Unleashed the Movie

Unleashed the Movie

Unleashed the Movie: The Little Movie that Could

Unleashed the movie – a romantic comedy – comes out in theaters and on demand August 25th 2017 and you should see it.  Hear me out before you write this one off as ‘just another fluff piece’. 

The Plot

Yes, the plot is typical and predictable. Girl meets boy, boy breaks girl’s heart.  A supermoon causes her pets to transform to humans and hilarity ensues.

We’ve seen this before.  Maybe not exactly like this, but variations on the ‘freaky Friday’ / Groundhog day / cosmic-oh-fucks that messes up a few lives for a short period of time is not a new concept.

The Dialog

The dialog is good, the jokes are funny, and the actors seem to have a natural chemistry which makes for great performances.

This movie is also very family friendly and you don’t have to worry about your kids repeating anything they shouldn’t have heard.

Side note – the only nudity is a shot of Steve Howey’s (Reba, Something Borrowed, Shameless) gorgeous backside as he is transformed from dog to human.

I can already hear the questions burning into your eyes…

All this is great, but what makes this movie so special I. must. see. it.?

Official Trailer # 1

Unleashed starring Kate Micucci & Justin Chatwin

Official Trailer # 2

Unleashed starring Kate Micucci & Justin Chatwin

The Performance

Simply put, the actors’ performance in this award-winning indie film is outstanding.

Steve Howey (Reba, Shameless)

Steve Howey plays the role of Sam,  Emma’s dog Summit who’s trapped inside a human body.  He sells it so well you can easily picture him as a dog.

He plays big, which is perfect for this role.  Big mouth. Big teeth. A semi-permanent look of wonder in his eyes. Short, quick, sentences. Terrific ‘tail between the legs’ moments.

Every movement, every expression, is exaggerated.  He sports a big goofy grin throughout the film and you just can’t help but love him.

“Good Boy, Steve.  Good Boy”

Kate Micucci (The Big Bang Theory, When in Rome)

Kate brings us Emma – a geeky, somewhat awkward, yet still very feminine woman who trusts her pets more than she does people.  Hey, I can’t judge; just this morning I found myself having a full conversation with my cat and her 5 babies…

Emma is adorable but at risk of becoming a crazy cat lady.  Once scorned and wary of the opposing gender she wishes there were more men like Summit and Ajax.  Be careful what you wish for? …

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The best performance, without a doubt, goes to Justin Chatwin as Diego.

Justin Chatwin

Can we take a moment to simply appreciate the genius that is Jusin Chatwin and his dedication to the fine art of cat-ing?

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The amount of time that man must have spent just watching cats is astounding.  The walk, the talk, the tilt of the head – everything!

Diego is the human cat personified.  The things he does with this tongue (get out of the gutter, it’s not that kind of movie), the way he carries himself, his hands…

I’ve had cats all my life – this guy nails it.

Whether he’s drinking milk from a carton, spitting out food, grabbing a goldfish from the tank, the complete arrogance in his swagger – and still, charming.

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I’m sure the script read “Saunters down the street very cat-like“.

What he did… I mean… Wow. The hips, the shoulders, the slight rolling of his back as he makes his way down the street – and around lamp poles, over benches, through monuments.

Justin did his homework, and it shows.

His performance was the best thing about this movie.  I enjoyed all of it – but this was the pièce de résistance.

 

Verdict

So what else do you want me to say about Unleashed the movie? Me-Ow. Go see it, it’s great.  In theaters and On Demand August 25th. MEEOWWWW. Go!

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*It goes without saying I received a copy of this film in other to review it.  Cause you know, disclosures and all.

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The Bully Project – Film Review

The Bully Project – Film Review

bully-dvdBullying is a real problem.  We see it in schools, in parks…. even in the workplace.  The Bully Project follows 5 American families affected by bullying.  It is beautifully done and portrays the real struggle that many live through.

Two families suffered the loss of a child who committed suicide.  These boys were 17 and 11 years old.  There is a gay teenage girl who is struggling for acceptance in her community and wants to make a difference in the world;  a young teen brings a gun to school to scare her tormenters and faces juvenile detention.  Last but not least is Alex, who says he’s starting to feel like he doesn’t feel anything anymore.

It’s important that we realize that bullying affects everyone.  I was a normal kid but I had big hair, big glasses, and a quirky sense of humor.  I enjoyed school, I was involved, I liked most of my teachers.  I was terribly timid and by the time I worked through the shyness and built some confidence I’d spent years being bullied by a kid name John.

Looking back, it wasn’t really that bad – and nothing near what the kids in this movie go through.  But back then it felt like I was alone in the world and I wish someone had shown me HOW to stand up for myself.

At one point Alex’s dad tells him to stand up for himself, that people don’t respect a punching bag.  It’s not enough to tell our kids to ‘be confident’.

The Bully Project does a great job at exposing the problem – and its up to us to effect change.  Watching this movie I got angry.  Angry at school administrators who can’t – or won’t – create a zero tolerance policy.  Angry at the parents who felt helpless for their children but didn’t give them tools.  Angry at the kids who watched from the sidelines.

And that’s exactly how it should be – we SHOULD be angry.  Our teens and pre-teens need to see this.  They need to feel that uncomfortable sickening sensation creeping under their skin.

It starts with one – Let’s take a stand and change the world, one act of kindness at a time.

The DVD is available online and in retail stores nationwide.  Watch it!  Not convinced?  Check out this other review at Ottawa Mommy Club.