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Bad Milo!
In this gross but smart comedy from Jacob Vaughan, a man's stress grows into a monster that explodes from his rectum.
"...heart flourishing amidst its abundant gore, colonoscopies, and truly gag-worthy plot...."

Oct. 4, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Paranormal Activity 4
Five years after the end of PA3, things are still going bump in the night.
"...way too much into what is essentially a one-note gag that's been strung out over four distinct iterations. Sometimes..."

Oct. 26, 2012 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Horrific and Bubblicious
Catching up with the 'Holliston' gum gag
"...have seen what we're going to call the gum gag...."

April 12, 2012 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Your Highness
This vulgar medieval travesty is awfully good fun when it works.
"...um, refined) selfish/clueless everyman characterizations, enough penis jokes to gag Jenna Jameson, and plenty of borderline creepy gags, then..."

April 8, 2011 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Wimpy kid, wimpy movie.
"...in disposable pop culture, whereas Rodrick Rules' most fruitful gag homages the YouTube hit "Fat Kid Singing Lada Gaga"..."

April 1, 2011 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Hot Tub Time Machine
Consider this comedy yet another nail in the Eighties coffin.
"...is used to fine effect in a great repeating gag. Essentially The Hangover with, you know, a time-traveling hot..."

April 2, 2010 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Planet 51
In a switcheroo, animated aliens fear the human in their midst.
"...Little People" first aired in 1962. Planet 51's main gag is the reversal of the ancient (by Hollywood standards,..."

Nov. 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Paranormal Activity
Should you believe the viral marketing hype about this techno-era haunted-house movie that's been playing sold-out midnight runs? Or Marc Savlov?
"...nothing more or less than an excruciatingly tedious YouTube gag cleverly marketed to go viral in the broadest and..."

Oct. 9, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sorority Row
Things go badly when these sorority sisters try to cover up a prank gone wrong and a serial killer enters the fray.
"...he's given her. So far, so bitchy, but the gag predictably goes genre-style wrong when Garrett's horrified coup de..."

Sept. 18, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard
Jeremy Piven stars in this swift-moving, cynical, equal-opportunity offender about a team of used-car liquidators.
"...gets an instant hard-on for Ready’s loan specialist Brent Gage (Koechner), his daughter Ivy (Spiro) is engaged to a..."

Aug. 14, 2009 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Last House on the Left
Two parents take revenge on the scum who raped and savaged their daughter in the remake of Wes Craven's grisly horror landmark.
"...contemporary home-life-invasion film but also utterly devoid of the gag-inducing visceral sadism of the original, a film that was..."

March 20, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Pink Panther 2
Steve Martin returns as the bumbling Inspector Clouseau, but no Beyoncé in sight. Smart girl.
"...and speaking in a ridiculous French accent before the gag runs dry, and Peter Sellers pretty much got it..."

Feb. 13, 2009 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Dark Streets
A collection of blues originals by the likes of Aaron Neville, B.B. King, and Etta James lightens this otherwise dreary exercise in modern film noir.
"...that has long since become a formula and a gag. Dark Streets may be rich in mood, but it’s..."

Dec. 12, 2008 Movie Review by Josh Rosenblatt

Sex Drive
Sex Drive is part endearing emo love story, part gross-out semen gag-fest, and, very occasionally, a smart, inspired, non-sequitur-laden hoot.
"...between part endearing emo love story, part gross-out semen gag-fest, and, very occasionally, a smart, inspired, non-sequitur-laden hoot. Anything..."

Oct. 17, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

OSS 117: Cairo, Nest of Spies
This French box-office sensation is a send-up of Sixties spy films.
"...rear-projection (a nod to Hitchcock and a wonderfully evocative gag in and of itself), an ongoing bit about OSS..."

Oct. 3, 2008 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Superbad
Cera and Hill are comic gold in this comedy, which is from the Judd Apatow stable and which has credits populated with refugees from Arrested Development.
"...confined settings, the film threatens to collapse with every gag that falls flat, and the supporting cast is spotty...."

Aug. 17, 2007 Movie Review by Shawn Badgley

Rush Hour 3
It's The Bourne Ultimatum's evil twin, relying, as it repeatedly does, on tired, cookie-cutter, cliché action set-pieces.
"...latex-gloved index finger. It's either the most inspired Chinatown gag ever or a sure sign the diminutive Oscar winner..."

Aug. 10, 2007 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

X-Men: The Last Stand
This third outing in the franchise lays on the subtext even more heavily than its predecessors – racial, gender, and sexual politics are all over the place, as are the multiple strands of the story line.
"...on Pyro, Rogue goes human, ad infinitum – to gag even Mr. Marvel-ous himself, the venerable Stan Lee (who..."

May 26, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Based on the allegedly autobiographical short stories of alleged teen author J.T. Leroy, Asia Argento's film describes a Gothic maelstrom of psychic and physical abuse.
"...it’s so chock full o’ nuts, you’re likely to gag on it even as you struggle to resist the..."

April 14, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Date Movie
What's left to spoof? Why, romance movies, of course.
"...wet, and desperately in need of a good diarrhea gag. Hannigan (Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s Willow, or, if you..."

Feb. 24, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
Albert Brooks again sallies forth where others fear to tread, although his comic results are more mildly amusing than riotously funny.
"...among rival nations and the occasional smart gefilte fish-out-of-water gag (Al-Jazeera offers him a sitcom titled That Darn Jew!),..."

Jan. 20, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Three ... Extremes
This lush and horrific anthology film from three of the finest craftsmen working today – Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike – is an instantly memorable and squirm-inducing assemblage.
"...your breath away as it is to trigger the gag reflex. It helps immensely that the directors represent three..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Bill Murray won't get the elusive Oscar for this one – for all its visual majesty, The Life Aquatic is too slight – but the film is nevertheless a funny, bewildering, and giddy spectacle.
"...the story to whatever new gadget or cheeky sight gag he has on hand. Then again, there's little story..."

Dec. 24, 2004 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Saw
Saw is indeed a horror movie, but not necessarily in the manner the filmmakers intended.
"...Elwes – this side of a Herschell Gordon Lewis gag fest. It’s a dirty shame, really, because Wan and..."

Oct. 29, 2004 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Scary Movie 3
Third outing is 90% chaff, 10% wit, and pure Children of the Corny.
"...last in the less-than-venerable horror-movie parody series fires the gags in such a bewildering fusillade of anything-for-a-laugh cheap shots..."

Oct. 31, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Rundown
The man-mountain known as the Rock is diminished by all the action clichés in his new picture.
"...too much of it is likely to make you gag. That said, let me get one thing straight here:..."

Oct. 3, 2003 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

The Adventures of Pluto Nash
"...Randy Quaid as Pluto's robot, who milks the sight gag for all it's worth. The storyline of The Adventures..."

Aug. 23, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Girl Can't Help It
"...Jayne Mansfield, whose exaggerated body is already a widescreen gag. The film also offers great rock & roll screen..."

May 28, 2002 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Clockstoppers
"...and attractiveness of his teen leads and the zany gag potential of the clock-stopping device. (The latter consists mostly..."

April 5, 2002 Movie Review by Russell Smith

Ice Age
Prehistoric buddy cartoon.
"...of the piece, however, is mostly silent: a running gag starring a part squirrel/part rat (that's “scrat”) who only..."

March 15, 2002 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

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