#78 – The CARS 2/BAD TEACHER train wreck

Joining John and me this week is film critic Greg Vellante. Greg writes for the Eagle Tribune, and you can find all of his reviews at site, GregVellante.com. In this episode we lament Pixar’s dive into cold commercialism with Cars 2. Sure, Cars was Pixar’s arguably least well received film. And, at least by Pixar’s standards, it did alright at the box office. But the real money is in its merchandising. It’s billions, people. Billions. We also discuss the new Cameron Diaz comedy Bad Teacher. To enjoy it, we needed to willingly suspend disbelief… that didn’t happen. We did, however, enjoy the new Pixar short Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation, which plays before Cars 2.

Barbie, Ken, Mr. Pricklepants and Mrs. Potato Head in 'Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation.'

For our picks of the week, John and I recommend the documentary American: The Bill Hicks Story, I can’t say enough about the comedy Cedar Rapids, and Greg says you definitely have to check out Louie: Season One.

We recorded this episode at Panera Bread in Brookline Ma, across the street from the Coolidge Corner Theater. As always, we tried to find a quiet spot to record. Our apologies for any obtrusive background noise. We consider it ambiance.

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About Stephen Slaughter Head

Stephen Slaughter Head co-founded the much-loved movie news website IGN FilmForce. He has more than 2,000 published articles at IGN.com. His filmmaking interviews, reviews and features have been published at AOL, Script magazine, Esquire magazine and the Boston Phoenix. He is also the host of the Diabolique Webcast at DiaboliqueMagazine.com. You can contact him directly on Twitter at twitter.com/stevehead.