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August’s 5 Word Movie Reviews

As I look over the movies I see that I wasn’t very satisfied with my movie choices in August.  Maybe this month will be better!

If you’ve seen any of the movies leave me your 1-5 words in the comments and I’ll add them to the post.  Or, if you are feeling ambitious and want to do this on your own blog leave me a link in the comments and I’ll add it to the bottom of the post.   Of course,  you can always just comment 🙂

(2007. Cast -Steve Carrell, Juliette Binoche, Dianne Wiest, John Mahoney, Dane Cook) Grade B

Sweet Story. Carrell Very Good.

Widower moves on. Heartfelt. Hilarious. (Michelle)

Cute, silly, charming, loved it.  (Heather)


(2010. Cast- Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis)  Grade B

Post Apocalyptic .  Protecting the Book.

Too serious for its writing.  (Heather)

He’s blind; it still works.  (Tony)


On a white background are gray lines showing floor plans of a building. Below the lines are a group of six men wearing German army uniforms and business suits, with one prominently in front of the group. A red line traces through the floor plans and behind the front man. Beside the line is the word "VALKYRIE", and within the line in smaller print is "TOM CRUISE".(2010. Cast- Tom Cruise,Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson)  Grade B-

Attempts on Hitler’s Life Fail.

Interesting but no German feel.  (Heather)

Tom Cruise seeks new credibility.  (Tony)


(2008. Cast-Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Martin, Sigourney Weaver, Greg Kinnear) Grade C+

Some Laughs.  Needed More Heart.

Funny stars, goofy, obnoxious humor. (Debbie)

My pregnancy movie…so funny.  (Heather)


(1998. Cast- Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Gene Hackman, James Garner, Liev Schreiber, Stockard Channing)  Grade C+

Noir Mystery.  Awesome Superstar Cast.

Newman’s incredible. The movie’s okay. (Nolatari)


Steve Carell grinning maniacally stares from over Paul Rudds shoulder(2010. Cast – Steve Carrell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifinakas, Bruce Greenwood)  Grade C

Stupid Funny. Emphasis on Stupid.


(2008. Cast – Eliza Dushku, Cary Elwes, Timothy Hutton)  Grade C-

Some Bad Acting. Ending Letdown.


(2007. Cast- Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller, Malin Akerman, Carlos Mencia)    Grade D+

Horrible Characters & Story = Few Laughs


(2009. Cast- Ricky Gervais, Jennifer Garner, Jonah Hill, Louis CK)    Grade D

Failed Potential.  Cameos Best Part.

Ricky Gervais is sooo funny!  (Heather)

September 3, 2010 - Posted by | 5 Word Movie Reviews |

36 Comments »

  1. Not a great month for movies. I thought Dinner for Schmucks might be too silly for me.

    Comment by bermudaonion | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • Yeah, it might be alright if you caught it on tv eventually.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  2. Wow bad month indeed. I saw Carey Elwes name and now I have to watch Princess Bride. Inconceivable!

    Comment by jennygirl | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • 🙂 Better to watch that than the Alphabet Killer!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  3. More movies I haven’t seen. Do I live under a rock?

    Comment by Carol | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I hope not 😉

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  4. The Heartbreak Kid looks really really horrible! LOL

    Comment by rhapsodyinbooks | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I usually like Stiller, but even he couldn’t save this one for me.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hope this month is better for movie viewing! I watched two books made into movies: the mini-series Pillars of the Earth and was surpised at how much I enjoyed it. Also enjoyed The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. I’ve got Book of Eli in my queue and if the weather continues to be yucky this weekend, I will take a break from reading and watch it.

    LOL Jenny…I watched the ending of Georgie Rule that had Carey Elwes in it and thought the same thing about needing to watch Princess Bride! “As you wish.”

    Comment by Nise' | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I’m looking forward to watching the Pillars mini-series. Let me know what you think of the Book of Eli. My hubby liked it better than me.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 3, 2010 | Reply

  6. I totally agree about Valkyrie. I remember laughing at some of Baby Mama.

    Sorry you had a bad month. One day, I’m going to join this fun meme!

    Comment by CeeCee | September 3, 2010 | Reply

    • I hope you do! Baby Mama was okay, but I was expecting it to be a bit better.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 4, 2010 | Reply

  7. I didn enjoy Valkryie much Tom Cruise just irked me in the role because he was Tom Cruise.

    Saw The Girl With the Dragon Tatto which is a foreign film (apprently the hollywood version comes out next year). It was quite interesting, havent read the book though.

    We have actually been watching old horrors for some reason lately like the original Piranah!

    Comment by Caspette | September 4, 2010 | Reply

    • I’ve heard a lot of people say that about Tom Cruise, but he didn;t bother me a bit.
      I don’t watch a lot of horror and cannot imagine watching Piranah. You’d never get me in the water again!

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 4, 2010 | Reply

  8. Eeks, the cameos were the best part of Invention of Lying? Does not bode well.

    Actually, I don’t even remember hearing about that movie!

    Comment by alitareads | September 4, 2010 | Reply

    • I like Gervais, but even he couldn’t save this one for me.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  9. I’m always so surprised how much these 5 word reviews tell you. I particularly liked “Dinner for Schmucks.”

    Comment by Jenners | September 4, 2010 | Reply

    • Now that I’ve lowered your expectations you might enjoy it 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  10. I’ve seen none of these!!! But it looks like that’s mostly a good thing 🙂

    Comment by StephanieD | September 5, 2010 | Reply

    • Well, the first two I’d still recommend.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  11. I hope this month’s movies are better for you, Stacy! I’ve only seen two on your list above. Valkyrie and The Invention of Lying. I was unimpressed with Valkyrie, although it was a fun movie for what it was. I just couldn’t get past the variety of accents all the “German” soldiers had. The Invention of Lying had its funny moments–I love Gervais–but it wasn’t the best romantic comedy.

    Comment by Literary Feline | September 5, 2010 | Reply

    • I was prepared to start reading my book once Valkyrie started, but it did hold my interest throughout. And I have a tin ear when it comes to accents, so that did not bother me. I like Gervais too and he was good, but I didn’t like Jennifer Garner at all.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  12. Dan in Real Life was a favorite of mine, as the setting is near where I live.

    Comment by diane | September 5, 2010 | Reply

    • I liked it as well. It was my favorite movie of the month and I’d recommend it.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  13. Haven’t seen any but was looking forward to watching a couple. Bad month for movies I guess.

    I watched Karate Kid 3, Step Up to the streets 3 and Expendables last month, all of which were good.

    Comment by VioletCrush | September 7, 2010 | Reply

    • I do want to see the Expendables.

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  14. I have seen the 3rd one. And I think it was intense and good effort from Cruise. I kind of liked it.

    Comment by Veens | September 7, 2010 | Reply

    • Me too 🙂

      Comment by stacybuckeye | September 7, 2010 | Reply

  15. I actually liked Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and it erased some of my bad feelings about him since he decided to go bonkers. I would have give Invention of Lying a C, just because I love Ricky Gervais and thought he was really sweet. I agree with Baby Mama needing more heart.

    This month you should watch City Island, if you haven’t already. Andy Garcia is great and I always love Julianna Margulies, whatever she’s in.

    Comment by Susan | September 14, 2010 | Reply

    • given, not give…sheesh!

      Comment by Susan | September 14, 2010 | Reply

      • I’ll add City Island to my list. Can you believe we’re halfway through the month and I haven’t watched one new movie this month!

        Comment by stacybuckeye | September 15, 2010

  16. Twilight: Newman’s incredible. The movie’s okay.

    Comment by Nolatari | May 11, 2011 | Reply

  17. Widower moves on. Heartfelt. Hilarious.

    Comment by thetruebookaddict | June 13, 2012 | Reply

  18. Baby Mama: funny stars, goofy, obnoxious humor

    Comment by Wrighty | June 14, 2012 | Reply

  19. Dan in Real Life: Cute, silly, charming, loved it.

    Book of Eli: Too serious for its writing.

    Valkyrie: Interesting but no German feel.

    Baby Mama: My pregnancy movie…so funny.

    Invention of Lying: Ricky Gervais is sooo funny!

    Comment by hmsgofita | December 29, 2012 | Reply


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