Watching Chick Flicks Alone: The Switch
It’s been awhile, but I recently watched the Jennifer Aniston/Jason Bateman film The Switch and figured I could pull this project out for another little go around. The timing seemed perfect with just reading the Mindy Kaling piece on Flick Chicks: A Guide to Women in Movies in The New Yorker. She writes about her unabashed love of rom-coms and talks about the types of female characters usually included in these movies.
"But what I’d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed revealing this, because the genre has been so degraded in the past twenty years that saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity. But that has not stopped me from enjoying them. I like watching people fall in love onscreen so much that I can suspend my disbelief in the contrived situations that occur only in the heightened world of romantic comedies. I have come to enjoy the moment when the male lead, say, slips and falls right on top of the expensive wedding cake. I actually feel robbed when the female lead’s dress doesn’t get torn open at a baseball game while the JumboTron camera is on her. I regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world operates according to different rules than my regular human world. For me, there is no difference between Ripley from “Alien” and any Katherine Heigl character. They are equally implausible. They’re all participating in a similar level of fakey razzle-dazzle, and I enjoy every second of it."
I was morally opposed (not really) to watching chick flicks/rom-coms/whatever you want to call them before starting this project. Granted I have liked a few before starting, but would avoid any and all starring Katherine Heigl (there’s just something about her I hate…maybe she’s nice in real life? IDK). I felt exactly like Mindy stated above “saying you like romantic comedies is essentially an admission of mild stupidity” So here I am officially saying I like romantic comedies. In a quick tangent Mindy Kaling deserves every bit of attention she is getting upon the release of her upcoming book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me. I seriously hope I see constant quotes from her book like we did with Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I will never tire of it.
Later Mindy goes on to describe the types of characters in rom-coms and Jennifer Aniston’s character is not described, sadly. There is a type in many rom-coms (can I say rom-com a few more times?) of that working lady who wants to have a child, but does have a husband, but then meets a man on the day she gets inseminated.
I call her the Biological Clock Watcher.
She’s been too focused on her career for a serious relationship or maybe she’s in a relationship with someone, but she finds out he’s been having an affair or is gay or is her best friend and he’s getting married. She decides to the chagrin of her Widowed or Jewish mother/father that she is getting artificially inseminated. Once she finds out she is pregnant, Mr. Right appears. How does she tell him she’s pregnant? Will he still love her? Of course he does, after they break up for 20 minutes, and then they live happily ever after.
Mindy does include the description of Sassy Best Friend which describes Debbie, Juliette Lewis as Jennifer Aniston’s friend, almost exactly.
"You know that really hilarious and horny best friend who is always asking about your relationship and has nothing really going on in her own life? She always wants to meet you in coffee shops or wants to go to Bloomingdale’s to sample perfumes? She runs a chic dildo store in the West Village? Nope? O.K., that’s this person."
The romantic lead in this film is played by Man-Boy (as described in the film by a muttering homeless man), Jason Bateman. He and Jennifer Aniston (Wally and Kassie) are best friends who tried to date, but it didn’t quite work out so they remained bffs, except for the fact that Wally really loves Kassie. To recap this as briefly as possible: Kassie wants to get pregnant (Biological Clock Watcher) and her sassy best friend, Debbie, throws a Insemination Party (my next birthday party theme everyone!). She finds Roland played by Patrick Wilson to donate (he & his wife need the money, ok), at the Insemination Party Roland jerk off’s in the bathroom and leaves it on a coffee cup warmer to stay fresh. Wally gets crazy drunk (cause he’s sad) and goes to the bathroom and plays with Roland’s baby batter (so fun!), accidentally dropping it down the drain (oops). What else would a drunk man who is in love with his best friend do? Duh, he jerks off to a picture of Diane Sawyer replacing Roland’s sample with his own. Kassie moves away and then seven years later returns to New York City with her son, Sebastian. We all know immediately that Sebastian is a mini Wally and it only takes seven years and a couple days for Wally to remember that he got drunk and “hijacked her pregnancy” thanks to Jeff Goldblum who plays Leonard, Wally’s boss and friend and confidant. Sebastian has quite a few cute one liners, especially, “Oh my God. I have that.” when Wally says he has hypochondria. Ok, this is getting long and we all know how it ends anyway. Wally tells Kassie, Kassie hates him, Sebastian misses Wally, Kassie misses Wally, she forgives him, and then they get married. Yay! Happy Endings.
Crying Update: No tears. I was in public when I watched this. Ok, fine I got a little misty at the end. I’m not dead on the inside.
Take Away Advice: “Look at us, running around. Always rushed, always late. I guess that’s why they call it the human race. What we crave most in this world is connection. For some people it happens at first site. It’s when you know you know. It’s fate working its magic. And that’s great for them. They get to live in a pop song. Ride the express train. But that’s not the way it really works. For the rest of us, it’s a bit less romantic. It’s complicated, it’s messy. It’s about horrible timing, and fumbled opportunities. And not being able to say what you need to say when you need to say it.” - Wally
The thing about chick flicks is that they’re predictable, cliched, usually bad, and you still love them anyway. I really liked this film. I’d say watch it & thank me later or not.
Previously: never been kissed, sweet home alabama, 27 dresses, sisterhood of the traveling pants, now & then, confessions of a shopaholic, raising helen, you’ve got mail, the back-up plan, uptown girls, sex & the city 2, because i said so, my best friend’s wedding.
Watching Chick Flicks Alone: My Best Friend’s Wedding
I’m not embarrassed to say that I have seen this movie 10s of times. It is probably one of my favorite chick flicks that I have (re)watched for this lingering project. Is it even interesting anymore? Well, whatever, I watched it for this project so I figure I might as well write some thoughts about it.
Julia ‘Big Hair, Big Laugh’ Roberts stars as Julianne, a 27-year-old New York restaurant critic, who receives a phone call from her long time best friend Michael letting her know that he is getting married IN FOUR DAYS (suspense! drama! whatever?). Years ago Julianne and Michale made one of those stupid “If we are not married by [insert age] we’ll marry each other” pacts. Do real people actual make those pacts and follow through with them? I mean if they were meant for each other why wouldn’t they just be together and not have to settle for someone because they turn a certain age? Anyway, so naturally Julianne is devastated because she banked on Michael actually marrying her since she was ‘too busy’ with work and her career to find someone. Michael wants her to meet is fiancee immediately and come be with him in Chicago to help with the wedding. She thinks he’s stupid because he has known this girl for such a short time and she’s only 20, plus she’s actually in love with him. She heads to Chicago with the intent on breaking up the wedding at all costs.
She arrives and is picked up by Michael and his fiancee Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). While driving to a party Kimmy asks Julianne to be her maid of honor since she doesn’t really have an girlfriends. She reluctantly says yes. What follows is a series of kooky hijinks in which Julianne tries to break up the wedding. One of these hijinks includes a trip to the local karaoke bar to force Kimmy (a very bad singer) to sing karaoke. She does it because she loves Michael and wants to be friends with Julianne. What a bitch Julianne is right? Kimmy, though, ends up winning the entire bar over (and Julianne a little) with her horrific rendition of I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (I couldn’t find a copy of it online thanks a lot Sony!), thankfully they don’t ask for an encore.
Julianne invites her gay best friend George (Rupert Everett, when he was likable) to come to Chicago and pose as her boyfriend and make Michael jealous. George meets everyone at a restaurant and naturally (since he’s gay) this lends itself as the perfect time for him to tell everyone how he met Julianne with an entire restaurant musical number. I do actually like this scene a lot even though if I was actually sitting at this table when it happened I would be so mortified, pretty much like Julianne is during this scene.
Julianne thencomes up with her most devious plan yet. She accidentally (on purpose) sends Michael and email about Kimmy’s father offering him a job so they would stay in Chicago. Michael is furious about this & calls off the wedding (well only Michael, Kimmy, & Julianne know this). The next day is the day of the wedding and when Julianne arrives she sees that the wedding is still happening. Neither Michael nor Kimmy can officially call it off (maybe because they don’t want to, Julianne?).
None of Julianne’s tactics to break off the wedding are actually working so she resorts to the only thing she can think of and that’s to tell Michael she loves him. They kiss and Kimmy see this and then she runs off. A hot pursuit ensues and then culminates in one of my fave scenes where Kimmy calls Julianne a “Two-Faced Big Haired Food Critic”. ROUND OF APPLAUSE!!!! The wedding happens and everyone lives happily ever after.
One of my other favorite moments comes in two parts. When Julianne and Michael are on the ferry spending what might be there last moments alone. The tears in Julianne’s eyes and then they go under the bridge! Right? You guys feel me on this. Then they sing their song and dance. Later at the wedding reception during Julianne’s speech, she says she didn’t get them a present, but will loan them their (Michael & Julianne) song until they find their own. TEARZZZZ.
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Rachel Griffiths.
Crying Update: I just bolded and linked to my tears.
Take Away Advice: “It’s amazing the clarity that comes with psychotic jealousy.” -George
I also wanted to include another of my favorite interactions befre leaving you with a closing note.
Julianne Potter: Crème brûlée can never be Jell-O. YOU could never be Jell-O.
Kimmy Wallace: I HAVE to be Jell-O!
Julianne Potter: You’re never gonna be Jell-O!
Did you know that this is an Oscar Nominated movie? Well, you do now. I mean it was for Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score, but still. Now next time you watch this movie just tell your friends, “What? I can’t go out tonight. I am watching the Academy Award Nominated Film My Best Friend’s Wedding.”
previously: never been kissed, sweet home alabama, 27 dresses, sisterhood of the traveling pants, now & then, confessions of a shopaholic, raising helen, you’ve got mail, the back-up plan, uptown girls, sex & the city 2, because i said so.
Watching Chick Flicks Alone: Because I Said So
After watching any of the movies in this series, after mentally processing what I put myself through, I always do a google search to see what I can find regarding the movie. This film was no different. I usually start at IMDB, then head on over to wikipedia, and then google image search (especially if there is a hot guy in the movie: um, how has Gabriel Macht not caught my attention before seeing him on Suits recently). Here are four of my favorite discoveries:
Let’s just get this abomination over with already, right? Diane Keaton disgusted me the most in this movie about a mother and her three daughters (Mandy Moore, Piper Perabo, and Lauren Graham). Diane Keaton plays Daphne Wilder “Just your normal overprotective, overbearing, over-the-top mother.” How did her daughters put up with her constant meddling in their lives? Are mother/daughter relationships really like this? I think probably not…I HOPE NOT. Daphne decides that her daughter Milly (Mandy Moore) will end up like her: forever alone, so she writes a personal ad trying to get her a husband. She interviews a bunch of crazy guys until she meets one nice one. At the same time she is interviewing a musician at the bar sees what she is doing and takes one of Milly’s cards so he can meet her himself. Milly starts dating both guys, the nice one finds out she is also dating someone else, they break up, she then breaks up with the bad guy (not literally bad guy, but like Mr. Wrong), and then she eventually gets back with the nice guy, obviously. Blah Blah Blah.
I seriously can’t believe I sat through this. I sorta like Mandy Moore, but this movie was just unbearable. The thing that killed me the most (beside every line Diane Keaton uttered, especially the orgasm scene. YES THE ORGASM SCENE) was that she ended up marrying the father of the guy Milly was dating. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Milly then continued to date her brother (ok, step-brother) I assume Sorry for all the caps in this post, but I just can’t believe someone allowed this film to get made.
Crying Update: Um, no.
Take Away Advice: “You know what I am guilty of today? Watching Because I Said So.” -Me, keeping things topical with the Casey Anthony trial. There really was no redeeming quotes or advice just please avoid this movie.
previously: never been kissed, sweet home alabama, 27 dresses, sisterhood of the traveling pants, now & then, confessions of a shopaholic, raising helen, you’ve got mail, the back-up plan, uptown girls, sex & the city 2.
watching chick flicks alone: sex & the city 2
i’m not sure what possessed me to put this at the top of my netflix queue this weekend. maybe i just wanted to get it over with? maybe i just wanted to see if it was going to be as bad as i imagined it would be? maybe it’s the fact that i have been watching sex & the city reruns before going to bed lately and just wanted to catch up with my girls (jks. i’ve never called them my girls until just now and really had no desire to catch up with them, i have been watching reruns, though). i saw the first sex & the city movie in the movie theatre (i was forced i swear) and didn’t hate it. my favorite scene from that first film was when charlotte pooped her pants “Charlotte Poughkeepsied in her pants” (lol’ing at that for days). now, back to serious business. lets’ discuss this movie.
two years after the first movie takes place we find the four bffs still living in new york city and learn how they meet and a very, very realistic flashback scene. i totally believed samantha looked the same in the early 1900s when she was created as she did in the 1980s and then whenever this movie was supposed to take place. we then jump to the marriage of carrie and charlotte’s gay bffs, stanford and anthony (respectively) and the onslaught of hysterical gay jokes, oh and liza minelli! “Whenever there’s this much gay in one room, Liza manifests.” i cringed when liza did the single ladies routine and not because liza was singing beyonce, but because i smiled & found myself enjoying it.
carrie and big are now living in a fancy place, not the penthouse but something a little more comfortable, but still with a walk in closet bigger than most apartments i’ve ever lived in. miranda quits her job. charlotte is busy trying to balance her life with a full time nanny taking care of her two children. carrie has just written a book about marriage since she is now an expert on marriage which has just been released. she and big think about taking two days off a week from each other and she wonders if she really should be an expert on anything (i’m just guessing here and reading between the lines, the visible panty lines! omg i’m such a samantha!). speaking of samantha, she’s going through menopause and loves yams. she gets invited to abu dhabi to do pr for the sheik and brings her gals! what follows is a punchline fueled trip to the desert, yams, charlotte worrying about her bra-less nanny who ends up being into other nannies, australian guys in speedos, yams, miranda learning arabic, an arrest, carrie runs into her former lover aidan and kisses him, yams, carrie tells big and he gets upset, the women have to pack & leave abu dhabi immediately due to samantha’s sexy american ways, yams, carrie realizes she lost her passport and then finds it and buys shoes, the ladies head back to america and things get neatly wrapped up. charlotte realizes she is safe in her marriage thanks to her lesbian nanny, miranda finds a job she loves and laughs everyday, samantha stays the same and has sex on the beach (not the drink, but actual sex), and carrie and big move the tv from the bedroom to the living room. why was this movie over two hours long? i probably should have never watched this, but there was nothing on tv last night.
crying update: i think the closest i came to crying was when samantha said, “Lawrence of my labia!”
take away advice: “You have to take the tradition, and decorate it your way.” -carrie. since this movie was really all about marriage, well for the most part, i figured this was fitting and really any of carrie’s voiceovers could have taken this place if i really cared enough to go back and watch the movie again, but i didn’t. not so much advice, but more of a wrap up thought: people don’t really take advice from carrie seriously do they? please tell me no. oh, and yams are good for menopause apparently.
previously: never been kissed, sweet home alabama, 27 dresses, sisterhood of the traveling pants, now & then, confessions of a shopaholic, raising helen, you’ve got mail, the back-up plan, uptown girls.
watching chick flicks alone: uptown girls
i saved this one for a night when there wasn’t much on tv and i could devote to feeling a little blue about brittany murphy. if you’re drinking as you’re reading this, pour one out for her (i did, although it was into my mouth, that counts, right?). i had never seen uptown girls before last night and mostly because it was a chick flick that i had no interest in seeing. what surprises me most about some of these films that i have been watching is that they’re not all bad, they just are so predictable and cheesy. maybe it’s just me with a cold heart that would rather watch end of the world films over chick flicks. i mean a giant tidal wave crushing new york city sometimes feels better than watching dakota fanning crushing people with her icy stares. that is not to say i dislike dakota fanning, but if at the moment i had to choose a fanning, i’d be going with elle. i’m digressing here a bit so let’s talk about uptown girls.
brittany murphy plays molly a carefree lady livin’ it up in the city. a little background on molly is trickled in letting us know that her father was a famous rock n’ roll musician who died in a plane crash with her mother when she was a child and she’s been living on his money since his death. on the night of her birthday we meet all the other characters in this movie: her best friends (donald faison & marley shelton), ray (dakota fanning) a hypochondriac child in the bathroom at the club, ray’s mother (heather locklear), and her future on & off again crush neal (jesse spencer). molly and neal then spend the next few days or week or some length of time in her apartment doing basically nothing. neal decides that molly just isn’t doing it for him and leaves her.
molly soon finds out her accountant took all her money (100 million dollars) and now she’s broke and homeless. she moves in with her female friend and gets a job as a nanny for ray. the two clash constantly since molly is a free spirit and ray is high strung. molly tries to teach ray how to have fun which causes them to fight often, this includes a trip to coney island to ride the tea cups, but they were a week early and everything was still closed. it should also be noted that ray’s mother is very hands-off (like out to clubs every night hands-off) and her father is in a coma which might explain her behavior. eventually & predictably the following happens: neal sleeps with ray’s mother to get a record deal (he gets it), ray’s father dies, molly is fired and then tells ray’s mother that she needs to treat ray like an eight year old not an adult, neal tries to get back with molly (she isn’t having it), dave navarro & mark mcgrath make appearances (must have been desperate for the cultural relevance), molly sells all her father’s guitar to make money to live on (surprisingly, actually not surprising at all neal buys them all), ray runs away and then molly finds her riding the tea cups at coney island, and finally ray has a ballet recital were she is wild’n out to neal signing and ballerinas dancing with molly’s father’s guitars.
i’m going to assume that everyone that ever worked with brittany murphy will say that it was a pleasure/life changing experience acting with her and do i feel the same way about watching her acting from my couch alone? i don’t know, not if i was judging from this film. i didn’t hate it, but i wouldn’t rush out to see it again. i would watch her masterpiece, clueless, over and over again though. her career trajectory was way off at the time of her death, but there was hope that she could pull it around (unlike menu suvari am i right?).
crying update: my eyes may have filled up with liquid.
take away advice: “Every story has an ending. But in life, every ending is just a new beginning.” -molly
watching chick flicks alone: the back-up plan
i’m pretty sure it was the assurance that alex o’loughlin would be shirtless at least 10% of this movie that made this film ride up the netflix wave to #1 on my queue. i think anyone with a brain could have put the plot together of this movie just by reading the movie poster: fall in love*, get married, have a baby (*not necessarily in that order). so, before watching i gathered that jlo (or zoe in the movie) gets pregnant, meets the guy (alex o’loughlin plays stan), and then falls in love. the end. well, there are other plot developments and stuff so i’ll break it down a bit.
zoe gives up on finding the man of her dreamz and decides to get artificial inseminated. logical next step. on that very same day upon leaving the clinic, she meets stan who may or may not have tried to steal her cab. the two argue and he follows her around the city it’s totally creepy, but in like a cute romantic comedy way! they part and then zoe joins a single mother group lead by melissa mccarthy. later zoe is walking in the farmer’s market with her best friend played by michaela watkins when she finds out stan makes cheese. now, that is really all you have to tell me! dream man status right there.
stan & zoe go out on a few dates and eventually she finds out she’s pregnant. she is determined to tell him when he invites her up to his farm for the weekend. after getting it on in the barn, she throws up, and then she tells him she’s pregnant. stan eventually comes around and wants to be part of her life with the babies! (surprise she’s having twins!!). what i found really weird is that stan was all in after like what 20 minutes of knowing her? he crazy in love like bey & jay. comic hijinks occur and this eventually leads them back to the farmer’s market where this muffin bitch steps to jlo, i mean zoe. she’s all like, “you didn’t want kids.” and then zoe dumps him and wallows in self-pity for a hot minute.
zoe’s grandmother is getting married and just before the wedding a stroller arrives at her apartment and she realizes stan was never going to leave her. while at the wedding her water breaks and she insists on finding stan before heading to the hospital. she does and she apologizes, she has the babies, and then he proposes to her in his new store that’s conveniently located next to hers (talk about a coincidence that an open store be located right next to hers in this real estate market, am i right?). while walking the twins later she throws up in a barrel and they look at each other after (HILARITY!!) and she’s pregnant again! the end. i’m also in no way condoning watching this movie. if you want to see pictures of alex o’loughlin just google them: ‘shirtless alex o’loughlin’ works perfectly.
crying update: i was crying that alex o’loughlin will never be mine, but no real tears.
take away advice: “It’s awful, awful, awful. Then a small moment happens, that’s so magical. that makes it all worthwhile.” -playground dad (anthony anderson) about having kids right before his son brings him a handful poo.
watching chick flicks alone: you’ve got mail
i’m pretty sure i’ve only seen this movie once, because i did not remember much of the plot line with the exception of the email correspondence, but then again i think anyone could have picked that up from the title. it also got me thinking that there will be some people that will never really or even have ever experienced aol mail and the ‘you’ve got mail’ voice. while i’m on this topic there was one thing i noticed in the movie and never investigated further was on the computer screen it read ‘you have mail’ but when the voice told you that you have mail it actually said, “you’ve got mail.” i assume that was true to real life and aol was just keeping things casual and like it was a person talking to you and getting you all excited for actual electronic mail from someone on the interwebs. the basic premise of the movie was just that two people were corresponding through aol mail and chat without actually knowing each other until they actually met each other and didn’t realize it the same person they were chatting with online.
we’ve all seen this movie right? meg ryan plays kathleen kelly/shopgirl (her aol screen name) and we start the movie with her already corresponding with tom hanks who plays joe fox/ny152 (his aol screen name). they met in a chat room and started this emailing back and forth and eventually even go as far as IMing each other (while dating other people!!). kathleen is seeing a writer played by greg kinnear who loves typewriters. joe is seeing parker posey (who i forgot was in this) and she is crazy uptight. kathleen owns a small book shop in the upper west side of new york and she and ny152 both live in that neighborhood. she soon finds out that a mega-book store is moving in around the corner from her bookstore. this giant book store is called fox books (a social commentary for the rise of barnes & noble in the 90s, right?) kathleen and joe meet in person at a party and immediately don’t like each other.
i feel like this role may have been tom hanks at his most unlikable. no one was rooting for joe fox and his mega-store fox books, while everyone was rooting for kathleen and her small book store. we wanted to stick it to the man, but we also wanted them to fall in love cause we knew that they were meant for each other based on their email correspondences. shopgirl and ny152 plan to meet, but as joe goes to meet he discovers that shopgirl is actually kathleen. joe goes in and the two argue and he leaves hurt.
eventually, kathleen’s bookstore closes (even with all her protesting, like actual protesting) and then she breaks up with her boyfriend. while sick at home, joe visits kathleen and finally seems likable. could this be the moment? they begin spending time together all the while still corresponding via email as shopgirl and ny152. they finally plan another meetup (hey, internet term of the future!) and joe shows up and introduces his dog brinkley (the subject of many of their correspondences) and she admits that she wanted ny152 to be him. they kiss. the end.
crying update: i mourned the fact that we no longer use aol mail, but no actual tears.
take away advice: “The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.” shopgirl to ny152
watching chick flicks alone: raising helen
this was the first of quite a few garry marshall chick flicks in my netflix queue; he seems to have this market on lock. this is also my first kate hudson chick flick and she also seems to have this market on lock with no sign of stopping. i was guessing she opted out of the quest for the oscar (after almost famous), but i noticed she’s rumored to be starring in lovelace (i believe it’s that linda lovelace film lindsay lohan was supposed to star in originally). i digress because i am not sure where to start with this one. i didn’t hate all of it, but i definitely didn’t like most of it. the film was utterly predictable, which is generally the case of all the chick flicks i’ve watched so far, and you want to root for the main character (hudson), but kinda don’t want to at the same time.
helen (kate hudson) is working at a fancy modelling agency as helen mirren’s executive assistant when she finds out her sister and brother-in-law die in a car crash. she becomes the guardian of the three children which is a surprise to both her and her other sister, jenny (joan cusack). jenny seems like the more obvious choice since she is already a parent. the children are played by real life bro & sis acting combo, abigail and spencer breslin with a little hayden panettiere thrown in as the oldest sister…i’m assuming there were no other breslins available. now for the run-on recap: they move to queens and settle in at life, helen loses her job then gets a job at a car dealership, the kids go to a lutheran school where helen meets pastor dan (john corbett) who is a “sexy man of god”, she decides maybe she can’t handle the kids, returns them to jenny, goes out clubbing which is unfulfilling, then decides she can’t live without the kids, goes and gets them, and settles in at life again, she also gets her old job back, everyone is happy and abigail breslin learns how to tie her shoes.
crying update: me= :’( …especially at the funeral after party.
take away advice: “It’s never too early to learn good manners.” -joan cusack to her unborn baby.
watching chick flicks alone: confessions of a shopaholic
my first question after watching this, or really while watching: was amy adams unavailable? and then i thought amy adams knew better to avoid this film after reading a few pages into the script, right? i am not saying i have anything against isla fisher, i don’t really have anything for her either though. i’ve seen wedding crashers and i heart huckabees (and a few other films) and she was decent in those. this film is clearly her first above the title role and the studio smartly released it on valentine’s day weekend to guarentee it made some money. this is also based on the popular ‘shopaholic’ series of books also guaranteeing a built in audience (maybe? probably). this is the first movie in my project that i did NOT like at all, not even a little bit, and i tried to like it. i tried real hard.
rebecca bloomwood (isla fisher) works at a gardening magazine, but dreams of working at a fancy fashion magazine. she has prada taste on an isaac mizrahi for target budget and her credit card statements show this. she’s in crazy debt and is being ‘stalked’ by a creditor named derek smeath. on her way to her dream interview she sees this green scarf she needs to buy, but can’t because her credit cards are maxed out, she runs to a hot dog stand to try and get some cash back on her credit card when a man buying a hot dog gives her twenty dollars. she goes to the interview only to find out the position was filled. she then goes to the financial magazine in the same company and interviews ony to find out the guy at the hot dog stand (hugh dancy) is the one running the magazine. she leaves the interview after blowing it & soon finds out that her magazine was sold or shut down or something and she is out of a job, which of course does not help her in paying for her crazy shopping sprees. she and her roommate (krysten ritter in her second appearance as a supporting cast member in my chick flick project. she was previously in 27 dresses) get drunk and then tally up what she owes and it comes out to around $16, 000. while drunk she writes a letter to the hot dog guy and then he hires her! a series of mishaps, stalkings from derek smeath, an article written for the magazine, and all of a sudden she’s a huge success, until that pesky derek smeath ruins everything on live tv. this is a romantic comedy though so you know in the end everything works out.
my MAJOR concern though about this film, beside it being awful, was that i am pretty sure rebecca is schizophrenic. do mannequins talk to you on a daily basis? telling you to buy things and later applaud you as you decide not to buy something at the store?
crying update: seriously?
take away advice: “A man will never love you or treat you as well as a store. If a man doesn’t fit, you can’t exchange him seven days later for a gorgeous cashmere sweater. And a store always smells good. A store can awaken a lust for things you never even knew you needed. And when your fingers first grasp those shiny, new bags… oh yes… oh yes.” -rebecca
watching chick flicks alone: now & then
after watching sisterhood of the traveling pants this seemed like the most logical choice, another movie about four girls who seem like unlikely friends. this movie is apparently referred to as the female version of stand by me. i never really thought of it that way, though. it is a coming of age story, it reflects back on their childhood through adults in the ‘present’ time, but it’s just not as good. the adult characters are out-acted by the children actors a million times over. the adults are played by rosie o’donnell, demi moore, melanie griffith, and rita wilson. rita wilson is the worst in this movie, i have nothing against her personally and she’s an ok actress in other films, maybe it’s just this part, i don’t know. her child counterpart also happens to be my least favorite character of the children so maybe that is saying something.
the four adult women get together at chrissy’s (rita wilson) house since she is having a baby. they have not seen each other in years with the exception of roberta (rosie o’donnell). roberta is a doctor, teeny (melanie griffith) is a movie star, samantha (demi moore) is a famous author, and chrissy is i’m guessing a soon-to-be stay at home mother. chirssy’s house also happens to be the same house she grew up in and still has the girls’ tree house in the backyard. the women reminisce a little bit and then in the end chrissy has a baby girl, perpetuating the cycle of girl friends presumably. there’s really not a lot of exciting things that happen as the adults and i probably could have done with even less of their story line.
the four girls as children are played by christina ricci (roberta/rosie o’donnell), thora birch (teeny/melanie griffith), gaby hoffman (samantha/demi moore) and ashleigh aston moore (chrissy/rita wilson). do you think christina ricci ever feels gypped because her adult counterpart was rosie o’donnell? the story takes place in the summer of 1970 with the girls trying to raise money to build a tree house and avoid the wormers. the wormers are four brothers who like to torment the girls. one wormer boy, scott (devon sawa), starts to flirt a bit with roberta and then eventually they kiss…aww right? the girls are also really into seances and finding out about a boy that died years ago named ‘dear johnny’. while in the cemetery the encounter crazy pete and run off. they then consult a psychic/waitress played by janeane garafolo (psychic/waitresses were so hot in the 90s right?). other important things to note: samantha almost drowns in a sewer before or after she tells the girls her parents are getting a divorce, i totally thought a ninja turtle would save her, but crazy pete ended up doing that. crazy pete it turns out is dear johnny’s father. the girls find out that dear johnny and his mother were murdered and crazy pete still regrets not being home so many years later. so sad. oh right and the girls do get a tree house.
crying update: i had something in my eye.
take away advice: “Things will happen in your life that you can’t stop. But that’s no reason to shut out the world.” -crazy pete