Review Black comedy : THE VOICES (NC16) - Urged by a pet cat to kill

- Give Up Coffee For Beautiful Breasts
- Welcome to your First Trimester
- Welcome to your Second Trimester
- Welcome to your Third Trimester

Jerry (Ryan Reynolds) works in the shipping department of a plumbing supplies company. He sees therapist Dr Warren (Jacki Weaver), who is treating him for delusions. He hears his pets and stuffed toys speak, with some telling him to give in to his darker impulses. He grows fond of co-workers Fiona (Gemma Arterton) and Lisa (Anna Kendrick), but fears the consequences if they come too close.

Imagine what Ted (2012) would be like if, instead of taking cheap shots at women and minorities, the talking bear tells his owner to act out the misogynistic violence underlying the jokes.

On that score, this movie about male impotency (in various senses of the word) translated into murderous rage has never been more relevant.

Ted and too many so-called comedies coming out today are thinly disguised diatribes about women and any group with the audacity to be neither white nor male. And judging by Ted's success at the box office, it is a message that is finding an audience.

The Voices also speaks to the female phobia about meeting men - you never know who might turn out to be a serial killer.

Jerry (Reynolds) is a low-level blue-collar worker who appears to be hearing voices, a problem for which Dr Warren (Weaver) recommends medication. He believes he is a nice guy. But his pet cat Mr Whiskers urges him to give in to his urge to kill, while his dog Bosco argues against it.

Iranian-American director Marjane Satrapi, who broke out with the girl-versus-traditions animation feature Persepolis (2007), appears to be the perfect choice to helm this bleak and bloody satire on the fractured state of the modern male psyche.

It is written by Michael R. Perry, who helped pen television shows such as House M.D. and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

However, too much of the potential for sharp observation is squandered on meandering backstory and overlong back-and-forths between Jerry and his talking pets.

If there is a story that cried out for less of the main character and more ensemble acting, this is it. The film might have been better served if it was told from Lisa's or Fiona's viewpoint instead of Jerry's.

Perhaps the lure of making Jerry a well-rounded person, worthy of pity, proved too strong for the empathetic Satrapi.

We can at at least be thankful that she did not do as Seth MacFarlane did in Ted - full-on hate disguised as offensive humour is much less fun to watch.

- Review Action-thriller : BLACK SEA (NC16) - Submarine thriller strikes gold
- Weirdly unusual, with a love for old British spies
- Paedophile priest drama shocks Berlin fest
- Old meets new amid surprising wins
- Bruce Jenner praying for accident victim's family
- McKellen the latest in long line of Sherlocks
- Theory Of Everything dominates Baftas
- Screenwriter Stern drew from turbulent life
- Singer Smith is Lonely no more
- Tea company Twinings pulls Fifty Shades-inspired boxes
Top Search
- Losing Weight In A Week With Honey
- Foods That Cause Miscarriage
- 9 Bad Habits That Can Cause Miscarriage
- Grape Is Pregnant Women’s Friend
- What Is Placenta Calcification
- 7 Kinds Of Fruit That Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat
- Do Not Miss Sugarcane Juice In Pregnancy
Top 10
- Omega 3 fatty acids – what’s all the fuss about ? (part 3) - DHA supplements
- Omega 3 fatty acids – what’s all the fuss about ? (part 2) - Docosahexaenoic acid
- Omega 3 fatty acids – what’s all the fuss about ? (part 1) - The science bit, Alpha linolenic acid
- Your Pregnancy After 35 : Labor and Delivery (part 15) - When You’re Overdue
- Your Pregnancy After 35 : Labor and Delivery (part 14) - Baby’s Birth Presentation
- Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Sides (part 17) - Caramelized Baby Carrots, Roasted Garlic, Zucchini, and Onions
- Chocolate Covered Naartjies - Cauliflower Carpaccio With Watercress And Almond Dressing - Avocado Mousse Topped With Cauliflower And Bacon Crumbs (part 2)
- RECIPE Orange Cointreau jellies : Golden dessert to beat the glut
- BBQ Chicken Around The World (Part 2) - Beer can chicken
- Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Vegan Breakfasts (part 8) - Vegan Crepes, Tofu Florentine, Quick Hollandaise Sauc uick Hollandaise Sauce, Potato Poblano Breakfast Burritos
- Midweek Meals - These Dishes Promise Smooth Sailing (Part 2) - Lemon and thyme lamb with warm pumpkin salad
- Grill Happy Healthy Family Dinners (Part 5) - Pork and plum skewers
- Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Soups and Stews (part 4) - Ten-Minute Cheater’s Chili, Thai Tom Kha Coconut Soup , Cold Spanish Gazpacho with Avocado
- Winter Favourites New Ideas Cooking (Part 2) - Mac ’n’ cheese with pumpkin
- Celebrate Christmas Soon In July (part 2) - Roast pumpkin, fennel & brussels sprouts
- Healthy Recipes for a Vegan Pregnancy : Desserts (part 6) - Foolproof Vegan Fudge, Cocoa-Nut-Coconut No-Bake Cookies , Cheater’s Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
- Budget Meal Planner For This Week (Part 1) - Monday - Spinach & Sausage Penne
- Budget Meal Planner For This Week (Part 5) - Friday - Rendang Beef Noodles
- Homegrown Treasures Time To Harvest (Part 2) - Beetroot & shallot tatins
- Get To Know Your Salad (part 2) - Greens & Berry Salad