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August 13, 2007

Anecdotal Evidence Suggests Review Inflation Starts Young

So, yesterday I took the boys to see Underdog in the theater¹.

Afterwards, over dinner², we had a brief conversation about how the movies we've seen were. I asked them, on a scale of ten, what they thought of the movies we've seen this summer.

Film Scores By Child

Wow. So, our three movies (that we've seen in the last few weeks) are averaging a staggering 9.71 on a ten point scale! Amazing! The quality of the Hollywood movie is apparently reaching new heights!

¹Underdog was obviously not my first choice for myself, it was for them, and appeared vastly superior to Daddy Day Camp, which I've refused. I didn't have any Bergman at home when I came back, so instead I watched a German movie with Franka Potente, reteamed with the director of Run Lola Run. (It's not as good as RLR, but better than Underdog, anyway.) (back)
²Sundays have sort of turned into our dinner and a movie day -- often we'll grab a bite to eat afterwards. This time, we went to the "Café Rio Grande" nearby and I had frog's legs for the first time. A little chewy, but not bad tasting! (back)

Posted by Brett Douville at August 13, 2007 02:59 PM


Can we see a rating for each of these movies from Brett? It might be interesting to have a "baseline" for comparing this rating inflation. :)

Posted by: Chris at August 21, 2007 01:03 AM

Fair enough. I thought of including it in the original post, but to be fair, Underdog at the least is targeted to them and not to me, and my rating seems unfair. (I only use whole numbers, also. I admit to being pretty surprised when Luc came up with nine and three quarters.)

Additional data point, by the way. We saw Big Trouble in Little China over the weekend (at the AFI, on the big screen) and Luc gave it an 8 (because it was a little scary, he said) and Jordan gave it a 9. I'll give that one a 6 (far lower than I would have given it when I was their age).

For me: Ratatouille is a 9. The Simpsons was a 7. Underdog was a 3... at best.

Posted by: Brett Douville at August 21, 2007 03:13 PM

Ah... Rio Grande. That brings back memories. My absolute favorite casual restaurant of all time (in the DC/Baltimore area). You have good taste, Brett.

Do they still have Thursday goat?

Posted by: Chris Corry at August 28, 2007 12:46 AM

Geez, I don't know, but you can bet that if they do, and I'm on there on a Thursday, I'll definitely give it a try. I'll try just about anything once.

Posted by: Brett Douville at August 28, 2007 10:38 AM

How was the theater?

Posted by: Jonesy at September 3, 2007 12:36 PM

Clearly, the boys would give both theaters A+++++. As for me, the Rio theaters are nice, clean, mostly quiet, good projection quality. There are about 50 million previews, however, which is generally not to my liking, and they have the ads up on screen before that besides. The popcorn is okay if not extraordinary. I guess on your scale it'd probably be a B.

Posted by: Brett Douville at September 6, 2007 12:02 PM

Update: We saw Mr. Bean's Holiday yesterday. I guess I'd give it a 4 (out of 10). Luc gave it an 8, Jordan gave it a 9. Are they becoming jaded? I'm going to have to start tracking their movie reviews.

For me, there were two decent bits. One was a set piece where to earn money to travel south, Mr. Bean lip synchs and performs an aria (my parents would know which one, but I have no idea). It was pretty funny though it ran a little long.

The other was a very brief Monsieur Hulot-style walk across a street via the tops of a billboard, truck, bus, van, and then down some surfboards onto the beach. It was particularly perfect because of Mr. Bean having just come from the screening of a movie called "Playback Time", a bit of a play on Tati's famous "Playtime".

Posted by: Brett Douville at September 24, 2007 09:56 AM