Sunday, April 13, 2014

Happy Endings at the Movies s01e01: Pilot

And we're off!

Happy Endings starts with an apparently happy ending: a wedding. But before Alex (Elisha Cuthbert) and Dave (Zachary Knighton) can say their I do's, a roller skater bursts in the church and convinces the bride to run away.

Now, I have never seen Julia Robert's Runaway Bride (Garry Marshall, 1999) but the connection seems pretty obvious. I would not mind seeing it at all since I adore Julia Roberts.

After this, Dave is pretending not to be devastated and listing his activities he says: "Taking online yoga, meeting great people, they're calling me Bodhi which is awesome because of Point Break, been watching that a lot. Totally holds up". I haven't seen Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991) either (I swear I have seen some movies) but in Spain they named it literally "They call him Bodhi". Nevertheless, Julia and Keanu, it doesn't get a lot more 90s than that... (and we can add some Winona for good measure)

And what happened to Lori Petty, right? Well, to give Dave an answer, her last credit in Imdb is from 2010, but she has a movie in pre-production AND she is the highest cast member according to Starmeter, so... Not great, Dave, not great.

Jane (Eliza Coupe) says that Dave is giving off a Howard Hughes vibe and I would like to take the opportunity to say that Leonardo DiCaprio (who played Hughes in The Aviator (Martin Scorsese, 2004)) hasn't yet deserved an Oscar so people can start chillaxing about that...

Alex eventually comes back, sporting "white-trash tourists braids" which earns her a comparison with Predator from Dave but it might be telling that the roller-skater was named Bo and this hair was worn by Bo Derek in 10 (Blake Edwards, 1979). And telling of what, you may ask. Well, of nothing, actually but I thought it was a nice connection.

The next reference is not from film, not at leat until 2015 because it is about the tv show Entourage. Alex compliments the hat of Dave's rebound girl, Jackie, and she says it's signed by Turtle from the show. He was played (and will be, in the film) by Jerry Ferrara. I just love Dave's reaction asking Alex: "What are you wearing that's so great?".

(Not related to any movie, but afterwards, we have Penny's (the wonderful Casey Wilson) first amahzing!)

During Penny's "26th" birthday party, Max (Adam Pally) is convinced that her date, Todd is actually gay so he comments how jewish men are "his jam, like that Shia LaBeouf" to which Todd responds that he prefers Megan Fox, which is simply ridiculous, even if you are a straight man. 

In the end Max gives Todd his number and suggests they can rent a movie together, maybe Kate and Leopold...
Then, we have to believe that Jackie, who was born supposedly in 1992 doesn't know who Michael Jordan is.  What was she doing in 1996, when this happened?

My own sister was born in 1994 and she was obsessed with Lola Bunny, so I don't buy it, people!

And, the last film references of the episode come at the very end when Max asks if he's really chubby. While Brad (Damon Wayans Jr.) thinks he looks like a young Kathy Bates, Jane says it's as if Paul Rudd gave up.
And that's it! I'll try to be back next week with the second episode. Don't let young Kathy Bates kill you!

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