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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

[5.00/10] You Again (2010)

You Again (2010)

Marni, a successful PR professional finds out her brother, Will is on the verge of marrying Joanna - her high school rival, who made her life a living hell. In her teens, Marni was a little clumsy, but now she is a career woman with success. Despite of her current success, she is still haunted by the memories of those old days when she was tormented by cheerleader Joanna, making her to weak up in cold sweat. Judging from the trailer "You Again" looked like it was going to be one pretty hilarious flick full of great laughs, but unfortunately, despite its very likable, charming and talented cast, this comedy is only occasionally funny and mostly forgettable. The story feels too contrived, as there are way too many ridiculous coincidences, and it's not especially original or very credible. The jokes are typical for a chick-flick like this, and although there are some funny moments here and there, they mostly fail to evoke genuine laughter from the audience. However, performance-wise, "You Again" succeeds admirably. For the first time together on screen, Sigourney Weaver and Jamie Lee Curtis shine in every scene they appear, and it's hard to say which one of them is better. They both look great for their age, they're fun to watch and they definitely can act incredibly well, even in a formulaic comedy like this one. Kristen Bell possesses an undeniable charm, and her acting is getting better and better with each movie. She does a good job as Marni . Odette Yustman is gorgeous and truly eye-candy, but her performance is mediocre at best, and her character, Joanna, is just not interesting enough. TV star, James Wolk, looks a bit too stiff in front of the camera, probably because this is his first role in a feature-length theatrical film. Betty White steals the show everytime she's on screen, as she deliver most of the laughs. Technically, "You Again" is pretty decent - the pacing is fine, as is the editing, Andy Fickman's direction is bright, fresh and engaging, and David Hennings' cinematography pleases the eye. By-the-numbers and thoroughly predictable, yet charming and easy to watch, "You Again" engages with great cast, but sadly, it doesn't provide many laugh.


Jaccstev said...

Sick with all these chick romantic comedies already. Same stories, same characters, same situations, same dialogues, same costumes maybe, just putting some unnecessary tiny twist here and there to give it a slight different taste, but it still taste the same. Or is it just me who isn't a fan of this thing and what best it can do only making me sleep :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

I'm not a fan either, but I don't mind them. Sometimes I just need to see something silly, funny and unpretentious, and "You Again" is exactly this kind of movie. Just imagine if we watch only 'heavy' mind benders like "Inception" or "Memento".. or "Lost Highway".. our brains will explode for sure. I agree that rom-coms and chick flicks are all the same and also equally lame, but their purpose is to release the pressure in our stressed minds and bodies :)

Jaccstev said...

Kinda agree with your explanation but how can I watch them if I'm always falling asleep? But wait, sleep is one thing that can release the pressure, so perhaps it's good :))

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Then... just avoid them. It's as simple as this :)