Bride Wars (2009) Film Review


Wow, finally a bridal film that kicks a whole lot of goals for feminism. No wait, it does the absolute opposite, suggesting that being a high-powered lawyer or a teacher is not good enough. You have to get married and spend an insane amount getting married, and everything must be perfect, except, perhaps, the way you feel about your spouse or the way you treat everyone around you. So, Liv (Kate Hudson) and Emma (Anne Hathaway) have a shared dream of the perfect June wedding at the Plaza Hotel. But when both get engaged within a day of each other and there is a mess-up on dates, leaving only one date available, they turn into Bridezillas and things get messy. But surprise surprise, neither is really happy and they miss each other.

Yawn. Despite a top cast, it is just awful. I really like Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, and then there was Kristen Johnston, Chris Pratt and even the wonderful Candice Bergen. Why was I thinking it would be any good? Just quietly, I didn’t. But I vaguely hoped that I would be wrong.

Music and Lyrics (2007) Film Review

Music and lyrics

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) was a huge pop star in the eighties, but is now just doing some crappy gigs reliving his best times. His manager Chris (Brad Garrett) lands him the deal to write a song for pop star Cora Corman (Haley Bennett), but he can’t write lyrics. Then Sophie (Drew Barrymore) turns up to water the plants in his house (because apparently that’s a job) and she turns out to be fabulous at lyrics and they start working together. And start falling for each other. But she has baggage from her past and things get tricky.

It’s a good romantic comedy. I love both the leads, but felt that Hugh Grant was just playing a crapper version of his About a Boy character and that didn’t work for me. Far too many gags that were clearly gags and not enough heart for my liking. It’s not my top romantic comedy, but it is far from the worst.


3rd Rock From The Sun – TV Review


Four aliens come to earth in earth bodies to study people. They are a family; Commander Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) is the father to Tommy (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the teenage son, who is also the research officer and the oldest alien on the mission. His aunt, the stunning, gorgeous Sally (Kristen Johnston), is the head of security and then there is Harry (French Stewart), who is essentially the radio. They answer to The Big Giant Head, an entity back on the home planet (played for a few episodes in one of the later series by William Shatner). Over the course of six seasons, Dick falls in and out of love with Mary (Jane Curtain) a professor of anthropology at the second-rate university where he lectures in physics. Sally falls in love with Don (Wayne Knight), a pudgy, cowardly cop.

Lots of stuff happens over the seasons, there are fabulous guest stars (including John Cleese, Laurie Metcalf and Christine Baranski) and the characters develop and change beautifully.

I’ve watched this series many, many times. There is fabulous slapstick and brilliantly over-the-top performances throughout. It’s been wonderful to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt go on to a stunning film career; watching him as a teenager holding his own with this awesome cast shows what a strong performer he is. John Lithgow continues to appear and delight me in many things, from 30 Rock to Dexter.