KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's time to pop in a DVD and grab some popcorn. This week's home video reviews will leave you wanting to check out these films.
1) DEADPOOL (R)
20th Century Fox
First, the bad news: The edgy R-rated Marvel superhero movie “Deadpool” is smutty, vulgar, tasteless and perverse. Now, the good news: “Deadpool” is funny, sharply made and Ryan Reynolds is terrific as the X-Men’s snarky, wisecracking antihero.
This movie cleaned up at the box office. That's also a good news/bad news scenario. On one hand, it's an original approach to a stale genre, so that's welcome. On the other hand, Hollywood executives have lined up to make more R-rated comic book flicks, thinking that what audiences want is raunchiness. Those movies almost certainly won't have "Deadpool's" sharp wit, so brace for more coarseness.
If you’re not easily offended, “Deadpool” could prove to be a shamelessly raunchy guilty pleasure. Just don't watch while the kids are around.
Shawn says irreverent fun but definitely not for kids.
RUSS: 4 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 4 Popcorn Bags
2) WHERE TO INVADE NEXT (R)
Dog Eat Dog Films
“Where to Invade Next” is the latest documentary from left-wing activist Michael Moore. Moore goes a number of other countries to see how they’re coping with –and overcoming- some of the same problems that plague the USA.
On his travels, Moore discovers that these countries have come up with some unique solutions. But his biggest surprise was finding out that most of their ideas originated in America but have never been implemented here.
"Where to Invade Next" is smart and very informative, but Moore’s preachiness can become a major distraction.
Shawn refers to it as vintage Michael Moore.
RUSS: 3 Popcorn Bags
SHAWN: 3 Popcorn Bags
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