1. Fast & Furious (Universal, 3,461 Theaters, 107 Minutes, Rated PG-13): You got to admit, “New Model, Original Parts” is a pretty good tagline.
Of course, we wouldn’t have that tagline if the original cast of the first The Fast and The Furious didn’t have a stall out of their careers. Thank you Babylon A.D. and Into the Blue!
Now, all they have to do is find a way work it all out plotwise. I don’t really recall the reall plot of the first one, but I believe Paul Walker’s character played a cop who put Vin Diesel’s character in prison. Now, they are working together to bring down a heroin ring. You really don’t see many ex-cons buddying up with the cops that put them away.
2. Adventureland (Miramax, 1,862 Theaters, 107 Minutes, Rated R): A coming of age story set in the 1980s, based on the true-life experiences of the director/writer? Hmm. That sounds awfully familiar.
This film tells the story of a recent college grad who finds a dead-end job in an amusement park. There, he finds he learns a lot about life and a little about love.
This is Greg Mattola’s baby, and after Superbad, you’d think that he’d wouldn’t have to go the indie route to get this film made. But that is what he did, having to shop it around Sundance to get a distributor.