Vamps

Vamps

DVD - 2012
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Two sassy female vampires live the high life in New York until love enters the picture and each has to make a choice that will jeopardize her immortality. Have hundreds of years of dating and partying finally taught these two how to find Mr. Right? And when they do, will he be worth the sacrifice?

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jerfairall
Nov 26, 2014

It lacks the deftness of something like CLUELESS, perhaps indicating Heckerling's discomfort with the (charmingly) shabby FX and an ample amount of violence, however comic it is (registering as most uncomfortable in the aftermath of a mass slaying at a Chinese restaurant that feels set up just to deliver an obvious, and tasteless, joke). Still, it feels personal--coming from a boomer-aged filmmaker who hit with two definitive teen comedies in as many decades, the character of a vampire beginning to feel her age in an era of 'netspeak and conspicuous technology registers as a poignant acknowledgement of the writer/director's inability to remain in touch in an increasingly unrecognizable world (an alienation, one might wonder, that possibly began with the failure of Heckerling's last attempt to connect with the teen market with 2000's pretty much worthless LOSER). If Heckerling's reminiscence of the good old days and her puzzlement over the kids of today threatens to register as fogeyish, her satire is surprisingly on target: by pitting the bygone era of 60s radicalism (in the form of a character played quite affectingly by Richard Lewis) against our current one of willful disregard for civil liberties in the name of convenience, its barbs feel earned. It might not be great, and judging from the comments here no one seems to be in a rush to defend it, but both it and Heckerling deserve a whole lot better than they got.

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Basileus
May 28, 2013

I'm not sure how a movie with such a good pedigree (great writer/director, cast etc) could end up so bad. Not even the likes of Malcolm Mcdowell or Sigourney Weaver help this movie. All the actors phone in their performances so I can only imagine they are doing this for the pay cheque. The story is stupid and even the special effects are cartoonish. Skip it.

aaa5756 May 09, 2013

It was O.K for a home TV movie. I was entertained and interesting. But it was NOT worth the long library wait or the price to rent from a Red Box. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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renheart115
Mar 13, 2013

Why did I borrow this again? Oh yeah, Krysten Ritter. But not even she could make this movie good. It was not funny at all.

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cynthia94066
Feb 21, 2013

This is not a "good' movie, but it made me wish that Amy Heckerling worked more. Maybe she needs to team up with Tina Fey? And it reminded me that Alicia Silverstone is really charming in the right role and I sort of wish she had gotten the Legally Blonde franchise. I think she deserves a second act to her career.

ravenheart Feb 07, 2013

This film just isn't funny. It has a pretty good cast but the writing is just aweful. I mean, just take Alicia Silverstone for example...I've seen her in unscripted TV interviews over the years just talking and she made me laugh out loud...she's naturally funny. Three of us watched this film together, and nobody ever laughed out loud once during this entire movie. It takes real talent, on the part of the writer/director, to take a naturally funny girl and give her lines that don't make anyone laugh. It would have been much much more entertaining to just watch Silverstone and Ritter talk for an hour unscripted.

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evanj
Jan 13, 2013

Agree wholeheartedly .

spfnyc1974 Jan 06, 2013

A monumental waste of time. Viewers looking for the Amy Heckerling behind Fast Times At Ridgemont High or even Clueless will have a hard time sitting through this terribly unfunny cash-in on the current vampire craze. Even packed with cameos & a healthy dose of recognizable actors in supporting roles, there's very little that can salvage this film. Be glad you got it for free from NYPL & didn't spend money on it.

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aaa5756 May 05, 2013

“It’s fun to be a vampire. You sleep all day and party all night.”
The lost boys

aaa5756 May 05, 2013

“My way of joking is to tell the truth. That's the funniest joke in the world.” -Muhammad Ali

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aaa5756 May 09, 2013

Definitely a Chick Flink!!!!! For adolescent girl 15 and under!!!

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