Quartet is a great film centered around a home for retired musicians and their up and coming gala to raise money to keep the place running. Things become complicated when Reggie (Tom Courtenay), Wilf (Billy Connolly), and Cissy (Pauline Collins) are confronted with an old friend, Gene (Maggie Smith).
Quartet is a wonderful blend of story and music starting off right away in the title sequence with music playing through while giving us a great way to meet each character and their role. Dustin Hoffman‘s directorial debut brings together a wonderful blend of characters with a good use of old age jokes mixed with a seriousness of death and illness that they all face. It brings a relatability to opera that some may have lost.
Favorite line from the film: “Opera is being stabbed in the back and instead of bleeding you sing.”
Stag centers around Ken (Donald Faison) who is about to get married. Ken has been the prankster for years at stag parties getting his friends and even strangers in to awkward situations, so now when it finally becomes his turn to be pranked he can’t help but be worried at what his friends have up their sleeve.
Stag is a definite laugh out loud raunchy comedy that even at times can surprise you with the turns that it takes in it’s joke making. The film builds you up to expect one thing and turns giving you something else which I think is a great attribute to have in these kind of films. Now being about a bachelor party this film isn’t without the usual language, over top situations, nudity, and wtf moments that you are used to. So if you like films like Superbad, Van Wilder, and the Hangover this is definitely a film for you.