Saturday, August 20, 2005

The 40 Year-Old Red Eye (or Red-Eyed Virgin?)

So did anyone else go see Red Eye, and then sneak into The 40 Year-Old Virgin yesterday? Or vice versa? No? Okay, maybe I need to get a hobby. Although once you experience the thrill, the spontaneous high of sneaking into another movie, I don't know if you can ever go back to the same old routine. I need some Red Bull or Mountain Dew! Whoo!

Some quick thoughts about those movies:

Rachel McAdams is America's next sweetheart. She was great in Wedding Crashers, and (geek alert!) had she been in Fantastic Four instead of Jessica Alba, maybe that would've been a better movie. Tom Cruise should've gone for her instead of Katie Holmes. (She doesn't need Tommy Scientology, though.)

Red Eye is actually pretty good, and I think that's because it doesn't waste any time with details or exposition. The writer in me usually frowns upon that, but it works so well here. You're given exactly as much information as you need. It's not a Hitchcock movie, but it's pretty close.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin is hilarious. But you already knew that.

♦ There are so many memorable scenes and gags, but something that keeps making me chuckle about almost 24 hours after seeing the movie: Asia.

♦ Is anyone creating funnier movies and TV shows these days than Judd Apatow? They're beginning to cause a dent in my checking account. (But they also make great gifts. Thanks, Mis Hooz. And you're welcome.)