All About Steve

  • Directors: Phil Traill
  • Producers: Sandra Bullock, Mary McLaglen
  • Writers: Kim Barker
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church

The movie starts with a terminally cheerful, latex-cherry-boot-wearing Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) walking through Sacramento on her way to work to drop off her weekly crossword for the local city newspaper. She’s a cruciverbalist (a creator of crossword puzzles) and she’s very proud of her work, peeking over people’s shoulders as they try to figure out her clues. It becomes obvious very quickly, however, that Mary is not like other people, and all she has is her work. All around her, her coworkers talk about going out and having fun, and another coworker announces his engagement. None of this fazes Mary, who confronts her boss with her fantastic idea to include a DAILY crossword puzzle in the newspaper. Her boss, concerned that Mary is all work and no play, encourages her to start enjoying life. “Try enjoying being normal,” he says. She writes this down on her folder. “Be more normal.” She then tells her boss that she has a blind date that night, set up by her parents, that she’d planned on canceling. Now she isn’t so sure she should cancel it.

She then goes to a school career day, where her carefully dramatized speech about the importance of cruciverbalism is ambushed by the children, who ask her how she pays her rent on one crossword puzzle a week. She admits that she lives temporarily with her parents while her apartment is being fumigated (but we get the impression that apartment was fumigated months, maybe even years ago). The children laugh. They shout at her saying, “You don’t have a husband, do you? Not even a boyfriend!” Mary, clearly hurt, keeps on her smile but feels demoralized. She goes home, where her parents ask her how her day went. She lies, and says she needs to get ready for her date. They are thrilled to hear that she’s not canceling it.

Then she races into the arms of her friends and is lifted on to their arms. Her last line is, “Why should you have to change to be normal? All you have to do is find someone who’s as normal as you are.”

Imagine That

  • Directors: Karey Kirkpatrick
  • Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Ed Solomon
  • Writers: Ed Solomon, Chris Matheson
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Actors: Eddie Murphy, Thomas Haden Church, Martin Sheen

A financial executive (Murphy) who can’t stop his career downspiral is invited into his daughter’s imaginary world, where solutions to his problems await.[1]

George of the Jungle

  • Directors: Sam Weisman
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Jordan Kerner, Jon Avnet
  • Writers: Dana Olsen, Audrey Wells
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Leslie Mann, Thomas Haden Church, Holland Taylor, and John Cleese

Ursula Stanhope (Leslie Mann) is a beautiful, blonde San Francisco heiress, reluctantly engaged to marry Lyle Van De Groot (Thomas Haden Church), who seems more attached to his fiancee’s wealth than to her. On an expedition to Central Africa, joined by Lyle, two poachers hired by Lyle named Max and Thor, and a quarter of African men led by Mr. Kwame, Ursula learns of the legend of the “White Ape” from Mr. Kwame. The legend describes of the ape as a super strong man who rules the jungles of Africa. The group discover the Ape Mountain where the White Ape lives. Lyle causes trouble for Ursula and her porters, one of them falling off a rope bridge when Lyle shakes it about and he then abandons Ursula when the two are attacked by a lion. Ursula is saved by the White Ape, revealed to be a Tarzan-like man named George (Brendan Fraser). George takes her to his treehouse home where the rest of his family lives – an intelligent talking ape named Ape (John Cleese); Shep, George’s pet “dog”, really an African elephant; Tookie Bird, a toucan; and Little Monkey, a small monkey. George has a habit of crashing into trees while vine-swinging and is rather childish. He falls in love with Ursula, attempting to impress her like a gorilla but when this fails, he instead dances with her around a campfire.

After admitting they love each other, George and Ursula are married in a lavish jungle celebration and eventually have a son named George Jr. George helds Jr. at the top of the pride rock, and all the animals are gathered there to see him, similar to The Lion King, where Rafiki held Simba. Ape travels to Las Vegas, Nevada where he becomes a performer, and the final scenes show him using Max and Thor as stage props in his program.

Spider Man 3

  • Directors: Sam Raimi
  • Producers: Avi Arad, Stan Lee, Laura Ziskin, Grant Curtis
  • Writers: Screenplay, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Alvin Sargent, Story, Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, Comic Book, Stan Lee, Steve Ditko
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, Thomas Haden Church, Topher Grace, Bryce Dallas Howard

Peter Parker has begun to feel secure in his life and plans to propose to Mary Jane. One night in a park, while Peter and Mary Jane are on a date, a small meteorite crashes nearby, and an alien symbiote oozes out, attaching itself to Peter’s moped. Meanwhile, escaped convict Flint Marko falls into a particle accelerator, which fuses his body with the surrounding sand. The result allows him to shape shift at will, becoming the Sandman. Peter’s best friend, Harry Osborn, who seeks vengeance for his father’s death, which he believes Peter caused, attacks him. After Harry gets hit by a pipe on the head, he gets partial amnesia, making him forget his vendetta.

Later, during a festival honoring Spider-Man for saving Gwen Stacy’s life, Sandman attempts to rob an armored car, and overpowers Spider-Man. Captain Stacy later informs Peter and Aunt May that Marko is the one who killed Ben Parker, and a vengeful Peter waits for Marko to strike again. The symbiote bonds with his costume while he is asleep; Peter discovers that not only has his costume changed, but his powers have been enhanced as well. The black suit also brings out the more vengeful, selfish, and arrogant side of Peter’s personality, exemplified by a near lethal attack on Sandman during a battle underground.

After the battle, Marko tells Peter that he had no intention of killing Ben Parker, and that it was an accident born out of a desperate attempt to save his daughter’s life. Peter forgives Marko, who dissipates and floats away to his daughter. Peter and Harry forgive each other, before Harry dies with Mary Jane and Peter at his side. After Harry’s funeral, Peter and Mary Jane begin to mend their relationship.