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Trailer: The Internship (2013)

UK release date June 7.

Cast: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rose Byrne

Two salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital age find their way into a coveted internship at Google, where they must compete with a group of young, tech-savvy geniuses for a shot at employment.

Directed by Shawn Levy.

Running time not yet released.

Midnight In Paris (2011)

“That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.”

Cast:  Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates

If you could go back to an era of your choice, in any city of the World, which would it be?

For Gil it would be Paris in the 1920s. Iconic, classic and very influential in progressive societies, it’s pretty easy to see why.

Owen Wilson plays Gil, a Hollywood hack that has recently discovered the true beauty of literature and art from the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Pablo Picasso. When on holiday in Paris with his materialistic and shallow fiance Inez (Rachel McAdams) and her parents, he is magically whisked away to this fantastic era at the stroke of midnight every night meeting the people who’s work he has become a great admirer of.

Films that go back in time always confuse me. Surely that whole issue would immediately change and rewrite history, never mind if it involves and influences main players like Picasso. That’s why to get my head around this film I had to discard my many questions. However Allen directs the film in such a way that science fiction is the last thing from your mind. Whereas most time travel films take up a large majority of the film explaining the ins and outs and logistics, Midnight in Paris is so sweet and charming that it boils down to something as simple as getting into an old car, no questions asked.

Owen Wilson stays true to his typically grounded and simplistic characterisation that we see in many of his films. This is great in that it deflates the ego the film starts to build up around itself. At times a bit pretentious, Wilson really does save it from being too ostentatious and glorified. After all, these actors aren’t actually the characters they are portraying.

The actors were all fantastic though. Cory Stoll as Hemingway, Kathy Bates as Gerude Stein and Marion Cotillard as Picasso’s mistress Adriana, were all main players for me. Giving convincing and interesting performances, it was great to see these actors play such infamous people that have become cultural icons over time. Hopefully Midnight in Paris will spark an interest amongst today’s younger generation towards the fascinating and influential period of the 1920s and onwards, including the pieces of work that were produced by the forever famous stars at that time.

Midnight in Paris is perhaps Woody Allen’s finest film of the past decade. Losing his spark and touch that had seen films such as Deconstructing Harry being sprung into success with high praises, Midnight in Paris will surely see his name back in the spotlight.

For anyone that is interested in the arts this film will be a great watch. Featuring the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Pablo Picasso, Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cole Porter and Salvador Dali, it really is a dream for admirers of such work. Beautifully shot with some delightful scenes and in a true artistic style, Midnight in Paris is a must-watch for Allen fans, romance fans and literature fans alike.

Star rating:   7.5/10

Directed by Woody Allen.

Running time 94 minutes.

Hall Pass (2011)

“You can’t help it if her butt walks where your already lookin’!”

Cast: Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis and Christina Applegate

When two married men are granted a week off from marriage by their wives, who are growing increasingly frustrated by their wandering eyes, they think they’ll be getting girls every night. However they soon learn they’re not the good looking teens they used to be and really come to recognise that their fantasies are fantasies for a reason.

Funny guy Owen Wilson and equally funny Jason Sudeikis are on a mission to have as many guilty-free affairs as they want for 1 week, yet what unravels in these 7 days are hilarious situations that you could easily see happening with guys like this in real life. With both actors coming from comical backgrounds they have great comedic timing and deliver the jokes and gross-out gags perfectly.

The wives are played by Christina Applegate and Jenna Fisher. I mean, they’re good looking, come on! In this respect you’d wonder why any guy would want a hall pass from these women, yet it’s true what they say: you always want what you can’t have. So when the women decide to take the plunge and allow them have the week off, it’s obvious they’re secretly hoping their husbands’ consciences will kick in, what they don’t plan for is a bit of extramarital fun on their side of the bargain too.

Hall Pass is a funny film, though it isn’t a rom-com or a chick flick, in fact it is more of a guy flick. Being at the hands of the Farrelly brothers (Dumber and Dumber, There’s Something about Mary, The Heartbreak Kid) their humour is very gross-out and more suited to a male audience. I enjoyed it though, so just because they like to have a little more fun with their gags doesn’t make it completely gender specific, but make sure you prepare for a film that guys would lean more towards.

Unfortunately I think the gags and humour are a bit weighted. I found myself laughing more in the first half of the film whereas with the second half the focus was drawn more onto the wives and I felt like some of the humour was lost on them. Not that they can’t carry a joke, but Wilson and Sudeikis bounce off each others’ energy so well and make great comedic partners that I think their story should have been the only one being told. Still, it was nice to see the girls give the boys a taste of their own medicine!

While the idea behind this film is one that I would never consider in my own relationships, the way it plays out on screen is what I’d hope would come of the situation if it ever came about. But this is Hollywood, right? They like to leave you with a warm fuzzy feeling and a resounding “aww” feeling when the film wraps up, so the latter is a bit predictable.

If you’re a fan of the Farrelly brothers, want to watch a funny albeit gross-out type film, or just need a bit of a lighthearted escape, you should give Hall Pass a watch.

Star rating: 6/10

Directed by Bobby & Peter Farrelly.

Running time 109 minutes.