November 8, 2009

[A-Z Movies] I Hate Valentine’s Day [November 1, 2009]

Posted in A - Z Movies at 8:11 pm by Heather


I Hate Valentine’s Day
(2009)
Starring: Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Stephen Guarino, Amir Arison
Director: Nia Vardalos
Rotten Tomatometer: 43%
Ebert: *.5
Heather’s Rating[1]: $

Plot Summary (from Rotten Tomatoes): After the mammoth success of MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING in 2002, Nia Vardalos and John Corbett reunite for this unromantic-sounding romantic comedy. As the owner of the Brooklyn florist Roses for Romance, Genevieve (Vardalos) should welcome the love-centric holiday. But heartache has kept her from serious relationships, and she has obeyed her romance rule: never go on more than five dates. New restaurateur Greg (Corbett) can’t follow any rules when it comes to dating–he doesn’t know how male-female relationships are supposed to work, so he stays unmarried. When the two pair up, they try to stick to Genevieve’s five-date mandate, but they didn’t count on love entering the equation. Writer-actress Vardalos makes her directorial debut with I HATE VALENTINE’S DAY, which also stars Stephen Guarino, Zoe Kazan, Judah Friedlander, Rachel Dratch, and Jay O. Sanders.

Heather’s Review: Okay, I loved My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and yes, My Big Fat Greek Life the TV show flopped because of the lack of Corbett, and yes, Corbett when he’s cleaned up is a fine fine specimen of a man.  And yes, Nia and John have good chemistry, but this was a rather formulaic fluffy movie. 

I caught it on the plane coming back from Dallas, and I’ll admit to the PA system interrupting it a couple times, but I didn’t miss much, such wat the formula of the plot. 

That being said, most of the supporting characters were amusing and did add to the tale.

And yes, I did shed a tear or two at the end, okay – FINE.

Heather’s Ratings:
$$$$ = Worth paying the Friday evening price
$$$= Worth paying the Matinee price
$$= Worth a rental
$ = Wait for cable
# = Skip it


1. TOTALLY stolen from Donna who has awesome movie reviews and you should add her blog to your feed (back to review)

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September 14, 2009

[A-Z Movies] Sunshine Cleaning [Sept 4, 2009]

Posted in A - Z Movies at 5:24 pm by Heather

Sunshine Cleaning
Starring:
Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn
Rotten Tomatometer: 72%
NY Times: ***
Heather’s Rating[1]: $$$

Plot summary (from wikipedia): Former high school cheerleading captain Rose Lorkowski (Adams) is a thirty-something single mother who cleans houses for a living. Wanting to send her trouble-making eight-year-old son Oscar (Jason Spevack) to a private school, Rose decides to take her married lover’s advice and get into the “lucrative” business of crime scene cleanup. Rose convinces her disillusioned, underachieving sister Norah (Blunt) to join her in the enterprise, which she calls “Sunshine Cleaning.” The sisters begin to find meaning in their function to “help” in some way in the aftermath of a loss, just as the job stirs up memories of their own mother’s death. Their priorities and goals tested, Rose and Norah face hard challenges as they strive to improve their lives.

Heather’s Review:  I am a huge fan of Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Steve Zahn, and they definitely showed me why they are some of my favorite actors today.  The story was touching and funny, and showed the complexities of every dysfunctional family today.  I’ll admit though, I didn’t like Norah, although I believe that’s what the director intended, and Jason Spevack was wonderful as precocious Oscar.   I’m still not sure of the ending – I liked it, but not Norah’s bit – although, if it ended any other way, I’m not sure I’d be happy with it either.  But, over all, the movie was quite good, and I enjoyed it.

Heather’s Ratings:
$$$$ = Worth paying the Friday evening price
$$$= Worth paying the Matinee price
$$= Worth a rental
$ = Wait for cable
# = Skip it


1. TOTALLY stolen from Donna who has awesome movie reviews and you should add her blog to your feed (back to review)