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QUICK REVIEW: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

Howdy ladies and gents, time for my third review of the day and I’m talking about Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. So this is a film I no intentions of watching, I hated the idea of this film and the trailers just did nothing for me. But with all the good word of mouth about the film’s got since late December, I decided to give it a shot. So is this film a good watch or not? Well read on and find out! 😀

The plot can be summed up as the following: “Four teenagers are sucked into a magical video game, and the only way they can escape is to work together to finish the game.” So my first thought after watching the film was, “Okay it wasn’t the worst thing ever and it had redeeming qualities, but it just wasn’t for me.” The story was simple yet effective and if you’ve seen any family/young person-aimed film with a group of random people from different backgrounds being forced together to complete a common goal, then you know exactly how this story will pan out. The story has a standard start, middle and end, though the journey is quite fun, interesting and by the end, I will admit I was satisfied. What didn’t work was the humour, like I said before, the trailers did nothing for me, just looked like the same kind of stuff I don’t like in a lot of comedies and most of my suspicions came to pass, there was a lot of physical humour and jokes made for kids and adults that didn’t make me laugh at all, besides a few smirks and one minor chuckle. The one thing that this film did damn well was the video game codes and conventions because if you’re a gamer from the 90’s to early 00’s several of these elements will be recognisable to you, from cutscenes to traps to level progression to NPCs, all of that stuff was handled with a great deal of care and felt like an amalgamation of games I’ve played in the past. Oh and since this was technically a sequel to the original I will admit that I appreciated some of the references and even though the concept of the board game turning into a video game was absurd to me at first, the film justifies it well enough.

As for the characters, the kid actors were fine but it felt like they were playing modern/early 2000’s versions of high school kids, and they were fine but sometimes insufferable. Firstly Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone was pretty good, he was funny, strange, cowardly and cool. Jack Black as Professor Sheldon “Shelly” Oberon almost stole the film, while I hated his character’s personality with passion, Black did really well in his role. Kevin Hart was pretty much himself as Franklin “Mouse” Finbar, that being said he did have some funny moments here and there. And Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse, damn, firstly I not only liked Gillian’s portrayal of her character as it was a very different role than what I’ve seen from her before, but she was also able to be funny, silly, cute and sexy at the same time! Nick Jonas as Jefferson “Seaplane” McDonough was a surprising yet welcome inclusion to the film and I really liked his backstory. The only weak link is Bobby Cannavale’s villain role as Russel Van Pelt, for such a dangerous individual he’s very plain, generic, and you normally forget about him until the plot reminds you that he’s still around.

When it comes to the presentation it was decent, Visually the film looked good, the look of the world of Jumanji was nice, colourful and varied, the CGI was decent though inconsistent at times and the action scenes were choreographed well though some of the hand-to-hand fights times went on for a little too long. As for the film score by Henry Jackman, it was fine, got a little too mushy at points but it certainly had some decent moments. In conclusion, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle was not nearly as bad as I expected it to be and there were certainly some good elements in the film, however, most of the humour just wasn’t for me and I would have enjoyed this film a lot more if it didn’t have Jumanji in the title.

So have you seen Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and if so what did you think of it? Leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2018 in Film Reviews, Reviews

 

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LATE REVIEW: Central Intelligence

Howdy people of the internet, its review time once again and yesterday I finally got around to seeing Central Intelligence so now I’m gonna talk about it here! 🙂

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So the story for this film can be described as the following:

“Calvin Joyner, a mild-mannered accountant is lured into the world of international espionage after he reconnects with an old friend, Bob Stone aka Robbie Wheirdicht from high school through Facebook.”

This film’s story was pretty good, and more importantly funny. As some of you may know I’m a fickle guy when it comes to comedies and I’m always pleasantly surprised when I am able to not only laugh a lot but also enjoy the story too, and I believe Central Intelligence did that for me. I liked about this film’s story was:

  1. There was a little more to it than what the trailers showed off.
  2. There was some depth to the story when it came to the relationship between the two lead characters.
  3. I liked the pop culture references especially with the use of other films, music or other verbal jokes.
  4. It was ridiculous but had enough emotional moments to ground it realism to a degree.

This film was all sorts of ridiculous and that is always my kind of jam, though there were a few things I wanted to nitpick. There were a few things that happened in this film that felt like they were dealt with fairly quickly or not reserved in a realistic manner. Plus the film follows some of the standard story beats that come with comedy films, however, this didn’t overly detract from my enjoyment of the film.

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When it comes to the cast, they all did a great job. Firstly there’s Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson as Calvin “Golden Jet” Joyner and Bob Stone/Robbie Wheirdicht, both actors did fantastic jobs in their roles individually and together as well. Hart was essentially the same guy he’s been in most of his recent films being loud, crazy and funny, and while Hart’s style of humour and charisma can be a little overbearing and tiresome at times, it worked fort his film. And Johnson, he was just fabulous and reason I loved him so much was that his character allowed Johnson to show off his acting skills. This kind of material is in Johnson’s wheelhouse but it was also different at the same time, and what I mean by that is Johnson is an action star and has good comedic skills too, but to see him switch between these styles so often with different personas was really interesting and once again shows that he’s come far as an actor since he started how many years ago. And of course Hart and Johnson have great chemistry, and they played well off of each other. The rest of the cast was also good with Amy Ryan doing a good job as the blunt Agent Pamela Harris, Danielle Nicolet was also very nice and cute as Maggie Joyner, Thomas Kretschmann had a nice appearance as The Buyer and Jason Bateman as Trevor, damn what a great part he had to play in this film. But my absolute favourite part of this film was with Aaron Paul as Phil, I won’t say when or why he’s in the film, but he was such incredible and had one line that just made me giddy. 😀

As for the presentation it was pretty good, I really enjoyed the action was it was cool, over the top and well-choreographed when it came to the firefights and hand-to-hand combat. And the soundtrack was great with some great music choices from the 90’s and the film score from Theodore Shapiro and Ludwig Göransson was nice as well.

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So in conclusion Central Intelligence was a lot of fun and heck of lot better than some critics lead me to believe, I mean I knew I’d like this film because of Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart but it was just so delightful and hilarious that I ended up having a damn good time. It wasn’t super consistent with the humour and I had a few nitpicks with the story, but overall I had a good session with this film and I recommend it for sure.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen Central Intelligence and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see y’all on the next review! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Ride Along 2

Howdy people of the internet, time for another review and today I’ll be talking about Ride Along 2. Now I had no intention of seeing this film because it was sequel no one asked for and from the trailers it looked like the first film again just with a slighty different story and set of characters. But when my friend invited me along to see it I said “Fuck it why not?” And now I’m gonna give you my thoughts on this sequel.

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The story for the film can be described as the following:

“As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.”

I was actually going into this film ready to shit on it, but it was better than I expected, just a bit haha. This film was basically the same as the last film in the sense that there’s a lot of the same jokes, scenarios and story beats repeated and some of it is tolerable and some it just felt tiresome. I didn’t really care for the story, it wasn’t that engaging, I was just looking for laughs and to my surprise this film actually had me laughing. The humour in this film is pretty ridiculous and stupid, but once I got into the silly nature of the film there were several points where I actually laughed and was having a good time.

When it comes to the cast they’re fine. Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are the same as the ever were as Detective James Payton and Officer Ben Barber, while some of their personal situations have changed, Cube and Hart are pretty much just being themselves again. Sometimes it worked and sometimes I felt like rolling my eyes a little. Ken Jeong as A.J. felt similar to some of his previous roles that he’s done, but it didn’t stop him from being pretty fun at certain points. Also Olivia Munn as Maya Cruz, besides being super gorgeous Munn’s performance felt a little wooden and I didn’t really by her playing this tough lady cop and Benjamin Bratt was fine as Antonio Pope, he was charming and sneaky. And finally Bruce McGill was fine as Lieutenant Brooks and Tika Sumpter still looked hot as hell as Angela Payton-Barber and it was nice to see more for her in this film.

In conclusion Ride Along 2 was much better than I expected considering the negative reviews I’d seen online beforehand, while I won’t be watching it agin anytime soon, it made me laugh and it wasn’t a complete waste of time at the cinema. If you’re a fan of the first film or Kevin Hart then you’ll have fn with this, but for everyone else I would probably say skip it.

So have you seen Ride Along 2 and if so what did you think? Be sure to comment below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Top Five Review

Howdy people of the internet and welcome to another film review and today’s review comes in the form of Top Five, the latest film from Chris Rock in which he stars and directs. Now I had been waiting to see this film for months after seeing the trailer and its initial release in the US, and luckily my local Cineworld were actually showing the film so I saw it and now I’m ready to pass judgement.

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The plot for the film came be summed up as the following:

“A comedian tries to make it as a serious actor when his reality-TV star fiancĂ©e talks him into broadcasting their wedding on her TV show.”

Overall I thought this film’s story was pretty good. What I liked about it so much is that while it was comedic, there was also a lot of drama and truth to some of the subject matter involved. This film deals with issues of truth, identity, relationships, talent and knowing the difference between what is right and what is easy among other things and it is handled nicely. I like how to the two main characters butt heads at first but then start to warm to each other, help each other out later on down the road. While the film’s story feels familiar, it at least tells a compelling tale that is funny when it needs to be but is also heartfelt and relatable when it needs to be too. The film also felt kind of self-referential to Chris Rock and his career (I guess that was intentional), and it was interesting to see certain parrells from Rock’s character to himself, and it kind of felt like Rock was saying, “I still have it. I may not be in the spotlight anymore, but I still have the funny factor that you love.”

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Now let’s talk about the cast, it is comedy central as there are comedians left, right and center and it is awesome. Chris Rock as Andre Allen is very good, as the star he would have to be, but luckily this character has just the right amount of humour, charm, arrogance and heart to make him a well-rounded character. Rock is essentially playing himself here, bit unlike some of his previous comedic roles, Andre feels more fleshed out and realistic because of his career choices and similarities to Rock’s natural persona. I felt like Rock wanted to portray a certain kind of character in this film because he was directing as well acting and he really acted quite well. And then there’s Rosario Dawson as Chelsea Brown who was great as the journalist interviewing Andre. Chelsea is a smart and witty who asks all the juicy and important questions, she wants a good story and is not afraid to get under Andre’s skin to get them. Dawson as always looks incredible, but she is also very likeable, fun and heartwarming in her role. Together Rock and Dawson have lovely on-screen chemistry. Gabrielle Union was very nice as Erica Long, Andre’s fiancĂ©e. Erica was a light-hearted, happy and spoilt little lady who was pretty much trying to get her 15 minutes of fame, she’s quite irritating and mean, but behind all the smoke and mirrors you see that she has a heart and Union played her part well.

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J. B. Smoove is great as Silk, Smoove is pretty damn funny whenever her shows up in a film or TV show and here he’s great too. The only other person who shows up and leaves as big a an impact se him is Leslie Jones as Lisa, this woman is really funny and had some of the best lines and moments, I wanted to see more of her. OH and Cedric the Entertainer as Jazzy Dee, what a legend. Cedric, that guy kills me sometimes with his comedic roles and Jazzy Dee is no exception, he’s off-the-wall and strange but also super hilarious too. Tracy Morgan as Fred, that guy was also funny and I love Morgan in general as he finds ways to make the simplest of things funny to watch. Kevin Hart even shows up for a bit as Charles and as usual he’s pretty good. Also Sherri Shepherd as Vanessa she was lovely and had some good moments in the film too. There are also some unexpected cameos in this film as well, I won’t ruin them for anyone who wants to see the film but I will say that their appearances are great. Oh you know what? Screw it. MINOR SPOILER AHEAD… The is a scene with Andre and DMX in jail and it was one of the most random, bizarre and hilarious moments in the film, so weird and yet so great.

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In the end Top Five is a good film and was a very different film then I was expecting. While this film doesn’t reinvent anything and there aspects of the story that have been done before, on the whole it is a well-made, funny and dramatic film. This is the most notable piece of work that Chris Rock has done in years and I’m happy to see that he can still be entertaining but can also direct too.

Rating: 7.5

So have you seen Top Five and if so what did you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Get Hard Review

Howdy ladies and gents, today I give you my second review of the day in the form of Get Hard. I actually saw this film before the awesomeness that is Furious 7, but I didn’t feel like talking about this film until after I got that other review done. I knew that this film could go one of two ways, it could either be really funny or really pants, so which one is it? Well read on and find out.

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As for the plot it can be summarised as the following:

“When millionaire James King is nailed for fraud and bound for San Quentin, he turns to Darnell Lewis to prep him to go behind bars.”

In a way the story did turn out the way I expected, however there were some things I didn’t see coming and it isn’t exactly good or bad as it is just there. A lot of what happens in is painfully dull, average, clichĂ© and lacking in fun or originality. That being said I did have fun with this film to a degree. The whole premise of the film, the dialogue and jokes are stupid, it is silly, rude and kind of childish and some of that was quite funny, but these moments of fun are drowned out by all of the less than stella humour.

When it comes to the cast, the performances vary from being good to average. Will Ferrell as James King was fine, Ferrell was just being himself and to be honest he provided some of the better humour. Kevin Hart as Darnell Lewis was good too, Hart like Ferrell was pretty much being himself and the dude is loud, crazy and all over the place, I reckon he was the best part of this film because his energy was always on high. Then there’s Alison Brie as Alissa, Brie I love for her work on Community and it also helps that she is one of the cutest/prettiest women ever and here she was pretty good. Alissa is a very selfish, sassy, superficial and hot lady who is together with James, but only really cares for the lavish lifestyle he can provide for her. This is a very different kind of role I’ve seen from Brie, the character is fairly mean and very unlike some of her other roles, but I like she handles herself and this is probably the biggest film I’ve seen her in so I hope she does get more exposure. Craig T. Nelson as Martin Barrow was fine, Edwina Findley was good as Rita Lewis and while T.I.’s role as Russell was a bit generic for a black rapper, T.I. did well and was fun to watch.

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In conclusion Get Hard is an okay time, the film is absurdly silly with its story and humour and that is the film’s best and worst aspect. For every funny moment there’s a lot of unfunny moments too, Ferrell and Hart make for an interesting duo, but overall if you were to ask me on a movie night whether I’d want to watch this, I would say pass because there are much better comedies than this.

Rating: 5.5/10 (Kind of fun and forgettable)

So have you seen Get Hard and if so what did you think of it? Please  be sure to leave you comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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SIMPLE REVIEW: The Wedding Ringer

Howdy people of the internet, time for a new film review and today I’ll be talking about The Wedding Ringer. Now I wasn’t too fussed about watching this film, but since I was going out with my sister and dad yesterday I thought we needed a laugh. So now that I’ve seen the film I am ready to pass judgement.

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The story for this film involves Doug Harris, a man who is about to get married to the woman of his dreams, however he does not have a best man for his wedding because he has no friends. Running out of time and options, Doug turns to the only person who can help him out; Jimmy Callahan, a man who runs a best man service for grooms who don’t have the friends necessary for the wedding event. Together Doug and Jimmy have to pull off the most incredible best man service without anyone finding out.

The plot for this film is simple, familiar and effective. Some of the story details you can see coming a mile off, if you’ve seen any comedy film that has some heart to the story (especially when it comes to the relationship between friends) then you’ll know where things are going with the main characters. Though, that didn’t bother me as this is what I’ve come to expect from this genre of film. What mattered to me the most was the humour and luckily this film is funny. This film throws all the standard jokes that you’ve come to expect from comedy films with a lot of verbal and physical humour, that being said, most of it is hilarious. From some great Doug and Jimmy moments to a car chase to a wonderfully choreographed dance sequence to an insanely rough American Football game, this film has many laugh-out-loud moments.

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When it comes to the cast they were great. Kevin Hart as Jimmy Callahan/Bic Mitchum was lovely. This film was just Kevin Hart being himself and your enjoyment of this character and the film will depend on whether you’re a fan of his or not. The man is loud, crazy and super charismatic, but that’s what makes him so likeable. He’s like a little tornado of energy that constantly comes and goes, he’s swift, but you remember that he’s there. Josh Gad as Doug Harris was also great. Doug is a sweet guy, but he’s a loner and has a lot of hidden issues, but it isn’t until he meets Jimmy when he starts to come alive. This is probably the first film I’ve seen Josh Gad in and he was bloody funny and strange at the same time, and together I feel like Gad and Hart had some great chemistry, it looked like they were having a fun time while making this film. Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting is gorgeous and fun as Gretchen Palmer, Jenifer Lewis as Doris Jenkins was also great to watch and Olivia Thirlby was charming and quite beautiful as Allison Palmer (however it was a little distracting how she kept remind me of Chloe Bennet from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D). Then there’s some of Doug and Jimmy’s crew that I need to highlight. Jorge Garcia was delightful as Lurch/Garvey, Alan Ritchson and his funny face was great as Kip/Carew, I also liked Aaron Takahashi as Endo/Rambis, Nicole Whelan as Nadia and the hilarious Ignacio Serricchio as Edmundo.

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So in conclusion The Wedding Ringer, while it may not be to everyone’s tastes, is a fun little comedy with good performances and a crazy sense humour. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this film, it’s not perfect, but it is ridiculous and that’s the kind of humour I like.

Rating: 7.5/10

So have you seen The Wedding Ringer and if so what did you think of it? Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Ride Along Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I’ve had a pretty decent session at the cinema and since I’m in a good mood I’m going to give you my thoughts on all three films as soon as possible. So first film on the list is Ride Along, a comedy I initially had no interest in watching, however after hearing slightly better reviews from some of my favourite online reviewers, I decided to give this film a try.

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The plot for this film is described as the following:

“Ben Barber, a fast-talking, jumpy security guard, joins his potential brother-in-law James Payton, an APD cop/detective, on a 24-hour patrol of Atlanta in order to prove himself worthy of marrying Angela, James’s sister. The patrol begins to turn into a real case as James finds clues that he thinks will lead to potential closure of the 3 year case he has been working against the mysterious criminal known only as “Omar”.”

If you have seen any buddy cop film or any comedy film before, then you’ll know where the plot points are going long before they happen and will know some of the basic codes and conventions that come with characters like these. The story is not the worst I’ve seen, but there is nothing special about it either. The main thing I wanted from this film was humour, and while there were things that made me smile, all the jokes were either repeats of stuff I’ve seen before like crazy physical humour or random black humour which is always hit or miss for me. The one thing that Ride Along has that I found slightly unique was how it has Ben, a gamer, use his gaming knowledge and apply it to the real police situations that he is thrown into. It is a nice little addition, however its usefulness is only limited to certain situations and is kind of wasted. First-person shooters, along with many other types of video games do have the power to inform people and allow to learn things and I think if that element of the film had been better handled then it would have been a lot better.

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When it comes to the cast they did a serviceable job. Ice Cube was pretty fun as James Payton, Cube pretty much did the same kind of mean and cold approach which he’s done before and it works to a degree, only problem is I’ve seen him do it better before. Kevin Hart as Ben Barber was the real meat of the film, his energy and erratic behaviour is what keeps this film from being film from being a complete dud. I’ve only become a fan of Hart over the last year and he is funny, but I didn’t find him as funny as I’ve seen on TV and since most of his funny scenes are in the trailer there’s not much left in the film itself.

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John Leguizamo as Santiago and Bryan Callen as Miggs were cool, they did well in their roles and since I am a fan of Legizamo since Romeo + Juliet and more recently Kick-Ass 2, I’ll watch him in most films. Bruce McGill as Lt. Brooks was good too offering the standard boss-type role where he scolds Payton for his recklessness but only does so for his own good. Tika Sumpter as Angela Payton is really pretty, but is very underutilized and finally Laurence Fishburne as Omar was pretty good, he was hardcore and yet funny at the same time, this more fun side of Fishburne makes a difference from his stone-faced character in Hannibal lol.

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In conclusion Ride Along is decent buddy cop comedy, but that’s all it is. I kind of knew what to expect when I saw the trailers ages ago, but I had hoped for more considering how funny Ice Cube and Kevin Hart can be in their own films. Some people will get a kick out of it, but for everybody else, if you wanna see a film that’ll make you laugh, go watch The Lego Movie instead.

Rating: 6/10 (The film only succeeds thanks to my liking of the main cast members)

So what did you think of Ride Along? Have you seen it or are you’re gonna watch it? Whatever your thoughts are leave them in the comment section below and I’ll see you on then ext film review. Laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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