Three Quick Reviews: Less Than Zero, Youth in Revolt, Limitless

As most of you have seen, I’ve been taking it easy with the whole posting world.  One reason is that its hit me that I’ve been really tired so I’m trying to find a balance between everything I post to kind of not slack off on the quality of the context but slow down the frequency of posting, especially now that I’ve start up a second blog.  However, I do want this one to keep one of its main focus on movies so no worries, I will get back to it. Plus, I have a few theatre visits planned so because of slowing down, I had a few movies hanging out in my drafts and I realize the best way to approach this is to do quick reviews 🙂 I promise to not do this frequently but sometimes, its quite refreshing 😉

Lets get it going…

LESS THAN ZERO (1987)

less than zero

Director: Marek Kanievska

Cast: Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, Robert Downey Jr., James Spader

Clay(Andrew McCarthy) heads off to college leaving his two best friends behind as they both carry on with their lives.  His ex-girlfriend Blair (Jami Gertz) decides to stay behind and pursue her career as a model while Julian asks his dad to open his own business.  When Clay comes back home for the holiday as his ex-girlfriend’s request, he realizes that things aren’t as smooth as he had expected for his friends.  Julian is now a drug addict who has lost all his father’s money and owes even another rich kid drug dealer money. Putting his own troubles aside, he tries to help with Julian’s situation before its too late.

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After watching Pretty in Pink, I have gained a fondness for Andrew McCarthy.  He has a weird vibe in his movies but the boyfriend told me that he heard that this one was good so I gave this one a shot.  I didn’t know that Robert Downey Jr. was in this.  Let me just clarify that I’m only a fan of his newer movies so that gave me a little bit of doubt.  Surprisingly, I thought this was a well-made movie that had a strong message about the danger of drug addiction with youth. The most notable performance goes out to Robert Downey Jr.  I never thought I’d say this about his earlier works but he did a very convincing role.

As I was reading, this is supposed to be loosely based on a book with the same title but I’ve never read it so I can’t compare.

Have you read the novel? Have you seen Less Than Zero? What do you think about it? Are you a Robert Downey Jr. fan?  

YOUTH IN REVOLT (2006)

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Director: Miguel Arteta

Cast: Michael Cera, Portia Doubleday, Jean Smart, Zach Galifianakis, Steve Buscemi, Ari Graynor, Justin Long, Ray Liotta

When Nick Twisp’s mother, Estelle (Jean Smart) moves out to the country to live in a trailer while her boyfriend (Zach Galifianakis) hides away from sailors that he cons money from. There he meets a girl, Sheeni Saunders (Portia Doubleday) that he falls in love with completely.  Any hideaway comes to an end and when he has to leave, he promises Sheeni that he will find a way to get back to her.  With Sheeni’s smartness and his absolute desire to get back to her, Nick tries to find a balance between himself and a slowly develop completely bad alter personality called Francois to give himself courage to be a rebel.

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As I sat through Youth in Revolt, the only thing that ran through my mind was that it was weird.  Its a good weird though because it made me curious about what else would happen.  Honestly, the more fun parts of this was when Nick channeled Francois into his life.  It turned into his own journey to be more courageous and figure out how to be who he had to be.

Youth in Revolt

Although, I wasn’t sure about Sheeni’s intentions, Nick’s desires to be with her had some pretty cute elements to it along with some pretty funny dorky ones as well. Plus, there are many stars before they did some bigger movies in their career here.

What do you think about Youth in Revolt? Have you seen it?

LIMITLESS (2011)

Limitless

Director: Neil Burger

Cast: Bradley Cooper, Abbie Cornish, Robert De Niro

Eddie Morra (Bradley Cooper), a uninspired writer whose girlfriend (Abbie Cornish) just left him, tries this experimental drug called NZT which unlocks 100% of the brain’s capacity.  This allows him to not only finish his book but also learn things at quick pace which he uses in financial investments.  Thats when Carl Van Loon (Robert De Niro), a powerful  and cunning energy business man uses him to settle a deal that he is trying to land.  As the drugs unknown effects start taking a toll on him, there are also others who have learnt about this drug and want to have their hands on its limited supply putting Eddie in danger on multiple fronts.

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The premise for this was a good one.  I think it had a really decent idea but the execution fell short.  The script could have been stronger but what it does have is one of the better roles that I’ve seen of Bradley Cooper.  I personally have mixed feelings about him but so far, aside from my hatred for The Hangover, he’s been involved in decent movies. I haven’t seen Silver Linings Playbook so that doesn’t count.  As ridiculous and predictable as some of the events are, it has a pretty intriguing beginning to set up how the movie was heading and right away, it wasn’t a movie that you needed to really over think the details too much if you intend to enjoy it.  And I didn’t, so I actually found it alright.  It could have been better but lets not be too picky sometimes 😉

What do you think about Bradley Cooper? What are your thoughts on Limitless?

11 thoughts on “Three Quick Reviews: Less Than Zero, Youth in Revolt, Limitless

  1. I have read Less than Zero, and it is one of my favorite novels. I LOATHE this movie because it veers way to far from Ellis’s book and is basically a completely different story, which is a shame. Censors would never have allowed what Ellis wrote to be filmed, but it kind of insults the purpose of his novel with this anti-drug schmaltz.

    You can read my comparison of the two mediums here:
    http://afistfuloffilms.blogspot.com/2012/08/adaptations-less-than-zero.html

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    • Well, I’ll have to go and check that novel out 🙂 I have no prior knowledge of Less Than Zero before this movie so I really couldn’t say much. I mean, I was like 1 years old when it came out..haha!
      I’ll be sure to check out your post later tonight, looks interesting!
      Thanks for dropping by, Andrew!

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  2. That’s ok Kim, i’ve been reducing the frequency AND quality of my posts lately! 🙂

    I’ve only seen Limitless and I thought it was a really fun movie. I really hated the ending though, it was like a kick in the balls!

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    • You see, I asked my boyfriend that question when the movie ended: so does that mean that he is still a NZT user or no? 😉 It could work both ways, right? Lets not spoil it for others..haha!

      As for lesser quality on your posts, I highly doubt that, Mikey! You’re awesome! 🙂

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  3. Cooper really does impress me when I see him. I’d forgotten he was in The Wedding Crashers before someone reminded me, but he is awesome in American Hustle and Silver Lining’s Playbook.

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  4. I loved Limitless if I remember right, haven’t seen the other two. But something here… you hate The Hangover?? WHY 😥 I’m pretty sure it’s the funniest film I’ve seen. 😀

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  5. Agreed on Limitless–I enjoyed it, but it did fall a little short for me. Was not thrilled with the ending. It seemed like there was no lesson learned, you know? I do like Cooper though. Watch him in Silver Linings Playbook–he’s great! He’s also pretty great in American Hustle, though I didn’t enjoy that movie as much as SLP. Great little reviews, Kim! 🙂

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