Sunday, July 04, 2010

What's New in Blu? (Week of July 6)

July 6
“Ladybugs” (PG-13)
Starring Rodney Dangerfield, Jackee, Jonathan Brandis, Ilene Graff, Vinessa Shaw
Directed by Sidney J. Furie

The 1980s were quite good to Rodney Dangerfield, who had established himself as a noted stand-up comedian who had successfully crossed over into movies. He headlined funny films, including “Easy Money” and “Back to School” during the decade. But the 1990s weren’t nearly as kind to the aging comic’s film career, as the 1992 stinker “Ladybugs” demonstrated. While it does have a few laughs in it, purely from Dangerfield one-liners or reaction shots, the movie’s premise is tired and far-fetched. Hoping to impress his boss, Chester Lee (Dangerfield) agrees to coach a girls soccer team. But upon learning how terrible they are, he coaxes the son (Jonathan Brandis) of his fiancee to pretend to be a girl to help the team win. Hilarity ensues (or in this case, not so much). But if you’ve ever longed to see Dangerfield in drag, then you’re in luck. For everybody else, you’d be better off catching a World Cup match.
Grade: D

Other releases:
“Brooklyn’s Finest” (R)
Starring Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Ethan Hawke, Wesley Snipes, Ellen Barkin, Lili Taylor
Directed by Antoine Fuqua

“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” (R)
Starring Lena Endre, Noomi Rapace, Michael Nyqvist
Directed by Niels Arden Oplev

“Jimmy Hollywood” (R)
Starring Joe Pesci, Christian Slater, Victoria April
Directed by Barry Levinson

“A Single Man” (R)
Starring Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Ginnifer Goodwin, Nicholas Hoult
Directed by Tom Ford

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