Known as Get The Gringo across the pond, How I Spent The Summer Vacation reunites co-writer and star Mel Gibson with Adrian Grunberg, who acted as Gibson’s first A.D. on 2006’s excellent Apocalypto. Replete with the Mad Mex’s trademark schlock and run through with some truly ingenious humour, you can’t help but commend Mel for not just buying a box-set, stocking up on Hob Nobs and holidaying on the sofa like the rest of us.
Natalie Portman’s shiny new Academy Award is going to reflect an awful lot of spotlights on her over the next few years. This should be fine, of course, but it’s not ideal when the project currently in the post-Oscar glare is a distinctly average drama which she made before Black Swan and which has only just crept onto DVD. The only impossibility in Love and Other Impossible Pursuits is enjoying it.