'10,000 BC' Is Dumb — and Amazing

The caveman flick is joined in theaters by Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, the doc Girls Rock! and College Road Trip. Daniel Holloway, film critic for Metro Newspapers, sort through new releases.

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RACHEL MARTIN, host:

Alison.

ALISON STEWART, host:

Yes, Rachel?

MARTIN: It's Friday.

STEWART: Oh, yeah.

MARTIN: I know. Every time - we just have to acknowledge it because it's so exciting. Friday, we get to stay up late. We get to go out, socialize, reconnect with the rest of the world. And tonight you, America, have choices. Here's what you got. The Contemporary A Cappella Society's East Coast Summit, starting up just outside of Washington.

STEWART: Okay.

MARTIN: That's a must see. The Multi-Block Classic Ice Sculpting competition is wrapping up in Fairbanks, Alaska.

STEWART: Nice.

MARTIN: Totally rocking after party, I've been told. And the Mount Pleasant Camper and Trailer show in central Michigan is going on.

STEWART: I knew that.

MARTIN: In Philadelphia, all the galleries are open. Some of them have free pretzel, apparently. Or you can just go to the movies which is probably what I'm going to do. Who's kidding who?

"10,000 B.C." is in theaters, also "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day," the documentary "Girls Rock," and little Olivia from "The Cosby Show" is all grown up in "College Road Trip."

To help us sort through the flick, our good friend Mr. Daniel Holloway, film critic for Metro Newspapers. You're here.

Mr. DANIEL HOLLOWAY (Film Critic, Metro Newspapers): Yeah, I'm here.

STEWART: Hey, Daniel.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: I'm going to the trailer show after this.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: Sounds awesome, right?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah.

MARTIN: Okay. Let's start with "10,000 B.C." Daniel. This looks like "Braveheart" if "Braveheart" took place 11,300 years earlier.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: It sort of like "Braveheart" if everybody had dreadlocks.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Like everyone in this movie had dreadlocks.

MARTIN: Would that have made "Braveheart" a better movie?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Probably. This movie is about as good as "Braveheart." I was shocked.

STEWART: Were you surprised when you went in?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah, I was totally surprised. When I stood up I saw - I'm in like a critics only screening. And so I always look to see what the reaction of other critics is because that way I don't write something that they're not writing and then they kick me out of the club, you know?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. HOLLOWAY: But I looked around and every one - normally there's pretty much no reaction. Everyone was smiling and shaking their heads in this way that's like I can't believe I like this freaking movie.

MARTIN: Wow. Okay, let's listen to a little bit. Here's the hero of the film rallying the troops in English. I guess it's important to point that out.

(Soundbite of movie, "10,000 B.C.")

Mr. STEVEN STRAIT (Actor): (As D'Leh) We, the people of the Agot(ph) hunt the mightiest of beasts, the mammoth. He is great and we are small and still we bring him down because we hunt together, as one.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: They do.

(Soundbite of movie, "10,000 B.C.")

Mr. STRAIT: (As D'Leh) When the sun rises, we will join our brothers and sisters on the mountain of the gods and convince them to fight with us, together, as one.

(Soundbite of cheering)

MARTIN: Oh, wait. Who's fighting who and why is he so excited about it?

STEWART: Yeah, good question.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Now, keep in mind, he's like gathered in the scene. He's gathered to this like all these different tribes of warriors to follow him. He's the only person from his tribe in that entire army and they all speak a different language than him. For him, like giving them the rah-rah speech in English gets a big yeah out of all of them even though they have no idea what he's saying.

(Soundbite of laughter)

MARTIN: It's all in the delivery, Daniel.

Okay, we're going to move quickly forward onto a very different movie with a very different audience, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day." What do you think about this one?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: This was the best movie I've seen in months.

STEWART: Oh, right on.

MARTIN: Really?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah.

MARTIN: I mean, I love these actresses, Amy Adams and Frances McDormand.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah. They're both incredible in this. Amy Adams doing kind of what we're starting to get used to her doing which is be extraordinarily charming but also have a very real quality to her and, you know, just an enjoyable person to watch on screen. And Frances McDormand, this is the best movie she's been in since "Fargo."

MARTIN: Really?

STEWART: Now, did she play Miss Pettigrew?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah. She's…

STEWART: Who is Miss Pettigrew?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Miss Pettigrew is introduced as a governess of last resort. She is kind of like the anti-Mary Poppins. She's been fired from every job she's had because she's a vicar's daughter and disagrees with the poor morals of every employer she's ever had. Then she's a bit - she's also got a little bit of a wild streak. You know, she'll go to tell people kind of what she thinks of them. And basically she ends up staying - spending the night on the street because she has no job and winds up through a series of comic accidents in the employ of a young socialite played by Amy Adams with the best name of any character in any movie ever, Delysia Lafosse.

STEWART: That is pretty good.

MARTIN: We've got a little clip of those two actresses together. Let's listen.

(Soundbite of movie, "Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day")

Ms. AMY ADAMS (Actress): (As Delysia Lafosse) First stop, West end. Next stop, Hollywood.

Ms. FRANCES McDORMAND (Actress): (As Miss Pettigrew) Have you done much of that sort thing?

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) Didn't you catch "Everyday's a Holiday," one of mine.

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Mae West?

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) Oh, you did see it.

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Yes. Which part were you?

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) I was in the restaurant scene. In the back.

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Really?

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) Mm-hmm. Behind the palm tree drinking a margarita. I think they cut that for the European president (unintelligible), you know what I mean?

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Of course.

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) Of course "Four's a Crowd" with Errol Flynn.

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Or maybe it's a (unintelligible) musical.

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) Seen that one as well.

Ms. McDORMAND: (As Miss Pettigrew) Oh, "Four's a Crowd" is a wonderful picture. Who were you?

Ms. ADAMS: (As Delysia Lafosse) The crowd. Here we are. quickly.

MARTIN: I'm the crowd.

STEWART: So cute.

MARTIN: It's being billed as a romantic comedy. Is there a romance line in there?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah. Amy Adam's character is trying to - she's a Cabaret singer and she's trying to choose between three suitors. Two of them are rich and powerful, one of them of course is poor and earnest and guess which one she ends up with?

MARTIN: Boring.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: No. But it's really good. It's a good romantic comedy. It's a romantic in the tradition of romantic comedies where the dialogue is based entirely on cadence and it's not all these "Juno"-esque one liners. It's, you know, a lot of back and forth like what we just heard there and it's fantastic. I just - I love it.

STEWART: When is it set?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: It's set in London right before the Blitz, which is another important thing about this movie because while all this sort of trivial romance stuff is going on, there - we keep coming back to the point that a lot of people are about to die and it really grounds the movie in a very deep sense of reality.

MARTIN: Okay. Let's - I'm going to skip ahead to something that I want to talk about. The film…

STEWART: The documentary?

MARTIN: Yeah.

STEWART: Yeah.

MARTIN: "Girls Rock." What do you think about this? I mean this is about camp. This is rock camp for girls, right?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Rock camp for girls.

STEWART: I have a friend who teaches at this rock camp, by the way.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Oh, really?

STEWART: Yeah. Chick drummer, so.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Nice.

MARTIN: So cool.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah. They show - one of the other counselors there is one of the women from Sleater-Kinney.

STEWART: Mm-hmm.

MARTIN: Yeah. I just talked her the other day. She's going to go cover South by Southwest for NPR.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Oh, nice. Oh, I've seen - yes, she's blogging, right, for NPR?

MARTIN: Yeah. Let's listen to a little bit of this film. Let's hear a track.

(Soundbite of movie, "Girls Rock")

Unidentified Woman: (Singing) The world is turning a wasteland.

STEWART: I love the idea of little girls rocking out.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah, there's a lot of little girls rocking out in this movie. It's really cute but, I mean, the issue is very real that they raise in this film which is that little girls are, you know, rock is a boys' club and little girls are indoctrinated that way from the time of a very young age. And little girls aren't encouraged to speak up in class. And it touches on a lot of very real issues. But then it always comes back to this sort of scenes that little girls with guitars and banging on drums. And it's kind of awesome. They each have to - like they get divided up into their own band and then they each have like one week to write a song. And most of the songs come out pretty good. I have to say.

STEWART: Really?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Yeah. I felt for this one girl. One of the main - not characters. One of the main young ladies that we follow. In the beginning, when they split the girls up, they put up like genres with like, you know, rap rock or rap rock's not one of them. But one of them is death metal and this one poor girl from Oklahoma is like hanging out under death metal and no one would come get her.

MARTIN: Okay. Real quick. We mentioned it so I want to ask you, "College Road Trip." Raven-Symone, little Olivia.

STEWART: Thumbs up, thumbs down?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Thumbs Down.

MARTIN: Thumbs Down

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Oh, my gosh. Olivia…

MARTIN: Donny Osmond doesn't even save this film?

Mr. HOLLOWAY: He tries really hard. Too hard, probably. Yeah. Well that Raven-Symone, she makes Miley Ray - Mylie Cyrus look like Judy Garland.

MARTIN: Ayyayyay. Daniel Holloway, film critic for Metro Newspapers. Thanks, as always, Daniel.

Mr. HOLLOWAY: Thank you guys.

MARTIN: Hey, come back. This is the BPP. We're from NPR News.

STEWART: And girls rock.

MARTIN: Totally.

STEWART: Just had to say that.

MARTIN: And the world is a wasteland.

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