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The Night Before (2015)



The movie is a Christmas comedy film directed and written by Jonathan Levine with the co-writers Kyle Hunter, Ariel Shaffir and Evan Goldberg. The movie is about the three childhood buddies that annually joined on Christmas Eve.

The Cast List:

Jillian Bell played as Betsy Greenberg, wife of Isaac

Miley Cyrus played as herself

Lizzy Caplan played as Diana, ex-girlfriend of Ethan

Baron Davis played as himself

James Franco played as James

Nathan Fielder played as Joshua

Joseph Gordon-Levitt played as Ethan Miller

Ilana Glazer played as Rebecca Grinch

Aaron Hill played as Tommy Owens

Jason Jones played as Bad Santa no. 2

Mindy Kaling played as Sarah

Anthony Mackie played as Chris Roberts

Jason Mantzoukas played as Bad Santa no. 1

Tracy Morgan played as Narrator or Santa Claus

Randall Park played as Ethan’s boss

Seth Rogen played as Isaac Greenberg

Michael Shannon played as Mr. Green

Heléne Yorke played as Cindy

Lorraine Toussaint played as Mrs. Roberts, mother of Chris

The Story Line:


On Christmas Eve of 2001, Ethan Miller mutually loses his parents during an auto accident. Ever since that moment, Isaac Greenberg and Chris Roberts, the best friends of Ethan resolve to spend each Christmas night with Ethan. Throughout the way, his friends discovered of Nutcracker Ball, invite-only, tremendous Christmas Eve gathering. Unable to locate the party, the buddies go on with their tradition. In year 2015, the best friends settle for ending the tradition. Chris became the popular football player, and then Isaac gets married with the baby coming on the way. In private, Isaac and Chris worried that Ethan, the fighting musician that works in a hotel was not ready to end their tradition.


In the hotel, Ethan discovers and steals requests of the Nutcracker Ball. Then, his buddies meet at the house of Isaac before going out for their final Christmas Eve together. Earlier, before heading, Isaac’s wife Betsy handed him drugs to apply at night, because he has been so helpful. The pals leave to go with their normal tradition, with the wanting of going to the party afterwards. The initial stop is at the Rockefeller Tree. At the Tree, Ethan revealed about the tickets going to the ball. Down the way, Chris, in trying to impress the group mates, bought marijuana from Mr. Green, the previous high school dealer. During the purchase, Mr. Green shared the plant with Chris, naming it as the present. When they are at the karaoke bar, the buddies run into Diana, who just broke up with Ethan because he refused to commit, and also Sarah, Diana’s friend. The buddies discovered that Sarah and Diana will go at the Nutcracker Ball. When they are at the bar, Isaac started to be affected negatively by the drugs, resulting in creating a video phone message and admitting that he was still afraid to have a child.

The Writers View:

Drugs were so common in this film. They are basically a personality of their own. They have the superficial effort to draw on the Christmas Carol by Dickens naming their dope dealer a Spirit of the Christmas Present, and a drug-taking in common is created to be an equal with friendship and partying. Even the wonderful party, they finally take in after years of attempting to literally have a basin of drugs over the table. And for some reason, the athlete buddies are called out and disgraced for having steroids.

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Office Christmas Party (2016)



The film is a Christmas comedy movie by director Will Speck and Josh Gordon with the writer Laura Solon and Justin Malen, from the story by Scott Moore and Jon Lucas.

The Cast List:

Jennifer Aniston played as Carol Vanstone, Zenotek interim CEO
Jason Bateman played as Josh Parker, Zenotek Chicago Chief of Technical Advancement
Olivia Munn played as Tracey Hughes, Zenotek Chicago Chief of RnD
T. J. Miller played as Clay Vanstone, Zenotek Chicago Head
Kate McKinnon played as Mary Winetoss, Zenotek human resources representative
Jillian Bell played as Trina
Vanessa Bayer played as Allison
Jimmy Butler played as himself
Rob Corddry played as Jeremy
Jamie Chung played as Meghan
Oliver Cooper played as Drew
Ben Falcone played as Doctor
Fortune Feimster played as Lonny, an Uber Driver
Abbey Lee played as Savannah
Andrew Leeds played as Tim
Adrian Martinez played as Larry
Randall Park played as Fred
Sam Richardson played as Joel
Da’Vine Joy Randolph played as Carla
Karan Soni played as Nate
Courtney Vance played as Walter Davis
Matt Walsh played as Ezra

The Story Line:


Josh Parker is the Chief Technical Officer who meets with lawyer, Ezra, to settle his divorce in perfect time for the season. Meanwhile, Zenotek failed to meet their quarterly quota, and the interim CEO Carol threatens that there will be laid off with the 40% of the employees, cancel the yearly Christmas party and cutoff bonuses.

The branch manager brother, Clay was desperate to maintain his staff. Carol conceals resentment to Clay, whom she thought was their father’s favorite, and pressures that the branch will shut down. Clay and Josh, together with Josh’s leader of tech, Tracey Hughes, proposed the partnering with the giant financial Walter Davis, whom they were having a dining later that day, and also Carol provides them the opportunity to succeed with his business. Walter was so happy with the pitch, and worry with some other present branch closure at the Zenotek, sensing that the corporation is more about of the budget than the people. Clay invited him to the Christmas gathering in anticipation of illustrating him that the company is still in better standing. Before leaving the town, Carol offered Josh the position at the New York headquarters, certain with the brother will fail.

The Writers View:

An unfunny, underdeveloped and a criminally high concept comedy, attempting to recall that hangover just like a tone, the directors failed to really ignite a gut of Christmas with the comic caper that takes the celebration vibe, but failed to bring-out the laughs. Like taking the lump of a coal in the Christmas stocking, Party offered up the interesting plan but delivered nothing and only disappointments. As a talented casting were laboring with stuffs that should have been gone in the writing workshop in Santa’s screen, an appealing thought, ideas of the wild office gathering, complete with the outlandish shenanigans was an alternative overrun by the totally not appealing tales of the struggling company that was trying to be a winner in a big contract.

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Keeping Up with the Joneses (2016)



The film is an action comedy movie by director Greg Mottola and with writer Michael LeSieur. The movie follows the suburban couple who started to suspect their latest neighbors were secret agents.

The Cast List:

Zach Galifianakis played as Jeff Gaffney, Mikey and Patrick’s father and Karen’s husband

Henry Boston played as Patrick Gaffney, Mikey’s brother

Isla Fisher played as Karen Gaffney, Mikey and Patrick’s mother and Jeff’s wife

Gal Gadot played as Natalie Jones, a secret agent, Karen’s friend and Tim’s wife.

Jon Hamm played as Tim Jones, a friend of Jeff and Natalie’s husband.

Maribeth Monroe played as Meg Craverston, the wife of Dan

Jack McQuaid played as Mikey Gaffney, Patrick’s brother

Patton Oswalt played as Bruce Springstine or Scorpion

Matt Walsh played as Dan Craverston, the husband of Meg

Kevin Dunn played as Carl Pronger

Michael Liu played as Yang

Ari Shaffir played as Oren

Jona Xiao played as Stacey Chung

The Story Line:


Jeff Gaffney was employed as the Human Resources specialists at a Defense contractor corporation named as MBI that is based in Atlanta. Jeff with his wife Karen dwells in a nice cul-de-sac together with their two sons, who were away for the summer camp. They are making an acquaintance with their two latest neighbors, Tim and Natalie Jones. Tim works as a travel writer with hobbies that had glassblowing, while Natalie is a philanthropist, a cooking blogger and one social media consultant. They are mutually good-looking, stylish, and accomplished yet exaggeratedly friendly with Gaffneys.


Karen begins having suspicious with the Joneses because she catches Tim punch around the den of Jeff during the neighborhood block party, and then observe Natalie making what seemed to be like a fatal drop in the café. Karen followed Natalie going to the mall, and Natalie confronted her at the dressing room, defusing the circumstances with some ladies bonding. In the mean time, Tim invited Jeff to the underground Chinese bistro, where Jeff is drinking snake wine and was bitten by the severed snake skull, obliging Tim to rescue his life. In replace, Jeff brings Tim to the indoor skydiving, the ardor of his that nobody from his friends share. Through all the way, Tim attempted to have Jeff speaks regarding his coworkers in the office. One evening, with the assistance of Natalie, Tim slips to the MBI construction and check over with Jeff’s emails.

The Writers View:

This kind of comedy film is different from the other. No actual plot twist is too surprising, including their final joke. But still, there are lots of funny moments viewing it, since most of their jokes were really character driven, and these characters were written and performed well. Gal Gadot acquires the powerful lady with the menacing appearance, nailed into the teeth, and was a bit less credible when she needs to be subtle or sensitive. It does not usually take place in movies, so it is not that big thing, but there were few moments wherein she has off character.

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Moana (2016)



The film is a 3D computer-animated fantasy-adventure and musical movie produced in the Animation Studios of Walt Disney. It is directed by John Musker and Ron Clements, with co-directors Chris Williams and Don Hall.

The Cast List:

Auli’i Cravalho played as Moana, a 16-years old daughter from the village chief Sina and Tui, who was selected by the ocean to reinstate the core of Te Fiti.

Puanani Cravalho played as the Villager No. 2 and Auli’i’s mother

Jemaine Clement played as Tamatoa, the giant wealth-hoarding the coconut crab from the Lalotai

Rachel House played as Tala, grandmother of Moana. Like Moana, Tala allocates an ardor for the ocean

Dwayne Johnson played as Maui, the legendary shape-shifting demigod that sets off Moana to her trip.

Temuera Morrison played as Tui, overprotective father of Moana and Tala’s son, head of Motunui Island

Nicole Scherzinger played as Sina, Tui’s wife and Moana’s mother

Tudyk played the voice of Villager No. 3, whom suggested cooking Heihei

Alan Tudyk played as Heihei, the pet rooster of Moana

Louise Bush played as the younger Moana

Christopher Jackson played as Tui’s humming voice

Oscar Kightley played as the fisherman

Troy Polamalu played as the Villager No. 1

The Story Line:


On a Polynesian island of the Motunui, the population worships a goddess named Te Fiti, who gives life to the ocean by the pounamu stone being her heart and a supply of her power. Maui, master of sailing, and the shapeshifting demigod, stole the heart to provide the humanity with the energy of creation. But, Te Fiti crumbled, and Maui was harassed by Te Kā, the volcanic demon, dropping mutually the heart and his magical large fishhook to the depths.

After a millennium, Moana, the offspring of Motunui’s head Tui, was selected by the ocean to give back the heart to Te Fiti. But, Tui came and takes away Moana, and this caused her to lose that heart. Moana’s mother, Sina, and Tui attempt to stay her far from the ocean and prepare for the ascension as an island’s chief. After years, Moana has been older, a light hits the island, decaying the coconuts and declining with the total fish being caught. Moana suggested to proceeds beyond the reef of the island to locate for most fish, and Tui forbids it. While Sina explained to Moana that his best friend and Tui attempt going beyond the reef, and the latter perished. The pet pig Pua and Moana attempts to conquer the reef and were overpowered by an ocean’s tides and wind up stranded back on Motunui.

Moana and Maui

Tala, Moana’s grandmother showed her a covert cave, where there are a number of ships being hidden, telling to Moana that the citizen was voyagers before. Tala explained that they stopped when Te Fiti’s heart was taken by Maui and the darkness or Te Kā’s is polluting the island, and it may cured if Maui and Moana will bring back heart to Te Fiti, the one she gave to Moana. Tala gets ill and then shortly dies, but not before pushing Moana to go and accomplish her destiny.

The Writers View:

This is really a wow, a great movie! The diagram in the film is breathtaking! They are gorgeous and the visuals here has used a creativity and imagination and has a heart of the viewers. Moana is really a likable, relatable and a smart person. The voice that works for Moana is really good and such a sweet one. The chemistry between Maui and Moana is just natural and a great one. The songs in the movie were charming, fun and catchy. The way Moana was singing it is really touching and really I can say that the movie is great for both kids and adults and you will for sure, want to see this movie once more.

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Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)



This comedy, romance movie is written by Brendan O’Brien and Andrew Cohen with the movie director Jake Szymanski. Adam DeVine and Zac Efron were the title characters that placed an ad for the dates of their sister’s nuptials, and it features Aubrey Plaza and Anna Kendrick as the ladies that answered in the ad. The movie is from the actual Craigslist ad that was placed by the two brothers that wanted dates for the weeding of their cousin that became viral in February of 2013, and then became a book.

The Cast List:

Adam DeVine played as Michael Stangle, “Mike”

Zac Efron played as David Stangle, “Dave”

Chloe Bridges played as the apartment Chloe

Sugar Lyn Beard played as Jeanie Stangle

Lavell Crawford played as Keith

Stephanie Faracy played as Rosie Stangle

Mary Holland played as Becky

Anna Kendrick played as Alice

Jake Johnson played as Ronnie

Sally Jackson played as grandma Stangle

Marc Maron played as Randy

Kumail Nanjiani played as Keanu

Aubrey Plaza played as Tatiana

Don Pomes played as grandpa Stangle

Stephen Root played as Burt Stangle

Sam Richardson played as Eric

Alice Wetterlund played as Cousin Terry

Wendy Williams played as herself

Branscombe Richmond played as Chef Kalani

The Story Line:


Brothers Dave and Mike Stangle was liquor sales agent whose antics ruins the family’s get together. With the younger sister Jeanie’s marriage coming from Hawaii, the parents told them that they should bring dates to that wedding to be away from any form of trouble. Dave and Mike place out the ads for the dates on Craigslist. That advertisement went viral and these brothers went on to the Wendy Williams Show and make an advertise themselves.

Meanwhile, Alice and Tatiana were slacker party girls that had been fired for appearing drunk in their waitressing jobs. Tatiana saw the brothers’ appeared on TV and decided that this complimentary trip is all what they need to have a vacation. They cleaned up themselves and to take their attention, Tatiana, throws herself in the front of the moving auto that is outside the bar and this is where the brothers were meeting up with the ladies. After allowing the brothers to think Mike rescued Tatiana’s life, then, they all went for a date. Tatiana, posed as a schoolteacher that flirts with Mike and did not want to have sex with him, while Alice, pretends to be the hedge fund manager, and thinking that sleeping with Dave is the only solution to get over with her ex-fiancé, who leave her when they are at the altar. Thinking that the family will adore these ladies, the brothers then invited them to go to Hawaii.


In Hawaii, Alice and Tatiana charmed the Stangle clan, but were almost exposed when Alice, who is suffering from PTSD-like having some flashbacks of her personal wedding, she gets drunk and get jealous, offhanded remarks to Jeanie. At that moment, Mike with his bisexual woman cousin, Terry, started competing for the attention of Tatiana. The brothers scheduled a swim with the dolphins’ package for the whole family; but, the ladies, convince Jeanie with her fiancé Eric, to have the ATV tour into the mountains. Tatiana and Alice showed off and performed tricks for the ATVs. Mike tried similar tricks, but ended up booming to Jeanie and harshly bruised her face. Alice felt bad and bribes the masseur to provide Jeanie the massage with the style of Tantric.

The Writers View:

The four actors were all adorable in their lead roles and it was not really that bad like what was written by some critics. Basically, the plot and every scene in it, even the dialogues were not really that admirable and there was really no fun in it that makes it under the comedy film category. There are moments when the film had to be cute, but was ruined, and these are the films that were funny before, but were done so well and in this case, it was made to what they are expected to have. I believe that they can still give a better version of these, if only they are really prepared.

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The Boss (2016)



The film is a comedy movie by director Ben Falcone with the other writers Steve Mallory and Melissa McCarthy. Universal Pictures released this film on April, 2016.

The Cast Lists:

Melissa McCarthy played as Michelle Darnell, the powerful rich business woman.

Kristen Bell played as Claire Rawlings, the single mom and personal assistant of Michelle.

Ella Anderson played as Rachel Rawlings, the 10 years old girl scout daughter of Claire.

Kathy Bates played as Ida Marquette, Michelle’s former mentor and owner of the glue factory.

Presley Coley played as Hannah Kreagan, Helen’s daughter and one of the Dandelions.

Peter Dinklage played as Ronald Renault, the rivalry with Michelle and the unscrupulous business man.

Ben Falcone played as Marty Slack, former lawyer of Michelle.

Tyler Labine played as Mike Beals, Claire’s co-worker that seemed to attempt to woo her.

Annie Mumolo played as Helen Kreagan, the arrogant, narcissistic and a cunning mother of one Dandelions.

Michael McDonald played as Bryce Crean, one of the “buddies” of Michelle’s past.

Margo Martindale played as Sis. Agnes Aluminata, a mother superior from where Michelle’s lived.

Steve Mallory played as Carl, one of those “buddies” of Michelle’s past.

Aleandra Newcomb played as Mariana Gutierrez, one of those Darnell’s Darlings.

Eva Peterson played as Chrystal Delvechio, one from the Darnell’s Darlings.

Kristen Schaal played as Sandy Haim, the head of Dandelions that is pompously criticized by Helen.

Cecily Strong played as Dana Dandridge, Claire’s selfish, sarcastic, vain, and overbearing boss.

Mary Sohn played as Jan Keller, the mother of one of those Dandelions.

Cedric Yarbrough played as Tito, former bodyguard of Michelle.

Dave Bautista played as Chad, the head of the Falcon Rangers T-Pain played as himself

Dax Shepard played as Kyle Marquette

Gayle King played as herself

The Story Line:


The story followed Michelle Darnell, the titan of an industry that was sent to jail for the insider trading, denounced by the previous lover, Renault, who holds the heavy grudge on the way to her for the breakup, right after taking the promotion way back years ago. After making her moment, Michelle appears, prepared to rebrand herself being the latest sweetheart in America, but not everybody she steamrolled was really speed quick to forget and forgive. With none to go and nobody to scam with, Michelle is obliged to shifts in with the previous assistant Claire and the younger daughter, Rachel Now during her lowest point, Michelle wasted no time in inventing the winner-take-all preparation to rebuild an empire.


The wealthy CEO Michelle Darnell usually takes to get her way, up to being busted for the inside trading and transmit to the federal jail. After leaving the prison, Darnell discovered herself broke, hated, and homeless. Fortunately, she tracked down the previous assistant Claire, the only individual who was willing to assist. While being with Claire and the younger daughter, the ex-con creates the latest business representation for the brownie empire. Unfortunately, most of the matured foes stand in the process of her come back to the top.

The Writers’ View:

She can be better or even best leaving off this for somebody else and place all the efforts in reprising her acting as Sookie in the remake of the Gilmore Girls. There had been no sufficient words to describe this movie because the script should not have gotten green. There is also something questionable viewing little kids fighting, because they were all girls and what they are doing is somewhat not relevant at all. This could have been funny if all of them were boys, or at least mixed, to watch kids that are being with each other is something that is hard to laugh with and I find it deeply offensive.

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Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)



The film is a comedy horror movie by the director and writer Tyler Perry, who also stars and co-produced this film. The idea for a movie originated from the fictitious Madea Halloween film that was stated in the Chris Rock’s 2014 movie Top 5.

The Cast List:

Tyler Perry played as Mabel Simmons “Madea”, Uncle Joe Simmons and Brian Simmons.

Cassi Davis played as Betty Ann Murphy “Aunt Bam”

JC Caylen played as Mikey

Yousef Erakat played as Jonathan

Andre Hall played as Quinton

Liza Koshy played as Aday Walker

Bradley Martyn played as the Frat Boy #9

Patrice Lovely played as the Hattie Mae Love

Kian Lawley played as Bean Boy

Brock O’Hurn played as Horse

Lexy Panterra played as Leah Devereaux

Mario Rodriguez played as the Frat Boy #10

Diamond White played as Tiffany Simmons

Bella Thorne played as Rain Mathison

Jimmy Tatro played as Sean

Tyga played as Himself

Mike Tornabene played as Dino

The Story Line:


During the Halloween celebration, the young fraternity head Jonathan with his comrade frat brothers discussed the upcoming Halloween party that is outside the frat house. Tiffany and her three colleagues Aday, Rain and Leah stroll past in the frat house, and were invited to the frat party. Then Brian, Tiffany’s father and the nephew of Madea, catch them in the frat house, which was ordered Tiffany about not walking by and irritably ordered her and her buddies to get inside the auto, to which she rejects and told him that they may walk back home since it is just around the corner. Then, Brian prohibits her from going close the frat house again and revealed that he was sending her with her brother to their mother’s house while he will be out of the town, much to her disappointment. Later that day, Brian spies on a conversation with Tiffany to Jonathan, the president of the frat, on the mobile tablet and witnessed how sexual matters seemed be getting, that is much to annoyance and anger.


That evening, Madea and Aunt Bam were sitting outside their house for the Halloween Night and giving away some candy to children’s trick-or-treating, while Bam is furtively stealing some of the kid’s candy, until a kid witnessed her for stealing his and with an argument came out. Right after that, the clown approached them with a large jack-in-the-box, and it terrifies Bam. As the joker is nearly coming, Madea threatened him and challenge anything to come out of the box. One more clown comes out and she rapidly punches the jester, making it to fell out inside the box. It is exposed as Uncle Joe, Brian’s father, and Madea’s brother and Hattie, the longtime buddy of Madea and also Aunt Bam, who go on to explain that they were just attempting trying to panic them for fun. In the mean time, in order to maintain Tiffany from nagging off in the Halloween party, out of options, Brian calls Madea, to remain there and gaze after Tiffany to maintain her away from a party. Madea agreed and Joe, Hattie and Bam tag along together with her right after Brian swore to give pay to Madea. Tiffany and with her pal Aday, realized that Madea and some others were watching and keeping them from creeping in the party, settling to trick them to sleep early by imitating the tales regarding the guy named as Mr. Wilson, who does killings in the house, and she told them that only the safe rooms where their bedrooms. She encourages them of the tales authenticity by furtively hitting the remote control to make the lights off inside the house to terrify them.

The Writers View:

This movie is one of the best samples. The same hackneyed, one-note, recycled, shallow, and the not so funny instances were present again, complete with identical people. At any rate, this one was not about some of the beaten down dark women that needed to discover her location on earth, stand up for her man, and sleep. It is mind overwhelming how he may pop out the POS and usually handles to attract the viewers. Madea’s answered for everything is violence. Then, if this is not that bad enough, Perry, now is blatantly thieving comedic stuffs from the dead people.

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