Cert 15; Netflix
In The Wrong Missy, Tim (David Spade) is back on the singles scene after his fiancée left him for another man, but he starts with a disastrous blind date with Missy (Lauren Lapkus), an unhinged screwball whose volume levels and "enthusiasm" are dialled up to 11.
Months later, having put the sorry episode behind him, Tim meets Molly Sims's blonde bombshell. They have an uncanny connection, but wouldn't you know, this new love interest is also called Missy.
No prizes for guessing what happens when Tim has to bring a partner to a corporate junket (the clue is in the film title).
A botched text message later, Hawaii is reeling to the crass tones of the original Missy, who is unable to restrain herself with Tim's colleagues and CEO. All manner of mortifications occur as she runs riot amid the corporate class, but who knows, maybe she's on to something.
Tender sensibilities get a dressing-down in the opening minutes of Tyler Spindel's film as Lauren Lapkus lets forth a rapid-fire torrent of brilliant buffoonery.
She is a superbly pliable comic actress and is by far the best thing about this otherwise crass sex comedy that is stitched together by a litany of lowest-common-denominator gags involving bodily functions. ★★ Hilary a white
Whether you’re in the mood for documentary, romcom, horror or action, this week offers something new, or nearly new, for every taste, Vicki Lesley’s film, The Atom: A Love Affair (Curzon) is a fairly breezy walk through the world’s love/hate relationship with nuclear power. The mix of interviews and anecdotal clips makes it an entertaining and informative overview.
El Limite Infinito (Netflix) is the inspiring doc about 55-year-old Argentinian Jean Maggi. Left without the use of his legs from infancy, Maggi viewed himself as a sick person until, at the age of 37 he had a near fatal heart attack. Survival however, meant reinventing his self-vision culminating in his journey in the Himalayas on an arm-propelled bicycle.
Latin America is also represented in the Mexican comedy Mutiny of the Worker Bees (Netflix) a fairly slapstick tale of a rich boy getting a blue-collar job. Comedy also comes with The Divorce Party (iTunes) which sees a recently dumped twentysomething (Thomas Cocquerel) learning to embrace his new status. It’s not bad.
The Edge of Extinction (iTunes) is set 15 years after an apocalypse. It’s violent, bleak and embraces its B-movieness in a way that many genre fans enjoy. So too does The Dawn (Amazon/iTunes), a nun horror which sees Rose, sole survivor of her father’s murder spree, about to take her final vows but faced with demons.
In case you missed them back in the heady days of open cinemas, there are a few big releases which have just come online for download.
Sam Mendes’s multi-award-winning WW1 drama 1917 (Cert 15A) lands Monday — and just released to rent or buy is Saoirse Ronan’s much lauded turn in Little Women (Cert PG).
Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman star in Bombshell (Cert 15) which is hugely enjoyable, despite its theme of sexual harassment — and Will Smith and Martin Lawrence return in the ridiculous but fun Bad Boys for Life (Cert 15) (all available on iTunes/Prime Video/Google Play/Sky Store and more).
Finally, if documentary is more your thing, there is Jihad Jane (Cert 15A), documenting two American women whose involvement in Muslim extremism took them into the arms of terror groups, via Waterford.
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