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The best of the mature comedies this year, just an excellent movie all-around. Everything about this movie just connected with me, whether it's making fun of LARPing or it's using kids as the source of its comedic situations it just clicked with me. The best two performances in this movie come from Bobb'e J. Thompson, who's excessive use of cursing (for his age) just never grows tiring and forced, and his timing and tone is impeccable. The other performance (and one of my favorite of the year) is Ken Jeong as the king of the LARPing world, his delivery and timing are amazing and every single one of his lines is gold.
What hasn't already been said about this movie? It's certainly not a top 5 movie of all time (damn IMDB), but it's a Top 5 movie of '08. Just great film all around, and I don't think I need to go into how brilliant Heath Ledger's performance was. And unless you've been living under a rock in '08, you've formed your opinion about this flick already so I'm just going to leave it at this.
Just a really beautiful movie, and a great story about growing up. Danny Boyle makes a great rebound from my most hated movie of last year, Sunshine, and back into my good graces with an excellent movie. Dev Patel is perfectly cast as Jamal, and gives a helluva performance. The character of Salim is one of the best of the year, just how layered of a character he is makes him so great. The best performance of this movie is given by Anil Kapoor, the host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire! Every scene he's in is inadvertently comedic gold. And how can you not love this films especially with the Bollywood-esque dance scene in the closing credits?