Can we call for a moratorium on Kristen Wiig’s movie appearances? Don’t get us wrong: the Saturday Night Live star is one of our favorite funny people—a hilarious comedienne with charm to spare. But enough already! Perhaps seeing her in the new trailer for Mike Judge’s next bomb/cult hit Extract was the final straw. Ms. Wiig appears to be playing the same character she portrayed in Knocked Up … and Semi-Pro … and Ghost Town … and Walk Hard … and The Brothers Solomon … need we go on? For an actress known for her versatility on television, she’s been decidedly pigeonholed on the big screen in an extremely short period of time. Ms. Wiig doesn’t show up in any of the three new films hitting theaters this weekend, but you can always catch her in Adventureland if you need a fix. As we do every Friday, here’s a handy guide to the new releases.
Hannah Montana: The Movie
What’s the story: Charlie Kaufman for tweens! See if you can keep all this straight: teen sensation Miley Cyrus stars as Miley Stewart—better known by her stage name, Hannah Montana—who, on the urging of her father, Robby Ray Stewart (played by Miley’s real-life father Billy Ray Cyrus), goes back to her hometown to get some perspective on her topsy-turvy life. Phew! Call us old-fashioned, but we like our teen films to be a tad less meta.
Who should see it: Taylor Swift.
What’s the story: We can’t say we know a whole lot about Dragonball Evolution, beyond the fact that it’s based on the popular Japanese manga series and has a surprisingly muscular cast (Chow Yun-Fat, Emmy Rossum, James Marsters). According to the film’s Wikipedia page, however, things get rolling when “an evil Namekian warlord named Piccolo descends upon the Earth during a solar eclipse and attempts to decimate the world with the aid of his disciple, Oozaru.” Alrighty, then!
Who should see it: Comic Book Guy.
Observe and Report
What’s the story: If you always wanted to see Seth Rogen commit date rape, then this is the movie for you! Observe and Report has been called everything from “transgressive” to “uproarious” to “amateurish and sloppy” and it just seems like the type of film that people will either love or loathe. We give Mr. Rogen credit for branching out from his usual type, but we can’t say we have a lot of faith in director Jody Hill, he of East Bound and Down fame. Mr. Hill has compared his film to Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, but no matter how many Scorsese classics he name-checks, it still looks like he’s created a more profane version of Paul Blart: Mall Cop.
Who should see it: Rupert Pupkin.