100 Word Review – The Way Way Back (2013)

Written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (Community), I was always going to love this film. 

Duncan (Liam James) is an awkward teenager on holiday with his mother (Toni Colette), over bearing step-father (Steve Carrell) and step-sister. Befriended by Owen (Sam Rockwell), an employee at a local water park, Duncan finds himself immersed in the easy-going world of Water Wizz.

Co-starring Allison Janney, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and Amanda Peet, this is a wonderful feel good film about the joys of summer and finding the courage to choose your own path. It even has an excellent summer soundtrack.

100 Word Review – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

This is the first film that made me both laugh and cry in equal measure. 

When Olive (Abigail Breslin) finds out she is a finalist in a beauty pageant on the other side of the States, her father (Greg Kinnear), mother (Toni Colette), brother (Paul Dano), grandpa (Alan Arkin) and recently suicidal uncle (Steve Carrell) set out on a road trip none of them will forget.

There is not a weak link. By the end of the film you will feel like part of the family. It also features one of the greatest dance sequences ever choreographed. It is sublime.

100 Word Review – Despicable Me (2010)

A truly family-friendly film is hard to find, but Despicable Me manages to walk that line between fart-gun jokes and making adults not want to tear their eyes out at the thought of watching that film one more time.

Gru (Steve Carrell) is a bad guy. With his hoard of yellow tic-tac shaped minions, he plans to commit the ultimate crime: stealing the moon! Somehow, he finds himself adopting three young girls who turn his world upside down.

This is a wonderful happy film, that will leave you humming its songs (music by Pharrell Williams) and repeating its oh-so-quotable lines.