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Old December 15 2010, 01:20 AM   #839
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Re: Movies Seen in 2010

277. Trancers 2 [F]
278. Funny Farm [C-]

TRANCERS 2: Six years later after ripping off The Terminator, somebody decided they wanted to rip off Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and rather than do it from scratch they returned to the well of the Trancers franchise. It's still as hilariously bad as ever, and Helen Hunt's career was still early enough that she'd agree to star in such garbage. Terrible, but in an amusing way. It's not hard to see why Altman & Burnett made fun of Full Moon studios in their film, Free Enterprise. Judging from the two Trancers films, they're a low-rent version of the Asylum!

FUNNY FARM: Another C-grade comedy from Chevy Chase, the unforunate king of C-grade comedies. Neither great nor horrible, this one is strictly middle of the road. A sports writer from New York city moves to the country in order to find the peace and quiet to write a novel and begin raising a family. Of course, he doesn't find any peace and quiet in a town full of weird characters. Unfortunately, these characters are so thinly drawn that they're each reduced to being one-note comedic caricatures (if that), and hardly any of them could be called memorable. The only moment of inspired comedy? When Chase bribes the town to act like the people depicted in the paintings of Norman Rockwell, in order to sell the house for as much as possible. It's not much of a spoiler to reveal that he decides he loves the town after all in the end, and decides against selling and moving away, since almost every turn of the film is apparent from the get-go. An early screenplay by the late Jeffrey Boam, who would write nominally better screenplays before (The Dead Zone) and after (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade) this film, and a late film by the also deceased director George Roy Hill (unfortunately, it is his last film, and it has none of the style or charm of the far superior The Sting or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), this film is about what you would expect from Netflix's watch instantly service.
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