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The modern-day story focuses on two beautiful young vampires who are living the good nightlife in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality.
There was a time when filmmaker Amy Heckerling made smart relevant films for a teen audience but those days seem long gone. In many ways that is what her latest, Vamps, is about as a centuries old vampire struggles to adjust to modern life with the over reliance on technology and annoying text speak. Unfortunately, in commenting on the differences between the generations she failed to make a film that was remotely interesting or amusing.
Alicia Silverstone, working once again with Heckerling after Clueless, and Krysten Ritter star as vampires and BFF struggling to come to terms with contemporary life whilst both suffering with romantic problems. Silverstone starts spending time with a former boyfriend she hasn’t seen in forty years…
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What . The . Fuck
I watched this for free and someone owes me money.
Absolutely, spleen tearingly awful. Basically unwatchable.
Krysten Ritter and (a beautifully aged) Alicia Silverstone.
Quirky comedy about "nice" vampires. Charming but not very interesting or funny.
Underused cast. Although Sigourney Weaver at least know what kind of movie she's in.
Call it the squealy-girly, horror-spoof version of Tabu, conflating movie history with romantic yearning for a lost past; guess it takes a middle-aged director to hone in on the poignant aspects of a vampire existence. Don't really know what to make of it, because the lame jokes really thud, plotting is amateurish and it's shot through with clumsy nostalgia and technophobia - yet, in taking a genre degraded by over-exposure and Twilight-mania and using it to muse on mortality and Time passing (meanwhile adjusting its cliches to a chick-flick template), it does something quite beautiful (and funny). Who knew Alicia Silverstone still had the stuff, after all these years?
On one level, nothing about Vamps works. The direction is just above sit-com level, and the script often veers into "iPods, iPads, iDon't even know anymore!" territory (thanks to Scott Auckerman). Worse, the lack of attention or weight given to a few of its key plot points borders on offensive (a subplot about a characters terminal cancer is mind boggling in its thoughtlessness). That being said, Heckerling's skill with actors and in dialogue hasn't faded over time, and the scenes between Rytter and Silverstone are an utter delight (likewise Justin Kirk, Zak Orth, Malcom McDowell, Todd Barry, Wallace Shawn (pant) and Sigourney Weaver). Likewise, although its hammered into the point of meaninglessness, Heckerling's deeper thoughts about getting older and the lasting power of film are undeniably moving.
Enjoyable but completely ridiculous.
In Manhattan, the vampires Goody and Stacy share an apartment and work and study in the night-shift. Goody was turned in vampire in 1840 by the evil Cisserus, who turned Stacy in the 90s, and they became best friends but Goody never told her real age to her friend. They only drink mice blood and refuse to drink human blood, and they go together to the Vampire Anonymous. Stacy falls in love with her classmate Joey, and soon she learns that he is the son of the vampire slayer Dr. Van Helsing. Meanwhile, Goody meets her former passion, Danny, in the hospital where his wife is terminal. When Stacy gets pregnant, Goody knows that the only way that the child…
Very playful movie that doesn't take itself seriously until the end. Most of the humor falls flat and will certainly age poorly when all of the references become out of date (this movie is only two years old and most of the jokes already feel dated). Kristen Ritter is great and Richard Lewis was excellent as well.
I haven't seen a film this all over the board in a long while. At times unbearable, other times hysterical, sometimes dull, and other times just oddly intriguing. Some transitions make no sense, and some ideas in here are terrific. Its just all over the place, but one at least has to give it credit for 'mostly' being creative. Sigourney Weaver was fun (and that ending scene with the skeleton was hysterically awful). Part of me wonders if this film went through multiple rewrites or was originally some 3 hour long epic.
Unfunny vampire "comedy".
Occasionally interesting but overall it's a bit of a mess.
A note on the viewing: SD. DVD. Upconverted to 1080p.
Messy but fun. I always root for Heckerling. The effects are dreadful, but also kind of endearing. Silverstone and Ritter are a lot of fun. Weaver has a blast.
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