‘Jack Reacher’ & ‘This Is 40′ – SR Underground Ep. 71

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The Screen Rant editorial team is back with episode seventy-one of the Screen Rant Underground.

Join host Ben Kendrick as well as fellow SR editors Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw as we review Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, discuss the possibility of Dexter season 9, plus offer our thoughts on Judd Apatow’s latest film This is 40.

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Screen Rant Underground: Episode 71 – Jack Reacher & This is 40

In episode 71 of the Screen Rant Underground podcast we review Jack Reacher starring Tom Cruise, discuss the possibility of Dexter season 9, plus offer our thoughts on Judd Apatow’s latest film This is 40.

[0:00] News: This Is the End Red Band TrailerHow I Met Your Mother Renewed for Final Season, Dexter Producer Teases Season 9 Possibility.

[46:49] Box Office Battle Results – Plus 1st Prize Announcement!

[52:23] Rants and Raves: Battle Loser Review – Doctor Who. Mini-review – This is 40.

[1:22:48] Review: Jack Reacher (read our full Jack Reacher review).

[1:47:40] Jack Reacher SPOILERS conversation (join our Reader Spoilers Discussion).

[2:10:48] Listener E-mail, Twitter Handles, and Contact Information.

[2:12:56] Game Rant News Brief: THQ Bankruptcy, Top 10 Games of the Year, Most Anticipated Games of 2013, and Top 5 Co-Op Games of 2012.

Hosts: Ben Kendrick, Rob Keyes, Anthony Ocasio, and Kofi Outlaw.



Next Week’s Review: Django Unchained

Last Week’s Reader Box Office Battle Winner (The Hobbit opening): Chris Agar and Sam Howard were the winners. But via tiebreaker, Sam Howard was the closest, and therefore, the winner!

Opening in theaters this week (Wide):

  • Django Unchained (on Tue.) (Western) – 3,010
  • Les Miserables (2012) (on Tue.) (Musical) – 2,808
  • Parental Guidance (on Tue.) (Comedy) – 3,558

Opening this Week in Theaters (Limited):

  • Silver Linings Playbook (on Tue.) (Comedy) – Expanding to 745

Use the comment section below to continue our various discussions by weighing in with your own thoughts – or just to let us know what you think of the show. Also, don’t forget to vote in our weekly Screen Rant Underground poll:


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  1. Editor Box Office Battle picks for the weekend of ‘Django Unchained’ opening:

    First Choice – Rob

    1. Les Miserables
    2. Django Unchained
    3. The Hobbit
    4. Parental Guidance
    5. Jack Reacher
    10. The Guilt Trip

    Second Choice – Ben

    1. The Hobbit
    2. Les Miserables
    3. Parental Guidance
    4. Django Unchained
    5. Jack Reacher
    10. Life of Pi

    Third Choice – Ant

    1. The Hobbit
    2. Les Miserables
    3. Django Unchained
    4. Jack Reacher
    5. This Is 40
    10. Monsters 3D

    Fourth Choice – Kofi
    1. Hobbit
    2. Skyfall
    3. Guardians
    4. Twilight
    5. Lincoln
    10. Ralph

    Plus final tallies for the weekend of ‘Jack Reacher’ opening:

    1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – $36,940,000
    2. Jack Reacher - $15,600,000
    3. This Is 40 – $11,579,175
    4. Rise of the Guardians – $5,900,000
    5. Lincoln – $5,525,774
    6. The Guilt Trip – $5,390,000
    7. Monsters, Inc. (3D) – $4,774,686
    8. Skyfall – $4,700,000
    9. Life of Pi – $4,017,237
    10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 – $2,626,955

    • I figured that would be a good reward for faithful podcast friends!

  2. I found Jack Reacher to be enjoyable the pacing was great I wasn’t sitting there saying,”Wow I’ve been in here for over an hour”, the action was spread out to move the story a long having a smaller guy beat up other dudes is much better then having Defensive tackle beat up a bunch of guys, the way that Reacher fights while it may some find off putting was enjoyable and if you were a military expert fighting random thugs thats probably how you’d do it & yes NUT-SHOTS are a highly underutilized fighting style, the dialogue mixed married tension & humor and made this movie better, I think it’s a double edged sword for Tom Cruise the thing that makes him who he is the charm & charisma are the things that drive these movies but at the same time people they are the things lump his roles together and attribute to people saying hes doing the same thing over and over, while Ethan Hunt & Jack Reacher may share common traits(do everything/badass/smart alec types) I think personality traits & dialogue separate the characters from each other…

    @Rob: Christopher McQuarrie referenced in a special featurette I saw how it was nice having an actor whose also a professional Driver and showed them doing the driving, so he is the one doing the driving…

    • I wonder how far they could push that driving thing before they call in a stunt guy.

      Maybe a better question is whether or not you’d get in a car with Cruise knowing that he would want to do his own stunts. It’s one thing for him to do it, it’s a whole other to trust him enough to be in the car! Ha.

  3. Monday, December 24, 2012
    #1 Django Unchained
    #2 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
    #3 Les Misérables
    #4 Rise of the Guardians
    #5 Jack Reacher
    #10 Skyfall

  4. Oh man…. I gotta get in the zone for the Box Office Battle now! The infamous Green Lantern podcast is all the motivation I need!

    • I hope it lives up to expectation!

  5. I loved Jack Reacher. I’m gonna say it’s probably one of my favorite movies of the year just on how entertaining it was. Christopher McQuarrie needs to direct more movies.

    • As Rob and Kofi mentioned, I think we’ll see more of him now. Given his filmography and writing credits, he’s definitely proven himself.

  6. The force-feeding continues.

    After the audience and I who saw the trailer for Jack Reacher stopped laughing, I realized a few things. One: HE IS NO STEVE MCQUEEN. Then, I realized I had seen someone trying hard to sell their “star” as someone so tough, it would make Dirty Harry die of laughter–HE IS NO CLINT EASTWOOD. Then, I recalled another cringe-worthy piece of “reporting” from a few weeks ago, that he was planning on remaking The Magnificent Seven, with himself in the lead role, and realized–HE IS NO YUL BRYNNER.

    But whatever his camp wishes to force-feed us, there are still plenty of cinema-goers who are not going to spend a dime on this “comedy.” BTW, another spin piece on him being the “highest paid” last year–is that salary or earnings (makes a difference considering others were paid higher salaries)?

    Also, this controversy DID occur before, with Ann Rice, who felt “Huck Finn” was playing her character; that controversy was gone, after Ms. Rice was to receive a considerable monetary deal for the adaptation with Cruise.

    Rock of Ages bombed. MI4 earned most of its money overseas, especially in places such as China, where most well-crafted US action films make a profit, regardless of its star. And why, why–do we have to keep being bombarded with PR-placed “theories” as to whether or not audiences will choose to see his films or not because of what they feel about his personal life? Is it not possible that they choose to not see his films simply because they have little interest or have a distaste for the films themselves?

    “Doing all his own stunts.” Please. The insurance and production would never allow it. And why not give the credit to his stunt people who are very hard-working, too (and more humble)?

    Lessons learned: Question what you read now more than ever in this digital age, and don’t be afraid to laugh out loud in a movie theater.

    • I actually really enjoyed Rock of Ages – mainly because I was laughing out loud in the the theater (regardless of the film’s intentions).

      Most moviegoers just consider Cruise a “safe bet,” I think. At this point, unless he tries something radically different, he’s probably not going to see too many Award nods but he’s pretty likable in his action roles – even if they aren’t particularly nuanced.

  7. Box office battle
    1. Les miserable
    2. Django unchained
    3. The hobbit
    4. This is 40
    5. Jack reacher
    10. Silver linings playbook

  8. 1 – Les Mis
    2 – Django
    3 – Hobbit
    4 – Jack Reacher
    5 – This is 40
    10 – Skyfall

  9. Les Miserables
    Django Unchained
    The Hobbit
    Parental Guidance
    Jack Reacher
    10 life of pi

  10. 1. Les Miz
    2. Django
    3. The Hobbit
    4. Jack Reacher
    5. This is 40
    10. Silver Linings

  11. I think a main goal for the podcast is to improve Rob’s reception. I edit podcasts myself and I know that sometimes you have to really over-edit some people’s audio to make them intelligible. Sometimes Rob becomes uncomfortable to listen to while the other podcasters obviously hear him just fine. Capturing Rob’s audio better will make the podcast that much better.

    • We’re still trying to figure out exactly what is happening. But this most recent week, for Django, his audio is fine. We’ve got some back up plan ideas though for 2013.