1. Get Smart (3,911 Theaters, 110 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Sometimes, Hollywood just mystifies me. The summer movie season is four months long, yet two of the biggest comedies of the season are opening on the same week.
Yes, instead of separating them by a week or two, where they won’t take audiences away from one another, they have them fight it out on the same weekend.
Of the two, I am leaning towards this one. It just has higher concentration of my favorite things. It has Steve Carell, Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, Terrence Stamp, Masi Oka, Bill Murray, Alan Arkin and Maxwell Smart. How can anything compare with that combo?
Of course, having a great cast (or at least one where I like almost all of the actors) doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be good. You have to take it for granted that it won’t compare to the original TV show. But I am going in realizing that so my mind is slightly more open. But I have liked all the trailers I have seen. So, if I can see only one of the two movies opening this week, it’s going to be this one.
2. The Love Guru (3,012 Theaters, 88 Minutes, Rated PG-13): Which isn’t to say I am opposed to this movie. There has been a whole lot of snark aimed at this film. Everything to mean comments about the trailer and the released footage to Mike Myers reputation. But I’m not a hater of either Myers or this film.
As a matter of fact, I was getting the same vibe from this film’s trailer as I did from the ones for the Austin Powers films. It appears to be a good mix of silly slapstick and weird humor.
So, I do want to see this movie, but Get Smart gets precedence this week. I wonder if I will be the only one who feels this way? And will that and the lower theater count equal up to bad box office for this flick?
The film is about an American child raised in an ashram and who eventually becomes a guru specializing in romance. He comes to the States to make his name as a self-help guru. His first task is to help a star Hockey player whose play is suffering because his wife left him.