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Friday, June 20, 2008

Weekend Box Office #89

Still swamped with work, which is good, because the economy sucks.

This weekend, two comedies are pitted against each other. Neither got very good reviews from today's LA Times, though. I have higher hopes for GET SMART than I do for THE LOVE GURU, which honestly just seems dumb; it might be funny, but the commercials certainly aren't convincing me.

If anyone sees either movie this weekend, pop back in and leave a comment about whether it's worth seeing. Though with temperatures around 105 here today, the air conditioning alone might make it worth it.

GET SMART (3911 theaters). This at least looks actiony, while I generally like Steve Carell, and the former Rock should also bring people in. $45.5 million for the weekend.

THE LOVE GURU (3012 theaters). Mike Myers can often make me laugh, but still... $17.8 million.


At 2:28 PM, Blogger John Reha said...

I ended up seeing Get Smart last night, and aside from the fact that the air conditioning was busted in the theater, I really enjoyed it. It's a really competent action-comedy (with some surprisingly good action scenes for a comedy), a lot of laugh-out-loud moments, and excellent performances from all involved.

At 6:38 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Look forward to seeing "Get Smart" and "The Love Guru" after church on Sunday. Though the Seattle Times movie review trashed both movies, I'm soo ready to laugh. Hopefully both movies can deliver. I really liked "The Love Guru's" early TV trailers, the latest round of trailers, however, don't look so good.

Lots of writing and drawing to do this weekend. Glad to hear you're able to pay the bills, Scott. With it now being summer, do you have any cool vaccations planned?

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 8:47 PM, Blogger Brett said...

I've yet to hear a single even mildly positive thing from anyone who's seen or reviewed LOVE GURU. One pro reviewer buddy already declared it possibly the worst studio release of the year.

Somebody locate Uwe Boll...

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

I really wanted to like GET SMART -- the trailer and commercials are funny, I like the stars, and have fond (if vague) memories of the show. I was sorely disappointed. Disjointed, dumb, lazy, sense of proportion was just all over the place ... there were a few good sight gags, but every other laugh appears in the trailer, but in context they're less funny in the movie. Surprisingly bad.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Grant said...

Go see THE FALL instead if you haven't seen it already. LOVE GURU looks like a total failure, epic fail is what the kids are saying these days I believe. I love Ann Hathaway, but don't think that can salvage GET SMART either.

At 4:58 PM, Blogger E.C. Henry said...

Because of cloudy weather in Washigton I saw "Get Smart" and "The Love Guru" a day early.

Of the two I'd recomend seeing "Get Smart" and would recommend not seeing "The Love Guru."

"Get Smart" is pretty funny thoughout. Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, and Alan Arkin are very good in it. The "techies" totally suck. After seeing Anne Hathaway playing a sexy, martial arts side-kick I'm totally sold on her as an actress. She should get Reece Witherspoon $$, and should be the first one studios call when looking for a young female lead. The world is Anne Hathaway's oyster, as far as I'm concerned, and if she ever wants to date me, I'm SOO there...

"The Love Guru" is funny in spots, but its plot and a couple of its characters are seriously flawed. Mike Myers will make you laugh, but his schtict also gets old, and he isn't able to carry this movie and make you forget its glaring weaknesses. Every scene Justin Timberlake is in tanks. And oh yeah there's a scene in ACT III where a hockey game is interupted so a stadium of hokey fans can watch two elphaphant hump in the middle of the rink -- with Mike Myers ridding on back of the male as they do it. Forced to watch that I, and many others in the theatre were squirming in our seats.

I THINK "The Love Guru" suffers for a lack of story editing. I think after Mike Myers was done with the script a comedy writing pro was need to refine the star hokey players romance, and the one between Myers and Alba. While watching "The Love Guru" I kept feeling the vibe that Paramount was trying to make a movie like "The 40 Year Old Virgin." That marked was missed, and given all the star powere and tallent in this movie it SHOULD have been better than it turned out to be.

- E.C. Henry from Bonney Lake, WA

At 8:58 AM, Blogger Patrick J. Rodio said...

Hokey rocks.

At 11:15 AM, Blogger Scott the Reader said...

Get Smart made an estimated $39 million, while The Love Guru only made $14 million. So I was ballparkish.

The Happening and The Incredible Hulk both dropped over 60%.

At 7:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


pat's bein' witty again

At 8:32 PM, Blogger Jeff said...

I did not hate the Hulk.

Hell in retrospect it made more sense and caused less groans than Indy IV.

So the 60% dropoff surprises me.


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