Geetha has a fabulous lineup for you today! The family friendly MAX the dog movie, the raunchy TED 2 and the tale of a drug lord, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST. Find out what you need to know to make the most of your bucks this weekend! Don’t forget to follow Geetha on Twitter here, and for all Reel Mama updates, subscribe to our newsletter!
Don’t go see MAX the dog movie if you don’t want to cry. This Disney channel candidate stars Josh Wiggins, Thomas Haden Church, Lauren Graham, Jay Hernandez, and Robbie Amell, but the real star is the dog. Max is a military dog (a Belgian Malinois—similar to a German shepherd) in Afghanistan, traumatized by his handler Ray Wincott’s (Amell) death. After being sent home, he’s scheduled to be euthanized due to his severe PTSD. Desperate to hold onto their son’s memory, the marine’s family adopts the dog. Wincott’s parents (Graham, Hernandez) put the task of rehabbing him onto their spoiled fourteen-year-old son (Josh Wiggins). Soon, they discover a secret about the marine’s death. If you don’t cry (or at least get choked up) while watching this trailer, there may be something wrong with you.
Seth MacFarlane’s back with his stupid teddy bear, and I know a lot of you probably don’t want to hear it, but TED 2 has the potential to become a hit. It’s just the sort of trashy POS that summer audiences will eat up simply because it’s hilarious—if offensive—familiar fare (guilty—I do like FAMILY GUY). The first one was a huge hit, if you recall. For those of you not in the know, this one’s also chock-full of jokes about minorities, penises, certain types of well-known fluids, women, and more.
In this tired sequel, Ted has married his grocery-store love Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), and, thanks to his unique brand of charm, it goes downhill in no time. Desperate to save the situation, Ted looks for a sperm donor, and pot-loving loser John (Mark Wahlberg) agrees to assist in the quest. That goes nowhere either, and Ted decides to adopt. Ultimately, it boils down to whether or not Ted is a real person, and he has to prove it with the assistance of lawyer Samantha L. Jackson—played by Amanda Seyfried, who has replaced Mila as mandatory female co-star. In order to bolster the sad old jokes, there are some celebrity cameos (Morgan Freeman, Liam Neeson). Check out the trailer for Seth’s bottom-of-the-barrel, finger-pointing, smug-white-guy flick here:
ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST
Directed by Italian newcomer Andrea Di Stefano, ESCOBAR: PARADISE LOST is a fresh take on the life of Columbian drug lord Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro). It tells the story from the viewpoint of Escobar’s family. While vacationing in Columbia with his brother (Brady Corbet), teenaged Nick (Josh Hutcherson) falls in love with Escobar’s favorite niece Maria (Claudia Traisac). Soon she introduces him to her family, and invites him to a party at Escobar’s compound.
So insidiously that he’s clueless, Nick becomes obliged to assist the drug lord, and agrees to transport his “stuff” to a certain location and then kill the guide. When the guide turns out to be a kid, Nick ends up trying to save him while fleeing from the local cops—who are in Escobar’s pay. Even though del Toro has only a few scenes, he makes his presence felt over the entire flick—sorta like Brando in THE GODFATHER. It’s quite a debut for di Stefano. View the trailer here:
I trust your summer is going great. See you at the movies, folks!