All the Ernest P. Worrell movies are excellent. * Ernest Saves Christmas* is delightful, even showing a Christian bumper sticker on Ernest’s cab. The story in *Ernest Saves Christmas *is very good with clever plot and interesting characters. Perfect family movie.
The movie I really like, in spite of terrible reviews, was The Marine. Of course it featured Robert Patrick, my favorite actor, in a plum role as the villain. It also featured a charming John Cena (the wrestler) in his acting debut.
Most of the critics were completely negative about this movie, praising only Robert Patrick for correctly interpreting his role and playing it with humor. (He often seems to get positive reviews even if the movie is a bomb and all the other actors are awful.)
But ONE critic bucked the trend, and called the movie brilliant, a throwback to the old action flicks. He predicted that years from now, people will be watching this movie just for fun, and ignoring all the trendy and timely Oscar winners.
I agree with him!
BTW, The Marine is NOT for children! :eek: It’s an action flick–lots of shootings and and knifings and fires and buildings getting blown up and cars getting shot to shards and punching and ooffing and falling into water with crocodiles! There is also some racial humor, which I think is hilarious–the black guy is asked by Rome, “Why is it always racial with you? Why can’t we just be people?” And there’s a child sexual abuse account (the black guy tells about his experiences at summer camp, but it’s pretty funny–“First he offered me friendship. Then he offered me rock candy. Then he offered me something that I never should have taken!”)
Another disturbing thing–SPOILER!–is that the cop turns out to be bad. I guessed it from the beginning (his eyes are very evil). But IMO, this is not a good message for young children or pre-teens. They need to trust the cops, not doubt them.
I think a lot of this dialogue and plot would go right over the heads of most kids, but still, there are a lot more wholesome choices of movies for kids, so why take a chance? This is one for a couple who is having a night away from the kids and just want to kick back, drink a few beers, eat a lot of chips, and fall asleep on the sofa. Or a great movie for a father and son to watch while Mom is out of town at a religious retreat. Lots and lots of action and a great hero who goes through hell to rescue his wife! Some swearing. One sexy scene, but nothing happens, and it’s the two villains, so we expect them to be living in sin. John Cena and his screen wife are married, so their little sex scene (showing her bra and panties) is OK, IMO.