You Again

  • Directors: Andy Fickman
  • Producers: Andy Fickman, John J Strauss, Eric Tannenbaum
  • Writers: Moe Jelline
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Kristen Bell, Jamie Lee Curtis, Sigourney Weaver, Odette Yustman, Jimmy Wolk, Betty White, Kristin Chenoweth

A young woman, Marni (Kristen Bell), discovers her brother, Will (Jimmy Wolk), is about to marry the girl, Joanna (Odette Yustman), who was Marni’s High School rival and Marni sets out to expose the fiancee’s true colors. The plot thickens when Marni’s mother Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis) meets up with Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) and it is revealed that Gail and Ramona were also high school rivals.

Halloween

  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Producers: Debra Hill, John Carpenter, Kool Lusby, Irwin Yablans, Moustapha Akkad
  • Writers: John Carpenter, Debra Hill
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nancy Loomis, P J Soles

On Halloween night 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers (Will Sandin) murders his fifteen[4]-year-old sister Judith (Sandy Johnson) with a large kitchen knife at their home in Haddonfield, Illinois. Almost immediately after, his mother and father arrive home and find him in a trance-like state. They send him to Smith’s Grove – Warren County Sanitarium and he is placed under the care of child psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasence).

Eight years of treatment lead Loomis to suspect that Michael is nothing less than pure evil. Seven years of trying to keep Myers locked up ends upon his attempted transfer to be prosecuted as an adult. Myers (now 21 years old) escapes from Smith’s Grove, steals the institution’s car, kills a truck driver for his jump suit, and returns to Haddonfield.

Loomis knows where he is going and pursues him. In Haddonfield, Myers stalks teenager Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) and some of her friends. At various points throughout the day Laurie sees a man in a white mask (from her classroom window, behind a bush while she walks home, and in the clothesline from her bedroom window).

Later in the evening, Laurie meets her friend Annie Brackett (Nancy Loomis) who is babysitting Lindsey Wallace (Kyle Richards) across the street from where Laurie is babysitting Tommy Doyle (Brian Andrews). After arranging to pick up her boyfriend, Annie sends Lindsey to stay with Laurie at the Doyle house before being murdered by Myers. Tommy sees Myers carrying Annie’s body into the Wallace house and thinks he is the Boogeyman. Laurie dismisses the boy’s terror and sends Tommy and Lindsey to bed. Myers later murders another friend of Laurie’s, Lynda Van Der Klok (P. J. Soles) and Lynda’s boyfriend, Robert “Bob” Simms (John Michael Graham) after they have sex in the empty Wallace house.

Laurie worries for her friends’ safety after receiving a strange phone call from Lynda at the Wallace house. She walks across the street and discovers the three bodies plus Judith Myers’ missing tombstone. She is attacked by Michael Myers but escapes back to the Doyle house. Laurie stabs Myers in the neck with a knitting needle, and in the eye with a clothes hanger, and in the torso with a knife, but he continues to pursue her. Eventually Laurie tells Tommy and Lindsey to go to the Makenzie’s house to call the police than Loomis spots Tommy and Lindsey running from the house and finds Myers in the upstairs hallway. Loomis rescues Laurie from being strangled by Myers, shooting him six times and causing him to fall from the house’s second-story balcony. Upon looking out the window for Myers’ body, however, Loomis discovers that he is nowhere to be found, and the film ends with shots of the Doyle, Wallace, and Myers houses accompanied by heavy breathing.

True Lies

  • Directors: James Cameron
  • Producers: James Cameron, Stephanie Austin
  • Writers: Claude Zidi, Didier Kaminka, James Cameron
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
  • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Art Malik, Tia Carrere, Eliza Dushku

Harry (Schwarzenegger) attempts to lead a double life, performing dangerous covert missions for Omega Sector with his support team of Albert “Gib” Gibson (Arnold) and Faisil (Heslov) while hiding this work from his wife Helen (Curtis) and daughter Dana (Dushku) under the guise of corporate travel. During a mission in Switzerland, Harry encounters and becomes suspicious of antiques dealer Juno Skinner (Carrere). His suspicions are correct, as Juno is helping to smuggle nuclear warheads into the United States for a Palestinian terrorist faction, Crimson Jihad, led by Aziz (Malik). However, while attempting to tail Aziz through the Georgetown Park shopping mall and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Harry is late for his own birthday party, angering Helen.

The next day, Harry tries to surprise Helen at work during lunch but overhears her talking with a co-worker about a man named Simon (Paxton) that she believes is a spy. Harry uses Omega Sector’s resources to track down Simon, and comes to realize that he is just a used-car salesman trying to flirt with Helen. In order to win Helen back, Harry arranges for a SWAT team to take Helen while she is seeing Simon, and then interrogates her through a one-way mirror and voice distortion to learn that Helen never slept with Simon but was only craving adventure, something that Harry never provided her. Harry arranges a fake mission for Helen to undertake as an operative, and tells her to pose as a private dancer in order to plant a tracking bug on an arms’ dealer staying in a nearby hotel. Harry assumes the role of the dealer, using the darkened room to hide his face, and planning to reveal himself to her to reaffirm his love. As Helen strip-teases for Harry, Aziz’s men burst into the room, and both Harry and Helen are taken prisoner.

The forces shortly receive news that Aziz and his remaining allies have taken refuge in a Miami office skyscraper, with Aziz holding Dana hostage after kidnapping her once he learned who Harry was, and demanding a television crew so that he can make demands to the government. Harry borrows one of the Harrier jets to get to the building. Faisil poses as part of the requested television crew, and is able to kill a number of the terrorists; in the confusion, Dana steals the launch key for the warheads and escapes to the roof, chased by Aziz. Harry arrives and kills the remaining terrorists in the building with the jet’s guns, and then helps to save Dana while killing Aziz by launching him on an AIM-9 Sidewinder missile towards a helicopter with the last of Aziz’s forces. In the following year, Helen becomes Harry’s partner in Omega Sector, neither hiding their secret profession from Dana.

A Fish Called Wanda

  • Directors: Charles Crichton
  • Producers: Michael Shamberg
  • Writers: John Cleese, Charles Crichton
  • Genres: Comedy, Crime
  • Actors: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin, Maria Aitken, Tom Georgeson

George Thomason (Tom Georgeson) and his right-hand man, Ken Pile (Michael Palin), a beleaguered animal lover with a bad stutter, plan a jewel heist and bring in two Americans to help: an alluring con artist, Wanda Gershwitz (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a “weapons man”, Otto West (Kevin Kline). Wanda and Otto are lovers pretending to be siblings so that Wanda can work her charms on George and Ken. Wanda and Otto plan to betray Ken and George after the heist, and vice-versa. Wanda, it later transpires, is also planning to betray Otto.

After the robbery, Wanda and Otto betray George to the police, intending to take all the loot for themselves, but discover that George and Ken have moved the loot to a new location. Wanda decides to seduce George’s unhappily married lawyer, Archie Leach (John Cleese)[1] to find out where it is. Meanwhile, Ken is charged by George to silence a key witness, and Otto exerts his energies in fits of jealousy over Wanda and Archie and of impatience with Ken and Britain in general. Otto’s interference, and other incidences of bad luck, lead Wanda and Archie’s liaisons to go disastrously wrong.

There is subsequent confusion and slapstick. For example, in various attempts to kill the witness, the animal-loving Ken accidentally instead kills her three Yorkshire Terriers one by one. The witness eventually suffers a fatal heart attack when her third Terrier is killed. The title is derived from the name of Ken’s favorite tropical fish, which Otto eats alive, to Ken’s distress, during the farcical torture scene.

Archie and Wanda gradually fall in love and the movie ends with those two leaving the country with the jewels[2]. Ken finally has his revenge on Otto by running him over with a steamroller (which he somehow survives). Title cards reveal their futures: “Archie and Wanda were married in Rio, had seventeen children, and founded a leper colony. Ken became Master of Ceremonies at the London Sea World. Otto emigrated to South Africa and became Minister for Justice.”

Freaky Friday

  • Directors: Mark Waters
  • Producers: Andrew Gunn, Mario Iscovich, Ann Marie Sanderlin
  • Writers: Mary Rodgers, Heather Hach, Leslie Dixon
  • Genres: Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Jamie Lee Curtis, Lindsay Lohan, Chad Michael Murray, Mark Harmon, Ryan Malgarini, Harold Gould

Anna Coleman (Lindsay Lohan) is a common teenager who constantly rebels against her stodgy mother Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) and annoying younger brother Harry (Ryan Malgarini). Sources of irritation include a rock band Anna’s in, which her mother dislikes, and Tess’s upcoming wedding to a man named Ryan (Mark Harmon), which Anna is emotionally not ready for. Also contributing to Anna’s irritation is her enemy, Stacey Hinkhouse, the “insane pyscho freak” who never seems to stop torturing her, and Anna’s English teacher, Mr. Bates, who gives her an F on every assignment, no matter how hard she tries. Her love interest is Jake (Chad Michael Murray). When the family, along with Ryan and Anna’s grandfather (Harold Gould), eat out in a Chinese restaurant, Anna and Tess quickly start into a fight again: Anna wishes to participate with the rest of her band in a talent show, however the show is the same night as Tess’s wedding rehearsal. Hearing the argument, an elderly Chinese woman offers Anna and Tess both fortune cookies. Upon opening them, there is a short earthquake which only the pair feel. The next day, Tess wakes up and discovers that she is in Anna’s body. Likewise, Anna is in her mother’s body. Confused, they decide to go back to the restaurant at lunch to find out what happened. Since Anna has an important test and Tess must go to work (as a psychologist, some of the patients are dependent on her), the two are forced into each others roles. At school, Tess is given a bad grade from Mr. Bates and realizes that he had asked her when they were younger to a dance, which she refused and now he was taking it out on Anna. Tess confronts Mr. Bates in front of both of Anna’s friends, humiliating him.

At the wedding the next day, Anna’s band performs and Anna gets a chance to dance with (and kiss) Jake. Pei-Pei’s mother notices Harry and his grandfather fighting and offers them fortune cookies…which Pei-Pei manages, via tackle, to retrieve before they are opened.