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2011 Ranked

by Jørgen Lien
Not on Mubi: Pax (Annette Sjursen, 2011): Awfully pretentious “existential” drama in which a set of underdeveloped characters, conveniently trapped on a plane, utter grave platitudes about life and death and such. Umeå 4-ever (Geir Greni, 2011) Like a pet project never subjected to anything resembling a critical eye, Greni’s “dark comedy” (or something) presents the least likeable characters in recent memory. The jokes aren’t funny, and the scattered attempts at seriousness are undercut by a complete lack of emotional investment from the audience. Hjelp, vi er russ (2011): Extremely amateurish Norwegian high school comedy, proudly announcing… Read more

Not on Mubi:

Pax (Annette Sjursen, 2011): Awfully pretentious “existential” drama in which a set of underdeveloped characters, conveniently trapped on a plane, utter grave platitudes about life and death and such.

Umeå 4-ever (Geir Greni, 2011) Like a pet project never subjected to anything resembling a critical eye, Greni’s “dark comedy” (or something) presents the least likeable characters in recent memory. The jokes aren’t funny, and the scattered attempts at seriousness are undercut by a complete lack of emotional investment from the audience.

Hjelp, vi er russ (2011): Extremely amateurish Norwegian high school comedy, proudly announcing its indebtedness to classic American 80s comedy, which only makes the contrast even more embarrassingly stark in this movie’s disfavor.

Det akutte mennesket (Knut Erik Jensen, 2011): Disappointingly one-sided documentary about the impressive Norwegian doctor/activist Mads Gilbert. A wasted opportunity to see it one could lure out some unseen nuances from Gilbert’s worldview.

Sharpay’s Big Adventure (2011) A Disney Channel spin-off from the High School Musical. Reminiscent of many other recent DC movies, not least in the animal-themed attempts at comedy. Scaling back on ambitions means scaling back the quality. Watchable only for the eye-candy that is Austin Butler, and out of loyalty to the guilty-pleasureness of the HSM series.

The Suite Life Movie (2011). Another movie for which I am way outside the target demographic for, here’s the feature film conclusion of Disney Channel’s incredibly loud, frequently horrendous yet occasionally funny smash hit show The Suite Life on Deck. The transition to the feature format actually is hampered considerably by the absence of a laugh-track. I was lost as to when the jokes were supposed to be funny, and at more than occasion as to whether there was a joke there at all.

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