With midterm season making a beeline to the “destroy our lives” button, all that studying has probably made our heads hurt with all the random information we just have to remember. While it’s pretty obvious we’ll easily let go of all the information we had to memorize the moment exams end, there’s nothing better than kicking back at the movie theatre to will help ease your stress.
Now the following are not all going to be Oscar-bait movies, but sometimes, all you need are a couple of movies (be it a stupid comedy, a sappy romance or a family film) to help you relax.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa
Call me a sadist, but watching Jackass has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. From snorting wasabi to getting a toy car up your butt (RIP Ryan Dunn), it’s always been a wonder why anyone would choose to inflict pain on themselves for a living. But that’s besides the point. These stunts are also VERY entertaining.
That’s why I was excited to hear that Johnny Knoxville’s infamous Bad Grandpa was getting his own spin-off movie. As one of my favourite characters of the series, the film will document the reactions of unsuspecting people as the hilarious Knoxville poses as his 86-year-old alter ego journeying across America with his eight-year-old grandson (Jackson Nicholl). Along the way, the two will encounter male strippers, disgruntled beauty pageant contestants, biker bar patrons, funeral home mourners and several other victims.
This film will probably turn your brain into mush, but at least you’ll be rolling on the ground laughing.
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa lands in theatres October 25.
This movie looks sappy as hell, but that doesn’t mean it won’t make you all warm and mushy inside! Just like 2009′s The Time Traveler’s Wife, Rachel McAdams falls in love with yet another time traveller who isn’t the Doctor. Her love interest in About Time is Domhnall Gleeson (Never Let Me Go) whose character has the ability to relive the past and try things differently until he gets them perfectly right.
McAdams never fails to charm as the heroine of all our favourite romance films. But as a huge Harry Potter fan, I’m personally more excited to see Bill Nighy and Gleeson playing a father and son. If anyone’s keeping track, that’s Bill Weasley AND Rufus Scrimgeour! I guess it goes to show that British actors like to stick together.
About Time premieres November 8th.
The Book Thief
If you’re up for sweet, tear-inducing family films then this movie is right up your alley.
Based on the award-winning novel by Markus Zusak, the film surrounds Liesel, a young girl (Sophie Nélisse) who finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others while being subjected to the horrors of WWII in Germany. The film also stars acclaimed veteran actors Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson, who play Liesel’s adoptive parents.
This seems like the perfect film to help you get into the holiday spirit. While it’s set during WWII, the snowy setting, beautiful score and hopeful characters make The Book Thief the perfect film to watch during a family outing to the theatre.
The Book Thief is out November 15th.