January 25, 2012

On movies..

I shall preface with this..*and please don't hit me*..

*I do not care for romantic comedies.*  I think they're silly.
I'm much more of a Revolutionary Road, Ides of March, Inglourious Basterds kinda girl.

Romantic comedies that make me want to jump off of a bridge?  Anything starring Jennifer Lopez, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, or Cameron Diaz.  Bride Wars was torture.

However, there have been three movies that I've seen lately that have suaded me to the side of the rom-com. If you are like me, an independent film-lover, these are socially acceptable movies that you can talk about with your friends.  I've discovered that The Reader and Nazi war criminals are not something girlfriends like to discuss over dinner.

#1  The Holiday

I've spent the last 5 years avoiding this movie.  The previews tote Cameron Diaz as the star.  I can't watch a movie like that.  However, one night, it was on TV.  And I finally realized that I adore Kate Winslet, so I should give it a shot.  The English countryside is pretty.  Jude Law is pretty too, so I ended up watching whole thing.  It wasn't half bad.

#2  Crazy Stupid Love

Alright, Ryan Gosling is in this.  I have a thing for him.  And I would watch Emma Stone in a commercial.  By nature, I'm more or less a Steve Carrell fan.  Add in some great script-writing.  If you combine all of that, you have a movie I really enjoy.  It's a really good love story for all of the girls out there who aren't into silly Dear John, Valentine's Day movies.

#3 Friends with Benefits

Not to be confused with the train wreck that was No Strings Attached (Natalie Portman should stick to emaciating herself a 'la Black Swan and Ashton Kutcher should go back to the '70s.)
Mila Kunis in a movie means I'll watch it.  Justin Timberlake was just okay.  But it was cute.  Predictable, but the road taken to "predictable-fairy-tale-endng" was much more entertaining than usual.  Mila's character reminded me of the girl she played in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.  We've seen that at least a dozen times.  I think that's because my husband has a thing for Mila Kunis and I'm still trying to figure out how to look like her.
I know.  Best of luck on that, right?
Are there any "girl" movies out there that you'd think I'd like??  I also usually make it my mission to see all of the Best Picture candidates. 
I generally don't watch a lot of movies, but when I do, I usually rent 4 or 5 at once.  The husband is the one who likes the physical act of going to the movies.  I'd rather lay on the couch.


  1. I loved The Holiday. I watch it around Christmas every year. I just recently saw Friends with Benefits and you really cannot go wrong with JT.

  2. The Holiday is one of my fave Christmas movies. Actually I liked all 3 movies you listed. But then again, I do love chick flicks, lol. I know they're predictable but sometimes I like that in a movie :)

  3. I wanted to live Crazy, stupid love but it just didnt do it for me. I am with you on most rom-com being awful. We watched Moneyball and Midnight in Paris last weekend, I thought Moneyball was a snoozefest and MIP was good, but not as good as I wanted it to be. Sad. I feel like I havent seen a great movie in a long time!


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