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Just My Luck

Dumbo's Magic Feather, Girl Movies, Romantic Comedy No Comments »

lindsaylohan.jpgPeople think Lindsay Lohan movies are terrible because of her off screen behavior (and she’s kind of a dumbass), but it is not so. She actually makes a great laundry day movie. I watched Just My Luck while doing laundry just the other day. Just My Luck is about a girl (Lohan) who has the best luck in the world and a guy (Chris Pine) who has the worst luck in the world. They kiss a bunch and swap luck and in the end they realize that they had their own luck all along or something like that. Basically, it is a Dumbo and the magic feather moment.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 13%

The Devil Wears Prada

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Devil Wears PradaIt is not that I don’t like stories by women, it is just that the standard is so poor. Ladies, I really expect a lot more from you. You have David Foster Wallace, Michael Chabon and Jonathan Safran Foer to live up to. I picked up The Devil Wears Prada at the bookstore and hated it. Women would stop me on the subway to ask about it and I would tell them it was terrible. That seemed to just confuse everyone, but it was pretty bad.

The Devil Wears Prada is one of the few examples where the movie is better than the book. Mostly because Meryl Streep gives Miranda Priestly substance and Anne Hathaway sort of just looks pretty and stays out of the way. The funny thing about The Devil Wears Prada is that somehow all my male friends just happened to see it in the theater. They were more excited than any women I know. Despite barely liking the movie, I stayed up last night to watch it again on HBO. By far the best line in the movie is during the almost-montage of Andy learning the ropes and starting to “get” fashion. Nigel is on a shoot where the models are dressed up as strange creatures and Andy says, “Oh I get it. The piece is called Urban Jungle, right?” That really blew me away. I think Andy is going to be a great journalist.

Okay, so maybe I am a little harder on the girl movies. But just wait until Sense and Sensibility is on tv. I love that Colonel Brandon. Speaking of which, Anne Hathaway plays Jane Austen in the soon to be released Becoming Jane. Mr. Tumnus plays the love interest. J and I laughed through the whole trailer although I don’t think it is a comedy. At one point, the voice over literally says, “But for Jane Austen that was just the beginning.” There must be software somewhere that generates trailer voice overs.

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Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%

In Her Shoes

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In Her ShoesLast night I stayed up late to watch In Her Shoes. I had seen it before, but I watched it anyway. Maybe it is the sister story line or the fact that it takes place in Philadelphia, but I do secretly enjoy the movie.

There is not too much to say about it, but it does make me think of my sister. Of course, my sister doesn’t resemble Maggie’s character at all, but she does live in Philly.

Update:  I got a request to add more about In Her Shoes.  I don’t have more to say about the movie, but… one time I read one of the author’s other books Good In Bed.  I heard her talking on NPR and thought she sounded interesting so I bought the book.  I was embarrassed to read it on the subway because it was bright pink.  I can’t say I recommend it.  It is one of those stories that you are supposed to relate to because the main character is overweight and she learns to empower herself through a brush with celebrity and pain… minor pain in the grand scheme of things.

Rotten tomatoes rating: 75%