The Perks of Being a Wallflower: Reviewed by OWHG

Editor’s note:  Out of Work Hockey Guy has had some spare time on his hands.  That, coupled with his love of movies, moved him to write a guest blog for The Tales.  I was pleasantly surprised when I received his review a day ahead of schedule.  What appears below, is real.  Enjoy.

First off, I am honored and flattered about the opportunity to be a
guest blogger for The Tales. Seeing how this came after only
commenting twice on The Tales, I feel like a young Vince Papale,
plucked from obscurity to the Prime time. Enough of that shrimp
cocktail, now onto the iceberg wedge of this five course blog.

“Perks of Being a Wallflower” is a coming of age movie about a
freshman starting high school in the early 1990′s. I think we all can
agree that those were the days. The movie stars some relative unknowns
so I wont get into the full cast but the lead of “Charlie” is played
by Logan Lermin and the role of “Sam” is played by Emma Watson who
played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies. I’d like to point
out Emma Watson has aged wonderfully, and by that I mean I like her looks.
Paul Rudd also makes a cameo.

Seabass and broccolini: So I hear you at home, “But OWHG, why do I need
to watch a ‘coming of age’ high school movie sandwiched between Emilio
Estevez duct taping a nerds butt and Stifler’s mom sleeping with
Finch?”  Because it’s not that type of film you Load. Gone are the
hokey pranks laid out in the John Hughes era and the toilet humor of
the American Pie series. Now, don’t get me wrong, I loved both of those
genres, but “Perks” gives a fresh take on the trials of high school for
a kid who might not belong.

Cheescake summary: Movie is legit. I personally liked it more than
“Silver Lining Playbook.”  That might ruffle some feathers but I’m a
Lions fan, so screw it. Well directed and acted, kept me guessing the whole time and not at all what I expected going into it. So, if you prefer
the endings to “Zero Dark 30″ or “Lincoln,” this might be the one for
you.

Cocktail wrap-up: on a scale of 1 to 5, “Multiplicity” being 0 and “Bill
and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” being 5:  4.5
Snack recommendation for home viewing: a few casual Coors Lights and Cheddar Cheese and Sour Cream Ruffles.

Larry Crowne: Reviewed

I had slightly above average hopes for Tom Hanks’ latest offering, “Larry Crowne,” and in typical Hanks’ fashion, that is exactly what he delivered.

“Larry Crowne” is exactly what you would expect.  In the immortal words of Denny Green, “Larry Crowne is what we thought it would be.”  And that is to say:  a nice, safe, predictable Tom Hanks’ movie.  The feel good hit of the summer.  Everyone leaves the theater smiling.  No feathers ruffled.  No controversy.  I chuckled a handful of times.  I even did the laugh where I laugh a little bit longer and louder than everyone else just to leave my mark on the movie.  I want to feel like a part of the process.

In a nutshell:  Tom Hanks is a likable, nerdy guy who goes back to college as an older than average student.  My personal observation was that he was treated much nicer at his college than the older than average students were treated at Moorhead State Univestity back in the day.  Just sayin’.

In a shocking development, Hanks develops a relationship with one of his teachers, Julia Roberts.  I did not see that coming.

So anyway, you can go to this movie if you want.  Or, you can sit at home and imagine what the movie would be like and you would be spot-on.  Your choice.  I went to get out of the oppressive heat we Midwesterners must endure during our long, torturous summers.

Larry Crowne:  3 out of 5 stars.

Carmike 10.  Popcorn and Diet Coke.

Too many previews.