woman from “Friends” and other starlets and seeing him in starring vehicles and I wondered who he was, where he arose from and why he was a sensation and celebrity.

I found him stiff, uninspired, unfunny, and utterly lacking charisma, talent or any redeeming quality whatsoever, plus his eyes seem perpetually bloodshot like he’s continuously stoned from smoking pot.

Oh, and “The Purge;s” plot sounds so outlandish, I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t read it on Debbie’s reviews. Un-fu**-ing believable what drivel the average movie goer will slurp up from Hollywood’s dog bowl.

DS_ROCKS! on June 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Purge looks like a scum bag fantasy. Like the recent commercials for most products and services, the whites are usually clueless and must be taught the right way about things at large home improvement stores or insurance companies with deep voiced actors. A very motivated fictitious character is on hand to guide the dopey white male. Especially in commercials where a couple is the subject. White guys aren’t usually the heroes in any situation. Unless nerdy techs, sometimes.
The “Purge” has been going on in a lot of metro areas for a while, art is now imitating life. I will probably watch the british Superman at the 1030 am showing. Dealing with wilding, purging “youths” is much less likely at that show time. Then lunch is convenient.

samurai on June 8, 2013 at 6:21 pm

“Purge” is an interesting term for Hollywood to use, in light of the Stalinist style purge of our military that has been going on for almost four years. 10:30 AM does sound like a good time to do things when you want to avoid dealing with scum. I’ve gotten to the point where,even if I am not concerned for my safety, I just can’t stand looking at wiggers, hood rats, 40 year old teenagers and generation Xboxers any more. Also, a bonus in avoiding them is less chance of contracting communicable diseases.

RT on June 8, 2013 at 8:44 pm

@RT, excellent points. Must agree completely.

samurai on June 9, 2013 at 9:26 am

@RT, and the time is a lot like the doors not opened. Not as much for my protection as the protected.lol

samurai on June 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Deb, do you realize the movie “The Purge” was made in order to sell the IDEA to dumb-down Americans about the legal killing and crime-spreeing concept for one day?

As soon as I saw the trailer, I knew it is designed as a mass-marketing psychological tool to plant the very idea in Americans’ heads and to get around to the notion that it may happen one day. OWS people are truly evil and backward and Hollywood is filled with OWS sympathizers.

Rob on June 9, 2013 at 12:57 pm

WRT “The Purge”, I think I read a story that resembles it.

It was called “The Turner Diaries”.

Either that, or someone must’ve been inspired be either Mao’s Cultural Revolution or Pol Pot’s Cambodia (both of them complete masturbatory fantasies of “liberals” everywhere).

The Reverend Jacques on June 9, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I saw “The Internship” and found it just mildly entertaining. Half a Reagan is about right. C-/D+ on my grading scale. I like and admire Google as a company and product, and I also appreciate stories sympathetic to genius nerds, since they’re the ones who keep moving civilization forward with their inventions, energy and ideas. All of that was on the plus side.

On the minus side, the script and direction were flatly generic. Also, I found the “wisdom” passed on by Vaughn and Owen to the younger kids–that clubbing and getting drunk is the smartest way to succeed in a competitive apprentice program–disappointing. I guess this sort of advice was obligatory, though, since the film was targeted to teens and twenties, and that’s what they probably wanted to hear.

Sadly, perhaps the biggest plus was simply that the film was neither a Marxist nor anti-rich populist screed. What with every other film (“The Purge” and “Now You See Me” being the two latest) hitting viewers over the head with a leftist ideological sledgehammer, just making a film which isn’t a liberal sermon could be considered a blessing.

Burke on June 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

“The Purge” — sounds a lot like Obama’s America, soon to be here, and no later than 2016 should the Dhimmicraps win the House in ’14. Otherwise, thanks, Debbie, and I will be sure to avoid this PoS (usually like Hawke, but no doubt he’s a typical Hollywood Libtard like almost all the rest of ‘em).

jc15 on June 12, 2013 at 10:21 pm

From the producers of Paranormal Activity (as is all horror films these days) The Purge tells the story of a near future were crime is at an all time low and unemployment stands at under 1% of the US population, to compensate for one night a year all crime (including murder) is legal for 12 hours allowing society some kind of release.

The film revolves around the Sandin family who are confronted by a group of college students hunting a man on the night of the Purge who the family had allowed into their home after lockdown. The Purgers (lead by Rhys Wakefield) drastically try to break into the family’s home causing James (Ethan Hawke) and Mary (Lena Headey) to protect their children from the invaders in order to survive the night.

The main problem with the film is the premise itself, whilst interesting is filled with flaws and holes that just make the whole idea ridiculous. Such as what happens to the serial killers and career criminals of this world? Do they just control their urges to kill or steal for the other 364 days until the next Purge, as well what if someone has a heart attack on the night of The Purge? Is it just a case of bad luck you chose the wrong night to need medical care?

Despite the flaws of the premise, the film repeatedly ignores the possibilities of the premise, instead of exploring the ideas behind the Purge or the events that occur on the night of the Purge from different perspectives and situations. Instead the film settles for a typical home invasion story that although done well, is nothing we haven’t seen done in many other films. The Purge in the end seems to only be the premise of this film to stop the age old question of “Why don’t they just call the police?” in home invasion films.

To the films credit it is quite subtle, there’s a running theme that the Purge is just an excuse for the upper classes to exterminate the poor, driven by all the attackers wearing prep school blazers and the person they are chasing wearing dog tags around his neck. The film also contains some strong performances, especially from Ethan Hawke (Training Day, Lord of War) and Lena Headey (Dredd, Game of Thrones) who carry the film throughout. The film also has a twist near the end which allows the audience to get inside the heads of the people during this night.

That cant be said for the leader of the Purger’s played by Rhys Wakefield (Sanctum, Home and Away)whose performance is slightly cringe worthy, hes trying to be psychotic yet in control of the proceedings but it just comes across as a amateur dramatics’ version of The Joker. He just never seems like a really threat and just a creepy next door neighbour.

The film also contains some bizarre and just plain weird set pieces, such as the families’ son who builds a spy camera on a chard baby doll on the top of a rhino tank from Warhammer 40,000. The thing looks like a demented contraption from Sid’s bedroom in Toy Story.

Overall, The Purge is an OK home invasion film, there are moments of suspense and a couple of jump scares are effective. The wasted potential of the premise is the films main downfall which could have lead to a more effective and possible original film then what we got in the end.

The Purge on December 23, 2013 at 6:42 pm

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