This weekend, the three new films arriving in theaters include some G-rated fun for kids (Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore), an in-your-face comedy for adults that fails to hit your funny bone (Dinner for Schmucks) and a teen prince’s debut in a drama that may secure his place on the A-List (Charlie St Cloud).
Dinner for Schmucks
In Dinner for Schmucks, Tim (Paul Rudd) is a rising executive who has to find the perfect guest to bring to his boss’s monthly dinner of pathetic losers in order to get a promotion. Enter IRS employee Barry (Steve Carell) and his mind controlling buddy (Zach Galifianakis).
With Paul Rudd, Steve Carell and Zach Galifianakis, some of the funniest guys in Hollywood, under the watchful eye of director Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, Meet the Fockers, Austin Powers), it seemed impossible that this flick would be anything short of hysterical. But, we found ourselves struggling to find the laughs.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Cats and dogs are forced to do the unthinkable, join forces, in order to bring down cat super spy, Kitty Galore (voiced by Bette Midler) and her evil plans for world domination.
Charlie St Cloud
Zac Efron has long been knighted the heir apparent to Hollywood’s leading man throne. Although Charlie St Cloud is only his third major leading role, all eyes are on this adaptation of Ben Sherwood’s novel about a young man, literally and figuratively, haunted by the death of his younger brother. Efron’s Charlie St Cloud is unable to move past the pain of that loss.
Based on Charlie St Cloud’s success or lack thereof, we will see if this Golden Boy will be the next Leonardo DiCaprio or the next Christopher Atkins (the forgotten former heartthrob from Blue Lagoon).
We walked out of a screening seriously impressed by Zac Efron’s acting chops but a little concerned about the story’s ultra high schmaltz factor.