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Comedies 'The World's End,' 'We're the Millers' among new DVD releases

November 16, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 16--There are funny smart films and funny dumb films. "The World's End" is in the first category. Some 20 years after making a heroic pub crawl, five middle-age Brits try it again in an attempt to get to the final alehouse known as World's End. From the minds behind "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" -- director Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost -- comes the third in their very loose trilogy. (A type of ice cream and lots of laughs are really all that hold them together thematically.)

Pegg and Frost play two guys who are really no longer friends. They have been brought together for the anniversary run through trickery by Pegg's character. Resentfully, they drag themselves to the first stop, little knowing that as they drink themselves into oblivion, oblivion is coming in the form of an alien invasion. Soon, it's "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" gone wild. Preposterous, silly but witty and satirical, it's a amusing trip.

"We're the Millers" is crude, lewd but sometimes very funny. Jason Sudeikis plays a slacker who, to repay a debt, must smuggle an RV filled with drugs over the border. He recruits a stripper (Jennifer Aniston) as a pretend wife and a couple of "kids" (Emma Roberts and Will Poulter) in it for the money. The comedy is soft in some places and no one cares if the crew starts to care about each other, but it hits with enough zingers to keep you going.

Then there is "The To Do List," an underappreciated comedy about an overachieving teen determined to lose her virginity the summer after high school graduation. Aubrey Plaza from "Parks and Recreation" plays the virgin, Brandy Klark. The film, set in 1993, is smarter and funnier than many like-minded films about guys on the same quest. Plaza is wonderfully suited for the role of an A-student with a checklist, systematically going through various sexual experiences before she gives it all up. Hopefully, the film, which didn't do well in theaters, will find an audience on DVD.

With a title like "2 Guns" you can expect some fireworks. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur, it stars Denzel Washington as Bobby and Mark Wahlberg as Stig, a shady odd couple. They plan to rob a bank in a Texas town belonging to Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos), a Mexican cartel drug lord. But before you know it everything gets crazy, with drug agents, the military and spies frantically running around and shooting off their mouths and other things. The film is off-kilter enough to keep you mostly interested, although at the end you may not have any idea what you saw.

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