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The Musings of an Eccentric Diva

Welcome to the Musings of an Eccentric Diva. My motto is: Giving Hollyweird movies the finger one movie at a time. Enter at your own risk (insert evil Vincent Price laughter here).
 


MOVIE REVIEW: Just Friends 2005

High school fatty Chris Brander (Ryan Reynolds) is secretly in love with his best friend Jamie Palamino (Amy Smart). He and Jaime are inseparable and he is her comforter when things don’t go well her boyfriends. After a being the target of a cruel prank at a graduation party engineered by classmates, Jaime reveals to Chris that she has no intentions of the two of them being more than friends. This leaves Chris heartbroken and embarrassed. Fast forward ten years later and Chris is now a slimmed down, sexy and successful record producer living in Los Angeles. He’s no longer the sweet shy kid from Jersey, he’s now an asshole on wheels complete with blond bimbo pop singer girlfriend Samantha James (Ana Faris). In route to Paris for the Christmas holidays with Samantha in tow, his plane is forced to make an emergency landing near his home town. He discovers that Jaime still lives there and works at a local bar. Chris is determined to win the girl of his dreams but there are several obstacles in his way. Dusty Dinkleman (Chris Klein), an old high school rival, is still relentlessly trying to woo Jaime, the other obstacle is Samantha, she’s as equally bat shit crazy as she is stupid. Even though Chris looks great on the outside, inside he is still the bumbling geek he was in high school ten years ago. Does he have what it takes to get the girl of his dreams? No more spoilers from me y’all!

Under any other circumstances, I would not have watched this film, the Mini Eccentric Diva tricked me into watching this. I must say that I laughed my ass off too, imagine my shock and surprise! Don’t watch this looking for some deeper understanding of the meaning of life, it’s just stupid-fun entertainment. I’ve never thought much of the frat-boy antics of Ryan Reynolds, he appears to play the same character in every movie but I enjoyed him in this film. Ana Faris is a damn fool, she is hilarious as untalented pop star Samantha James. Her character is modeled after the Ashlee Simpson’s and Britney Spears’ of the entertainment world. The real scene stealer is Chris Marquette who plays Chris’ younger brother Mike, he is determined to score some punnany from his big brother’s superstar girlfriend…a riot! I was really surprised how much this made laugh, I guess I was in the mood for it. This film is not overly offensive with the exception of some lame gay jokes thrown in here and there so I guess this is ok for older kids to watch.

VERDICT: 2.5 Soul Claps

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