Yet another superhero movie that has a difficult time setting its hero apart from the crowd, The Green Hornet makes a spoiled buffoon out of Britt Reid (Seth Rogen), whose day job is to run a newspaper and moonlights as a crime-fighter (the print industry is in decline). His partner Kato (Jay Chou) steals the show with his martial arts prowess, and director Michel Gondry’s kinetic view of those moves steals their thunder. There are some decent comic bits (Christoph Waltz plays an image-obsessed villain, Cameron Diaz plays Britt’s would-be love interest if her character weren’t more likely to sue him for sexual harassment, and James Franco has a hilarious cameo near the start), but it ultimately falls apart in the chaos of the action. My review is here. Available on DVD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray 3D.
It’s a competition for slimy characters. Vince Vaughn plays the borderline creepy hero of The Dilemma who discovers his best friend (Kevin James), who likes to get certain services from a massage parlor, is being cuckolded by his wife (Winona Ryder), who’s willing to do just about anything to keep her secret. It’s all the usual, blatant machinations to keep the truth from the friend until Vaughn’s character can avoid a “kill the messenger” response. There’s something discomforting under the surface as the movie wildly tries for comedy that isn’t coming. My review is here. Available on DVD and Blu-ray.