Now, this is by no means an exhaustive or all-star list. It’s simply a list of the films I’ve enjoyed this month:
Leap Year starring Amy Adams
Anna Brady plans to travel to Dublin, Ireland to propose marriage to her boyfriend on Leap Day, because, according to Irish tradition, a man who receives a marriage proposal on a leap day must accept it.
Was it exceptional? No. Predictable, sure. But it’s Amy Adams, and she’s adorable. Also, I’m a sucker for the Irish accent.
The Rebound starring Catherine Zeta-Jones
In New York City, a single mom captivates her new neighbor, a much younger man.
There were terribly predictable moments, moments that reminded me of If Lucy Fell actually. A memorable scene from If Lucy Fell is when Sarah Jessica Parker’s character Lucy is walked home by a date. As she’s saying good night and thanking him for a lovely time, he asks if he may use her bathroom. You imagine it will be a quickie, but it’s a deuce. “Let me get this straight,” her roommate says once she recounts the date, “He took some stanky shit in our bathroom? Is that what you mean? That man took you out to dinner… bought you a cappuccino and walked you home, perfect gentleman, went into our house, into our bathroom, stayed there an hour… taking a foul-smelling shit and then just left?” Man, I love that movie! In The Rebound, Zeta-Jones is on a date with a seemingly lovely man, who mid hug, decides he wants to poop in a porta potty. So, I didn’t laugh. It’s funnier to talk about it than to see it. I prefer commentary to action I’m learning. I really love conversations. I found myself tearing up in a way that would’ve embarrassed anyone within earshot.
Serendipity with Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack. No getting around it, especially this time of year, what with the appeal of Christmas shopping for cashmere gloves, frozen hot chocolates, and lamp-lit snowfall magic. Abigail watched this with me, despite it being a PG-13 film, and I loved watching her squirm and yell at the TV, as she begged our stars to hurry up and meet each other already! It’s a joyful agony we want prolonged. I totally cried, yet again.
Love Actually Hugh Grant Holiday orgy. I saw that it was rated “R” but figured it wasn’t too naughty for Abigail. But then I remembered, you know, the bouncing bird on my balls bit, and I switched it off, to enjoy later, as I made dinner. By the way, it’s the very best way to prep veggies. Bring your netflix ipad into the kitchen and watch movies as you prep dinner! Makes it so much more enjoyable! No tears.
The Butcher’s Wife. I’m not going to lie to you. This isn’t a good movie. Yet, Abigail (age, almost 9) and I watched it as I reorganized my closet. Demi Moore as a blonde with a terrible southern accent is just something to see, y’all. Didn’t cry.
The Switch is my favorite, and not because I know the screenwriter. Jason Bateman is my comedy hero. His delivery is pie face genius. I just love him and this film, based on the Jeffrey Eugenides short story, “The Baster.” When I can’t sleep at night, I turn this film on and listen to it. The kid is beyond perfect. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! And no, I didn’t let Abigail watch this one.
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