You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.
[I wish we could have seen Prinadora, Rom’s first wife and Nog’s mom.]
Editor’s Note: The 6th season episode “Change of Heart” had a B-plot written that would have featured Rom’s ex-wife/Nog’s mother Prindadora, but it was cut for time reasons before being filmed. The Ferengi Family actors (Aron Eisenberg, Max Grodenchik, Chase Masterson) used to perform said B-plot at conventions on occasion, with Grodenchik’s wife/Trek pre-production coordinator Lolita Fatjo filling the role of Prinadora.
[I love thinking about how history will describe Rom after the end of DS9: “Grand Nagus Rom was responsible for major reforms in Ferengi society, and was also a technological genius who made several contributions to the Alliance efforts in the Dominion War. His mother, Ishka, was a pioneering feminist activist, and his wife Leeta also contributed to Rom’s successes. His son, Nog, was the first Ferengi to join Starfleet. He also had a brother who owned a bar on an old space station.”]
AMERICAN ULTRA is a whole hell-of-alot of FUN and is a film that should be on a lot more of your radars. It’s a great time and if you love romance stories mixed with insane amount of violence this film is absolutely up your alley (when I say insane violence I truly mean INSANE). The film really works because Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart are so goddamn PERFECT. Their screen presence as actors supports these roles well and they have wonderful chemistry (I’m the only person i know who LOVES Adventureland so it’s great to see them reunited). Their love story comes off really heartfelt and engaging which is wonderful.
Eisenberg plays the vacant stoner well but when he needs to be the super-intelligent/crazy murdering spy-type he shines (the best is his comedic reactions to the horrific murders he’s capable of). There is one single-take of him eviscerating lots of baddies in a row with everyday store items that’s truly outstanding.
Stewart is really good here, like REALLY good. People need to get the bug out of the asses over her and get over the whole “Twilight of it all” with her and start enjoying the greatness that she is capable of. She plays the sweet (yet stoned) girlfriend fantastically and handles the comedy well.
The supporting cast is solid with Walton Goggins and John Leguizamo stealing the scenes they have. It’s nice to see Connie Britton again after Friday Night Lights left us and Bill Pullman has a pretty cool cameo (always nice to see my President in things). Sadly, Tony Hale is underused and Topher Grace comes off as a one-note annoyance rather than a genuine antagonist.
Fast paced, energetic and never loses steam, American Ultra is a great film to end the summer with. Loads of great action and humor with a genuine and real love story in the middle of it. Certainly won’t be for everyone but it’s the type of film that will really find it’s audience and shine on the home video market (although you ought to check it out theatrically, I can’t stress enough the importance of supporting original films in this day-and-age). If you enjoy ultra-violence and stoner humor this is very much something you’re going to want to see.