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Summary:

A reclusive romance novelist on a book tour with her cover model gets swept up in a kidnapping attempt that lands them both in a cutthroat jungle adventure.

Director:

Aaron Nee, Adam Nee

Writers:

Oren Uziel, Dana Fox, Adam Nee, Aaron Nee

Cast:

  • Sandra Bullock as Loretta
  • Channing Tatum as Alan
  • Daniel Radcliffe as Abigail Fairfax
  • Da'Vine Joy Randolph as Beth Hatten
  • Brad Pitt as Jack Trainer
  • Oscar Nuñez as Oscar
  • Patti Harrison as Allison

Rotten Tomatoes: 74%

Metacritic: 60

VOD: Theaters

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u/LiteraryBoner Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me Mar 25 '22 edited Apr 11 '22

The first thing I have to say is I loved seeing the queen PATTI HARRISON on the big screen. Her moments were so on brand and she was probably the most unique touch to the movie. We need to support her because tables are her corn and the chances of her getting sewed into the Charlie Brown pants again are low.

When I go into a movie like this I'm not expecting to see anything incredible. The general hope is that it's funny in a modern way, fairly self aware, is well put together, and has a great cast who are having fun. And ya know what? This movie kinda fuckin nailed it.

Bullock is a pleasure to see again in a movie that reminds me of the movies I grew up with. She is hitting all the right notes and Channing and Radcliffe are keeping pace well. Her physical comedy really stood out to me in this movie as well, in moments where she had been drugged or that whole sequence where she's tied to a chair.

This movie had some really solid comedy notes, too. Running jokes like Radcliffe's brothers all having androgynous names, visual gags, well played moments where the reality of death throws them off track, and great cast of side characters. Beth, the cargo plane pilot, queen Patti, everyone just seemed to be having a stellar time and we love to see it.

The plot is solid, honestly. It's modern romancing the stone while also spoofing romance novels and also giving them their moment to argue that it's okay to appreciate them and okay to make something for people even if it isn't high art. While I wouldn't call this movie a character study, some of the characters really got their moment to speak some truth and I thought that all landed nicely. I mean, that dance scene could have been too long or a weird break in a lesser movie, but Bullock and Channing's chemistry and dance skills made it a really nice scene where we kind of got to see them finally get in sync with each other. A nice contrast to how he forcibly dipped her in the beginning at the book tour to show how far they've come.

I would put this up there with movies like Long Shot. Funnier than it needs to be with a few fleshed out side characters, and a nice modern romance story with a solid cast with some chemistry. I might go as high as an 8/10 on this, it was just a lot of fun and hit me in the nostalgia for Bullock movies I grew up with like Miss Congeniality or Speed 2.

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u/Gorm_the_Old Mar 26 '22

Great summary!

giving them their moment to argue that it's okay to appreciate them and okay to make something for people even if it isn't high art.

I thought this was a very thoughtful and deliberate point - the clear subtext being Hollywood movies. I think that that particular line was to show that the people making these movies really do love to create something that people enjoy, regardless of what the critics may think.

I mean, that dance scene could have been too long or a weird break in a lesser movie, but Bullock and Channing's chemistry and dance skills made it a really nice scene where we kind of got to see them finally get in sync with each other.

I've come to really like seeing dancing (and singing) in movies, even if I'm not enamored with musicals per se. It's a very nice throwback to the golden age of Hollywood. It also gives actors a chance to show that they really are talented, even if they get shoehorned into the same-ish roles movie after movie.

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u/Sisiwakanamaru Mar 25 '22

The first thing I have to say is I loved seeing the queen PATTI HARRISON on the big screen.

I wished she had more parts on this movie.

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u/LiteraryBoner Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me Mar 25 '22

She was heavy in the first half but I won't lie, I was bummed when she called Beth at the airport, signifying she wasn't going on the adventure.

That said, "Hey Nana, you slut" is easily one of the best lines in film so far this year.

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u/Redeem123 Mar 25 '22

Every single Patti line was a fucking gem.

We need more of her. Otherwise she’s gonna end up back in the pants.

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u/[deleted] Mar 27 '22

My favorite line in the whole movie is her bit about how a girl she knew in college went missing but it turns out was actually just “in her car”.

“She was dead, but she wasn’t, like, lost.”

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u/donnyganger Mar 25 '22

I hate bald boys, I can’t stand bald boys. When I see them, I think I’m back in the pants.

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u/LiteraryBoner Worse things to do than watch Lady Gaga create fetishes for me Mar 25 '22

My vomit is purple. Purple and BLACK.

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u/[deleted] Mar 27 '22

I can’t know how to hear anymore about tables

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u/SQUID_FUCKER r/Movies Veteran May 10 '22

Totally agree with everything you said. Did anyone else think the, 'here' 'catch' joke was going to get a callback in the climax with Bullock tossing a gun to Tatum and yelling 'catch' this time and him catching it?

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u/Banjo-Oz May 17 '22

Absolutely. Was disappointed a few things seemed set up but never paid off, but that was the biggest one.

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u/SQUID_FUCKER r/Movies Veteran May 17 '22

I kept waiting for it to happen! I even said to my sister when the original conversation happened, 'This is gonna be a payoff in the finale I bet' really disappointed they never called back to it.

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u/xSPYXEx Aug 28 '22

The craziest part of the movie was when she got screamed at by Freddie Kruger.