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Meet the Parents 2: Meet the Fockers (2004)

Duration 1h 55m Rating (UK) 12A Source of story A second outing following the character of Greg Focker Director Jay Roach Writers/Script Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg (Story Jim Herzfeld, Marc Hyman) (Characters Greg Glienna, Mary Ruth Clarke) Starring Robert De Nero, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman, Barbra Streisand, Blythe Danner, Teri Polo, Owen Wilson, Elevator Pitch: … Continue reading

Addams Family Values (1993)

Duration 1h 34m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original Addams family were the subject of a series of cartoons in the New Yorker between 1938 and 1988 by Charles Addams. They spawned multiple presentation as films, TV shows and animated series. Director Barry Sonnenfeld Writers/Script Paul Rudnick Starring Anjelica Huston, Raul Julia, Christopher … Continue reading

Hot Shots! (1991)

Duration 1h 24m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A parody of Top Gun Director Jim Abrahams Writers/Script Jim Abrahams, Pat Proft Starring Charlie Sheen, Cary Elwes, Valeria Golino, Lloyd Brdiges, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Ryan Styles, Elevator Pitch: This is Top Gun as a comedy. Topper Harley is a fighter pilot who has issues to … Continue reading

Maverick (1994)

Duration 2h 7m Rating (UK) PG Source of story The original 1950/60s TV series Director Richard Donner Writers/Script William Goldman (Roy Huggins – TV series) Starring Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, James Garner, Alfred Molina, James Coburn, Denver Pyle, Waylon Jennings, Doug McClure, Henry Darrow, Danny Glover, Margot Kidder Elevator Pitch: Bret Maverick, a gambler and … Continue reading

Evolution (2001)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Ivan Reitman Writers/Script David Diamond, David Weissman, Don Jakoby Starring David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott, Ted Levine, Dan Aykroyd, Sarah Silverman, John Cho, Elevator Pitch: A meteor strike close to an American desert town results in an extraordinay … Continue reading

Cutthroat Island (1995)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Renny Harlin (married at the time to Geena Davis) Writers/Script Robert King, Marc Norman (Story by Michael Frost Beckner, James Gorman, Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon) Starring Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Patrick Malahide, Stan Shaw, Harris Yulin Elevator Pitch: It … Continue reading

School of Rock (2003)

Duration 1h 49m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay Director Richard Linklater Writers/Script Mike White Starring Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Mike White, Joan Cusack, and a bunch of talented kids, the standout Miranda Cosgrove. Elevator Pitch: Dewey Finn is a washed up rock and roller, who has been dropped by his band … Continue reading

The Full Monty (1997)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Peter Cattaneo Writers/Script Simon Beaufoy Starring Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, William Snape, Steve Huison, Tom Wilkinson, Paul Barber, Hugo Speer Elevator Pitch: A group of out of work steelworkers in Sheffield get the idea of putting on a show as male strippers, … Continue reading

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Duration 1h 41m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Director Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Writers/Script Michael Arndt Starring Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steven Carell, Bryan Cranston, Dean Norris, Elevator Pitch: The Hoovers are a more or less disfunctional Albuquerque family. Richard is a failed motivational speaker, … Continue reading

Paul Blart Mall Cop (2009)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) PG Source of story An original screenplay – a sort of riff on Die Hard Director Steve Carr Writers/Script Kevin James, Nick Bakay Starring Kevin James, Keir O’Donnell, Jayma Mays, Shirley Knight, Bobby Cannavale, Gary Valentine Elevator Pitch: Paul Blart is a failed police applicant, now a security guard, who … Continue reading

One for the Money (2012)

Elevator Pitch A divorced and out of work young woman, who is about to be evicted from her apartment and who sees her European sports car repossessed takes up a job as a bail bond recovery agent, and goes on the track of the highest value bond jumper who happens to be an old flame. … Continue reading

Ghostbusters II (1989)

Elevator Pitch The ghostbusters are on the bones of their arses. Venkman is presenting a psychic programme on a minor TV station, Spengler is doing research into emotions and Ray and Winston are doing children’s parties. But when Dana’s bath tries to eat her baby it is time for them to get together and deal … Continue reading

This is Where I Leave You (2014)

Elevator Pitch Just after seeing his wife being unfaithful to him (literally) Judd Altman is called back to the family home where his father has just died. He, his two brothers, his sister and his mother, now the widow, are required to “ sit shiva”, a Jewish mourning process where the close relatives of the … Continue reading

Life of Brian (1979)

Elevator Pitch Brian has the misfortune to be born in a stable next to that in which Jesus is born and is accidentally approached by the wise men before they realise their mistake. He grows up, and together with other Jews is oppressed by the Romans, who have done nothing for them except the roads, … Continue reading

Goosebumps (2015)

Elevator Pitch A teenager and his mother move into a small town after the death of his father, where she it to take up the role of deputy-principal. Almost immediately he meets an attractive girl who lives next door, but is warned off from making friends with her by her father. When he hears screaming … Continue reading

Date Night (2010)

Elevator Pitch Phil and Claire are a couple in a rut, who little else than go to work, look after their children and fall into bed. Having sex is no more than a distant memory, however they have initiated a “Date Night” where they go out to dinner somewhere. To do something more exciting they … Continue reading

Johnny English (2) Reborn (2011)

Elevator Pitch After a disasterous event in Mosambique Johnny English retires to Tibet (or somewhere) to meditate and become personally stronger, but when the Chinese premier is threatened by a secret organisation he is recalled by the new boss of MI7 to track down the villains. He is pursued in turn by a female assassin … Continue reading

Mamma Mia 2! Here We Go Again (2018)

Elevator Pitch. You remember Mamma Mia? Well, this outing lets us know how the young Donna managed to have sex with three different guys in the same week, and then how her life pans out on the Greek island. And now – in the film’s present (maybe 2005) – Sophie, her daughter, has rebuilt the … Continue reading

The Out-of-Towners (1999)

Duration 1h 30m Rating (UK) 12 Source of story A remake of the 1970 Neil Simon script, itself based on a component of “Plaza Suite” which did not make it into the play. Writers/Script Marc Lawrence (based on the Neil Simon original) Additional Info One of the few high points in this movie is the … Continue reading

Analyse That (2002)

Duration 1h 36m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story Effectively a continuation of the first film Analyse This. Writers/Script Peter Steinfiled, Harold Ramis, Peter Tolan (Characters by Kenneth Lonergan, Peter Tolan) Additional Info From an estimated budget of $60 million Robert De Nero was paid $20 million. Director Harold Ramis Starring Robert De Nero, Billy … Continue reading

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