Tag Archives: Ben Stiller

Keeping the Faith - * * *

Edward Norton directs this romantic comedy in which a Catholic priest (Norton) and a rabbi (Ben Stiller), best friends, fall for the same woman (Jenna Elfman) (whom they’ve known since childhood), but neither can marry her. Anne Bancroft, Eli Wallach, … Continue reading

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Mystery Men - * * *

Do we really need a superhero spoof? The last two Batman films were comic enough, and the filmic landscape is littered with the likes of Blankman and Meteor Man. Yet, with sharp writing and a fine cast, Mystery Men confidently … Continue reading

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Permanent Midnight - * 1/2*

David Veloz directs his adaptation of Jerry Stahl’s autobiographical portrait of a Hollywood writer succumbing to the downward spiral of drug addiction. Despite some adequate performances, the film merely treads water with nowhere to go, and nothing to say. Ben … Continue reading

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Your Friends and Neighbors - * * *

Those familiar with Neil LaBute’s directoral debut, In the Company of Men, know that he knows how to tap the baser instincts of mankind. His second film, Your Friends and Neighbors, continues in the same spirit, showing the depths of … Continue reading

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There’s Something About Mary - * * * 1/2*

Peter and Bobby Farrelly (the creators of Dumb and Dumber, and Kingpin) have turned their sights onto a romantic comedy. And in There’s Something About Mary, the masters of bad taste have managed to create a surprisingly good film, their … Continue reading

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Zero Effect - * * *

Jake Kasdan, son of one of the best screenwriters around, breaks into filmmaking by writing and directing this hard-to-categorize detective story. Part mystery, part comedy, part character study and part romance, for the most part Kasdan manages to combine the … Continue reading

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Flirting With Disaster - * *

Strange and quirky comedy whose humor depends on how much you identify with the Ben Stiller’s neurotic character. Stiller plays Mel, the adopted son of two less than perfect parents (Mary Tyler Moore and George Segal). The birth of his … Continue reading

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If Lucy Fell - 1/2*

If you’re looking for a limp and humorless comedy, look ye no further. If Lucy Fell is the story of Lucy and Joe (Sarah Jessica Parker and Eric Schaeffer), New York roommates who agree to a death pact: they will … Continue reading

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