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Friday, September 23, 2005

Weekend Movies: Poor Ebert

First Deuce Bigalow 2, and now this:

"Dirty Love" wasn't written and directed, it was committed. Here is a film so pitiful, it doesn't rise to the level of badness. It is hopelessly incompetent.

Fortunately, there are some winners as well.

The L&N crew seems generally positive about this weekend, with mildly positive reviews of Corpse Bride, Roll Bounce, and Flightplan.

On Monday I'm going to an advance screening of Serenity as, get this, a member of the press. Instapundit explains:

MOVIE SEEKS BLOG REVIEWERS: The PR folks for the forthcoming Joss Whedon (Buffy, Angel, etc.) science fiction movie Serenity are inviting bloggers to advance screenings. (List of cities here via an Excel document that didn't quite format right, but it's legible). It's free, and all they ask is that you blog something, good or bad, about it.

If you're interested, email 'em at and they'll put you on the list.

Maybe I'll see Dan Drezner (who provides this nice link to where you can find out where it's playing and sign up) while I'm there.


  • I've always wondered why serious movie critics even review movies that obviously have no redeeming value whatsoever. At the same time, I love reading a critic tear into an awful film like "Dirty Love".

    By Blogger dhodge, at 3:30 PM  

  • Ebert's policy is pretty simple: If it's a movie opening in Chicago and it's screened for critics, he reviews it. If he doesn't review a movie, that means it wasn't made available to him, which means the studio knows the movie sucks. Ebert has written about how his most popular reviews are of the movies he most despises. I know when I see that he's given a movie zero stars, that's always the first review I read.

    By Blogger MDS, at 3:53 PM  

  • I liked Deuce I, and I can't wait to see Deuce two. Even Jay-z immortalized Deuce I in his Girls, Girls, Girls rap. It was funny, and provides many one liners still today. "that's a big bitch!", "did you say steak?", "I've been getting 10 dollars," to name just a few. Also, the ass punch was amazing. Rob Schneider is bravely carrying on the worthwile work that Adam Sandler started, but then drifted away from by exploring the provocative theme of loving one's family a lot in every single damn movie since Happy Gilmore. Deuce 1 made over 100 million. It must have done something right.

    Dirty Work was likewise very good.
    "his feet bleed," "Here's your dollar," the Pina Conlada song during the barfight, etc.

    By Anonymous Phil, at 3:57 PM  

  • "Deuce 1 made over 100 million. It must have done something right."

    Yep, it appealed to idiots and did it very well. No one disputes that it was marketed well. The question for a movie reviewer is whether it was a good movie. It wasn't.

    And, for the record, "That's a big bitch" was spoken by a talented comic, Eddie Murphy, in Beverly Hills Cop 2 long before that third-rate schmuck Rob Schneider ripped it off.

    By Blogger MDS, at 9:17 AM  

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