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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 is 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

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Duration 1h 31m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story The Arthurian Legend, principally relating to the knights of the Round Table (sort of). Writers/Script Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin Additional Info One of the best known tropes in this outing is that the knights pretend to be on … Continue reading

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013)

Duration 1h 40m Rating (UK) 15 Source of story An original screenplay Writers/Script John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, plus story by Chad Kultgen and Tyler Mitchell and rewrites by Jason Reitman Additional Info This script had been in development for over three years before it was finally filmed; some would say “you can tell”. Director … Continue reading

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