Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On DVD this week. . .

Hello blogging community! K.P. here with some excellent (if I do say so myself) film recommendations! On dvd this week are two very diverse, but very wonderful, films. I Love You, Man and The Class.

I Love You, Man tells the story of Peter Klaven (Paul Rudd) , a successful real estate agent who just recently became engaged to his long time girlfriend Zooey (Rashida Jones). Peter has always connected more with women, which becomes more clear when faced with the dilemma of having to pick groomsmen! His family and friends set him up on many "Man-Dates", to not much success (though the outcomes of each are hysterical). Peter, by kismet, meets Sidney (Jason Segel), a hippie who attends one of Peter's open-houses, looking not for a house, but a rich divorcee. The two exchange business cards and quickly become "best buds". Sidney helps Peter to open up more, and Peter helps Sidney become more practical. There are a few struggles in between, but all in all, their friendship is "tight". I really loved this film, it had more than a few huge laughs from me. It's strength is in it's two leads, Rudd and Segel, both of whom have emerged as truly great comedic actors. This film also includes a great supporting cast, among others it features J.K. Simmons, Jane Curtin, Jamie-Lee Presley, and Andy Samburg in a hilarious turn as Peter's gay brother. I related, more than I would like to admit, to Peter, and I think many of you will too.

My Grade: A-

The Class stars François Bégaudeau as a school-teacher in inner city Paris. The film is based off of a semi-autobiographical novel by Bégaudeau himself. It also features a large cast of young French actors playing the various students in Bégaudeau's class. The film tells a story of the day-to-day struggles of teaching in a "difficult" enviroment. The students are of an age where the begin to question more frequently, and where they simply do not respect authority figures. Many of the students come from troubled backgrounds, making Mr. Marin's ( Bégaudeau) job even harder than it has to be. He struggles to give them the right amount of discipline, while still giving them a solid education. As the year draws on, some of the students grow more mature, while others test Mr. Marin's patience more than he can handle. Marin gets himself into a few debacles throughout the school-year, making him question himself as a teacher, as well as a human-being. This film will make you question how you treat others under difficult circumstances, while still retaining your cool and your calm. I reccomend this film to anyone who ever went to a school, period.

My Grade: A

Hope to hear from more of you! Ciao! Happy Watching!

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