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Reviews for the week of April 17, 2000.

Monday:
Ready to Rumble

Ready to Rumble
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Although I'm not a fan of wrestling, I found Ready to Rumble to be a hilarious wrestling spoof.

In a way, Ready to Rumble is also a Dumb and Dumber type movie, and a buddy comedy. Two friends, Gordie (David Arquette) and Sean (Scott Caan), are huge fans of wrestler Kris Kane (Oliver Platt). Their dream is to meet Kane, whom they idolize. When Kane is beaten at a wrestling match and his career takes a nosedive, they go on a trek to find and revive him.

All the characters in Ready to Rumble are hysterically funny for their stupidity; Platt's drunken Kane is terrific, and Arquette and Caan also draw numerous laughs.

Audio VersionThis is a "leave your brains at the door" kind of movie. Analyzing the plot from a technical, intellectual point of view would be impossible. If you're a fan of bathroom humor, juvenile jokes, and inexplicably comical mindless drivel, Ready to Rumble is definitely your movie. Although I felt idiotic, nevertheless, I laughed all the way through this film.

My Rating = Three Stars

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Friday:
American Psycho

American Psycho
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American Psycho is a peculiar blend of several real-life serial killers and several popular previous horror movies.

The psycho in question (a Tom Cruise lookalike) acts vaguely normal when around his business associates, but later he turns into the extreme nutcase that he is at heart. He commits multiple murders, killing everyone from hookers to homeless people. Even his friends and coworkers eventually suspect something strange - a little too late for some.

In some ways, American Psycho is almost laughable; for example, when the psycho phones his lawyer with a very graphic confession (he even admits to eating people's brains) the lawyer thinks it's a big joke!

On the other hand, American Psycho is downright disgusting in some scenes, and it isn't a particularly good thriller, although I'll admit it's pretty original.

My Rating = Two Stars

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