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If “Watchmen”‘s Sold Out…

If "Watchmen"'s Sold Out...

Go see one of the winter’s few box office disappointments: Fired Up!.

I truthfully never expected to make such a recommendation. I was forced into seeing the film when I was in Los Angeles last week, and would have probably never subjected myself to it otherwise. And maybe it was my criminally low expectations (which I suggest you have as well, this recommendation notwithstanding), but I thought the film – which follows two teenage boys (one of whom is played by Eric Christian Olsen, who must be in his late 30s) as they head to a cheerleading camp for the purposes of getting laid a lot – was shockingly clever and funny, and had a gay sensibility never seen before in a teen-tits-and-fart-joke movie. I’ll stop there and let you see for yourself, and give you a clip that doesn’t do the film justice:

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Rob Scheer

Aw, Peter. I read your blog all the time, and I’m a smidgen disappointed in you. I did, in fact, see “Fired Up,” and while I didn’t HATE it, I thought it was wildly mediocre, bland, formulaic, et al. Though I chuckled twice (twice more than I thought I would), it all felt by-the-numbers, uninspired and rushed into production (a “Hamlet 2” reference already, really?) And that gay sensibility you speak of? It seemed a bit more like homophobia to me, and I’m usually the last gay to pull out the H-card.
Anyway, I get where you’re coming from — it surpassed expectations by being merely “lame” — I’m just a bit surprised, that’s all.

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