THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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BRAVE NEW JERSEY (2017)

 
Now one would think that a comedy based on the public confusion over Orson Wells’ 1938 “War of the Worlds” broadcast set in New Jersey might be a good idea.  After all, the aliens identified in the fake news broadcast were pummeling the fictional Grover’s Mill, New Jersey, and how far could that be from the town of Lullabye, New Jersey, where this film takes place?  Also fictional, by the way.  But the people of Lullabye will, indeed, put you to sleep. Director and co-writer Jody Lambert populates his film with stock characters who are uninteresting and do exactly as expected in this crisis.  Like the town mayor, played by Tony Hale of Veep.  He is meek, mild and is in love with Heather Burns, whose bigshot husband drove off to find his mistress when he thought the Martians were coming.  Despite that, she still stands by him.  Gentle schoolteacher Anna Camp of Pitch Perfect bangs her head and becomes a warrior ready to fight the invaders to the death.  And old-timer Raymond J. Barry gets out his WW1 duds and leads the townspeople to get ready for battle.  It looks better as I type it then it actually turns out.  These characters are as dull as dishwater, I could not become invested in their trials and tribulations and indeed, numerous times. forgot why they were outside getting ready for little green men.  No one shines here, and it was tough to watch this film all the way through to its end.  Brave New Jersey takes no chances, pulls every punch and is the kind of movie that inspires people to multitask when watching it.  Oh, and if you happen to see any portion of it and wonder why it doesn’t resemble New Jersey at all - it was shot in Tennessee.

 

TLA one-word review: snorefest

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