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Movie Review: F9 is a Ridiculous Ride

Before the screening of this film started our theater was greeted with some wise words, “leave all logic at the door.” I had to continuously remind myself of this thought during the entire two and a half hours of non-sense that is “F9”.

I was pleasantly surprised with the premise of “The Fate of the Furious”, so it’s upsetting that “F9” didn’t deliver the same quality to their storyline. In “F9” Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are living in a secluded home with Dom’s son, little Brian. Their quiet life is interrupted by some old friends who have been sent an SOS from intelligence operative Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell). His plane, which was holding captured cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) and part of some “dangerous” weapon, was brought down somewhere in Central America. We quickly find out the person responsible is Dom’s brother, Jakob (John Cena), who he has never mentioned until now!? What happened to not turning your back on family, Dom?

The mystery behind these brothers’ past is revealed in flashback sequences featuring teenage Dom (Vinnie Bennett) and Jakob (Finn Cole). These scenes were actually the best parts of the film. Bennett and Cole show promising talent, and the older setting took us back to the roots of the franchise with simple street races. Man, I miss those. Less used to be more in the first, “Fast and Furious”.

As we are sporadically informed why Jakob and Dom no longer speak, we are taken on an insane, wild ride. Just when you think you’ve seen it all and it can’t get any crazier, it does! It’s literally out of this world. I could give further explanation of the plot, but why bother? It’s forgettable and not important.

Thankfully, the film is self-aware of it’s lunacy. Tyrese Gibson’s character, Roman, even suggests the crew might be some sort of super soldiers with invincibility. But everyone else thinks the thought of this theory is comical.

If the point of these films is purely to entertain with action, cars, explosions and some humor, then I guess “F9” did its job.

I understand these films aren’t looking to win Oscars. I don’t mind these characters dodging bullets, or Dom having superhuman strength; or even cars in space. In fact, I can appreciate the originality. But, does the script have to be so irresponsible and cheesy? It doesn’t have to be realistic, but the franchise is capable of a more coherent screenplay; i.e. films 1, 5, 6, and 8. That being said, we’re still going to watch the 10th and however many more they make, because we’re invested in these characters and their story.

“F9” sparks laughter, excitement, confusion, and eye rolls. Familiar faces from previous Furious films make surprising cameos and John Cena makes a great addition to the cast. Fans of the saga will be satisfied and somehow still want more.

Rating: C

“F9” opens in theaters June 25, 201.

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Movie Review: “Sisters” is the Hilarious Party You Want to Attend

Okay, let’s not get ahead ourselves. Yes, this film is easily predictable, cheesy, and at times very unrealistic. But with the past few months being filled with intense and dramatic Oscar contenders, Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s new comedy is just the break we all need.

Directed by Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect) and written by Paula Pell (Saturday Night Live); Sisters follows Maura (Poehler) and Kate (Fey), two sisters who are in two totally different ruts. While Maura struggles with focusing too much on helping others instead of herself, Kate can’t seem to hold a job or even keep track of her daughter (Madison Davenport). To make matters worse they both find out their parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) have decided to sell their childhood home. They return to their old house to clean out their rooms, but soon decide they must throw one last epic party with all their past classmates and Maura’s new crush (Ike Barinholtz) before saying goodbye. What starts off as a dull gathering of old friends, soon turns into a wild and unforgettable rager.

Beyond the slapstick comedy, there is heart. Maura’s need to take on other people’s problems versus dealing with her own and Kate’s inability to take on adult responsibilities adds depth and relatability to these characters. As always, Poehler and Fey, have great chemistry. Though there are flaws and the party might have dragged a little too long. It’s hard to notice or care through the charm of this dynamic duo.

It was also nice to see Ike Barinholtz as an attractive love interest. A nice change from his over-the-top, annoying sidekick role we saw in Neighbors and currently on The Mindy Project. And pro wrestler, John Cena continues to show off his comedic chops after his hilarious role in Trainwreck.

Amy Poehler and Tina Fey’s last project, Baby Mama, still holds a soft spot for me, and I did care more for that story-line. However, Sisters is still enough of a good time that you won’t even think to make the comparison. So, if you are one of the few that could care less about seeing Star Wars this weekend, hit up Sisters and enjoy the party.

Sisters opens in theaters December 18.

Rating: 3.5/5

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