Thursday, May 31, 2012
Movie Preview - June 2012
June 15th - 17th - Father's Day weekend this year brings us a few interesting choices. First up is the musical Rock of Ages. Rock of Ages is made by the same director who brought you Hairspray five years ago and is based on the Broadway show. It takes us on a nostalgic trip back to the musical world of the 80's. So those who love 80's music should enjoy this, unless of course you are not a fan of the lifestyle of 80's musicians, because it dives into that as well. It has quite the cast in it with Tom Cruize playing the lead role of fictional rocker Stacee Jaxx and along with Cruize is Malin Akerman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Alec Baldwin, Russell Brand, and more. In the trailer it claims that it features the music of Def Leppard, Foreigner, Journey, Poison, and Twisted Sister. I imagine it will also bring more as well. Challenging Rock of Ages will be Adam Sandler with his new comedy That's My Boy. Now Sandler is generally good at attracting people to the theaters to see his movies. There will always be the typical Sandler fans that will go every time. Now he is also pretty good at avoiding the R rating with his comedies even when several of them have deserved it. This one however did not avoid it and got slapped with an R, so it will be interesting to see how much of that Sandler crowd will still go. Despite that it should be in good shape as the summer always brings a few popular R rated comedies. In this movie Sandler is back as his crazy psycho self as he plays a father who has a son in his early teens and after several years apart comes back into his life right before his son's wedding. It fits the Father's Day theme, so it might be a popular choice on Father's Day.
June 29th - July 1st - This final weekend of June (yes, it does include one day of July) was supposed to be the GI Joe 2 weekend, but they wisely decided to postpone their release because coming out at this time would warrant a domestic gross of $50M - $75M max. Released next March it actually has a chance at crossing $100M. But now with it out of the way, it will be a complete grab bag for the top spot this weekend, which could very well end up being a 2nd win in a row for Brave. In competition to steal the throne from Brave will be two comedies, a drama, and a comedy/drama. Out of the four, the one that I imagine will draw the most attention is Ted. This is heavily marketed as the first motion picture from the creators of Family Guy. This is certain to unite the many Family Guy fans around the country as well as any other person who wants to watch an R rated comedy about a guy and his crazy talking teddy bear. It stars Mark Wahlberg as lead role and includes three people from Family Guy, including Seth MacFarlane himself as the voice of Ted the teddy bear. Movie number two is Magic Mike. This is the second R rated comedy of the weekend and fourth in three weeks. Not all of them will be huge, but one or two of them might break out and it will be interesting to see which ones will and which ones will flop. Magic Mike features Channing Tatum in his third major movie in the last four months. It is about Channing Tatum being a male stripper, which is totally appeasing (yes, that was sarcastic). This is also the movie that is a drama as well, so it might have more depth to it than Channing Tatum dancing around half naked in front of girls. If this kind of thing is for you, then be my guest. The movie that I think sounds most interesting this weekend is People Like Us. Unfortunately it probably won't be the most popular movie of the month, but it could be a surprise hit, you never know. It's an interesting family drama where a man is asked to deliver $150,000 of his deceased father's fortune to his sister that he has never met. And of course some crazy plot twists happen along the way. It has an interesting cast of Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, Elizabeth Banks, and Michelle Pfeiffer. The last movie of the weekend I think is useless. Tyler Perry Madea's Witness Protection. If you like these movies, then go ahead, but I'm not going to say any more about it other than it is being released.