MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 1:43 Long
A Review by:
The Dude on the Right

Movie Stats & Links
Starring: David Duchovny, Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Seann William Scott
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks SKG
Release Date: 2001
Kiddie Movie: Some of it is pretty intense. Keep the kids older.
Date Movie: She’ll probably chuckle like you’ll chuckle.
Gratuitous Sex: Talked about but nothing on screen.
Gratuitous Violence: Alien bugs get shot.
Action: Alien bugs get chased.
Laughs: What you will expect.
Memorable Scene: Our boys chasing the flying alien in the mall.
Memorable Quote: Nah.
Directed By: Ivan Reitman

You know, as stupidly funny as “Evolution” was, I know it is one of those movies that when it shows up on cable I’ll watch it over and over again. Such is the genius of Ivan Reitman – his films never come off as movie masterpieces, but they are movies you will watch over and over again because they are what they are – fun movies.

“Evolution” gives us David Duchovny as Ira. He’s a professor at a community college in Arizona. So is Harry (Orlando Jones), but Harry has the slightly better gig also coaching the girls volleyball team. Then you’ve got Wayne (Seann William Scott) – he’s a firefighter wannabe practicing out in the dessert one night when a meteor totals his car. Harry gets called to the scene because he is a geologist and he brings along Ira for the ride. They sense something might be up from the get-go because, well, the meteor is oozing liquid. Harry and Ira collect some samples and it’s back to the lab.

Well, back in the lab Ira discovers something – there are living things in that ooze and they are evolving way to quickly for this world. A quick visit back to the meteor site and it’s clear they will either be on their way to claiming the Nobel Peace Prize or something bad is coming. Meanwhile, without our heroes’ knowledge, the government steps in to contain the meteor site and they want nothing to do with Ira and Harry. Eventually they befriend Allison (Julianne Moore). She’s working with the feds in studying the site and also has the hots for Ira but just doesn’t show it.

Well, the government people have no clue what they’re in for, Harry and Ira show Allison what is coming, Wayne gets hooked up with our boys and girl because he has caught one of the aliens, and it’s up to our foursome to save the world. Yes, you can guess it, they do.

Lots of people are making comparisons of “Evolution” to “Ghostbusters” and sure, there are similarities, but who really cares. “Evolution” gives us one of the next great movie comics in Orlando Jones, Duchovny shows he has a witty style of humor that can take him past his “X-Files” days, and Julianne Moore, well, she’s Julianne Moore. And, oh yea, he may never get past the dopey dude moniker, but Seann William Scott is perfect as the dopey dude. And let’s not forget the special effects for the aliens. They fly, they crawl, the look like cute blobs that will take your hand off, and they take us a lot farther than the ghosts did in the ghost movies.

Ivan Reitman has a great touch at developing lovable, dopey characters and maybe that’s why a movie like “Evolution” will, in the end, be one of those movies you will keep watching for the hundredth time when it lands on cable. It may not be the movie masterpiece you are looking for this summer, but “Evolution” is exactly what you probably will expect from it – a cute movie to chuckle along with. It’s 3 ½ stars out of 5.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Connie and Carla

MPAA Rated – PG-13
It’s 1:38 Long
A Preview by:
The Dude on the Right

Connie and Carla
Movie Stats & Links
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Toni Collette, David Duchovny
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Universal Pictures
Release Date: 2004
Directed By: Michael Lembeck

Just the other day I was saying to myself, “Self, whatever happened to David Duchovny?” Then I saw the trailer for “Connie and Carla” and low and behold, there he is.

Well, Nia Vardalos did pretty well with “My Big Fat Greek Wedding” so now comes round two. She and Toni Collette play Connie and Carla. They’re lounge singers where no one appreciates them. Then they witness a mob killing so they head out of town deciding that Los Angeles would be a low-key kind of place to hide out. They end up finding work singing for a dinner theater, only they are posing as drag queens, which is where it looks like most of the jokes are coming from, women playing drag queens. Connie’s problem is that she meets Jeff (Duchovny), likes him, only she’s posing as a drag queen so she can’t make a move on him. Hilarity ensues.

Nia showed she has her finger on the pulse of the nation with the Wedding movie, which she wrote, so we’ll she if she’s still pulsing because she wrote this movie as well. This looks like another hit because I think every woman in America will drag their hubbies to this just like they did with Greek Wedding.

That’s it for this preview! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!