A bean, a nanny, an Asian assassin, a boxer, and a mom with hidden guns. Those are your choices for this week. Anything jump out at you? Given the chance, I would see all of them. Anyway, the big titles are gone and we are moving towards the summer dregs. Not to say they will be bad, just saying they have much lower studio expectations. Will any of them be able to compete with the might of Superbad? I don't think so, but it will be interesting to see how close any of them can get. Now, all of you go out and do your part! Report back on your findings.
Mr. Bean's Holiday. (2007, 90 minutes, G, comedy, trailer) Rowan Atkinson is back as the accident prone Bean. This time he heads out of England with the goal of vacationing on the French Riviera. Of course, getting there is going to be half the fun. The commercials look pretty funny and it appears safe for family viewing. I have never been exposed to all that much Bean, but what I have seen always tends to be on the fun side, so hopefully this movie will prove to be that on a larger scale.
The Nanny Diaries. (2007, 95 minutes, PG-13, comedy, trailer) Scarlett Johansson is always a pleasure to see on the big screen, though I am not sure if this will be for me or not. It tells the story of Annie, a college freshman with a working class background who takes a nanny position with an affluent and highly dysfunctional family. Now she has to balance school, work, a boyfriend, and the challenges of life. The trailer looks kind of cute, but nothing spectacular. Robert Pulcini directs, he was also behind the excellent American Splendor. That could make it worth checking out. Hmmm.
War. (2007, 99 minutes, R, action, trailer) The pairing of Jason Statham and Jet Li? Brilliant. This will be the second time the two have been onscreen together, but the first time since Jason Statham has gained some notoriety. They previously appeared in One together. This time Li is an assassin responsible for the death of FBI agent Statham's partner. Statham has gone rogue and is dead set on getting Li. Their battle comes in the middle of a mob war. I am not expecting this to be good, but I do expect a lot of fun. The trailer promises fistfights, swordfights, gunfights, and car fights, er, chases. Philip Atwell directs in his big screen debut, he has previously directed one episode of The Shield and some music videos.