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Movie Review: Walk Of Shame.

Directed By: Steven Brill.

Starring: Elizabeth Banks, James Marsden, Bill Burr and Kevin Nealon.

A reporter's dream of becoming a news anchor is compromised after a one-night stand leaves her stranded in downtown L.A. without a phone, car, ID or money - and only 8 hours to make it to the most important job interview of her life.

Elizabeth Banks stars as Meghan Miles, a news reader who is just about to get the promotion she's always wanted....but to do that she must go through the worst day of her life. The premise to this movie sounded pretty funny when I first heard of it, it could make for great comedy but then I saw the trailer and I just didn't want to see it, but I did and what did I think?

This movie is just completely cliche and below average. I was just bored for a majority of this movie. This is just not a good movie. I always hope for the best when watching a movie, so I gave it a chance, and it has all the right elements to make for a good comedy. The premise was simple and funny and the cast was great.

Elizabeth Banks ([The Hunger Games: Catching Fire](movie:303520)) plays the lead role in the film and I've always been a big fan of Elizabeth Banks. From her role in Scrubs to her more recent performances in Hunger Games, I've always found her to be a more than capable actress, especially when it comes to comedy, so it was a shame to see her in a movie as bad as this, because I wanted to laugh, I honestly did, but none of the jokes really hit. Too many of the jokes go on for far too long. She gets labelled as a hooker during the movie and then that joke gets dragged throughout the rest of the movie and it's the same with some of the other gags.

James Marsden (X-MEN) plays the love interest in [Walk of Shame](movie:777536), he's the guy that Meghan goes home with after the big party and I've always been a big fan of Marsden, of course as his role as Cyclops in X-Men but a couple of years ago, I saw his act in comedy in a film called, "Death At A Funeral" and he had me laughing out loud in that movie, he was my favorite part of it. But in Walk Of Shame he doesn't get anything to do, he plays the cliche love interest who comes to the girls rescue at the end, and Marsden's comedic side was just watsed here as he really doesn't get any funny lines.

There are a few cool supporting roles, familiar faces like Bill Burr ([Breaking Bad](series:200567)) and Kevin Nealon (Blended) pop up in small roles. Bill Burr is very funny and of course he had a role in my favorite TV show, Breaking Bad, so it was cool to see him in something else and I love Kevin Nealon, I think he's hilarious, Nealon is always one of the rare good parts in Adam Sandler comedies and we'll see him later this month in "Blended". So Kevin Nealon has a few funny lines which made me smirk but he really has a small role. There's a character called "Pookie" played by Alphonso McAuley, he plays a crack addict whose scene was the best in the film, I found him to be quite funny.

The production of this film just felt quite poor and just not very high standard and that did effect my enjoyment of the movie because it didn't feel professional. The cast do the best they can in these roles, the script just isn't very good or funny and it has all the cliches of a movie in this genre. This is a movie we've seen thousands of times before, and done much better before, there really isn't anything new here and I can't recommend it purely because I just didn't enjoy it.

There were a couple of times where I laughed but overall this isn't a good movie and it's not worth seeing. The movie is only 95 minutes long and it doesn't feel long so if you do decide to watch it then you won't have to sit through it for very long. I'm gonna give Walk Of Shame a D-!


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