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                        Radio Broadcast 04.25.08


This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” and here’s my commentary on new films opening this weekend at the Majestic Theater in Greenville :


“Baby Mama” is a cute little sitcom starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, both veterans of “Saturday Night Live,” featuring Greg Kinnear as the straight man, with lampooning secondary roles by Steve Martin and Sigourney Weaver.  Though the subject matter, hiring birth mothers for implanted embryos, is serious, the treatment is consistently lighthearted.


“Forgetting Sarah Marshall” is also a sitcom with a familiar premise:  a young man traumatized over his girlfriend breaking up with him goes on vacation and runs into her, with her new boyfriend.  The comedic material, though, is uniquely awkward, and persistently rude, crude, and nude.  There’s a hard edge to all the relationships here, and none of the characters are exactly likable, but they are vivid.  The fact that the ending features a stage performance of a puppet vampire comedy spoof says much about the intentional tensions throughout.


“Deception” Ewan McGregor plays a nerdy accountant who is introduced by a new acquaintance, a shady lawyer played by Hugh Jackman, into an anonymous sex club, where there are arranged hotel rooms, but no names, no talking about work, no money exchanged, and no emotional entanglement.  Not what you’d consider exemplary morals.  Our bored corporate auditor is infatuated, though, until things spin out of control and he finds himself in the midst of a murder investigation, and the unwitting victim of a carefully-planned deception.  But even though our favorite Jedi manages to strike back, we’re still frustrated by the plot holes at the end, and a romance as unlikely as, well, Baby Mama and Sarah Marshall put together.


This is Ron Salfen, “At The Movies,” for 93-5 KICK-FM