My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.2/10 stars
My Review: Four best friends are soon to graduate High School. One of the best friends, Lily (Lucy Hale), is obsessed with being in control of every thing and every one. She doesn’t want any of her gal pals to have a date for prom; she’d rather the four of them go together. She wants her main best friend, Chloe (Kathryn Prescott), to leave their hometown with her for college even though Chloe wishes to stay near her parents. It seemed like a light-hearted movie at first but, then there were some incredibly dark scenes. There was still a good amount of funny jokes and I think the actresses all played their roles really well. This movie does an excellent job portraying how teenagers feel and it shows what they truly go through and what they really are doing at that age… it’s not some fairy tale, Disney version of High School. It kind of gave me a Spring Breakers vibe– a rated PG-13 version.
The Week Of (2018)
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.1/10 stars
My Review: Anything with Adam Sandler in it; I must watch. He is one of my all-time favorite actors. He’s so funny and gets into character extremely well, he’s always believable, and different. I kind of hate Chris Rock though, he always acts the same way for every role he plays and ugh, I hate his weird high-pitched voice.
The Week Of is completely family friendly and that’s what it’s all about, too… (family). Kenny’s (Adam Sandler) daughter is getting married to Kirby’s (Chris Rock) son. Kirby is a surgeon, he’s married to his job and never spends time with his family. Now, his kids are all grown up– his son is getting married for Christ’s sake!– and they barely know him at all. Kenny is a full-on family man and his wife is a freaking HOOT, she will make you laugh your ass off. Kirby learns the importance of family from Kenny’s family. There’s nothing too touching about this story and no tears will be shed but it’s still pretty cute. If you’re looking for a few laughs, just to get your mind to stop whirring– this film might be for you!
Fun Mom Dinner (2017)
My Rating: 2.5/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.0/10 stars
My Review: Fun Mom Dinner is really quite silly. These four moms bring their kids to the same school (or daycare?). In the beginning, two of the moms, Jamie and Melanie, are best friends and the other two, Kate and Emily, are best friends. One day as Emily is dropping her kid off, Jamie and Melanie approach her and ask if she wants to go for a no-kids, night out with them. Emily agrees but, of course asks if she can bring Kate. All four of them make it out for the night and then, the movie really starts. They start to get to know each other and become a group instead of just two separate pairs. I didn’t really like any of the actresses but, even worse were the characters they portrayed. If I did have to choose a favorite, I’d go with Melanie (Bridgett Everett). The story line moved way too fast and it seemed messy. It was hard to keep up with all four of the mom’s stories. Also, it was bothersome that they only showed the story of two of their husbands. I would’ve liked to see what the other two men were like and what they were up to, as well. Adam Levine makes a short appearance in this movie and that’s the most interesting part. There were a few funny moments, I’ll give it that. Emily did not deserve her happy ending though.
6 Balloons (2018)
My Rating: 4/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.8/10 stars
My Review: This movie really, really gave me a modern day feel of Requiem For A Dream. Katie (Abbi Jacobson) and Seth (Dave Franco) are brother and sister. Seth is a big-time junkie with a toddler-aged daughter. Katie wants to live her own life but taking care and worrying about Seth overwhelms her entirely. He quite literally makes her feel like she is drowning. She needs to find a way out but, every time she tries to… he reels her back in. This movie follows Katie, Seth, and his daughter throughout one night. It’s completely ridiculous how much she sacrifices and risks for him in this one single night. There are so many visual metaphors and I’m sure a lot of other filming techniques that only film students would understand. It’s a deep, meaningful movie for people who have dealt with or are dealing with addicts in their life but, more research could have been done. The part where they buy the heroin was terribly unrealistic. (A heroin dealer would never be a hobo.) The high they portray is off. Heroin is very much a downer and they make it seem like an upper. I was so happy when Katie made the right decision and what it did for her in the end.
*Spoiler Alert* I know from first-hand experience that junkies are unable to be saved and this movie shows how very true that is in Seth’s case, yet, there I sat… wanting to save him. I know how crucial it is for Katie to give up on Seth and that it’s the most important thing for her recovery… I just couldn’t help but hurt for Seth still… is he ever going to get better on his own?! Ahhh!! I had to keep reminding myself that this movie is NOT about Seth overcoming heroin, it’s never even close to about that. It’s about Katie and her desperate need to save him. This is a movie for the loved ones (for once, right??) it’s about them, it’s for them… it’s finally not about the addict.
Happy Anniversary (2018)
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.7/10 stars
My Review: I got a 500 Days of Summer vibe from this movie… I liked the ending to this one much better though. It bothered me that they played the same cute couple game as Steve Carrell and Tina Fey in Date Night and theeeen, played off the same cute couple game as Vince Vaughn and Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmases, too. Maybe I over watch romance films, but it just made this couple seem unoriginal.
In Happy Anniversary, Mollie and Sam have been together for three years. When the day of their anniversary comes around… Mollie decides she’s not happy anymore. She thinks Sam has lost his romanticism but really, their relationship is filled with so much cheesy cuteness (I loved it!). Mollie will drive you bonkers!! Her indecisiveness and blindness hurt me just as much as it hurt Sam. There were so many scenes that made me think, “gosh, I’m glad to know I’m not the only one.” Mollie’s parents play a big part in the final decision of their relationship and without realizing it; they played a big part in the beginning of the relationship as well. I loved the flashbacks and how they played a few of them over again to show us what we sometimes leave out and forget about in our memories. I was totally happy with the ending! It all wrapped up perfectly but, just as all romance films go… maybe too perfectly.
My Rating: 3/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.2/10 stars
My Review: Okay, laugh at me if you please but yep, I really do enjoy High School movies and shows. They’re always so dramatic and cliff-hangy. I can’t get enough of them.
Alexa Medina has a YouTube channel with 10 million followers so the whole school treats her like royalty because they don’t want her to bash them on her channel. She really has it out for her ex-best friend, Dani Barnes. The worst thing about it is; Alexa was the one who ruined their friendship in the first place. Dani’s had a crush on Alexa’s boyfriend Cameron since she was a little girl. Suddenly, Alexa dumps Cameron and very, very quickly Dani and Cameron become a thing which makes Alexa want to become best friends with Dani. The love story, the multiple love triangles… it was all a bit faulty. Dani is more than happy to try to be friends with Alexa again, after all, Alexa had kept their old friendship bracelet after all these years so she must be serious about this rekindling of their friendship. From the viewer’s point of view, it’s clearly a bad idea for Dani to become friends with Alexa and the whole time you will be thinking, “are you dumb, Dani?! Do not be friends with her!!” Alexa is a clever little bitch but, Dani’s got someone more clever on her side. And I have to add that Freddie’s whole part is just sad. He was unnecessarily treated horribly by everyone.
Welcome To Me (2014)
My Rating: 3/5 stars
IMDb Rating: 5.9/10 stars
My Review: Kristen Wiig does a stellar job as Alice Klieg. Right away, you start to wonder what the heck is up with Alice… is something wrong with her? What on Earth is she on? She instantly wins the lottery of 83 million dollars and she spends it all on one thing. In Welcome To Me, Alice displays all of the symptoms of her disorder (and Kristen Wiig acts them out phenomenally)! Alice is super promiscuous and has only one friend who she doesn’t treat all that well. Her love story is confusing, to say the least… it’s hard to tell where her heart lies and you’ll start to wonder if she even has one. Her ending actions prove, in her own, odd little way, that she does though. Part of her disorder is having unstable relationships but, she ends up finding the right people to accept her for who she is. There aren’t too many movies about this particular disorder but I’ve read a memoir where one girl made best friends with another girl who suffered from it. I enjoyed watching this bizarre and unique film.
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