'Ted,' 'Magic Mike,' 'People Like Us' reviewed by Mr. Moviefone
This week at the movies, a Hollywood hunk is going back to his roots, and his G-string and there'a a dramedy about a family secret. But first, there's a movie about a teddy bear that's definitely not for kids. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Ted.
Director Seth MacFarlane brings his "Family Guy" brand of humor to the big screen in this R-rated comedy. Mark Wahlberg plays a grown man who's still hanging out with the teddy bear who came to life as the result of a childhood wish. And Ted is literally coming between Wahlberg and his girlfriend, played by Mila Kunis.
The Reel Deal: Foul-mouthed and stoned, with a sprinkle of racism and homophobia thrown in for fun, if you like the comedy of Seth MacFarlane, you'll love Ted. I'm in.
Now ladies, get ready to make it rain! Channing Tatum is letting it all hang out in "Magic Mike." From director Steven Soderbergh, Tatum stars as a veteran dancer mentoring an upstart stripper. The film is based on Tatum's work as an exotic dancer before his big break in Hollywood. Matthew McConaughey and Olivia Munn also star.
The Reel Deal: Ladies, grab your singles! It'll take about 12 of them, because this may be the best male stripper movie ever! Here's the thing, strippers are people too, and you and your girlfriends will want to spend some quality time with "Magic Mike." I'm in.
Another movie inspired by true events, but with no stripping is "People Like Us."
The dramedy stars Chris Pine as a salesman who needs to fulfill his dead father's final wishes. But in the process, he discovers a startling secret that turns his world upside down. Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer and Olivia Wilde co-star.
The Reel Deal: It's a little soapy, but it's a heartfelt, well-acted family drama that will probably have a longer life on DVD. But still, no harm, no foul, so I'm in.
Also in theaters is Tyler Perry's "Madea's Witness Protection," and since there was no screening, I have no idea if it's any good. But if you plan on seeing it, that doesn't much matter to you anyway.
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