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This movie is going to be more appealing to Barbra Streisand fans than those of Seth Rogen, largely because the latter reins in his bawdy comedy and Streisand mines the mother-love that this film is all about.
Rogen plays an inventor about to embark on a long trip to market a remarkable cleaning liquid he's developed.
At the last minute--for a unique reason--he invites his mother along for the trip, partly as a way to reconnect after college and a job relocation that have kept them apart.
She's a nag and still treats him like he's 12, but the devotion and love she demonstrates eventually shine through, with a nice twist at the end of the film.
Rated PG-13 for language and some risque material. 96 min. [MC, RA, RF]
"JACK REACHER" (PG-13)
TOM CRUISE, ROSAMUND PIKE, RICHARD JENKINS
Aside from the very unfortunate timing of this film--the opening scene is of a sniper targeting innocents, including a child--it's a pretty good tough-guy detective tale.
And for those who question whether the short Tom Cruise can pull off a book character that's supposed to be a 6-foot-5 bruiser?
He nails the performance, probably earning himself a new action role that will extend at least into the near future.
In the wake of the Connecticut tragedy, seeing folks cut down by a sniper rifle doesn't much feel like entertainment.
What follows--the effort to catch the guys who frame a disturbed sniper--is engrossing, with Cruise as good as he's been for a while. The striking Rosamund Pike comes into her own as the attorney allied with Cruise's Jack Reacher.
It might have been a good decision to delay this for a few months, despite what had been spent on ads.
Rated PG-13 for violence, language and some drug material. 130 min. [MC, PV, RA]
HOW WE RATE 'EM
H Don't waste your time.
HH Nothing special
HHHH A must-see