It’s Ryan Reynolds weekend at the multiplex! Wait, it’s also Mary-Louise Parker movie weekend! Both R.I.P.D. stars also are leads in another film opening this weekend: Reynolds voices the title role in Turbo while Parker reprises her role of Bruce Willis’ girlfriend in RED 2. However, it’s not just this weekend that may have you feel you’re seeing double, it’s the entire summer.
We're seeing the same familiar faces in more than a few movies, particularly those directed at kids and teens. This weekend alone, Richard Jenkins, Michelle Rodriguez, Kristin Wiig, Helen Mirren and Joey King are repeat offenders in Turbo, Girl Most Likely, RED 2 and The Conjuring. Here's who you can expect to see a lot of:
Maya Rudolph: Three of July's four weekends, the SNL star has shown up in a different movie. She plays Chris Rock’s wife once again in Grown Ups 2 and voices Burn, the female snail who grows quite attracted to Reynolds’ fast-moving mollusk. That’s not all: Rudolph also plays the manager of Water Wizz in The Way, Way Back. One week apart.
Charlie Day: The It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor is now the go-to monster-movie man. His two-legged hippie monster Art in Monsters University and his monster-expert scientist Dr. Newton Geiszler in Pacific Rim quickly became the favorite characters from both films. Three weeks apart.
Steve Buscemi: Buscemi is an interesting dichotomy in typecasting. He’s either a villain or an awkward adult. And sometimes he’s both, as in this summer’s films. Buscemi reprises goofy Wiley, a nemesis to the group of friends in Grown Ups 2 and is Mike Wazowski’s roommate-turned-future-nemesis Randall in Monsters University. Buscemi’s spring comedy The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was released on DVD right in the middle of these films. Two weeks apart.
John Goodman and Ken Jeong: Jeong is definitely overexposed as any parent whose seen The Hangover III can attest (file it under Things You Can’t Unsee). The actors play adversaries in the rated-R movie, but pop up in two films more geared to youth this summer. Yep, that’s Jeong voicing the elderly Asian lady in Turbo and he also tries to sell a toupee to Gru in Despicable Me 2. Goodman is beloved Sulley in Monsters University and the boss who fires Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn in The Internship. Jeong: six weeks, then two weeks. Goodman: two weeks each.
Steve Carell: Carell dominated the box office as bad guy-turned-good Gru in Despicable Me 2, but he’s also the “villain” – the jerk boyfriend of Toni Collette – in The Way, Way Back. Two days apart. Add in spring’s The Incredible Burt Wonderstone , this fall’s Foxcatcher and this Christmas’ Anchorman: The Legend Returns and 2013 will be the Year of the Carell.
This weekend, three new movies offer something for families.
Turbo. Turbo is a snail who dreams of racing in the Indianapolis 500. It’s the story of the little snail who could and is a safe choice for kids of all ages.
RED 2. It’s about old people so will kids enjoy it? Well, when you were a kid, didn’t you love Oh, God! and Cocoon? Now imagine George Burns and Wilfred Brimley locked and loaded with an AK-47.
R.I.P.D. It’s like Men in Black, but instead of looking for criminal aliens disguising themselves as humans, it’s ghosts. But, just like the MiB movies, expect an even sprinkling of violence, language and sexy talk.
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