Starring Drew Barrymore, Jessica Lange, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Based on the 1975 documentary by Albert and David Maysles
The dramatic film version of “Grey Gardens,” which is set to air on HBO this Saturday April 18 at 8pm, takes a look at the lives of Little Edie and Big Edie Beale, relatives of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Many of the film’s scenes are reenactments of classic moments from the documentary about them, while the rest of the movie shows how the Beales ended up as recluses in their East Hampton estate. Catherine, Simcha, Jessica Wakeman, and I discuss the movie, after the jump … Keep reading »
Starring Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Alan Arkin, Steve Zahn
The Lowdown: Ten years out of high school, most people have some kind of college degree. Lots are in stable relationships, a bunch are married and some have kids. A few lucky ones might have made partner or published her first book.
This movie is not about those people.
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Starring Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter
Based on the series of chick lit books by Sophie Kinsella, “Confessions Of A Shopaholic,” is the story of adorable, but bumbling “journalist,” Rebecca Bloomwood, who has a serious shopping addiction that has left her in major debt. This movie, as we’ve noted, hit theaters at a seriously awkward time — WE’RE IN A RECESSION, ZOMG! Hardly the most appropriate time for a film about a woman who has a romantic attachment to stores and the wares they sell. Maybe the producers hoped the movie would be “relatable” to the millions of Americans who are having rough times themselves. After all, Rebecca’s credit cards are declined! Rebecca is being stalked by debt collectors! Rebecca cannot afford her rent! It’s just too bad that the account cancellation notices paving Rebecca’s yellow brick road of woe lead back to Bloomingdale’s. Keep reading »
Starring Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long
When God created chick flicks, she/he had this one in mind as the epitome, the end all, be all of chick flicks. Not one straight man on the planet will see this film willingly, and those women who do, should walk in with a healthy dose of skepticism. After all, the movie is based on a self-help book of the same name, which has been ripped apart for its stereotyping of women. Plus, it wasn’t clear to me how in the hell it would translate into a film. That said, it was produced by Drew Barrymore’ Flower Films — which also put out the fluffy gem “Never Been Kissed” — and also stars Barrymore alongside Frisky faves Ginnifer Goodwin and Jennifer Connelly. Additionally, having been a crazy lady in the boy department many times myself, I went into the movie believing that there was nothing wrong with looking crazy moments like those in the face and laughing about how young and stupid we’ve all been. In that sense, “He’s Just Not That Into You” didn’t disappoint. Keep reading »
Starring Anne Hathaway, Kate Hudson
Against my better judgment, and the groans of many, many people I respect and whom I want to respect me, I saw “Bride Wars” on Sunday afternoon. [With me! What? I'm not ashamed. -- Editor] Everyone who has seen the trailer and or merely read the title knows exactly what this movie is about. Trust that it goes no deeper than that.
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I’m having a chick flick kind of weekend. So far I’ve watched “Definitely, Maybe,” “Rachel Getting Married,” and, now, “27 Dresses.” It got me thinking about all of the chick flicks we reviewed this year. So… Keep reading »