August 23, 2013, - 7:23 pm

Wknd Box Office: In a World, You’re Next, The World’s End

By Debbie Schlussel

Well, it’s still August, Hollywood’s pet cemetery for garbage movies, sending them to this month to die a quick death. But this weekend’s offerings, while not great, were better than that of the previous weeks. But I wouldn’t pay ten bucks plus for any of these.

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* “In a World . . .“: I had mixed feelings about this movie. On the one hand, it was funny, entertaining, and light. On the other hand, it was a feminist fantasy in which all of the men are either complete creeps or entirely weak and wimpy, and the women are the strong and righteous ones. And the movie’s writer, director, producer, and star, Lake Siegel–who goes by the name Lake Bell–clearly has a thing for defaming Jewish fathers.






Bell, whose real-life father is a Jew, Harvey Siegel, makes sure that we know that the father character in this movie–a horrible, horrible man–is Jewish. Played by Fred Melamed, a stereotypically-looking Jewish actor who appears to have walked off the pages of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion picture book, the father, Sam Solomon, drove her mother to death by his horrible behavior. The movie doesn’t just show you he’s Jewish, it tells you, as it’s mentioned in dialogue. He’s a cheater and a lech, who kicks his daughter out of the house so his much younger blonde bimbo girlfriend can move in. He’s also a misogynist who plots with another misogynist to keep women out of the movie trailer voice-over business. When he learns his competition is his daughter and that she got the voice-over contract for a major movie quadrilogy, he steps up the competition and tries to take it away from her and get the job for himself. When he fails, he storms out of an awards ceremony and goes into a cry-filled tirade. Um, my Jewish father was nothing like that. Not even close. He was loving and encouraged and helped me in my ambitions and pursuits. But that’s not the kind of Jewish father Lake Bell wants the world to know.

The story: Bell plays a voice-over coach who has long wanted to do voice-over work on commercials and suddenly starts getting that kind of work. Meanwhile, she’s living with her sister and her brother-in-law in their small Los Angeles apartment, because her oafish fat pig of a father has kicked her out to live out his middle-aged fantasy (see above) with his far younger blonde bim girlfriend. A wimpy voice-over studio owner who is helping Bell get the movie voice-over work has a thing for Bell but is too wimpy to tell her. Also, Bell’s sister, who is a hotel concierge, has a thing for an Irish (or is it Scottish?) hotel guest and cheats with him on her wimpy husband, who finds out.

The only redeeming thing about this movie is that, in the end when Bell gets the coveted quadrilogy movie trailer voice-over contract, the female producer tells her it’s not because she was the best voice-over voice, but because she’s a woman and it’s part of a deliberate feminist thing to help young girls. And that, unfortunately, is the reason behind a lot of things these days. Still, this honest moment in a sea of propaganda wasn’t good enough to justify the rest of this movie.

One other thing: it’s not sexist (contrary to this movie’s claims) to say that voice-overs performed by men sound better and are more effective, which is why men get the bulk of that work. I’ve made that point on this site before.

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* “You’re Next“: This incredibly bloody, violent movie is part comedy, part parody of ’70s and ’80s slasher films, and part thriller. That the heroine of the movie is a tiny woman who is probably not more than 90 pounds soaking wet, and fights off much bigger men, isn’t believable. That feminist plot point never is. Still it is entertaining and funny in a “I have 1.5 hours to waste and nothing to do with my time or money” kind of way. I also didn’t like that the movie goes out of its way to tell you that the killers “served together,” another dumb Hollywood attempt to defame American soldiers. No thanks.

The story: parents with several grown children bought a giant mansion as a “fixer-upper” project, after the father retires from his job at a “Blackwater-style” company and gets a large retirement package. The kids all come to the house with their significant others for a family get-together. The mother keeps hearing noises in the house, and soon the kids and their guests start getting murdered, mostly by mysterious men in bunny masks who have bows and arrows. I have to say that I didn’t mind that an “underground documentary maker” named Tarek was the first murder victim. Nor did I mind that the movie shows these kids to be spoiled rotten and completely stupid.

Like I said, this is entertaining and funny if you can deal with extremely gruesome murders and a lot of blood and are extremely bored. It’s a campy kind of slasher flick and better than others I’ve seen, though I don’t generally condone violent movies like this, and I think I’ve become desensitized to this stuff that used to cause me cover my eyes.

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* “The World’s End“: This movie was all over the place, way too long and tedious, and kind of a mess. Simon Pegg plays a loser from a small town in England who was once popular in high school and did a pub crawl of all the bars in town with his high school friends all those years ago. But, now, 20 years later, they’ve grown up and moved on with careers and families, and he’s some loser drug addict type with no apparent job or source of income. He gathers up all four of his old friends, who reluctantly join him to go back to the town to do the pub crawl. Soon, however, they learn that the town has been taken over by alien invaders impersonating the townsfolk and seeking to take over their bodies.

While some of this movie was funny, it mostly grated on me as it went on too long and each bar scene seemed like the same thing over and over again. It just got very silly and boring, very quickly, and what was just and hour and 45 minutes seemed like three hours. Also Simon Pegg and his friends just weren’t all that likable or interesting to pull this off. After sitting through this, I felt like a time bandit had robbed me and I didn’t even get a t-shirt to show for it.

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16 Responses

Off topic, but I wanted to comment on your last reviews.

***SPOLIER ALERT****First, “Kick-Ass 2″ was boring. Lacked the energy of the first one and I suspect that Jim Carrey and his huge persona brought everybody down. And the lame script didn’t help either. Also the final scene where the dork kisses Mindy was creepy; he’s an adult and she is a minor.*** END SPOLIER ALERT****

Second, “We’re the Millers” was very good. Only a few flat scenes. Everyone put in totally professional performances, they were all likeable, the story was original and funny and Aniston’s body is smoking hot, but her face is kind of disfigured from the Botox or surgeries.

DSR: Huh? “We’re the Millers” was absolutely awful. DS

DS_ROCKS! on August 24, 2013 at 10:30 am

Re “In a World” part of the liberal agenda is to weaken the nuclear family. We won’t see too many leftist movies that show healthy family structures. Remember, the State (or ‘village’) is supposed to do everything. We won’t see very many Ozzie & Harriet type movies. Better to ridicule Ozzie and Harriet and let Obamacare and the other intrusive aspects of the Government take over.

Little Al on August 24, 2013 at 11:50 am

A good metaphor for Hollywood is a chimpanzee who throws his feces all around the room, and at humans who walk into the room. The chimp also pees on humans at the room.

Hollywood is doing nothing but throwing feces at us. Hollywood has been pissing on Western values for years. now.

Jonathan E. Grant on August 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    …and Westerners have been eating it up like hogs to trough.

    DS_ROCKS! on August 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm

Judging by Debbie’s reviews: Netflix Binge Watch again.

The Reverend Jacques on August 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Ugh, I generally dislike anything to do with Lake Bell- Over Her Dead Body and It’s Complicated are reasons #1 and 2.

Robert on August 25, 2013 at 1:27 am

I will watch old “Fire Fly” reruns instead.

Thanks for your excellent movie reviews. I still use them as a basis for my of movie recommendations for my Boy Scout troop.

Panhandle on August 25, 2013 at 12:35 pm

The problem with Hollywood is the 1960’s radicals like the SDS have taken over the film making industry and have been making movies that tear down western values that mad America great. They also took over our education system, media and all aspects of our country. They did this slowly over many years.

So the result is an industry that has an agenda so we should not support it by giving our money to brainwash ourselves. The same with TV.

Fred on August 25, 2013 at 12:59 pm

@Deb–

Good review on You’re Next. Although many have missed this, it was clearly a parody—and not just of horror movies. To wit:

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Prometheus on August 25, 2013 at 1:09 pm

@Sorry–item was posted before ready.

1. Perps keep the animal masks on, long after their cover is blown, and they can’t see very well with them, either.

2. Absurd use of exotic weapons (crossbow), which make the plan almost guaranteed to fail.

3. “Explanation” for Aussie chick’s fighting skills makes no sense.

Ending leaves you hanging, but in a good way.

Prometheus on August 25, 2013 at 1:14 pm

Obnoxious as “The Butler” is, I have to give them credit for good marketing. It was clearly timed to take advantage of all the guilt articles in the press about the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. We are being plagued with articles, media interviews, etc. about this event, and The Butler plays right into it, trying to make us feel guilty because we have not fully instituted voting fraud or discriminatory law enforcement against Whites (i.e. racial profiling).

Perhaps the truest comment about the 1963 March was made by Attorney General Holder who has stated that if it weren’t for the March on Washington, he wouldn’t be where he is today.

Little Al on August 25, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    @Little Al–

    Indeed. A Freudian slip, so to speak.

    Prometheus on August 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

World’s End was just a bad repeat of Shawn of the Dead. It suffered from the same thing that Superman and others have in that it was one repetitious use of CG after another. After a bit you get tire of seeing robots arms and heads ripped off. Then the script and director didn’t even use the talents of the other comedians in the movie.

david7134 on August 25, 2013 at 4:18 pm

I don’t know. World’s End had an alien overlord who wanted mankind to join in the glory of the Collective and abandon individuality. When the humans rebelled, the Collective destroyed humanity’s infrastructure rather than leave human beings alone.

That sound similar to any country’s leadership you know?

And there was an amusing continued motif in having actor who played James Bond playing villians.

I just like Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Occam's Tool on August 31, 2013 at 12:37 am

“in having actors,” sorry. In “Hot Fuzz” it was Timothy Dalton.

Anyhow, Debbie, I love your reviews. if you say a movie is child safe, that’s as good as gold.

Occam's Tool on August 31, 2013 at 12:42 am

By the way, thank you for drumbeating in favor of men. Our problems as a society stem in great part from not recognizing the central importance of men in their kids’ lives, and the importance of marriage in civilizing me, and PROPERLY socializing boys to grow up to BE responsible men. Single women can’t do it (in general, there are always exceptions, but it is not the way to bet).

Occam's Tool on August 31, 2013 at 12:44 am

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