Since Ford invented the Model A, teens in need of privacy have been getting in their cars to get frisky. From lookout points to parking lots, nearly everyone has a story of laying out in the backseat. Cruisinâ€™ around in your car is an American tradition, like baseball or apple pie; Itâ€™s an iconic symbol of freedom in teen genre movies from America Graffiti to Superbad. However, many teens are passing up this rite of passage. According to the Federal Highway Administration, while 43.8% of sweet sixteen year olds were licensed in 1998, a mere 29.8% are today. Although some states have raised the legal driving age, most public schools have dropped Drivers Ed from their curricula. Faced with high insurance rates and pricey private lessons, students might still be flipping burgers well into their 70′s to pay for the privilege of driving legally. This is a national economic crisis that is bleeding into our poor teens’ social lives! The price of getting felt up has gone too far! [New York Times] Keep reading »
Ah, your wedding day(s). From the dress to the dinner, itâ€™s easy to spend your life’s savings. Of course you want everything to be perfect for the event where two become one, but what if your betrothed backs out at the last minute? Then youâ€™re left holding a big bill for the dance hall, the cake, and a pile of shrimp cocktail. Well, at least one politician has had enough. Jose Antonio Zepeda, a city deputy for Mexico City’s conservative National Action Party, wants to change the capitalâ€™s civil code to include a compensation clause for getting cold feet. If passed this spring, the bill will force the fiancÃ© who has cold feet to pay the others’ wedding costs. So, while they’ll still be able to break your heart, they wonâ€™t be able to break your bank. [Reuters] Keep reading »
Starring Ryan Reynolds, Abigail Breslin, Isla Fisher
The Lowdown: Ryan Reynolds stars as a recently separated father, who gets suckered into telling his daughter (Little Miss Sunshine‘s Abigail Breslin) the twisted tale of how he met her mother in the form of a bedtime story. “Gag!” may be your first reaction, but give it a chance. As Reynolds tells his love story, he changes names and some facts and Breslin (and hence, the audience) must try to figure out who her mother is like a big ol’ love puzzle. Thereâ€™s Emily (Elizabeth Banks), his blond Wisconsin college sweetheart, Summer (Rachel Weisz), the sexy, intellectual brunette, and April (Isla Fisher), the redheaded free spirit. Now, Reynolds is hot, we all know it, and usually quite entertaining, but his usual quit-witted charm is absent as he tries to tackle the role of responsible â€œfatherâ€ figure. He is utterly flat and dull throughout most of the film (but still nice to look at), therefore letting the ladies shine — and they do, especially the always-intriguing Weisz and the almost too-cute Fisher. Now as much as you must be dying to find out who Reynoldsâ€™ ends up with (and who lil’ Breslin’s mommy is), I beseech you to save your $12.50, and wait for the DVD, the results will still be the same.
The Verdict: Donâ€™t even think of bringing your man to this ultimate chick-flick. He will certainly end up vomiting in his popcorn bucket, or resenting you for at least a week. Men have no place in that theater! Save it for a rainy-day girl-fest with your sappiest friend. [Definitely, Maybe] Keep reading »
Seasonique, the birth control pill that makes women menstruate only four times a year, is being marketed to men. Ads have appeared in laddie magazine Maxim, which is known for its frat-bro attitude and bikini clad spreads, and Spike TV, the channel dedicated to a Late Night Strip Poll. Apparently, the execs marketing Seasonique think guys who like those brands are getting laid, but theyâ€™re trying to stop them from spawning. Those men — who are seemingly fascinated by a poop that can kill — are surprisingly grossed out by Aunt Flo coming to stay five days out of the month. Maybe that’s why Seasonique is hoping to get these men to talk to the women in their lives about using their form of birth control. Although the dudes may think they’re in some great hush-hush scheme to banish Aunt Flo, the joke is on them since the same ads are also running on Lifetime. Ha! Ainâ€™t nothing gonna cramp a ladiesâ€™ ability to choose her own birth control. Period! [Marie Claire] Keep reading »