Running Time: 1 hr. 45 min.
Release Date: September 24th, 1020 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG for brief mild language and rude behavior.
Director: Andy Fickman
JJ Rating: A-
See it again: Yes.
Own It: Strong maybe.
Recommend it to: Those that think paid critics of RottonTomatoes over-hyped boring movies and undervalue great movies from time to time…should see this and enjoy the ride simple, clean comedy it offers via great acting.
Marni (Kristen Bell) is going back home a successful businesswoman to attend her brother’s wedding to a girl she didn’t know. Or so she thought until Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), her mom, told her who it was and then she reverted back to being the high schooler she though she’d put behind her. You Again.
You Again literally had more story in Betty White’s character than all of The Town’s laborious, trite display of Oscar pandering. I told you I wouldn’t stop doing that. You Again was funny in a clean and simple manner that focused more on the actresses’ ability to perform comedy more so than the script itself. It was fantastic, surprisingly. I didn’t expect a whole lot and got a lot more than I’ve gotten from many comedies this boring year.
The (what I like to call) vs. chemistry between Bell and Odette Yustman (who played Joanna) was blisteringly good. So much contempt, animosity and distrust spiraled around the two the display was funny. The same could be said for the vs. chemistry between Jamie Lee Curtis and Sigourney Weaver. For all four there hid an underlining hurt for the situation then and in the past. These four actresses made the comedy a comedy for the ages. The need to be disgusting to be funny isn’t really a need. The real talent is being funny without being disgusting. Because once the shock of the funny is finished, it doesn’t really hold the same kind of funny in a second viewing. Jackass movies are hilarious the first go around and the second go around they’re just funny, but not as funny. Nevertheless, You Again is in the same league as The Princess Bride in that the comedy is clean and timeless proving to be just as funny the first go around as with the second. You can say Inconceivable and there would be a legion of people who’ll know exactly what you’re talking about from a single word. Then you add, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” and you’ll get more laughter from those people. There isn’t a single Superbad (great movie) thing in it. You Again is not just like The Princess Bride, but my point is that the comedy is similar in that it didn’t go for the gross humor to appease anyone. It went for the harder humor. According to many viewers You Again is on of the funniest movies of the year and they say that despite the uppity critics who pander to movies like The Town *gag*. Yeah, I can’t let that go.
Stand out is Kristin Chenoweth. Why? Because of, “I’m Georgia King.” Then, of course, her outrageous dancing.
You Again is very predictable, but so are almost every single movie created this year. It’s not about predicting the film’s ending that makes it boring, it’s how the director decides to tell the story. I think the story played well and the actresses and actors put forth their best and made You Again far better than intended, making You Again a wonderful viewing surprise.
I write like: J.D. Salinger