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Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2016 by Des

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I reviewed the comedy sequel, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising. The neighbors are about to finalize the sale of their house when sorority girls move in next door. They must stop the girls in order to successfully sell their house!
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The Lifeguard

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2013 by Des

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The Lifeguard

Release Date: 2013

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Plot Outline: A 29 year old named Leigh moves home with her parents because she needs a break from her life. She gets a job as a lifeguard and starts a relationship with a 16 year old boy. 

Review: Lets talk about Pedophilia, since it seems to be the main topic in The Lifeguard.

I really liked The Lifeguard at first. I totally get the whole, needing a vacation from your life thing. Kristen Bell’s character, Leigh is in a relationship with a man that is engaged, she is not getting the recognition she desires at work, her friends don’t seem to understand her, and her job is stressful. She decides she has had enough. She packs up her cat and moves back home with her parents in Connecticut. 

Leigh gets a job as a lifeguard and meets Jay. His father is the maintenance man at the pool. Jay and Leigh spend a lot of time together and end up sleeping together, which gives me the heebie jeebies. But this is not the only heebie jeebie event in this movie. Leigh and her two adult friends, one being the PRINCIPAL of the H.S. hang out with Jay and his friends regularly! They smoke pot and drink together. To make matters even worse, (as if they can get worse!) Leigh’s friend Todd, a grown adult male makes a move on one of the teens when he is expressing his feelings of sadness and depression. My eyes popped, my heart stopped a little bit, I was in shock. 

Leigh’s friend Mel seems to have her life a little more together. She is married to a douche but that is pretty normal. They seem like they will break up, which is the logical thing one would think because she seems absolutely miserable with him but that’s a whole other story. Mel finds out Leigh and Jay are sleeping together and spills the beans…only…no one cares! No one in this movie seems to think pedophilia is a big deal at all. No one seems to think that 3 grown adults hanging out with a group of teenagers is anything out of the ordinary. I had a hard time comprehending the events in this movie. 

Leigh was a very unlikable character. Self absorbed does not even begin to cover it. She swoops in and completely disregards her parent’s lives. Her mom was a bitch to her the whole time and her mom was the only likable character in this whole damn movie.

All of these people need a reality check, some jail time, and maybe some education on why it is not OK to sleep with or hang out with 16 year old boys. 

Teenage Dirtbag

Posted in Liked it a lot with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by Des

Release Date: October 20th 2009

Bechdel Test: Fail

Plot Outline: A girl is tormented by the schools outcast until they take a creative writing class together.

Last night I was in the mood to watch a movie. I turned on and off three different movies within 10 minutes. I just couldn’t get into anything.

I was browsing Netflix’s Instant movies and came across Teenage Dirtbag. I read the description and decided to give it a try, especially because it is based on a true story.

Within the first few minutes I loved it already. It was just what I was in the mood for.

Though the movie stays on the surface for the most part, there are large hints and indications of two very tragic lives. These two characters Thayer and Amber are both suffering in different ways. They don’t connect to anyone else and it seems that they never really had anyone to talk to.

A lot of the movie is made up of hints, undertones, facial expressions, and actions. There aren’t really any significant or deep conversations that form their strong bond. With Thayer and Amber it’s all in their small gestures of care towards each other. The actions and looks in Teenage Dirtbag spoke louder than any conversation ever could have.

Thayer and Amber start an unexpected connection. I loved that they didn’t have a lot of conversation but they really felt each other and saw into each other’s souls. They connected on a very deep level and their connection was intense. A significant scene in the film is when Amber takes out an orange from her book bag and rolls it to Thayer during study hall. Small gestures like this, telling looks and body language speak loudly in the film.

Thayer and Amber had a love for each other that can’t be expressed in words and they cared for each other very much but unfortunately two scarred people often hurt each other as much as they care for each other.

Teenage Dirtbag was incredibly powerful. I felt very attached to it and I know I will be thinking about it for days. I even went back and rewatched a few scenes.

Great film. It was extremely well made. I can’t get over it. And the acting was phenomenal.

Juno

Posted in Pretty Good with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 3, 2010 by Des

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Release Date: December 25th 2007

Plot Outline: A young teenage girl finds herself pregnant. She decides to find a loving family for her unborn child.

Juno is a fun, upbeat film with some drama and sadness mixed in. It was quite original. It was different from any thing else I have ever seen. It was very strongly based upon the unique relationships among the characters. Without these unique relationships the movie wouldn’t have been as great as it was. There was a very different relationship between Juno and all of the other characters, such as her best friend, her parents, and the future parents of her child.

The sound track was also very original with songs like “Anyone Else but You” by “Moldy Peaches”, also sung by Ellen Page and Michael Cera in the film. The music made the movie what it was and very strongly defined the mood.

It was interesting to listen to the language in which Juno and her peers speak. They are kids dealing with a mature situation in a mature way. The only thing that lets us seem them as the teenagers they are is the way they speak, by hearing the words and slang they use. Pay attention to that, it is quite interesting to observe.