Dom Hemingway is a 2013 British black comedy–crime drama film directed and written by Richard Shepard, starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir and Emilia Clarke, it was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Safecracker Dom Hemingway is released after spending 12 years in prison and seeks payment for refusing to rat out his boss Ivan Fontaine, he reunites with his best friend Dickie and they travel to Fontaine's villa in the French countryside. Dom flirts with Fontaine's Romanian girlfriend Paolina and becomes angry that he spent 12 years in jail for Fontaine, he begins to mock Fontaine and storms out. At dinner, he apologises and Fontaine presents Dom with £750,000, they spend the night partying with two girls, one of whom, Melody strikes up a conversation with Dom. When the group go driving in Fontaine's car, they crash into another car. While unconscious, Dom has a vision of Paolina asking for his money, he wakes up, resuscitates Melody, finds Fontaine impaled on the car's fender.
Melody tells Dom. Dom and Dickie head back to the mansion, where they find Paolina has taken Dom's money, but they see her leaving in a car. Dom runs through the forest and into the road, where he is hit by Paolina, she asks him if she strikes him as a woman who wants to be poor, drives away. A few days Dom returns to London and collapses outside the apartment of his estranged daughter, Evelyn, he wakes up and Evelyn's boyfriend Hugh introduces Dom to his grandson, Jawara. Hugh says that Evelyn is upset that Dom left her and was in prison, missing out on her childhood and his wife Katherine's death. Hugh attempt to reconcile, he leaves and meets Dickie. Dom says. Dickie says Lestor is worse than his father, but Dom says he needs work. Dom follows Lestor on his daily jog and learns Lestor holds a grudge for Dom killing his cat when he was a child. Lestor tells Dom to go to his club that night, they make a bet. If he opens an electronic safe he gets work, if he fails to open it in 10 minutes, Lestor will cut off his genitalia.
Dom and Dickie go to Lestor's club and Dom opens a safe in 10 minutes with a sledgehammer, only to learn the real safe is inside that safe. Before Lestor can cut off Dom's penis, Dickie smashes Lestor on the head with a statue and Dom knocks out his thugs with the sledgehammer, they run away from Lestor's club and Dom goes back to the local club where Evelyn was performing. There, Evelyn tells Dom. Evelyn tells Dom, she leaves. The next day, Dom says he hasn't received good luck, she says. Dom visits the grave of his wife apologises, he sees his grandson Jawara sitting next to him. He takes him back to Evelyn, he asks if he can walk with them in silence. She says; as they walk away, Jawara waves to Dom. He sees Paolina enter a restaurant with an older man, he enters grips Paolina's hand. He continues to clutch her hand, before leaving he kisses her; as he leaves the restaurant, he smiles. Jude Law as Dom Hemingway, a safe-cracker just released from prison out to get his reward for keeping silent. Richard E. Grant as Dickie, Dom's devoted best friend.
Demián Bichir as Mr. Fontaine, a crime boss holed up outside St. Tropez. Emilia Clarke as Evelyn Hemingway, Dom's estranged daughter. Kerry Condon as Melody, the lucky penny. Jumayn Hunter as Lestor, the son of Dom's nemesis. Mădălina Diana Ghenea as Paolina, the femme fatale. Nathan Stewart-Jarrett as Hugh, Evelyn's musician boyfriend. Principal photography took place in the fall of 2012 in St Tropez, Isle of Man and London locations, The Historic Dockyard Chatham and Pinewood Studios; the film was produced by Academy Award-winner Jeremy Thomas at Recorded Picture Company, with BBC Films as financier. Jude Law gained 13 kilograms weight for his character. Dom Hemingway received mixed reviews, it holds a 57% rating on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes, with an average score of 5.9/10, based on 128 reviews. The website's critical consensus states: "Jude Law is having fun in Dom Hemingway's title role, but viewers may find this purposely abrasive gangster dramedy isn't quite as enjoyable from the other side of the screen."
Metacritic gives the film a weighted average score of 55 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Dom Hemingway on IMDb Dom Hemingway at Box Office Mojo Dom Hemingway at Rotten Tomatoes Dom Hemingway at Metacritic
The Men Who Stare at Goats (film)
The Men Who Stare at Goats is a 2009 British-American satirical war film directed by Grant Heslov and starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey. It was produced by Heslov's production company Smoke House Pictures; the film is a fictionalized version of Jon Ronson's 2004 book of the same title of an investigation into attempts by the U. S. military to employ psychic powers as a weapon. The film premiered at the 66th Venice International Film Festival on September 8, 2009, went on general release in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Italy on November 6, 2009. In a short prelude, U. S. Army General Hopgood is painfully thwarted in an attempt to pass paranormally through a solid wall by running into it; the film follows Ann Arbor Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton, whose wife leaves him for the newspaper's editor. Seeking an escape, Bob flies to Kuwait to report on the Iraq War and to prove to his wife and himself that he is a man. However, he stumbles onto the story of a lifetime when he meets a retired U.
S. Army Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady, who reveals that he was part of a U. S. Army unit training psychic spies to develop a range of parapsychological skills including invisibility, remote viewing, phasing; the back story is told through flashbacks. In 1972, Army officer Bill Django, after accidentally falling out of a "Huey" helicopter in Vietnam's Bình Dương Province, found his newly recruited men to be unable or unwilling to fire on a female Viet Cong soldier before she shot him in the chest, he underwent a fact-finding mission prompted by a vision where the Viet Cong soldier says "their gentleness is their strength." The bulk of Django's mission immersed him into the New Age movement so that, when he returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in 1980, he had long braided hair and a tattoo of an All-seeing Eye surmounted on a pyramid on his chest. Facilitated by the credulous General Hopgood, Django led the training of a New Earth Army, with Lyn Cassady and Larry Hooper as his top students.
The two developed a lifelong rivalry because of their opposing views on implementing the New Earth Army's philosophy. Lyn wanted to emphasize the teachings' positive side, such as the ability to resolve conflict peacefully, whereas Larry was more interested in the "dark side" and its military applications. Prompted by a doodle in Bob's notebook, Lyn takes him into Iraq, they are kidnapped by criminals who want to sell them to insurgents but escape with fellow hostage Mahmud Daash. They are rescued by a private security detail led by Todd Nixon; the trio flees when the detail is caught in a firefight fiasco with another American security detail. Bob and Lyn continue on Lyn's alleged "mission", stating he had seen a vision of Bill Django. After taking the wrong fork in the road their car is disabled by an IED; the other fork in the road leads to al-Qaim, Lyn's destination, but neither of them was able to read the Arabic on the roadsigns. Bob and Lyn wander in the desert where Lyn reveals that he had stopped a goat's heart to test the limit of his mental abilities and believes this evil deed has cursed him and the rest of the New Earth Army.
It's revealed that Hooper conducted an unauthorized LSD experiment which resulted in a soldier killing himself, therefore forced Django out of the Army. Bob and Lyn are rescued and rehabilitated at a camp run by PSIC, a private research firm engaged in psychic and psychological experiments on a herd of goats and some captured locals. To Lyn's dismay, Larry runs the firm and employs Django, now a depressed alcoholic. Bob learns the ways of the New Earth Army, they spike the base's food and water with LSD and free both the goats and captured locals, in an attempt to remove the curse. Following this and Django fly off in a helicopter, never to be heard from again, disappearing into the sky "like all shamans". Bob writes an article about his entire experience with Lyn. However, he's frustrated in that the story's only portion to be aired on the news is how the captives were forced to listen to the Barney & Friends theme song for 24 hours; this dilutes his story to the level of a joke, Bob vows to continue trying to get the bigger story out.
In the film's final scene, Bob exercises his own psychic abilities and, following some intense concentration, stands up and runs headlong through a solid wall in his office. George Clooney as "Lyn Cassady" is a combination of several real-life psychic spies. Elements of his character are based on Glenn Wheaton and his name resembles that of Lyn Buchanan, his background details match those of Guy Savelli, the man who claims to have killed a goat by staring it down and now runs a dance studio as Lyn does in the film. Some of Lyn's actions in the film mimic Peter Brusso's interactions with Ronson the "Predator" scene, the "attack me" scene. Ewan McGregor as "Bob Wilton" inspired by Ronson, a mild-mannered investigative journalist who uncovers the bizarre truth. Jeff Bridges as "Bill Django", based on Lt. Col. Jim Channon who spent two years in the 1970s investigating new age movements, subsequently wrote an operations manual for a First Earth Battalion. Kevin Spacey as "Larry Hooper". An apparent original creation for the film, Larry represents the New Earth Army's dark side and wishes to use the non-lethal technologies in harmful ways and is the film's main antagonist.
Stephen Lang as "General Hopgood", based on Major General Albert Stubblebine III, believes people can walk through walls. Robert Patrick as "Todd Nixon", an original character heading up a private security firm in post-invasion Iraq. Wale
Jason Reitman is an American film director and producer, best known for directing the films Thank You for Smoking, Juno, Up in the Air, Young Adult. As of February 2, 2010, he has received one Grammy Award, one Golden Globe, four Academy Award nominations, two of which are for Best Director. Reitman is a dual citizen of the United States, he is the son of director Ivan Reitman. Reitman was born in Montreal, Canada, the son of Geneviève Robert, an actress sometimes billed as Geneviève Deloir, comedy director Ivan Reitman. Reitman has two younger sisters: Catherine, an actress and writer, three years younger, Caroline, a nurse, 12 years younger. Reitman's father was born to Jewish parents who were Holocaust survivors. Reitman's paternal grandfather ran a dry cleaner and a car wash, his mother is from a Christian background, of French-Canadian descent. When he was still a child, his family moved to Los Angeles, his father, directed the films Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Kindergarten Cop. Reitman grew up on set, has photos of himself as a baby on the set of Animal House in 1978.
This showed him that making movies is "a job that people do, that it's not just this piece of magic that happens."Jason described his childhood self as "a loser... a movie geek... shy." In the late 1980s, Reitman began appearing in small acting parts and serving as a production assistant on his father's films. He spent time in the editing rooms of his father's movies. Reitman graduated from Harvard-Westlake School in 1995. Reitman attended Skidmore College and was going to major in pre-med studies before transferring to the University of Southern California to major in English/Creative Writing. At USC he performed with improv group Commedus Interruptus. Reitman started out making short films during his time at USC. Throughout his 20s, instead of accepting offers to make commercial feature films, Reitman began making his own short films and directing commercials. Although he was offered the opportunity to direct Dude, Where's My Car? on two separate occasions, he declined. Reitman's first feature film, Thank You for Smoking, opened in 2005.
Reitman developed the Christopher Buckley novel into a screenplay and a film. The film was a critical success, it grossed over $39 million worldwide by the end of its run, was nominated for two Golden Globes. After the success of Thank You for Smoking, Reitman mentioned in an interview that his next film would be adapting another book into a film, he mentioned that he had plans to work with Buckley again on an original project. Although the first of these projects would become Up in the Air, this second project has not come to fruition, his second film, generated great buzz after it premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival and was released in December 2007. It was Roger Ebert's favorite film of 2007 and received Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Ellen Page's performance as the title character, Diablo Cody's original screenplay, Reitman himself for Best Director. Reitman did win other awards for his work on Juno, including Best Director at the 2008 Canadian Comedy Awards; the film grossed over $140 million at the U.
S. box office, making it the largest success of Reitman's career and more successful than any of his father's films since Kindergarten Cop. Brad Silberling was attached to direct the film, but he dropped out over casting differences. Reitman was in the middle of writing a screenplay when he came on board to direct Juno and, at one point, he expressed intent to finish writing and to direct this screenplay. In March 2006, Reitman formed the production company "Hard C Productions" with producing partner Daniel Dubiecki; the company had an overall deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures, the company that distributed Reitman's first two films. Reitman described his production company's goal as being to produce "small subversive comedy, independent but accessible". Reitman states that he and Dubiecki "want to make unusual films, anything that turns a genre on its ear". Through Hard C Productions, Reitman is set to produce and direct Banzai Shadowhands, a comedy about "a once-great ninja, now living a life of mediocrity".
Shadowhands will be written by The Office's Rainn Wilson. Reitman met Wilson on the set of his father's film My Super Ex-Girlfriend, in which Wilson had a supporting role. No start date for filming has been set, it is unclear as to whether or not Wilson is finished with the script. Hard C Productions produced films The Ornate Anatomy of Jennifer's Body. Anatomy has been written by Matthew Spicer and Max Winkler, will revolve around "a Gotham bookstore clerk who discovers a museum devoted to his life". Jennifer's Body is a horror comedy written by Diablo Cody and starring Megan Fox, about a cheerleader, possessed by a demon and starts feeding off the boys in a Minnesota farming town. In 2009, Reitman left Hard C to form Right of Way Films. In 2001, the year the novel Up in the Air was published, Sheldon Turner discovered the book and wrote a screenplay adaptation, which he sold to DreamWorks in 2003. Jason Reitman came upon the novel while browsing in the Los Angeles bookstore Book Soup. Reitman persuaded his father Ivan Reitman to purchase the book's film rights, the elder Reitman
Town & Country (film)
Town & Country is a 2001 American romantic comedy film directed by Peter Chelsom, written by Buck Henry and Michael Laughlin, starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Garry Shandling, Andie MacDowell, Jenna Elfman, Nastassja Kinski, Charlton Heston. Beatty plays an architect, with Keaton as his wife, Hawn and Shandling as their best friends; this is Beatty's and Keaton's first film together since 1981's Reds, Beatty's third film with Hawn, after 1971's $ and 1975's Shampoo. The film holds the distinction of being one of the biggest box office flops in American film history, grossing a little over $10 million worldwide from a $90 million budget; the film was Beatty's last appearance on screen for 15 years before he starred in Rules Don't Apply in November 2016. Porter Stoddard is so prosperous an architect, he has New York homes on Park Avenue and in the Hamptons, as well as a vacation lodge out west in Sun Valley, Idaho, he has been married for 25 years to the successful Ellie, an interior designer, but has been having an affair with Alex, a beautiful young cellist.
There is trouble brewing in the marriage of their best friends. Mona Morris wants a divorce from antique-dealer husband Griffin; the part she did not catch is. Mona wants to travel to Mississippi to see her girlhood antebellum home. Ellie is worried about Mona's depression over the state of her marriage and does not feel she should be alone, so Porter is asked to accompany Mona down south. There, they end up having a quick sexual fling. With things awkward at home for both and Griffin fly by themselves to Sun Valley to get away from their troubles, but it is not long before Porter finds himself in a romantic entanglement with Eugenie Claybourne, a spoiled heiress whose gun-loving father is loading his shotgun in case Porter does wrong by his daughter. A free spirit named Auburn ends up coaxing Porter and Griffin to a Halloween party, where they end up dressed in preposterous costumes. By the time Porter returns to New York, everything is falling apart, not only his home life but his house, and and for all, Griffin finds the nerve to tell his wife that he is leaving her for someone else, but it is not another woman.
The production costs of the film totaled an estimated US$90 million, not including distribution and marketing expenses. The total worldwide box office came to $10,365,000. Considering that half of the gross box office receipts go to the exhibitors and half to the filmmakers, Town & Country lost the studio at least $100 million, much more if costs for distribution and marketing are considered, which average around $35–50 million for a studio picture such as this; the studio, having spent in excess of $90 million, backed a limited distribution and marketing campaign in the $15–20 million range, bringing the total cost to $105–110 million. However, some insiders have said that the total production costs were more in the $100–105 million range, with the prints and ads at around $20 million, which would bring the total costs to $125 million; the production itself began on June 8, 1998, on a budget of $44 million, including $10 million up front for Beatty. Filming was supposed to wrap by the fall of 1998 for a summer or fall 1999 release.
Various problems occurred during filming, including Beatty's meticulous demand for many takes. The script was still being developed, as writers were not satisfied with the ending written by Michael Laughlin. Various other screenwriters were brought including Paul Attanasio and Gary Ross. By April 1999, production was still going, but Shandling had to leave to do another film, as did Keaton, it took a full year before they could gather the cast back together to film the new pages written by Buck Henry. Henry was hired for what was only going to be a few weeks of polish work, he stayed on for several months and ended up earning $3 million for rewriting half of the script. Henry has stated that he bought a new home with the money he made on this "quick rewrite assignment." Reshoots were scheduled to begin on April 10, 2000, were expected to last just a couple of weeks. However, filming continued through June 2000, when it wrapped two years after principal photography began; the reshoots included all of the new scenes, with screenwriter Buck Henry joining the cast as a divorce mediator.
A new climax at a fashion gala involving all of the main female characters was filmed. The closure scenes with Shandling and Hawn at the antique store and the scene with Beatty and Kinski on the street near the end were added; the scene between Beatty and Kinski in Manhattan as she is hailing a cab was filmed in downtown Los Angeles and was one of the last scenes filmed. The film made it into theaters on April 27, 2001, nearly three years after filming began, received negative reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 13%, based on 91 reviews, with an average rating of 3.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Afflicted with extensive re-editing and re-writing, this sex comedy feels confusingly choppy; the main characters are so wealthy and privileged that it's difficult to feel sympathy for their problems." On Metacritic, the film has a score of 34 out of 100, based on 27 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". The critic Nathan Rabin described it as "the rare movie that can't seem to decide whether it wants to be
Jason Kent Bateman is an American actor and producer. He began acting on television in the early 1980s on Little House on the Prairie, Silver Spoons, The Hogan Family. In the 2000s, he became known for his role of Michael Bluth using deadpan comedy in the sitcom Arrested Development, for which he won a Golden Globe and a Satellite Award, he has appeared in the films Teen Wolf Too, The Break-Up, Hancock, Up in the Air, Couples Retreat, The Switch, Horrible Bosses, The Gift, Office Christmas Party and Game Night. Bateman made his directorial debut with the black comedy Bad Words, in which he starred, he starred in The Family Fang and the Netflix crime drama series Ozark. Bateman was born in Rye, New York, was 4 years old when his family moved to Salt Lake City, to California, his mother, Victoria Elizabeth, was a flight attendant for Pan Am, from Shrewsbury, United Kingdom. His father, Kent Bateman, is an American actor and director of film and television, the founder of a repertory stage in Hollywood.
His sister is Justine Bateman. He has three half-brothers. Bateman told Best Life magazine that he and his sister Justine supported their parents with the paychecks they earned from their television shows. Bateman first appeared in a cereal commercial for Golden Grahams in 1980 and began his television career on Little House on the Prairie as James Cooper, an orphaned boy who, along with his sister, is adopted by the Ingalls family. From 1982 to 1984, he was a supporting character on the television show Silver Spoons as Ricky Schroder's "bad boy" best friend Derek Taylor, he appeared in the Knight Rider third-season episode "Lost Knight" in 1984, a number of other small television roles. In 1984, in response to his popularity on Silver Spoons, the show's producers gave Bateman his own starring role as Matthew Burton on the NBC sitcom It's Your Move, from September 1984 to February 1985. In 1987, he appeared with Burt Reynolds on the men's team in the inaugural week of game show Win, Lose or Draw.
Bateman earned the status of teen idol in the mid-1980s for his television work, most notably as David Hogan on The Hogan Family. He became the Directors Guild of America's youngest-ever director when, aged 18, he helmed three episodes of The Hogan Family. After the series ended its run, he gained international recognition in the motion picture sequel Teen Wolf Too, a box office failure. In 1994, he played opposite Katharine Hepburn and Anthony Quinn in the television film This Can't Be Love. During this period, he had roles on four series — Simon, Chicago Sons, George & Leo, Some of My Best Friends—none of which lasted longer than one season, he directed an episode of Two of a Kind in 1999. In 2002, he played the frisky sibling of Thomas Jane's character in the feature film The Sweetest Thing. In 2003, Bateman was cast as Michael Bluth in the comedy series Arrested Development. Although critically acclaimed, the series never achieved high ratings and ended on February 10, 2006; the show was revived in spring 2013.
Bateman won several awards for his work on the series, including a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy. He was nominated in 2005 for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. New episodes of Arrested Development have been released on Netflix with the original cast, including Bateman. Bateman performed commentary on the 2004 Democratic National Convention for The Majority Report with Arrested Development co-star David Cross, hosted NBC's Saturday Night Live on February 12, 2005. In 2006, he appeared as a guest star on the Scrubs episode "My Big Bird" as Mr. Sutton, a garbage man with a flock of vicious ostriches as pets. In 2009, Bateman became a regular voice actor for the short-lived Fox comedy series Sit Down, Shut Up, he voiced the gym teacher and only staff member who can teach. In 2010, Bateman and Arrested Development co-star Will Arnett created "DumbDumb Productions," a production company focusing on digital content, their first video was "Prom Date," the first in a series of "Dirty Shorts" for Orbit.
In 2012, Bateman returned to his role of Michael Bluth for the revival of Arrested Development along with the rest of the original cast. The now-Netflix sponsored series released Season 4 on its Instant Watch website on May 26, 2013; the series was expected to continue its run as well as a potential feature film. For the new fourth season, Bateman was once again nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series. Netflix confirmed that the entire cast of the show will be returning for a fifth season, premiering 29 May 2018. In 2017, Bateman returned to television as both actor and director in the Netflix drama Ozark, in which he plays a financial advisor who must relocate his family to Missouri in order to launder money for a Mexican drug cartel. Bateman's performance as Marty Byrde has drawn positive comparisons to Bryan Cranston's portrayal of Walter White in AMC's Breaking Bad. In 2004, Bateman appeared in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story as ESPN 8 commentator Pepper Brooks, in Starsky & Hutch as Kevin, Vince Vaughn's business partner.
He reunited. In 2007, he played former lawyer Rupert "Rip" Reed alongside Ben Affleck in Smokin' Aces, starred in The Kingdom, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, Juno. In 2008, he co-starred with Will Smith and Charlize Theron in the sup
Slums of Beverly Hills
Slums of Beverly Hills is a 1998 American comedy film written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, starring Natasha Lyonne, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei, David Krumholtz, Kevin Corrigan, Jessica Walter and Carl Reiner. Its protagonist is a teenage girl struggling to grow up in the late 1970s in a lower-middle-class nomadic Jewish family that moves every few months; the film received mixed to positive critical reviews, became a cult classic. Fourteen-year-old Vivian Abromowitz's family are penniless nomads, moving from one cheap apartment to another in Beverly Hills in 1976, so that Vivian and her brothers can attend the city's prestigious schools, their father, Murray, is a divorced 65-year-old who refuses to retire, working as an unsuccessful Oldsmobile salesman whose cars are selling poorly due in large part to the Energy crisis of the time. Vivian's wealthy uncle Mickey sends the family money to help them survive; when Mickey's 29-year-old daughter Rita runs away from a rehab facility, Murray offers her shelter if Mickey will pay for a plush apartment.
Vivian must babysit her adult cousin, making sure she gets to nursing school and avoids pills and booze. But Vivian has her own problems: she's curious about sex, likes an twenty-something neighbor, has inherited her mother's ample breasts, wants a family that doesn't embarrass her. Vivian's older brother Ben aspires to a show business career, while her dad aspires to feminine companionship but won't give in to wealthy lady-friend Doris Zimmerman's desire that he send his kids back East to live with his ex-wife. Vivian's younger brother Rickey aspires to get attention. Vivian and Rita speak sometimes in their own invented language. Vivian learns that Rita has no desire to attend nursing school and has no clue as to what to do with her life. Murray attempts to cover up Rita's lack of progress at nursing school, when Mickey asks for progress reports. Mickey, frustrated at having to support his brother's family and learning of their deception concerning his daughter, explodes during a meeting between the two families, telling Murray he's tired of sending them money.
Depressed and dejected, Murray once again packs the kids into his car and they take off. In an attempt to cheer her father up, Vivian suggests that the family stop for a cheap steak at Sizzler for breakfast—a ritual suggested by the dad as a means of showing affection to his children, despite their indifference to it or him. Natasha Lyonne as Vivian Abromowitz, is a fourteen-year-old girl, the story's main protagonist Alan Arkin as Murray Samuel Abromowitz, Vivian's father Marisa Tomei as Rita Abromowitz, Vivian's cousin Kevin Corrigan as Eliot Arenson, Vivian's neighbor David Krumholtz as Ben Abromowitz, Vivian's 18-year-old brother Eli Marienthal as Rickey Abromowitz, Vivian's 10-year-old brother Carl Reiner as Mickey Abromowitz, Murray's older brother Rita Moreno as Belle Abromowitz, Mickey's wife Mena Suvari as Rachel Hoffman, Vivian's teenaged neighbor Jessica Walter as Doris Zimmerman, Murray's new love interest Box officeAccording to Box Office Mojo, Slums of Beverly Hills earned a total of $5,502,773 in the domestic box office.
On its opening weekend it garnered $125,561. The movie received positive reviews from critics; the design of the seventies, the humor and the acting have been described as "dead-on". Roger Ebert said of lead actress Natasha Lyonne, "Lyonne has the film's most important role, is the key to the comedy, she does a good job of looking incredulous, there's a lot in her life to be incredulous about. She has a nice pragmatic approach to sexuality, as in a scene where she consults a plastic surgeon about on-the-spot breast reduction." He said, "But I enjoyed Slums of Beverly Hills—for the wisecracking, for the family squabbles, for the notion of squatters who stake a claim in a Beverly Hills where money, after all, is not the only currency." San Francisco Chronicle reviewer Ruthe Stein stated, "While touching on serious issues such as loss, this coming-of-age story is first and foremost a comedy, a hilarious one at that. It never strains to be funny; the humor derives from the deadpan responses of family members to circumstances beyond their control."
She stated, "Set in the mid-'70s, Slums gets the period right, from the burnt orange shag carpet on the floor of the family's temporary digs to the dorky clothes and extreme hairstyles. The saleslady who sells Vivian her first bra has the overly made-up look of the time; the Abramowitzes' behavior when they go out to eat—complaining about the service and that there's too much salt in the food—may seem to border on a Jewish stereotype. But it's dead-on". On Rotten Tomatoes, the movie is certified "Fresh', with an 80% approval rating based on 61 reviews and is described as "Warm and hilarious." NominationsALMA Award for Outstanding Actress in a Feature Film in a Crossover Role American Comedy Awards, USA for Funniest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture Chicago Film Critics Association Awards for Most Promising Actress Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature: Tamara Jenkins.
Wedding Crashers is a 2005 American comedy film directed by David Dobkin, written by Steve Faber and Bob Fisher, starring Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Christopher Walken, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher, Bradley Cooper, Jane Seymour. The film follows two divorce mediators who crash weddings in an attempt to meet and seduce bridesmaids; the film opened on July 15, 2005 through New Line Cinema to critical and massive commercial success, grossing $285 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, is credited with helping to revive the popularity of adult-oriented, R-rated comedies. John Beckwith and Jeremy Grey are divorce mediators in Washington D. C. who "crash" wedding parties to bed women. At the end of a season of successful crashes, Jeremy takes John to a wedding for the daughter of the U. S. Secretary of the Treasury, William Cleary. Once inside, the pair set their sights on Cleary's other daughters and Claire. Jeremy ends up having sex with Gloria on a nearby beach during the reception. Gloria is possessive and becomes obsessed with Jeremy, Jeremy urges John to escape the reception with him.
Meanwhile, John attempts to court Claire, the maid of honor, but is interrupted by her hotheaded boyfriend, Sack Lodge, unfaithful and disrespectful behind her back. When Gloria invites Jeremy and John to an extended weekend party at their family compound, John overrules Jeremy to accept and get closer to Claire. John and Jeremy become acquainted with the Clearys at their home: the Secretary's wife sexually harasses John. At dinner, John spikes Sack's wine with eye-drops to make him sick and get more time to connect with Claire. John and Claire continue to bond the next day on a sailing trip; the suspicious Sack takes the men on a hunting trip. While he recovers and Claire go on a bike ride to a secluded beach. Claire admits she isn't sure how she feels about Sack and ends up kissing John passionately. Meanwhile, Gloria tends to Jeremy's wounds and reveals to him that she is not as innocent or inexperienced as she let on. Jeremy realizes that he that he may be in love with Gloria. Ready to confess everything to Claire to convince her not to marry Sack, John is interrupted by Jeremy being chased out of the house: Sack has investigated and revealed John and Jeremy's identities to the family.
Betrayed, Claire turns away from John and the Secretary tells them to leave. Over the following months, John attempts to reach Claire but she refuses to see him. John is caught and beaten by Sack. Confronting Jeremy about abandoning him, he learns that Jeremy has secretly continued his relationship with Gloria. Betrayed, John spirals into depression, crashing weddings alone and becoming nihilistic and suicidal. Meanwhile, as Claire and Sack plan their wedding, Claire's doubts grow. Jeremy proposes to Gloria and tries to ask John to be his best man. John visits Jeremy's former wedding crashing mentor, Chazz Reinhold, who convinces him to crash a funeral. While there, he rushes to Jeremy's wedding. John joins the wedding mid-ceremony to Jeremy's delight, but Claire is upset by his appearance, prompting John to profess his love to her and his regret for his past behavior in front of the congregation. Sack interrupts, but Claire tells him that she can't marry him. Sack tries to attack John, but Jeremy intervenes to knock him out, John and Claire kiss.
After the wedding, the two couples drive away from the ceremony together, discussing crashing another wedding together. Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain and Democratic strategist and CNN contributor James Carville both have a brief cameo appearance in the film towards the beginning, where both are seen congratulating the secretary and his wife on their daughter's wedding. Andrew Panay, co-producer of Wedding Crashers, had the idea for the film based on his own experience as a wedding crasher in his youth. Panay consulted the screenwriting team of Steve Faber and Bob Fisher to come up with a story based on this premise; the screenwriters had doubts it could be sustained into a feature-length film, so they decided to add female love interests born from a political family, inspired by their dream of marrying a girl from the Kennedy family when they were youngsters. It was Panay's desire "to explore male friendship through this crazy idea of crashing weddings."Dobkin insisted on three and a half weeks of rehearsals before filming began, based on his background working in theater.
Principal photography began on March 22, 2004, in Washington, D. C; the movie had a 52-day shooting schedule. The main Cleary wedding reception scene was filmed at the Inn at Perry Cabin in Saint Michaels, Maryland; the review-aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a score of 76% based on 186 reviews, a weighted average of 6.74/10. The website's critical consensus states, "Wedding Crashers is both raunchy and sweet, features top-notch comic performances from Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson." At Metacritic, the film has a score of 64 out of 100 based on 39 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade A-. Carina Chocano of the Los Angeles Times wrote a favorable review, in particular praised Vaughan's performance "Jeremy is the soul of t