Child’s Play (2019)

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Directed By: Lars Klevberg
Starring: Tim Matheson, Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman, Mark Hamill, David Lewis, Brian Tyree Henry, Carlease Burke, Beatrice Kitsos, Ty Consiglio, et.al.
Rating: R
Grade: B-

When a customer returns a defective Buddi doll, struggling single mom Karen begs her boss to let her take it home for her lonely son, Andy. Shortly after the doll is activated by Andy and named Chucky, it begins to display strange, even violent behavior toward the people and things Andy dislikes, including the family cat and his mom’s boyfriend, Shane. When Shane is mysteriously murdered, Andy becomes suspicious of Chucky, and attempts to dispose of the doll. However, Chucky is determined to remain with his best friend, and goes on a violent rampage in an attempt to keep Andy as his, and only his, friend.

A remake of the 1988 movie of the same name, this version updates the plot for the modern era, and takes away the supernatural component of the original. Instead of a doll possessed by the soul of a killer, it’s manufactured with the safety protocols removed by a disgruntled employee of the factory where the dolls are made. The actors all do well with their roles, and Plaza and Bateman are believable as mother and son. Aside from some obvious jokes from Henry’s character about being a black person in a horror movie situation, the writing is decent, and Hammill had proven in the past to have the capability to sound menacing.

The special effects appear to be decent in quality, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

Die-hard fans of the original may not like this version, but casual horror fans will probably enjoy it, though the scene involving implied violence toward the family cat may turn off animal lovers. The story is simple enough that you don’t need to play close attention, and interesting enough that it shouldn’t become too much of a bore if watched more than once.

Child’s Play (2019) is not currently available free to stream through providers, but it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.

 

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Overboard (2018)

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Directed By: Rob Greenberg
Starring: Eugenio Derebez, Anna Faris, Eva Longoria, John Hannah, Swoosie Kurtz, Mel Rodriguez, Josh Segarra, Fernando Luján, Cecilia Suárez, Mariana Treviño, et.al.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B-

After spoiled, rich playboy Leonardo dismisses struggling, overworked mom of three Kate and gets her fired from one of her jobs as a cleaning lady, he gets drunk and ends up falling off his yacht into the ocean. The next morning, he wakes up on shore, and is brought to the hospital where he’s diagnosed with amnesia. His sister, seeing an opportunity to get her brother out of the way, and get a position in the family company she feels she was overlooked for, she decides to leave him where he is. When Kate, still reeling from Leonardo’s treatment of her, learns that he’s in the hospital with amnesia, she lets her friend convince her to pretend to be his wife in order to get some of the help she desperately needs if she wants to finish nursing school, and also get revenge for his treatment of her. As time passes Kate begins to have second thoughts, and also finds herself falling for him. When Leonardo eventually regains his memory, he finds he must choose between the easy life he was raised in, or the life of hard work he found with Kate and her children.

This remake of the 1987 movie of the same name follows the same basic plot, only with the gender roles reversed. It also follows the basic rules of nearly every other romantic comedy out there, making it a fluffy, harmless way to pass 90 minutes of your time. One thing that was changed from the original is that Kate seems to have reservations about what she’s doing the entire time, despite the fact that she does go through with it. Derebez and Faris have pretty good chemistry, and all other the actors work well together. There are some parts with Leonardo’s family that are exaggerated to resemble a telenovela/soap opera, but that’s likely just to mirror the fact that a couple of the characters are obsessed with those types of shows.

There don’t appear to be any special effects, and any background filler isn’t noticeable.

This movie will probably appeal to anyone who likes romantic comedies. The story is actually enjoyable, and doesn’t require tons of attention. Though there are several sequences in Spanish that you might want to pay attention to, at least the first time you watch it.

Overboard (2018) is currently available to stream through Amazon Prime and Hulu, and it can be rented through Redbox or Netflix home delivery, or purchased at any participating store or on-line retailer.
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