Zoolander 2

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are back in Zoolander 2, proof that even if you’re really really ridiculously good looking lightning rarely strikes twice.

While not the worst film we’ve watched (by far!) this movie suffers the way that most comedy sequels do. It’s cursed to rehash jokes from it’s predecessor and create something new from something dated. The movie is also not helped by the fact that it came out FIFTEEN YEARS after the original, so definitely not striking while the iron was still hot. Will Ferrell¬†reprises his role as the movies villain and gives a solid performance but he’s under utilized. His character doesn’t make an appearance until over an hour in.

All this being said the film had a few legitimate laughs in it and was enjoyable in parts but these were spread out over a close to 2 hr run time which you felt the entire time.

So whether you’re a model, an actor/ model, or a podcast listener/ cat enthusiast/ model this may be a movie you avoid and let time do to it what it does with most comedy sequels.

(Do yourself a favor and watch the first five minutes though, it’ll at least get a laugh from you with little commitment)


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Top 5 saddest scenes in movies

It’s sad that we’ve gone MONTHS without doing a top 5 list for this podcast and so it’s time to rectify that . This week on At Least You Tried Jonathan, Anthony, and Cat discuss their picks for the top 5 saddest scenes from movies.

What makes a scene truly sad? Is it the death of a beloved character? Perhaps the realization of what could have been or what will never be? These scenes stick with us years after see them and often are the go to scene we think about when the movie is mentioned.

So join us this week as we recall our favorite saddest scenes and wonder how it got so dusty in the recording area all of a sudden.

Do you have a favorite sad scene we missed? Feel free to leave it in the comment section below


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Ghostbusters (2016)

As if we needed more proof that not every beloved franchise needs a reboot in 2016 we were gifted with a reboot of the timeless classic Ghostbusters. This film has split our group in our reactions, some of us finding it funny and looking at it like it’s own film seperate from the original series. Others like myself view the movie as garbage that is devoid of the dry humor and wit that made the original great. This movie instead grabs at all the low hanging fruit it can and replaces the dry humor with fart/queef jokes and a running gag about a lack of wontons.

The film falls in the category of mediocre films, not great by any stretch of the imagination but also not awful enough to be a cult classic like The Room or Fateful Findings. This movie offers nothing really new and will most likely be forgotten in the coming years only to be brought up in conversation as “Oh yeah that other Ghostbusters movie”.

Make up your own mind though on what the film really is and give it a watch. There are worse ways to spend two hours… You could be watching The Star Wars Holiday Special.


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In Search of the Titanic

A movie so absurd that it must be seen to be believed, this week we watched In Search of the Titanic. You may wonder how you could possibly create a sequel to a film about the titanic sinking (only to be saved by a giant squid). Crazy as that sounds this is actually the THIRD movie in this Korean animated Titanic movie series. This movie has it all, it has:

– Racist mice that are staging a coup
-Flamboyant toys that come to life and throw an underwater rave
-A Scottish doll that has it’s gender assumed and goes on to lead an army
-Sharks that not only rap but also communicate with corrupt billionaire humans via telegraphs (Yeah you read that right, it’s a series of clams attached to jellyfish and wires)
-A dog that operates a laser pistol

All this doesn’t even scratch the surface of the insanity of this movie. If it helps put everything in perspective regular cast member Alex has long said that Killer Klowns from outer space is the worst movie that he’s ever seen. That all changed this week.


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We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

Sometimes people remember movies very fondly and gloss over it’s errors riding high on their nostalgia. Some here at At Least You Tried had this happen with We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story, insisting this movie was great without having seen it recently (Rhymes with Jake). Well after seeing it this week….Meh

The movie isn’t the worst we’ve seen but it definitely isn’t GOOD

For starters why are herbivore dinosaurs eating hotdogs? Why is cereal the plot device that makes our heroes smart? and could we make our villain any more villainous? He’s a spooky magician that only talks about fear and signs blood contracts (no joke) with children.

This movie also hasn’t aged well. Where as your average Disney film has a plot that stays with you years after you’ve seen it We’re Back! has the loosest of plots that involves getting dinosaurs to a museum but also orphans that want to join the circus and a radio that hears the wishes of children?

Much like the dinosaurs in this film, this movie might just be best left in the past.


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Foodfight!

It should be abundantly clear at this point that us here at At Least You Tried don’t like ourselves… That is the only logical explanation for why we willingly watched Foodfight!. Most of us have seen this “movie” multiple times. We clearly hate ourselves.

Where to begin? This movie is the biggest bomb we’ve ever reviewed, not just because it’s trash but also this movie was doomed financially from the start. The computer the movie was being created on was stolen decently far into it’s development and they had no back ups at all. Rather than just call it quits they decided to start over from scratch and redo EVERYTHING. I mean why wouldn’t you when you have a film that is guaranteed Oscar bait like Foodfight? In the end this film cost them $45,000,000 to make and made under $75,000.

All that aside, this film is an exercise in insanity. An adventure in a grocery store where all the brand icons you know and love have to team up to stop the evil “Brand X” products from taking over the store. The premise is simple enough but it goes off the deep end when you factor in that this film includes:
– A Brand X icon that is simply just a woman who dresses in fetish gear.
– Multiple adult references and innuendo using food puns
– No joke Nazi references. No hyperbole, no joke Nazi references. We get goose stepping Brand X goons that say they want to get rid of “Inferior brands” all while wearing Nazi uniforms with an X instead of a swastika

This really is a seeing is believing experience so join us this week as we repeatedly ask ourselves “How did this possibly get approved?” and sit down and watch Foodfight!

Foodfight! stars Charlie Sheen, Wayne Brady, Hilary Duff, and Eva Longoria.


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Bee Movie

I’m a Bee!

With possibly the strangest plot of any movie we’ve done so far, we’re going to start off a month of animated films with Bee Movie. It’s one part rom com and one part courtroom drama, this movie doesn’t know what it wants to Bee.

The return of Jerry Seinfeld to the public eye, this movie was supposed to Bee a smash hit and they put 150 million behind it. However, unsurprisingly it flopped and they lost a lot of money on this movie. So why did it flop?

Well elephant in the room here: How is Vanessa, a human female, attracted to a bee? How does that work? How can you expect a long relationship when he’s a bee with a tiny lifespan? and do they have sex? What would that entail?
…This movie is a mess

Bee/ Human relationships and shaky plots aside, this movie is plagued with issues. It has a ton of big name stars that aren’t really used in any capacity. It was almost like they were throwing money at big name voice actors to come in and say two lines only to then disappear from the movie. Also it’s tone was really off for a movie aimed at children. Jokes about jazz and drag queens, as well as not so subtle references to slavery and gas chambers are bound to go unrecognized by kids.

Make your own judgments though and join us this week as we dive into the limitless bounty of awful jokes and bee puns that Bee Movie provides. Come see what all the buzz is about.


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White Chicks

Alex’s month of movie picks comes to a close with a movie that shows that seeing truly is believing. With special effects/ make up that look like the bastard child of The Mask and Disney World’s Hall of presidents White Chicks was especially cringe worthy.

How do our two main characters make the jump in logic from botching a protection job to thinking they can fix the situation by just taking the girls spot? How is Terry Crews possibly attracted to Marlon Wayans when he’s dressed as a woman? and possibly the most baffling question, How did this movie gross 69 million dollars?

So don’t have a BF* because it’s triple T K A** as we sit down and (unfortunately) watch White Chicks.

*Bitch Fit
** Time to totally kick ass


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Soul Plane

A large number of people are afraid of flying and we here at At Least You Tried hope at least a fraction of them view Soul Plane as the horror film it clearly is meant to be.

This week on At Least You Tried we continue our month of Alex picks with a movie that no one asked for… Soul Plane.

Why is it that Kevin Hart‘s character is screwed over by a airline and he is awarded 100 million dollars but when Mo’Nique straight up rapes a man at a TSA checkpoint he doesn’t see a dime? Is it an ongoing trope that Alex’s picks for movies ALL include multiple poop jokes? (spoiler alert: They all do) Also, Why is it that Snoop Dogg‘s character would pick a career as a pilot when he’s terrified of heights?

Let’s be honest, not a single one of these will be answered but what did you really expect?

(Side note: Jonathan is convinced this movie is in the same movie universe as Mac & Devin go to high school, any other believers?)


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Littleman

Alex gets subtle revenge on all of us again with his pick this week: Littleman.

Another trash movie that did really well in the theaters for some reason Littleman is nothing if not surprising.

How is it that NO ONE notices that this little person criminal is not actually a toddler? Are we completely passing over the fact that he has tattoos and a “scar from a knife fight”? ¬†Also who thinks it’s ok to play full contact football with a toddler? and how is finding a diamond in a poop filled diaper romantic?

This movie is a mess, but misery loves company here at ALYT so join us as we question our life choices that led us here and watch Littleman.

 


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