Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This Week In Netflix

"A Bit of Fry and Laurie: Series 1" (1989) Description from Netflix: Brits Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie serve up a tangy blend of eccentric characters, witty wordplay and spontaneous shenanigans in this clever sketch comedy series. The funnymen refuse to play by the rules, crossing conventional lines with madcap abandon. Season 1 features skits with Fry and Laurie's recurring characters, including genteel secret agents Tony and Control, uptight yuppies John and Peter and light metal rockers Bishop and Warlord.

After watching 5 seasons of "House," I was in need of a reminder of how funny Hugh Laurie is. He and Stephen Fry work so well together as demonstrated here and in their other BBC series "Jeeves and Wooster." Amazing how the two of them can fill a half hour of multiple sketches with just themselves.

"Maybe Baby" (2001) Description from Netflix: Sam Bell (Hugh Laurie) and his wife, Lucy (Joely Richardson), are the perfect couple, complete with perfect careers and perfect lives. But one thing is missing: The Bells want a baby -- and they can't seem to conceive one. Doctors advise in-vitro; a friend advises creativity; and the couple soon finds their love put to the toughest of tests. Emma Thompson and Rowan Atkinson make cameo appearances.

I really like this movie. It had both humor and heart in talking about infertility. The writer/director did a great job and I'm guessing a lot of this much have come from his real life. Rowan Atkinson plays the fertility doctor. Do I really need to say more?

"13 Going On 30" (2004) Description from Netflix: It's 1987, and geeky Jenna just wants to be popular. After her 13th birthday party goes awry, Jenna wishes she could just be 30 instead -- only to wake up and discover that she's flash-forwarded 17 years. Now a sexy, successful magazine editor, Jenna (Jennifer Garner) finds out that being an adult isn't necessarily all it's cracked up to be. Mark Ruffalo, Judy Greer and Andy Serkis co-star in this charming romantic comedy in the tradition of Big.

A modern and girly version of "Big." I liked it more than I thought I would, but I really haven't liked Jennifer Garner in anything since "Alias." I am being to think Judy Greer is brilliant and needs to be in way more movies. She is under-rated.

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"Little Britain: Series 1" (2003) Description from Netflix: Featuring shamelessly puerile comedy sketches, the eight-episode premier season of this BBC3 series takes viewers on a hysterical tour of the British Isles, introducing a wealth of warped characters played by Matt Lucas and David Walliams. From monosyllabic teen Vicky Pollard to the government aide lusting after the prime minister (Anthony Stewart Head), the show will keep you in stitches. Extras include behind-the-scenes segments and more.

I tried, I really tried to like this. I made it through 2 episodes and I just couldn't watch anymore. David Walliams was brilliant in "Spaced," but this breed of humor I just couldn't stand. Fry and Laurie in the past and Catherine Tate currently does the same kind of thing 20x better. I'd put it on par with "Ali G" whom I can't stand either.

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