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Crazy, Stupid, Love (Erin: 3.5 Stars, Bret: 3 Stars)

To the best of Bret’s knowledge, the whole plot of Crazy, Stupid, Love is predicated on Julianne Moore cheating on Steve Carell with Kevin Bacon, then divorcing Carell, who, with the help of Ryan Gosling, beds multiple women, all the while pining for Julianne Moore. And somewhere in all of that, Ryan Gosling takes his shirt off, assuring female movie-goers will ignore the lunacy in the previous sentence, thus making this film an ungodly amount of money.

Problem solved!

In all seriousness, it’s a relatively fun and inoffensive romantic comedy/drama that has a few legitimate laugh-out-loud moments. Carell and Gosling do most of the heavy lifting, but, in the end, it’s a reasonably enjoyable film.

Provided you can get by Julianne Moore’s performance, that is.

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Children of Men (Erin: 3.5 Stars, Bret: 3.5 Stars)

As dystopian futures go, Children of Men certainly portrays one of the bleakest; a world in which all women are infertile and the dividing line between haves and have nots is actually visible.

On the other hand, at least terrorism is rampant throughout the streets of London and everything appears to be a darker shade of blue.

Oh, did that not make you more comfortable?

We were trying to come up with a complete list of occasions for which hosting a viewing of Children of Men might be inappropriate (children’s birthday party, Christmas Eve, etc.), but, frankly, unless you are trying to settle for a nice, long depression, there aren’t a ton of viable options.

That said, Children of Men is another extremely well made film. The lack of much dialogue and music and the sometimes uncomfortably long shots serve the purpose of making you feel acutely aware of how intense the situation remains throughout the course of the film.

Although we cannot say we’ll be watching it again any time soon, Children of Men features some beautiful scenes, a terrific performance from Clive Owen (among others), and and interesting plot, helping the film net 3.5 Stars from both Erin and Bret.

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Boogie Nights (Erin: 2 Stars, Bret: 2.5 Stars)

There is no better way for us to describe Boogie Nights than to just flat out tell you it’s a harrowing experience.

We felt exhausted after watching Black Hawk Down because of the pure adrenaline and intensity surging through that film; we felt similarly exhausted after watching Boogie Nights, but more because of just how tormenting and agonizing the film was.

Boogie Nights’ Hero — a coked-out, potentially psychotic porn star.

Who knew that a movie about the porn industry with dozens of unsavory characters, no real, relatable protagonist and with complete disregard for a happy ending (pun not intended) could be this depressing?

But who knew that that same movie could be so incredibly well-made? With such nuanced characters? And include such a great cast?

It’s really an interesting movie in the end and one that probably would have gotten a higher score from both of us if we had waited a day or two after watching the movie to review it.

But alas, rules are rules (and, by the way, you should really check out the RULES of the RockMovieProject if you have not done so already) and we had to review it immediately, resulting in 2 Stars from Erin and 2.5 from Bret.

And now, presented without commentary for your entertainment, three and a half minutes of Julianne Moore crying in movies:

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