RT on DVD

RT on DVD: Confessions of Shopaholic and Paul Blart

Isla Fisher prances, Kevin James pratfalls; Shatner adds some much-needed dignity

by | August 6, 2009 | Comments


confessions

It’s the age old story. Girl likes pretty things. Girl racks up crippling credit debt. Girl gets job on financial magazine.

The greatest tragedy about this film is not that it’s an example of shining mediocrity — or even that it isn’t that funny — it’s that there are some supremely talented people involved… and it still sucks.

Director P.J. Hogan turned the chick flick genre, and Australian cinema, on its head with Muriel’s Wedding. Muriel might have been a nutter but she was a female character with depth and complexity. Even when he dipped his toes into the Hollywood big time with My Best Friend’s Wedding, Hogan created women with some oomph, and a sense of humour and fun. This movie is about as fun as that screeching noise you make when you let the air out of a balloon really, really slowly.

Isla Fisher, bless her, works her butt off to make something of this film. She’s her bubbly, charismatic self, but sadly, all the red-headed charisma in the world is not going to save a clichéd, caricature of a script.

It’s time rom-com fans took a stand and said: ‘We like movies, too… dammit! Give us some decent cinema!”

Consensus: This middling romantic comedy under-utilises a talented cast and delivers muddled messages on materialism and conspicuous consumption.


blart

Kevin James both stars in and co-wrote this film about a mall cop who dreams of one day becoming a New Jersey state trooper. James was likeable in the US sit-com, The King of Queens, and he’s likeable in this.

James’ appeal might explain why this film did so well at the box office. Never mind the thoroughly rotten Tomatometer, audiences flocked to see this 91 minute-long fat joke in droves. And just when you think they’ve milked every fat joke available, they find one more. There is something admirable about that kind of thoroughness and rigour.

Despite its lacklustre performance and non-comedic comedy, there is one thing about this film that shines — they used the Wilhelm scream! The Wilhelm, of course, is the sound effect that has become so famous, and so over-used, that it long ago made the transition from cliché to most excellent in-joke. See if you can spot it…

Consensus: Paul Blart: Mall Cop has some laughs, but its plot is flimsy and lacking in any sustained comic momentum.


Boston Legal: Series Five


The release of this DVD marks the end of a great American series. Created by hitmaker David E. Kelley, this law drama had all of his usual quirks and left-wing intentions.

It also contains one of the most interesting relationships on television — the relationship between Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore (James Spader). The friendship between these staunchly heterosexual men is as close to a loyal marriage as can be found on the small-screen.

Boston Legal is wonderfully self-referential, and over the years the characters have made references to the writers’ strike, the show’s changing time slots and even the unrealistic, formulaic style of the series itself. Boston Legal gets so close to jumping the shark in the final episode that one suspects if they could actually have jumped a shark they would have.

The ending of this season brings to a head the years of ridiculousness this series has brought us, but also a lovely representation of the humour and staunch moral positioning around loyalty, freedom and friendship that has made the show so popular. The final season also works to showcase the supporting cast, which includes the glorious Candice Bergen, as well as Christian Clemenson, Rene Auberjonois and Tara Summers, plus a broad selection of guest stars appearing as the oddball client and judges.


Grand Designs: Season Five


Ask most sensible people what their favourite show on TV is and they will rattle off all the HBO greats — until they suddenly remember that one show that makes everyone happy: Grand Designs.

Sure, it’s just another show about people renovating houses that the rest of us can’t afford, but somewhere along the way this gem crept into the heart of cult viewing and good people around the globe cannot get enough. Hosted by the very British, very sexy Kevin McCloud, this is a must-own DVD. Despite running for over ten years they’ve only released one other DVD up until now, and that was for Season Four. I bought that DVD six months ago and have not seen it since, as it has been borrowed by everyone I know.

Season Five contains such fabulous builds as the House Shaped Like A Curvy Seashell in Devon, the Family Home Built out of Finnish Logs in Kent, and the 21st Century Answer to a Roman Villa in Belfast.

I don’t know why this series is so successful. It could be the impossibly ambitious design projects, the car-crash glee we feel as we watch them trying to do it themselves to imminent disaster, or the way Kevin continually needles them about their rising budgets. I think it’s because so many of us are fascinated about the idea of being able to create our own world as we want to live in it and this show illustrates the joys and hazards of that dream.

Also, Kevin McCloud is really, really sexy.

Tag Cloud

Sci-Fi Quiz 2021 cooking Tokyo Olympics Watching Series feel good Heroines art house Set visit romantic comedy kaiju fast and furious Comic-Con@Home 2021 2017 golden globe awards Endgame Winter TV name the review Binge Guide Winners NBA genre CBS obituary space Superheroes Cosplay Summer thriller hist batman renewed TV shows basketball Disney Plus Hollywood Foreign Press Association sequel Elton John Britbox documentary Opinion Masterpiece TV dreamworks what to watch 2015 justice league new zealand sopranos emmy awards crime dramedy blaxploitation CW Seed TV renewals hispanic toronto NBC Classic Film Red Carpet Apple Schedule 71st Emmy Awards crime thriller 2020 Holiday Sony Pictures Hulu zero dark thirty transformers cancelled TV shows rt labs suspense Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt TCA Winter 2020 Animation award winner DC Universe Trivia spanish language doctor who indie superman ABC Family a nightmare on elm street spinoff richard e. Grant Mary Tyler Moore gangster children's TV biopic Video Games Mystery black comedy See It Skip It slasher cancelled TV series Spectrum Originals black MSNBC Mary poppins Family harry potter A&E IFC Films Sundance TV Universal Pictures BAFTA mcc Premiere Dates Vudu disaster sports The Walking Dead Amazon Studios serial killer golden globes critics Infographic Tarantino 21st Century Fox AMC boxing Trailer Hallmark Christmas movies game of thrones vs. telelvision FX on Hulu 2016 Musical Comedy Central independent dogs nature game show reboot historical drama Pixar Syfy Film Teen Ghostbusters CBS All Access 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Ellie Kemper animated American Society of Cinematographers Netflix Christmas movies teaser Martial Arts james bond TV One 72 Emmy Awards Black History Month Women's History Month nfl mob CMT godzilla halloween RT21 singing competition Ovation Warner Bros. Epix dexter comedies festivals DC Comics deadpool YouTube Red vampires Rock TLC pirates of the caribbean Amazon Pacific Islander Marvel Studios screenings Neflix free movies chucky rotten movies we love composers Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Amazon Prime Video toy story 20th Century Fox Certified Fresh The CW Drama Valentine's Day LGBT theme song FXX series First Reviews ratings Holidays psychological thriller Star Trek scary movies 45 rt labs critics edition The Arrangement HFPA cancelled Rocketman zombies ABC The Walt Disney Company Musicals slashers comiccon binge Pop cults GoT italian Mindy Kaling Discovery Channel Netflix Tumblr live action zombie Sundance french Alien FX FOX lord of the rings HBO Go HBO reviews mutant video AMC Plus worst movies satire PaleyFest ESPN 90s marvel cinematic universe Crackle 79th Golden Globes Awards docuseries Countdown Broadway Photos YA Kids & Family supernatural royal family Prime Video Lifetime Christmas movies Television Critics Association SundanceTV action-comedy tv talk Image Comics Mary Poppins Returns Shondaland Marvel 73rd Emmy Awards fresh Pride Month natural history concert ABC Signature Disney comic Extras classics Pop TV Year in Review christmas movies films Rocky canceled dragons spider-man versus adaptation die hard worst revenge spy thriller book adaptation El Rey period drama elevated horror VH1 Acorn TV Cartoon Network jurassic park Music hispanic heritage month marvel comics police drama The Purge Dark Horse Comics true crime cancelled television MTV psycho Toys Funimation streaming BBC One Universal dark Wes Anderson Apple TV+ Mudbound Crunchyroll BET Awards Fantasy dc medical drama The Academy Amazon Prime Fall TV kong TIFF comic book movie Rom-Com Bravo PBS TV Land dceu First Look Comics on TV 99% Paramount 1990s Sneak Peek political drama Star Wars talk show Spring TV joker Chernobyl GIFs YouTube Premium south america Adult Swim cops miniseries Thanksgiving Pirates Country DGA VOD TCM TBS Reality Competition boxoffice 2018 sequels 24 frames festival comic books spider-verse Grammys TNT crossover Awards Tour Television Academy scary DC streaming service movie facebook legend news indiana jones anime stand-up comedy New York Comic Con Song of Ice and Fire Box Office Tomatazos crime drama new york CNN Film Festival adventure all-time canceled TV shows Western prank book scorecard E! Stephen King Disney Channel Columbia Pictures romance discovery Paramount Network Election hollywood 2019 History Food Network Horror USA IMDb TV LGBTQ kids ViacomCBS politics Action Spike BET Pet Sematary criterion rotten nbcuniversal Biopics diversity werewolf Interview aapi Sundance Now Nominations Nat Geo Academy Awards Disney+ Disney Plus television Marvel Television universal monsters Podcast sag awards child's play HBO Max documentaries Super Bowl remakes 007 Arrowverse PlayStation Polls and Games Legendary Lucasfilm latino Superheroe Comic Book Calendar venice blockbuster Freeform NYCC OWN comic book movies spanish international MCU foreign travel stop motion docudrama anthology strong female leads Tags: Comedy women cats archives Brie Larson E3 rom-coms 93rd Oscars Character Guide Captain marvel franchise Turner Classic Movies trophy twilight posters adenture San Diego Comic-Con Instagram Live parents Cannes social media Emmys Hear Us Out Lifetime SXSW robots ghosts OneApp ITV WarnerMedia casting cartoon wonder woman Apple TV Plus target aliens Logo X-Men scene in color japan high school GLAAD Shudder superhero olympics Showtime Nickelodeon best Starz stoner cinemax technology Lionsgate The Witch razzies APB Tubi directors TCA 2017 rt archives Hallmark A24 Anna Paquin President cars biography popular mission: impossible 4/20 National Geographic trailers IFC Baby Yoda DirecTV know your critic Fox Searchlight laika sitcom critic resources video on demand new star wars movies Reality Comedy Trophy Talk TV movies Creative Arts Emmys Oscars TCA based on movie ID football australia jamie lee curtis debate leaderboard saw spain quibi USA Network TCA Awards breaking bad Avengers Emmy Nominations movies BBC America TruTV Awards Christmas BBC SDCC young adult Writers Guild of America heist movie comics finale science fiction live event Fargo screen actors guild Turner witnail blockbusters Peacock VICE Fox News king arthur Best and Worst streaming movies japanese Black Mirror halloween tv Disney streaming service Exclusive Video monster movies RT History asian-american Marathons YouTube unscripted war Paramount Plus green book hidden camera king kong WGN Esquire mockumentary Travel Channel Walt Disney Pictures