May 25, 2012, - 8:07 pm

Wknd Box Office: Men in Black III, Bernie, Headhunters [Hodejegerne]

By Debbie Schlussel

It’s a miracle. I liked every new movie, this weekend.


* “Men in Black III“: I normally don’t like sequels, but this is the best of the three Men in Black installments . . . by far. It’s funny, it’s cute, it’s endearing, and it’s very cool. I enjoyed this fun movie, every step of the way. It’s got action, humor, aliens galore, and fantastic special effects, plus a time-travel back in history to the astronauts launch to the moon in the late ’60s.

Will Smith (Agent J) and Tommy Lee Jones (Agent K) are back as the secret agents who fight alien criminals on earth. But one of the most hardened aliens escapes from his imprisonment in Lunar-Max. And he travels back in time to kill Agent K before Agent K shoots his arm off and arrests him. Agent J (Smith) goes back in time to save his partner, Agent K–who is then decades younger and played by Josh Brolin. Brolin’s impression of Tommy Lee Jones is so spot on, it’s uncanny.

The movie is touching, entertaining, engaging, and fine for your family (though some violence with aliens and a weird kiss by the alien with his very long tongue are not suitable for young kids). One drawback: the movie co-stars anti-Israel Emma Thompson who supports boycotting Israel and its actors.

Otherwise, a great Memorial Day weekend flick destined to be a blockbuster. If you didn’t like the first two Men in Black movies, don’t worry. You’ll like this.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Bernie“: This weird, but funny and light movie, is playing mostly in arthouse theaters. But it’s worth a look. It takes place in Carthage, a small town in East Texas, and stars Jack Black as an assistant funeral director. The movie is based on a true story. I’m not much of a Jack Black fan, but his acting in this is pretty good. I did not like what seemed to be a faint anti-Christian vibe, but overall it is a positive, funny portrayal of small town America and the South, which we rarely see in Hollywood. The people are smart and insightful, not dummies or backward (well, at least, most of them). And they are endearing. Matthew McConaughey plays the District Attorney.

Black’s “Bernie” is a single, effeminate man who likes to sing and dotes on all of the mourners of those who’ve died and have their funerals at the local funeral home. Bernie is well-liked and beloved by everyone in town. He particularly befriends the old widows and takes a shine to the widow of one of the town’s richest men, who is loathed by nearly everyone. She (Shirley MacLaine) takes a liking to Bernie, and soon convinces him to leave the funeral home and travel with and work for her full time. At first, he enjoys living the high life of the rich and famous. But, soon, he can no longer take her cantankerous ways.

To say what happens next would give it away.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Headhunters [Hodejegerne]“: This is a Swedish movie with English subtitles. But I recommend it, as it’s a very entertaining, funny thriller, with twists I’ve never before seen in caper movies. And as caper movies go, this is pretty good. It’s based on a novel by writer Jo Nesbo (who is, FYI, a leftist). It’s an adult movie and definitely not for kids because it’s a tad bloody and violent, and it has brief sexual themes and nudity. But it’s a smart movie and thrilling every step of the way.

Roger Brown is a short man with a Napoleonic complex. He’s married to a tall, slender, beautiful blonde woman who looks like a model and believes he’s a wealthy guy. He’s bought her an expensive home and an expensive art gallery. But he’s really not so wealthy. He’s a headhunter by profession, and uses his position to scope out valuable art of the CEO candidates he interviews. Then, he and a partner in crime rip off the artworks, replacing them with forgeries and selling off the real goods on the black market.

Soon, though, he is trying to figure out how to steal the art of a mysterious, handsome former CEO and mercenary, whom he is also trying to place in a job and whom he sees as a threat to his marriage. Can’t tell you more, or it would spoil the fun. If you can’t find this in theaters, definitely check it out when it’s released on video.


Watch the trailer . . .

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17 Responses

“To say what happens next would give it away.” Why would you say that when the trailer gives it away? I started guessing what would happen from the hints in the review and the trailer kind of confirmed it.
Thought you would probably like “Headhunters”, based on past reviews. I saw the trailer for it last night.

MH on May 25, 2012 at 8:36 pm

What a treat! Three good movies!

While I love the looks of Josh Brolin, I won’t be seeing that first movie (too American Movie for me) but I am interested in the second and third one.

How does one pronounce that O (with the slash in it) in Jo Nesbo’s name. There is no O with a slash in it in German (I know it’s Swedish, but Swedish is so much like Deutsch). Also, how does one pronounce the small o over an A in Swedish?

Skunky on May 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Cool DS, and you know what, my birthday is this coming weekend and what a way to start the weekend at the Box Office, with all three new films being cool.

I liked the first two “Men In Black/MIB”, but this one looks cool and funny as you explained Debbie. I hope you all enjoy this Memorial Day weekend, and DS, Happy Shavout to you!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 25, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Nice review. Will NOT be watching anything with Jack Black in it especially after his mockery of CA’s prop 8 and of Christians:

Pats on May 25, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Did Debbie ever review the Three Stooges re-boot?

Dale on May 26, 2012 at 2:24 am

No Dale, she explain that she didn’t have time to review the “Three Stooges” due to her personal schedule, etc. From what I’ve heard, the Three Stooges didn’t too go financially at the Box that weekend over a month ago.

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

    The Three Stooges were a period phenomenon. Their high point was during the 30’s and 40’s. By the 1950’s, their slapstick physical comedy had become more of a nostalgia act for those who missed Vaudeville.

    Moses Harry Horwitz(Alias Moe Howard), who led and managed the group, was a good actor who was more than capable of doing straight roles. His Adolf Hitler routine was just a bit too realistic for comfort(Moe could assume a character just like the best actors).

    Trying to bring back period characters into the present is almost always a mistake. Sherlock Holmes, Sgt. Bilko, as well as Abbott and Costello are from a past that is regretably long gone now. If one wishes to revive a period character, do it on or about the time they existed. Why torture Edwardian or Depression Era characters with what the world has become since their deaths? Allow them their lives and deaths in their own time, which were more hopeful ones than now.

    Worry on May 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I saw MIB3 last night. Josh Brolin was great as the young K, and I loved the theme that he had emotions, actual happiness and love, when he was young. Tommy Lee Jones was solid, although it’s becoming clear that it’s taking so much makeup to make him look presentable that he’s starting to look a bit alien himself. Will Smith was Will Smith, his act getting boring to me and somewhat forgettable but rescued somewhat by the plot twist at the end. Emma Thompson was fine, we got a big laugh at her alien language speech. I would have liked to see more emotion in the film, perhaps a stronger visit to young K’s love affair with her would make the movie more heartwarming and memorable.

DS still can’t get through a movie review posting without mentioning Israel, but her obsession does keep us informed about one niche of leftist Hollywood idiotic behavior so it’s more useful than not. It’s also very important to me to know who in Hollywood is supporting and/or is supported by Islamic forces.

JGlanton on May 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm

So, Debbie, your review of MIB3 is spot on…Went to watch it with the gf and wow, indeed the best of all 3….May i say, in light of your comments about sequels, that there are not good/bad sequels, just good and bad movies…but I see your point…
The movie is beeeyoootiful…..i had fun and it made me tear-eyed at the end…yes, endearing and touching as you put it well…
And I also agree with you on something else, the only bad point: that witch Emma Thompson: why is she even in the movie??? What’s her appeal??? oohhh..she’s got a British accent, let’s put her in…she’s absolutely dreadful and the ONLY bad part of the movie (bad, bad Sonnenfeld for putting that gargoyle in)…I loved the Griff character best of all, btw…
For those who haven’t watched it…go NOW!!!!

Yossi on May 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm

we love you debbie!! we love you so much
you’re a light in this world1

i specially love your comments about how all 1.8 billino mussies should be killed.

we should use ovens, gas chambers maybe…1.8 billion..that’s a lot more than 6 million..




Riley Hamilton on May 26, 2012 at 8:52 pm

Hey Riley, you’re a lying scumbag and asshole, show me ANYWHERE on this blog where DS said that she wants to see “1.8 billion muslims killed”? Truth is that is she NEVER said anything like that you lying bum, and you’re the one who’s an evil bitch for lying, and since you’re quoting the bible, you think the good lord appreciates you for lying and making up stories about people?

She distinctly said, “one down 1.8 bilion to go (I’ve never called for the death of 1.8 billion muslims, until they stop supporting hamas, hezbollah, al-qead, taliban, Muslim Brotherhood, islamic-jihadism, then we won’t be suspicious on them, etc.”, dumbass, that was when Osama Bin Laden died a year ago. You prove that trolls are complete unthinking lemmings who are like sponges and get snickered into propaganda lies and BS from opportunists political hacks, now get lost and I hope Debbie files a lawsuit against your sorry ass for slandering and libeling her!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on May 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

Just watched MIB3 today, and agree w/ all the positive opinions about it.

Infidel on May 27, 2012 at 4:07 pm

Thanks for your reviews as usual, Debbie. I’m looking forward to “Bernie” and “Headhunters” after reading your own positive reaction.

I saw “Men in Black III” yesterday and agree with your comment that this is better than the previous two. In fact, it was better than the other two put together. I still didn’t personally like the film that much, though–certainly not as much as you did. Will Smith rubs me the wrong way, though one critic I read gushed that he has more charisma than any other man on the planet. Even more than George Clooney and Matt Damon? Wow. That’s special.

There was not too much sermonizing in this film about the evils of conservatives. Just the one scene with the racist cops from ’69 who hassle Will because he’s driving a car that looks too fancy. That was important to include because Smith always include some scene that shows he is a committed liberal. It’s part of his brand.

I also saw just-released “Chernobyl” (which you didn’t review and you didn’t even mention). That was a lot more fun for me. It was clean (no torture as in “Hostel” and no kissing wolves as with “Cabin in the Woods”). Just a good, scary film with an interesting setting. Some critics were indignant that the locale used was exploiting what in their minds is a sacred liberal talking point, so that made me like the film even more.

Burke on May 29, 2012 at 7:57 am

I saw “Bernie” the other weekend and found it highly entertaining. It was a Texas movie, through and through. Then again, the director, Richard Linklater (“School of Rock”), is an Austin native who knows that territory through and through. He and a writer for the Texas Monthly, Skip Hollandsworth, wrote the screenplay on that real-life late-Nineties case, which is part-documentary as well as drama.

The movie isn’t just about Texas; it’s a distant descendant of “Billy Budd,” an exploration into the mind of an otherwise selfless and decent human being who, due to a moment of extreme impulsiveness against an envious and abusive tormentor, paid the price for his crime. Yes, it was murder. That said, also was a Greek tragedy — deep in the heart of Texas.

Seek on May 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Seek, thanks for those comments about “Bernie” which were all interesting. I’m a big fan of “Billy Budd” (just read it again this year), and I’m looking forward to Linklater’s take on that idea.

    Burke on May 30, 2012 at 7:51 am

Watched MIB3 with my 9 year old son Memorial Day.

I’ll admit the last 5 minutes were touching. I’ll also admit that Brolin did a great job as a young Agent K.

But overall, both my son and I found the movie to be very boring. Even the parts where Agent J uses the neuralizers on folks followed by snap comments weren’t that funny.

MIB, the original is still the best, and due to its novelty is also one of Hollywood’s memorable movies.

MIB3 gets at best a “6” on a scale of 1 to 10.


mrrabbit on May 29, 2012 at 2:59 pm


Saw it.

Now I want to be an MIB agent.


Panhandle on May 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm

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