Nothing says spring like wedding movies. There are three opening in a two-week time frame. On one hand, Judd Apatow is contributing to the pool with “Bridesmaids” so maybe they won’t all be bad. In another interesting pattern, Natalie Portman is in two movies, but she shows off her range by being gorgeous in one and homely (she wears glasses, duh) in the other.
Mel Gibson plays a guy who is mentally ill. Sure, it’s a stretch for the guy who was recorded in those famous voicemails, but it’s possible that Mad Max is going to be able to pull it off. Gibson plays a guy who uses a beaver puppet to fix his mental issues and regain control of his life. It’s said to be Gibson’s best performance and, with all that ugliness in recent past, possibly his comeback picture. Jodie Foster directs and co-stars.
Jumping the Broom
The usual formula is used here. Two families collide for a wedding, one rich and high-class, the other poor and down-to-earth. They duke it out to the point of causing a problem with the forthcoming nuptials. Julie Bowen and Paula Patton star.
Ginnifer Goodwin and Kate Hudson play two frenemies, Rachel and Darcy. Darcy pushes Rachel out of the way to score a boyfriend and then later, a fiance. That’s when Rachel gets her groove back and chases down the fiance. Friendships are tested, however nonexistent they may have been in the first place. John Krasinski (Jim from “The Office”) pops in to give sage advice and also chase Darcy around.
The movie starts as Thor (Chris Hemworth) makes his daddy Odin mad and gets banished without his mighty hammer to Earth. Luckily for Thor, Natalie Portman hangs around waiting for muscly dudes from other dimensions to fall from the sky. And luckily for Earth, Thor’s not without his hammer for long, as it’ll soon need defending.
Kristen Wiig finally gets a major role in a movie. Bonus points that it’s a Judd Apatow movie. Wigg plays the best friend of the bride, who discovers the many, many joys of being a maid of honor. It’s basically a fish-out-of-water story where the fish goes to Las Vegas and maybe hooks up with Jon Hamm (she does).
Hesher got good buzz during Sundance. It stars Joseph Gordon Levitt as the titular character, who befriends a young boy who is mourning the loss of his mother and dealing with his drunken father, played by Rainn Wilson in a not-so-funny role. Natalie Portman is in this flick too, but she wears glasses and that apparently makes her homely.
This one is a weird hybrid of the Underworld and Blade movies. Paul Bettany plays a priest who is part of a sect that is imbued with special powers, who tracks down vampires who kidnapped his niece. It’s based on a graphic novel of the same name.
In town in the far away land of Texas, long, long ago in the 80s, a 19-year-old skating rink manager is forced to take a look at his future as the rink closes. The movie stars Shiloh Fernandez and Ashley Greene.