TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E9 – Bacherlorette ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Talk about a provocative episode thumbnail for S2:E9 “Bachorlette”

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
May 29, 2020

Episode 9 – “Bacherlorette”

Harley has arranged an elaborate bachelorette party on Wonder Woman’s Amazonian all-women island. They take the invisible plan and en route, of course, birds crash violently into the plane and splatter violently.

Once on the island, they take an invisible car to the hotel. Catwoman makes sure to put Harley on the spot on her and Ivy, “you two hooked up” — Harley admits that they just kissed.

Meanwhile, the bachelor party aboard is on a ship with Frank The Plant, Kite Man.

King Shark gets a fairly detailed side story underwater where he’s part of a forced marriage. His bride is Tabitha, a hammerhead sharkette that can chainsmoke underwater lol.

Naturally neither one wants to get married, but it’s part of a family tradition.

Meanwhile, Harley tries to convince Ivy that their relationship, now intimate, can add a new dimension to their friendship.

Animated pillow talk, no. More like horror (from Ivy) and delight (from Harley)

Ivy is plagued with guilt and wants to escape the island. Harley convinces Ivy to enjoy the rest of the bacherlorette festivities she has planned, including some killing and foiling an eco-terror plan on the island.

You’ll need to tune in to this episode to learn what Ivy thinks of Harley’s plan to take their relationship to the next level, whether or not they successfully foil Lex Luthor’s diabolical plan on the Amazonian island and if King Shark gets married.

Summary

No other episode of Harley Quinn to date has been as provocative before it has aired based on a thumbnail screencap as this one showing Harley and Ivy in bed and looking very much like, “um, what are we doing here?” The title of the episode suggests there was a party, perhaps numerous libations and the end result was sleeping in the same bed together. Is that what happened or just what looked like what happened?

This episode takes us there — and then some — with Harley and Ivy’s complicated, yet loving relationship. It also gives King Shark an odd, but charming side story, oh, and can’t forget the off the chain bacherlorette party, complete with Catwoman, Mr. Freeze’s wife and some gal named Jen, that doesn’t want to be called Jen.

I love this wild, crazy show. The great stories just keep coming every week. Taking a half star away for the King Shark story which was less compelling than the bizarre bachelorette story. Would rather have seen something involving Kite Man a little more interesting instead of him just putting a puzzle together with Frank The Plant and Clayface.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 

27+ Scoob Reviews – Not Quite A Scooby Snack, But Tries … A Little

Purchased Scoob! on Google Play! for our grandchildren and us to watch

Scoob! ⭐️⭐️½

Although my rating indicates I’m not recommending this, if you are a long time Scooby Doo fan, it’s still worth a look. My grandchildren loved it and I liked some parts of the effort and was somewhat entertained.

While DreamWorks Animation’s “Trolls: World Tour” generated the most advanced buzz — heralded as the first big-budget film to abandon its theatrical release and embrace the streaming route in the COVID-19 era — “Scoob!” is a better film, with its eye-candy animation, sly script and, best of all, a hilarious vocal performance from Lafayette native Will Forte as the boy-man Shaggy. Forte even rivals Matthew Lillard’s scene-stealing take of dog’s best friend in the 2002 live action “Scooby-Doo” dud. Forte perfects Shaggy’s crackly puberty voice.

Review: ‘Scoob’ is all we could want in a Scooby-Doo reboot

Going to get into some SPOILERS in what follows, so a warning to those who haven’t seen the movie yet.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Scooby & Shag: The Younger Years

Loved the opening at Venice Beach with Scooby swiping the sausage and rollerbarreling it with a bicycle cop in pursuit. Then Shaggy meets him for the first time and covers for him, giving the policeman his Scoob’s name. Ok, so it’s not realistic the policeman’s reaction, but we’re in a cartoon.

The other scene I liked was in the bowling alley. From there, it went (mostly) downhill for me. The grandchildren remained glued to the TV, so they didn’t mind that the story lost all focus.

Where were the rest of the gang?

Not enough of Fred, Daphne and Velma. All the best Scooby Doo episodes I’ve seen have a team focus on solving the mystery. There is a little of this here, but not enough. I dug how Velma was super tech hacker. Fred and Daphne might as well have been the same character gender reversed because neither does anything that substantial.

I realize the title is focused on Scooby and yes, there needs to be plenty of him and Shaggy — usually in search for food and avoiding danger because they are both easily scared. They gave us this, but in the story seem to have mostly forgotten about the rest of the gang. Disappointing to me.

Did we need the other shared universe characters?

Falcon Fury? Didn’t work for me. Then again, I’m not opposed to introduccing among other comic book characters into Scooby Doo and the mystery gang’s world.

They had Simon Cowell, but missed the perfect opportunity to spoof American Idol! Wouldn’t it have been cool to see him in some sort of judging role scene? Even if it was something ridiculous like judging how scared Scooby and Shaggy were of something. Oh well, in my imagination I’ll get this missed opportunity scene.

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Oh, and I miss Casey Kasem and Matthew Lillard’s Shaggy

No shade at Will Forte who did a decent voice job, he just wasn’t as good as Matthew Lillard or Casey Kasem who retired in 2007. Apparently, the producers never offered it to Lillard. It’s puzzling, because he’s been the live action and voice of Shaggy for over 10 years. Even Lillard was disappointed from stories I’ve read.

Hint to animation voice casting department: offer the role to the established actors first … or at least explain why they don’t get the role. Recasting key voice characters is going to matter more than you might think.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of Scoob!?

Recommended

  1. Den of Geek: “Parents might not be as engaged with the story as younger viewers, but there are plenty of silly, raunchy jokes and classic character appearances to keep adults entertained”
  2. Dewey Singleton: “…certainly stays true to its roots and manages to include several exciting cartoon characters”
  3. Frankenculture / Steve Pokorny! (4/5): “The story progressed at a fine jaunt and was exciting throughout.  For fans of the classic and people looking to introduce your kids to the Hanna-Barbera  universe I would whole heartedly recommend this film, and to own it for $25, it’s a steal.”
  4. Full Circle Cinema (7/10): “While it’s not groundbreaking in any way, It’s not bad – it’s heartwarming and enjoyable for any age. I liked it quite a bit, and my 10-year-old cousin loved it even more. More than anything else, that’s what matters most because this movie was intended for him and his age group and we, as critics, forget that sometimes”
  5. Geekly Goods: “It’s one of the best family-friendly films I’ve seen this year. The humor is definitely meant for the adults, but the kids will get a kick out of Scoob and his joyous spirit.”
  6. IslandMovieBlogs: “…is a nice nostalgic trip for the whole family. The story might not be the best, but like i said, thats not what’s important. If you have a connection to these characters, its nice having them again.”
  7. James Bachman / Thinking Outside The Box Office: “It isn’t trying to break the mold, and it isn’t a subversive masterpiece like The Lego Movie. But for a quick, Scooby Snack sized film with really crisp animation, you might just want to see what is new with Scooby-Doo.”
  8. Jason’s Movie Blog (3.4/5): “…is one of those animated movies that works but doesn’t at the same time. Its enjoyable, but its not the best. It’s not terrible, but its not quite memorable.”
  9. Maz The Nerd Uncanny (Grade: B+): “Yes, “Scoob!” is a bit silly and oddly plot-heavy when it comes to Alexander the Great mythology. But I still loved every second of this film.”
  10. Melody MacReady (8/10): “It was a good change for the franchise and I look forward to a possible sequel or spin-off in this new universe.”
  11. Movie Paws / Sharon Knolle: “…is as loving an homage as the recent “Scoobynatural” crossover with TV series “Supernatural.” And it leaves the door open for more Hanna-Barbera team-ups.”
  12. Robert Butler III / Geeks of Color: “Aside from the superhero shared universe culture that’s cultivated in recent years, SCOOB! delivers a sweet and sometimes funny tale drenched in a little popular culture tanginess. If you’re a parent looking for something to watch with the kids this weekend, SCOOB! is fun for the whole family.”
  13. sambel203 / Moving Forward: “Would I see it in theaters? Well thanks to COVID-19 our house is now the theater so yeah, I’d upgrade what we have to rewatch it. It was honestly a really good movie.”
  14. Songs Voices Never Share: “How good Scoob! would’ve done if it were released in the theaters? I can’t possibly tell that, but the last act of this movie would definitely have been a blast to watch on the big screen. So, I would recommended you to watch this film – kids will love it, and chances are you will too.”
  15. The Avacado: “…is, in fact, a Blue Falcon and Dynomutt movie, one that pits those heroes in a struggle against Dick Dastardly (of Wacky Races fame), with Mystery Inc.’s own Shaggy Rogers and his faithful dog Scooby-Doo acting as the requisite audience surrogates. Your response to that bit of information, whether it be intrigue or disgust, will be a major factor in determining whether or not this film is worth any of your time.”

Not Recommended

  1. Bringin The Juice: “As I said I was excited for this movie and the idea of a Hanna-Barbera universe, however this movie did not feel like a Scooby-Doo movie. It felt like an overstuffed Hanna-Barbera jumble that needed to breathe a little bit.”
  2. Darren Lucas / Movie Reviews 101: “This is just a terrible version of the much loved characters, we do have heart with friendship, only it lacks any mystery required which is the central point of the whole show.”
  3. DC Bolling / DC’s Take: “Sadly, I gotta say Scoob! was a disappointment. It’s good enough for young kids’ to enjoy, but for adults who grew up with the original cartoons, there isn’t a lot to get out of it when a lot of the jokes weren’t all that funny and has a story that leaves little of interest.”
  4. FILMAHOLIC: “…a film based on beloved cartoons that leaned into their wondrous mysteries and incredible characters, is merely a shadow of what came before. Every single character, perhaps except for the leading duo of Shaggy and Scooby, has no traits beyond being a shallow caricature of what they were in old cartoons. It makes for an awkward and meaningless watch.”
  5. Frankie Gilmore / DiscussingFilm (2.5/5): “Alas, Scoob! represents the further descent of a culture dominated by films advertising their sequels before the credits have even rolled. A film that kids will love, but will have other fans of the characters wondering…”
  6. From the mind of Victor Lovecraft (2/5): “With Warner Animation Group’s new film Scoob!, I confess that things seem off again. There’s always something strange about Scooby’s theatrical runs, even as this one eventually ended up on VOD”
  7. Gavin O’Neil / Overcranked: “…does little to add anything unique or interesting to the expansive amount of content already made with these characters. In fact, it almost feels like it has taken a step back with throwing out any type of mystery. Still, SCOOB! at least keeps your attention the whole time and there are never really any moments that make you want to immediately turn it off.”
  8. Geoff Swanson / Movies With Geoff (6/10): “Is this the Scooby Doo I know? Not really. I miss the creepier horror component and the formulaic nature the episodes had. Perhaps it’s just nostalgia. That being said, the difficulty this film had was straddling the roots of the characters and the original show, which probably would now come across as cheesy to a much savvier child audience”
  9. Gordon Levitt / Gliterati*Lobotomy: “…is not a vote of confidence in WB’s ability to create quality content for younger audiences, and it’s not good proof that WB even wants to put money into these movies.”
  10. Jesse Revell Reviews (5/10): “Certainly not a failure but far from a success.”
  11. Luke’s Living Room: “Seriously, you guys, it was not great. But what can you expect from a movie that has a total of SIX different writers?”
  12. MisterJ / Brain of J: “Despite nice animation and a few fun gags that harken back to the original series, Scoob! is a dispiriting movie. It might entertain families and young ones on the fly but for me, I’d rather pick out the original series or try my luck with the other animated films.”
  13. The Bloomgist: “At one point in Scoob, Fred insists that this is their “most important mystery ever” rather than being “about some guy in a rubber mask”, an annoyingly smug attempt to elevate this above the many entertainingly dopey adventures we’ve seen them on before.”

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21+ The Lovebirds Reviews – Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani Friend Zoned, Unfortunately

The Lovebirds ⭐️⭐️

Romantic comedies are a well-traveled genre. The number one ingredient that I look for remains if I can believe the two leads can be a couple, that the romantic spark is there.

There is chemistry between Kumail Nanjiani and Issa Rae, but for me it’s all in the friend zone, not love … and that hurts a movie with that magical four-lettered L word in the title.

Not only do they have great chemistry, but they look like a real couple that actually exists in America. It’s particularly refreshing to watch two people of color star in a movie like this, in a genre that has been dominated by white couples for so long, and absolutely crush it. It makes watching movies like this exciting again. Couples that look like real couples. What a concept!

‘The Lovebirds’ Issa Rae, Kumail Nanjiani Review

Obviously, I didn’t feel the same as the reviewer above, except for the part about them being a more “real” couple. That is true. Just real friends.

As we get into more details below, it’s necessary to throw down the SPOILER warning.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

The trailer had (most) the good stuff

“Take the grease!” — that was the punchline we heard in the trailer repeatedly. I mean the lead-up in theater previews for this movie was off the charts. Sadly, as in the case of all too many trailers, the good parts we’ve already seen. Now, when the movie comes it’s like we’re rewatching the film. Let down.

What’s up with Issa Rae’s overly-white teeth?

Nothing wrong with teeth being white, but I swear every time Issa Rae smiles her teeth are too white. It threw me off from the story.

She’s a beautiful lady, absolutely. I don’t care how white her teeth are, nothing changes that, but this was distracting for me watching the film.

“But Hollywood smiles are full of veneers. They don’t simply bleach their teeth; they don’t have the original surface of their teeth. The standards are getting more and more impossible to achieve. Are we chasing a chimera? Absolutely.”

Blindingly White: Teeth Bleaching Gone Too Far – NBC

I remember Issa in The Photograph and her teeth weren’t that white. Actually think she looked hotter in that movie than this one.

Still, this overly white teeth complaint is a minor annoyance.

Crappy caper

My biggest beef with this movie is the script. It’s just bad. I think if the two leads had a better script with a caper that wasn’t outright corny and nonsensical, this would have been so much more fun.

Or, go The Whole Missy route and just make it a farce. Those that blast Happy Madison comedies, at least they go intentionally over the top. I couldn’t make out if this movie was trying to be too serious with the comedy. It just felt flat throughout most the viewing.

Reviews by Others

What do others think of The Lovebirds?

Recommended

  1. Alex Brannan / CineFiles Movie Reviews (Grade: C): “The script does not provide consistent humor, putting forward plenty of out-dated references but rarely a genuinely clever joke. It does better work fleshing out a grounded relationship for its eponymous pair, but even this falls short of emotional effectiveness.”
  2. Arianne Binette / The UnderSCENE: “Sometimes a film doesn’t need to be everything to actually be good and The Lovebirds is just that. It does just enough for you to enjoy the story and yourself at the same time.”
  3. blackwatchmovies: “…reminded me of Game Night mixed with elements of Queen & Slim (only because there is a couple on the run for a murder they are not really responsible for). You will laugh at the stupidest things in this movie. It is the good kind of absurd.”
  4. Britany Murphy / Geeks of Color: “…is certainly a must-watch for any lovers of comedies that are coupled with an intriguing murder mystery plotline. It easily pairs its comedy with moments of seriousness that work extremely well and adds realism to the film that would otherwise feel a bit unbelievable due to the murder mystery aspect.”
  5. Cristina’s Blog: “For those looking for an elaborate plot with eloquent screenwriting and elaborate cinematography, you may find that The Lovebirds falls short. But take it for what it is – a whimsical, silly romcom that you don’t need to read too much into.”
  6. DC Bolling / DC’s Take (Grade: B-): “Even though it won’t be labeled as the funniest comedy to come out this year with a script that isn’t the best, you’ll easily get some enjoyment from Rae and Nanjiani’s chemistry with genuine laughs in between.”
  7. David Crow / Den of Geek: “As an action-mystery, The Lovebirds is a little imbalanced and imperfect. As a portrait of a couple rediscovering everything they like about each other, it’s charming and stubbornly hopeful. The old dating adage comes to mind: Every relationship ends, until it doesn’t. Every mystery is unsolvable, until it is.”
  8. Dewey Singleton: “…is the cinematic equivalent of Cotton Candy. It’s sweet on the surface and for brief moments can be satisfying, but the film is an empty experience.”
  9. Finn Schlote / Cinemaspot.com: “…is a perfectly fine Netflix comedy, with charming leads and some funny scenes. It benefits from it’s short runtime and therefore is an entertaining watch. For fans of the comedy genre or if you just want to have an easy watch, this is the one to go.”
  10. HCMovieReviews: “…is an easy and entertaining watch that feels right at home on Netflix, rather than on the big screen. It’s most definitely better than a lot of the original Netflix content that it has similarities with, its collection of well written comedy and superb leading actors setting it apart.”
  11. High Contrast: “I would like to see Rae and Nanjiani work together again sometime. They make The Lovebirds worth a watch despite its flaws. Just don’t expect anything other than a formulaic (and short) bit of escapism with a few laughs.”
  12. Keith & The Movies (3/5): “I wouldn’t say they are brimming with romantic chemistry, but as a comedy duo they pair up nicely doing a lot with little and ultimately keeping “The Lovebirds” afloat.”
  13. Leo Rydel / Geekly Goods (6/10): “While I can’t say I’ll find myself watching this movie again, it was fun to sit through two of my favorite stars going through a quick hour and a half murder mystery together.”
  14. Mirza Baig / Welcome To The Movie Ark: “…is a funny enough comedy to guarantee as a one-time watch.”
  15. MoodyB / The Cinema Critic: “Though it contains a very minimal and generic plot, thanks to the undeniable chemistry from its two extremely likeable leads, Lovebirds is not a particularly memorable, but surprisingly enjoyable 86 minutes.”
  16. Nathaniel Muir / AIPT: “In between all the great comedy and so so action is a couple who love each other. They exchange knowing glances and there is a feeling of genuine love here. More than anything else, this separates The Lovebirds from similar movies.”
  17. R. Crunden’s Blog: “It’s a fast paced comedy movie that’s a perfect escape for those in the mood for something light!”
  18. samhowe98 (3/5): “I never felt fully gripped or engaged in the story enough to really love the film, and it very much only gets by on the charisma of its lead two stars.”
  19. Shane Vassar / Not A Real Person Yet: “It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but it does provide some good laughs and helps prove that both Nanjiani and Rae are going to continue to find a lot of success in Hollywood.”
  20. TheFlemishSeth: “…isn’t as romantic as the title suggests, but for sure is a (mostly) good time with two hysterical lovers, taking us on a personal journey through their relationship’s ups and downs while getting in all kinds of trouble.”
  21. Trailer Trashed: “It’s not original, but it is pretty funny at times, so for a quick pick me up in these dire times, I guess it’s worth your time. “

Not Recommended

  1. Jeffrey Kan / Differing Opinions: “There is nothing genuinely funny in this movie that wasn’t already in the trailer; the most it received from me was a chuckle after a frat boy is labeled “little Brett Kavanaugh” (but that’s also going to be an outdated joke soon). Just watch The Big Sick; you’ll have a much better time.”
  2. Mark Tan / Full Circle Cinema (4/10): “No doubt are there more unpleasant comedies than this, and I am at least grateful to not pay to see this in a theater. But when that statement counts as a compliment, you know something is not right”
  3. Tom Moore / Moore Reviews (2/5): “Rae and Ninjiani make it a perfectly serviceable comedy, but it lacks literally anything else to make it a step above and it’s the kind of okay movie you watch only for it to quickly fade from memory”

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TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E2 – S.T.R.I.P.E ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
May 24, 2020 @ 9:00pm PT (GMT-5)

Episode 2 – S.T.R.I.P.E

At the end of the first episode, Pat/Stripesy shows up inside a mech robot, following Courtney’s interrogation by Brainwave. He flies Courtney out of the situation and home.

Pat explains to Courtney how he searched all around for the Injustice League of America (ILA) and that they moved to Blue Valley because he thought they’d be safe there from them there.

Brainwave talks to his son, Henry, again about the fight at the drive-in. He wanted to know if it was a girl that beat up his friends and blew up their car? He replied that it was too dark and he couldn’t see.

Day #2 at Blue Valley High School and Courtney is trying to fit in. She took the Starman uniform and makes sewing alterations. She wants to have her own uniform to protect her true identity.

Pat visits Ripped City, a fitness gym to build his muscles. Nice use of music from Karate Kid (“Your the best!”). Starting to wonder if the creators are Karate Kid fans.

Open House at Blue Valley and Brainwave is trying to track down Courtney’s identity based upon an ID badge that was burned at the tire factory. He finds her and wonders if he is Starman’s daughter. “You keep thinking of him, over and over.” She tells him, “You’ll pay what you did to the JSA and my father.” Brainwave tells her that she’s going to bring him the cosmic staff at midnight. He threatens to kill her mother if she doesn’t comply.

Courtney tells Pat what happened and he tells Courtney to protect her mother. That if he doesn’t return after that night’s battle, to take her mom out of the city and somewhere where she can be safe from the Injustice League. Pat heads to his garage, planning to fight Brainwave as the mech robot known as S.T.R.I.P.E outside Blue Valley Tire.

Brainwave rather easily disables S.T.R.I.P.E and is about to destroy him when Stargirl flies in on the staff.

Brainwave attacks throwing all kinds of debris with his mind. Stargirl is trapped by the bumper of the car and Brainwave moves in, about to crush her with his mind …

Check out the second episode to see if Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E escape Brainwave’s attack. What about the rest of the Injustice Society? Is Stargirl’s mother safe?

Summary

Another solid episode, this one also written by Geoff Johns, co-creator of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. Perhaps this is normal for superhero TV shows but there is a bit of an air of corniness. Some of the dialogue, in particular, just sounds a bit cheesy. Yeah, yeah, I know it’s a comic book adaptation, but at times it doesn’t sound like something people would say. Sure, they might say these things in comic books, but not in a live action show.

We now have enough origin backstory and see how Courtney Whitmore becomes Stargirl and Stripesy becomes S.T.R.I.P.E, we also know a few of the villains of the Injustice League. There is a real sense that another epic battle is brewing.

For those catching this show on DC Universe, they offer a bunch of comic books providing the history of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E. in a dedicated section called: Get To Know Stargirl here: https://www.dcuniverse.com/collections/gtk-stargirl

As a benefit to DC Universe subscribers, there are thousands of comic books, including STARS & S.T.R.I.P.E (1999-) which detail the adventures of Stargirl and S.T.R.I.P.E

This show is acting as a good gateway, similar to Harley Quinn the adult animated show, encouraging viewers to deep-dive the comics and learn more. I haven’t read any of these comic books, but am getting more interested. It’s working.

An entertaining start for the series, I’m definitely looking forward to more episodes.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️½

21+ The Wrong Missy Reviews – Lauren Lapkus Comedic Shimmer

The Wrong Missy ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Those silly, stupid Sandler/Happy Madison movies can grow on you — if you give them a chance.

Often my first reaction to them, besides laughing loudly at some parts, is Sandler is having a lot of fun. Adam isn’t in this particular movie, instead relying on his friends and a newcomer to Happy Madison films, comedienne Lauren Lapkus.

Given she’s no Chris Farley to David Spade, but she’s bug-eyed funnier than Tiffany Haddish or Melissa McCarthy. Two female comedians I don’t get the draw to at all.

Like most Sandler-driven plots, they are simplistic. The entire movie happens because of a mistakenly sent text message. Who hasn’t done that before?

There’s nothing quite as embarrassing as sending an important text to the wrong person. The recently released Netflix comedy from Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, The Wrong Missy, takes this modern nightmare and pushes it to an extreme and hilarious degree.

The ending of The Wrong Missy explained

Before we dig deeper into this film, spoilers are likely to follow. If you haven’t seen this yet, you’ll want to return to this post after doing so.

… you’ve been warned, SPOILERS ahead ..

Let the blooper reel roll …

I’m a fan of blooper reels.

Lauren Lapkus gives David Spade a handjob on a plane + dives into ocean … and misses

Forget Snakes on a Plane, Lapkus roaming around giving hand jobs is way more scary and hilarious. “Relax, I was an assassin.” — great line!

“If you wanna imagine her face on my face when we f**k, I’m ok with that.” – another great Lapkus line.

My favorite Lapkus moment is when she dives into the ocean … and misses. Missy missing? Yeah, this is just the type of Happy Madison humor that drives most critics batty.

They are being criminally stupid — on purpose. The people who like this — they really, really like it — the people who don’t leave scathing reviews. You’ll see this below where the vast majority of reviews are negative for this film. I’m sure these reviewers get what’s trying to be done, they just don’t find this brand of stupid humor funny. I don’t blame them, but neither should they hold it against those of us who do 😉

Here’s the catch, just like Howard Stern, love or hate him, Happy Madison films draw ratings. Netflix says almost 2 billion hours have been spent on Happy Madison movies.

Netflix has greenlit 4 more Happy Madison Movies

Netflix isn’t going to pass up on a golden goose’s eggs.

Sandler and Netflix have been in business since the release of the 2015’s The Ridiculous 6 and Netflix claims that since then, its subscribers have spent more than 2 billion hours watching Sandler’s flicks. That includes The Do-OverSandy WexlerThe Week Of and Murder Mystery, which the company says was the most popular title on Netflix in the U.S. last year

Adam Sandler Re-Ups With Netflix
For Four More Movies – Deadline

Reviews by Others

How do others rate The Wrong Missy?

Recommended

  1. Bookshelf Battle: “It’s got two things that Sandler’s flicks have been lacking during their last few (eh, make that several) outings – heart, and actual laughs.”
  2. jrzandmfz – Movie, Music & More: “If you want to be entertained and are not easily offended, I think you will enjoy the trip.”
  3. Keith Loves Movies (85%): “I have seen The Wrong Missy…twice! Take that information at your own risk but there is no shame or guilt in admitting that The Wrong Missy, Netflix’s latest original movie, is really funny.”
  4. NickNelson07: “I must take a second to praise Lauren Lapkus. This woman stole the show, hands down. If anything, the reason I would want to watch this again would be for her and her alone.”
  5. The One The Eight: “Anyways, what we hope is what we get. A movie that is produced by Happy Madison is bound to end all hunky dory, with everyone happy. It’s a shame they made the steamy scene into a funny one. The movie could have used it well.”
  6. The Sixth Form Reviewer: “There is no issue with acting in this, every character arc is fine. There are no problems in that sense; it’s just the story-line annoyed me. If that was improved a little bit, I would’ve enjoyed this movie a little bit more than I did. I laughed quite a bit because the movie was very funny but that’s what they were aiming for I reckon.”

Not Recommended

  1. abhishekcritic: “Director could have made this movie with better story and screenplay which would have made this movie much better.”
  2. Angie Aguayo (Grade: D): “I can tell that these both can be amazingly funny comedians, but I would go as far as to say that a lot of the time they aren’t even trying in this film. Maybe that’s the issue, or maybe it’s that the writing doesn’t play to their strengths. The best argument in my opinion is that it’s both.”
  3. Fantastic Film Fans (Grade: C-): “…consistently goes through the motions. David Spade appears to be sleepwalking as Sandler surrogate Tim, failing as the straight man foil to Lapkus’ hijinks.”
  4. Giadreams The Movie My Life: “…a film with roughly two funny moments I enjoyed, while the rest of it seemed as though it needed at least a second draft.”
  5. Griff’s Picks: “The sparse moments of amusement come from Lapkus’ early-’90s-zany-Jim Carrey-esque performance, but the rest is palm trees, hotel décor, and misanthropic improv, filled out to exactly ninety minutes (a contractual obligation, one presumes) by a long corporate talent show sequence in which one can’t be sure whether they’re supposed to be embarrassed for the characters or for the cast and crew.”
  6. Kage / Best in Your Girl: “It’s sad and pathetic group of people that are now stealing money from companies like Netflix, whom will see no fucking return, just to keep their dipshit friends employed within Hollywood. They’re not actors, they’re over glorified welfare recipients.”
  7. Keith & The Movies (1/5): “It’s a low-rung comedy with nothing to say and that doesn’t even try to do anything fresh or new. Manual labor, oral surgery, or even an insurance lecture would be a more entertaining way to spend your time.”
  8. leebutler / Movie Meister Reviews: “I don’t know how this company gets money to make movies, but I want to find out because somehow they get to make absolutely painful films and get paid for it. This film is just awful, though nowhere near the worst that this company has put out”
  9. Nick The Movie Critic: “…is a misguided total cluster fudge lacking a compelling narrative, organic jokes, an annoying love interest, common sense, interesting characters among a few things wrong with this stinker.”
  10. Peter Kanelis Reviews, Musings & Other Things: “I saw this out of desperation for a new cinematic experience.  I could have turned it off,  but my determination to see something through that I started was a too string for me to spare myself the pain.  The humor was not that clever, and the story was very predictable.  It was kind of like the Hallmark Channel going to the dark side.”
  11. Rachel’s Reviews: “It is so obvious the only effort here is to get a free vacation and it shows. Comedy deserves better. Netflix watchers deserve better. Humanity in quarantine deserves better. No thank you!”
  12. RDB Reviews: “This movie was Lame.”
  13. Ready Steady Cut / Jonathon Wilson: “…a tedious romantic cringe-comedy”
  14. The DC Review Blog (1/5): “…a below average Netflix release and most definitely not something I’d recommend to a friend or family member, despite the attractive and tropical setting of Hawaii.”
  15. TL;DR Movie Reviews (3/5): “An interesting premise, but I don’t think the film ever lives up to it.”
  16. Trailer Trashed (1.5/5): “If you really want to waste an hour and a half of lockdown then this will do that nicely, but you will lose many many brain cells in the process, and wont have a lot to show for it.”
  17. Zach’s Zany Movie Reviews: “This movie is an unmitigated disaster and easily one of the worst films of 2020 if not THE worst. I would rather watch The Main Event again than this absolutely unfunny garbage of a movie”

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TV SERIES Review: Stargirl S1E1 – Pilot ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 1
DC Universe / CW
May 18, 2020

Episode 1 – Pilot

Starman and the rest of the Justice Society of America (JSA) are doing fierce battle against the Injustice Society, with Brainwave leading the pack in damage. Starman’s right hand, Stripesy (Luke Wilson) races toward the battle house in a special souped-up car.

As he arrives, Starman takes a piece of metal to the chest and is bleeding out. He gets Starman into the car and they take off … literally when a button is pressed the car flies away to safety in the woods.

Fast forward 10 years into the future and Courtney Whitmore is introduced as the disappointed teen who has to move away from those she knows and likes, her school, her friends, with her mom and boyfriend, Pat (Stripesy!). Courtney goes to the new school and doesn’t fit in and this all is giving me very Karate Kid vibes. Courtney blames Pat for the move, although her mom says it was her idea.

She heads into the basement and finds pictures of Starman, including his outfit and most importantly, his magical, super-powered staff.

When Courtney touches the staff, it powers up and the real fun begins.

The staff has a life and personality all its own. The staff leads her out on an adventure to a drive-in for a little sweet revenge on some high school bullies. Then she returns home and Pat discusses the origin of the staff.

Pat explains that Starman’s staff should only work for those with his power. Courtney thinks Starman might be her father who left their family when she was a baby, but her mother says, no, the only person that has been there for them has been Pat.

Courtney’s mini staff adventure raises the attention of Brainwave, as it was his son that was injured in the drive-in. He explains to his dad who was behind the attack.

Courtney works to patch up her relationship with Pat/Stripesy and learn more of the backstory behind Starman and Stripesy, the sidekick.

That evening, the staff takes her out on another adventure at a tire warehouse, where she learns even more about how to use the staff and the battle, this time, is for real.

You’ll need to tune in and watch to see how that turns out.

Summary

The staff steals the show in the first episode! Especially when it goes off on those high school boy bullies. Courtney (Brec Bassinger) comes off a bit unlikable and whiny at first, but when she gets in the groove with the staff, her likability improves. Exciting seeing Luke Wilson, an established actor in his own right, as a co-star in this show and the mechanic and sidekick.

The exposition rolls in a bit heavy in this first episode, but so does the action. Any superhero TV show that starts out with an epic battle scene is worth watching at least a few more episodes. The effects are by and large cinema-quality, which is another plus.

A good, interesting, entertaining introduction to Stargirl — although she hasn’t put on the outfit yet — and her sidekick Stripesy as well as Injustice Society’s Brainwave as the villain.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 

TV SERIES Review: Harley Quinn S2E8 – Inner (Para)Demons ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Season 2
DC Universe exclusive
May 22, 2020

Episode 8 – “Inner (Para)Demons”

Commissioner Gordon contacts the president and says he’s taken down the Injustice League. The president replies that there is one criminal left to deal with before “Gotham can be put back on the map” – Harley Quinn.

Harley & Ivy are sitting in the lair and talk about the kiss. It was just an impetuous moment is how they play it off and Harley kisses Dr. Psycho who spits out and says, “Ew! I’m not your type!”

Batgirl stops by to warn Harley and team. She quick kisses Batgirl because she “kisses people for no reason.”

Harley wants to amass an evil army. Meanwhile Poison Ivy and Kite Man are having dinner with Kite Man’s snooty parents. Kite Man only wants their approval, but they are disappointed in him for not having “real” superpowers.

Harley, Clayface, King Shark and Dr. Psycho access an inter-dimensional portal to face off against a super-villain in order to gain access to an evil army at the request of Darksied.

Will Harley & crew win the battle and command the army against Gordon and the Gotham police?

Granny Goodness vs. Harley Quinn with a great and powerful army of parademons as the prize

Will Ivy have a showdown with Kite Man’s parents or just deal with their awkward approval of Kite Man and her as a couple? Will Harley tell Ivy her true feelings or just keep making up excuses?

These questions answered and more, just tune in and check it out season 2, episode 8!

Summary

This episode has everything that’s great about this show packed in a mega-entertaining watch: a mission with the crew, tension, villains to defeat, the fate of Gotham hanging in the balance, a battle of good vs. sorta evil (Harley & team) vs. true evil. The signature snappy banter, Harley nervously avoiding her true feelings for Ivy and Kite Man trying to gain acceptance from his disapproving parents. Yeah, this is a gold star episode and one of the best of the two seasons. Top three for me to date.

Overall episode rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️