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The Movie Brothers Podcast Episode 4

In this week’s podcast, The Movie Brother’s talk about the Top 5 Tim Burton movies, Danny DeVito’s “Housebroken,” Adam Sandler’s “Grown Ups,” Disney’s popcorn flick “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” talk Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and we trash Michael Cera.

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We get it Michael Cera, you’re awkward

Michael Cera running awkwardly from paparazzi


Michael Cera is this generation’s Anthony Michael Hall. And like Hall, if he doesn’t do something other than act like the awkward nerd that he is, his career will ultimately fade into our memories.

He’s played the geeky kid in every role he’s taken. Sometimes he expands slightly into the geeky kid who desperately wants the girl and will do anything to get her in such movies as “Youth in Revolt” and “Scott Pilgrim Verse The World.”

At age 22, with a pretty hefty resume, I think it’s time to try a new pony because the one you’ve been riding is all tricked out. Look, I’m not saying the kid is talentless. “Juno” was a great flick, and “Youth in Revolt” had its moments. “Super Bad” was a riot, but not because Cera carried the load. In fact, he’s never actually carried a movie. He just sits in the background gettingng carried by more talented actors like Ellen Page. But that’s not to say there isn’t a place for him in Hollywood.

The thing is, he’s not about to quit his typecasting ways. He’ll be starring as Gilligan in the remake of “Gilligan’s Island,” expected to come out in 2012. He’ll play opposite Jack Black who will be Skipper Jonas Grumby. Those two were previously in “Year One,” where Cera played a caveman who was — you guessed it — awkward, nerdy, and desperately seeking the attention of a girl.

Who can blame him for taking these roles? He’s getting serious bank. Probably enough to live on for the rest of his life. I don’t think Cera should run out and try his hand at action films or go after a role that begs for an Oscar nomination. Just try something a little different. At this point, he’s lost credibility and I know what to expect from his movies — which isn’t much.

Youth in Revolt

While his trailer trash parents teeter on the edge of divorce, Nick Twisp (Michael Cera) sets his sights on dream girl Sheeni Saunders, hoping that she’ll be the one to take away his virginity. Directed by Miguel Arteta, who has been a successful television director with shows like “Six Feet Under” “The Office” and “Freaks and Geeks.”

Rating: 6 out of 10

Nick’s girlfriend needs him to be so bad he gets kicked out of his mother’s house so he has to move in with his dad, who lives near her. He spends much of his time ruining his life — setting downtown on fire, stealing cars, dropping out of school — for a girl he once spent an afternoon with. That’s the lynch pin, for me, that made this movie not settle right. But there’s other great aspects of this film that made it a pretty fun watch. Nick is a total weenie, and creates Francois in his mind, a smooth-talking lady’s man who encourages him along his path of destruction.

There are some moments of genuine teen angst in this film and some funny parts, too. There are nice supporting roles by Fred Willard as a crunchy liberal neighbor and Zach Galifianakis as Nick’s mother’s boyfriend who is a total pig of a man. All in all, the movie has some very funny moments but asks the audience to make leaps that are a little too far, even for a silly comedy. It’s a little much for the director to ask his audience to connect with a sweet, naive teen love story then be totally fine with slapstick and ridiculous stretches of plot.

Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World

Scott Pilgrim’s 23 years old, in a rock band, between jobs, and dating a cute high school girl. Everything’s fantastic until a seriously mind-blowing, dangerously fashionable, roller-blading delivery girl named Ramona Flowers starts cruising through his dreams and sailing by him at parties. But the path to Ramona’s heart isn’t covered in rose petals. Her seven evil exes stand between Scott and true happiness. The film is based on the Oni Press graphic novel “Scott Pilgrim Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim’s Precious Little Life.” The film stars Michael Cera (Super Bad, Youth in Revolt) as Pilgrim. Directed by Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead).

Rating: 8 out of 10

I know what some of you may be thinking: “Oh, another Michael Cera movie. You’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” I hate to burst your bubble but this definitely isn’t your typical Michael Cera film. What the cast and crew brought to “Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World” was truly a unique blend of action, comedy and romance. The moment the Universal Studios logo hit the screen, I was laughing. The moment a duel-to-the-death began to take place, I was at the edge of my seat with anticipation. Even the heartbreak and romance within the film was relatable to those who haven’t had the best of luck in relationships. The film continued to surprise me from scene to scene; from the random acts of the characters and their dialogue, to the visual and sound effects mimicking NES games, the film is nonstop fun.

There is an ideal combination of special effects and physical hand-to-hand combat with a dash of arcade style humor. It was like watching a live-action comic book fight or video game battle take place right before your very eyes! Nothing beats hearing an enthusiastic howl of “K.O.” from a non-existent referee.

The fact that it opened alongside “The Expendables” and “Eat Prey Love” is disappointing. The combination of these two movie’s audiences unfortunately exceeds the comic book/video game audience. Whether it’s by word-of-mouth or its Blu-ray and DVD release, I strongly hope  this film gets the attention and respect it deserves.

The Movie Brothers are happy to welcome Kyle Baker as a new contributor. He’s an avid movie lover and studied television and digital film design and production at the State University of New York at Fredonia. For those of you who use Flixter on facebook, Kyle is a regular reviewer.