Movie: This Christmas.

13 12 2007

Starring: Regina King, Chris Brown, Loretta Divine, Mikhi Phifer, Laz Alonzo, etc.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: B-

This year, Christmas with the Whitfield’s promises to be one they will never forget. All the siblings have come home for the first time in years and they’ve brought plenty of baggage with them. As the Christmas tree is trimmed and the lights are hung, secrets are revealed and family bonds are tested. As their lives converge, they join together and help each other discover the true meaning of family.

Okay so this is a movie that I wanted to see this Christmas season because as you guys know, I’m addicted to some Chris Brown and I’ve got to say that between him and Regina King, they totally made this movie. I thought this movie was going to have me jumping out of my seat loving it but it didn’t. Not that it was a bad movie or anything, I just …liked it.

The story is about a family, a big black family who comes together for the holidays to Big Mama’s house and you see their secrets (all of them) come to light and all the drama that follows the drama.  You have one son, who’s been away for four years and coming back home for the first time, running away from the boys that are trying to get him for $25 grand.  You got another son who is with a white girl but afraid of what his Mama and family going to say so he’s keeping her on the down low.  You have a daughter who’s husband is a lying cheating bastard and she think her crap don’t stink, then you have another daughter with a princess complex who thinks that she’s above everyone else because she’s got a degree and a career, another college daughter who changed her major when she changes boyfriends and then you have a son who wants to pursue his singing career but knows that his Mother won’t be happy about his choice of profession since she lost the Daddy that way and so all of these drama’s are shown to us  throughout this movie and overall, it’s just a really good family movie.

Chris Brown totally made this movie as did Regina King. That bathroom scene when Regina King finally sees the light about her husband and he’s in the shower and she’s making him believe that she’s getting ready to give him some nookie when really she’s spreading baby oil on the floor and then spanking him with the belt for cheating on her, had me rollin’ on the floor laughing for days because the way she booked it the hell out of there after hitting him with the belt like he was one of her kids was just too frickin’ funny.

And when Chris Brown sings Try a Little Tenderness at the club? I loved it! I just love listening to him sing because seriously the boy can sing.  Here’s a clip of when he sang at the club:

He’s so the bomb diggity and I love his voice!  He sings great at the end at the Church too and I’m seriously thinking of buying this soundtrack so that  I can have these songs because I heart me some Chris Brown.   I enjoyed all of the characters but my favorites were Chris Brown and Regina King, they totally stole the whole movie and I loved watching the whole family get down, Soul Train style.  Even the Mom and stand in Dad.  It was great, the kids enjoyed this movie as did the adults but my favorite movie this year is still Why Did I Get Married.

You should watch this with the kids over the holidays, it’s a good way to spend a few hours.

Movie: Because I Said So.

14 11 2007

Starring: Diane Keaton, Mandie Moore, Gabriel Macht, Tom Everett Scott, Lauren Graham.
Rating: PG-13, for sexual content including dialogue, some mature thematic material and partial nudity.
Grade: B- (for Gabriel Macht *sigh*)

Yes I know that I’m all hecka late watching this movie but I don’t care because I watched this movie this weekend and it wasn’t the best movie ever but I really enjoyed it. There were things I didn’t like about it, things that I thought were retarded but for the most part, I really enjoyed this movie and if you know me, you know its largely in part because of the hottie Johnny, played by Gabriel Macht who I am seriously crushing on right now.

Such a cutie, I tell ya and I really enjoyed his character in this movie. I liked him so much that I put him up on my sidebar because I’m crushing on him and seriously, can you blame me? Check him out…

Cutie, huh? I KNOW! I kept thinking that throughout the movie. Although the movie itself was just cute enough to make me happy, the Mom totally got on my hot dang nerves. I wanted to strangle her stupid a word. I thought it was so retarded the things she did to fix her daughters up and the whole porno thing wasn’t cute or funny, it was dumb. She puts a sheet over the monitor instead of just turning the whole thing off? Yeah, whatev.

The Mom is the one that totally made me want to hurt someone throughout the movie. She took an ad out for her daughter? And then she met with different guys to find her daughter a date? Dude…who does that? *sigh* Not my Mom that’s for sure and I’m glad because I was embarrassed for Mandy Moore’s character, not only because her name was Millie (which reminds me of one of those cartoon cows on TV) but because her Mom got on my hot dang nerves with all of her stupid opinions on what’s good for her daughter even though she wanted her daughter to end up with the guy with the empty eyes.


Over the course of the movie, the Mom got on my nerves but at the end, I think she did well by getting over her stupid gripes against Johnny (which I thought were totally stupid) and when she tried to make things right between Millie and Johnny, I was okay with her after that. I did think it was kinda weird though that she ended up with Johnny’s Dad and Johnny and Millie were still together and in love.

My favorite part of the movie, well one of them was when Johnny went back to get Millie back. When he tells her that he loves her and that he even loves her….Mother. Awwwww, it was just so effing cute. I loved Johnny so much and I thought Jason was a frickin’ tool. I just didn’ t care too much for him. He was too polished, too everything, too modern…and I couldn’t care for him, it wasn’t like in Sweet Home Alabama where there was Patrick Dempsey and Josh Lucas and I loved them both…in this one, I was all about Johnny from the jump. He’s so yummalicious and I want to watch more GM movies, any suggestions?

This was a cute movie, not a lot of people cared for this movie but I liked it…I’ll watch it again.

Movie: Turistas.

14 11 2007

Starring: Josh Duhamel, Melissa George, Olivia Wilde, Beau Garrett, Desmond Askew, Max Brown (IV).
Rating: R, for strong graphic violence.
Grade: C-

Brazil. Beautiful women, pristine beaches, a friendly, open culture. Alex is accompanying his sister Bea and her best friend Amy for their first time abroad–young Americans who have come to exotic Brazil for fun, adventure and the promise of foreign pleasures. On a rickety bus rocketing up a twisting mountain road, they meet the beautiful Pru, who speaks the native language Portuguese, and Finn and Liam, in Brazil for the sole purpose of experiencing the beautiful Brazilian women they’ve heard so much about first hand. After enduring a harrowing bus crash which strands them in what seems to be the middle of nowhere, Alex, Bea, and their band of traveling companions attempt to salvage their day by seeking out a cabana bar on a nearby beach rather than wait an endless amount of time for the next bus to come by. The discovery of the beautiful and secluded beach gives way to a day in the sun and surf, an afternoon at the bar, and a night of exotic liquors and hot dancing with the locals. It’s everything their vacation is supposed to be, until they wake up face down in the sand the following morning, drugged and robbed, their possessions gone, and the trace of very real danger in the air. The farther the group travels into this mysterious and isolated Brazilian community, the further they are from the possibility of escape–and the closer they come to the dark secret that waits for them in the lush jungle and underground caverns of the Brazilian jungle, and they must fight a primal battle for their lives in the most terrifying of all human traps.

Hot dang, this movie made me not want to go anywhere near Brazil or Central/South America. This may have been a work of fiction but hot dang that was some serious crap going down in this movie. I mean, there they are, having the time of their lives, livin’ it up on vacation and they wake up to find themselves face down in the sand, their possessions stolen from them and they’re the bad guys. My eyes about popped out of my head though when that English dude threw the rock at the kids head who had Alex’s hat on, knocked the poor little sucker straight out. I’m horrible because I laughed. The kid was just about dead and there I was laughing my butt off.

Yeah, yeah, whatev.

Moving on, I thought Josh Duhamel was a total stud in this movie. Hot dang that Fergie is one lucky tramp. She gets to go home with that every night? I heard they were having problems but dude, Fergie Ferg you better hold on tight to that one, cause hot dang when he took his shirt off in this movie, my eyes never left the screen, even when Pete was ready to leave for the football game, I sat there, glued to the tv and didn’t let him leave until the movie was finished.

Bea, or Alex from The O.C. looks better as a blonde…you know how there are certain people that should never be brunette (like Britney Spears and sometimes Mandy Moore?), well Alex fro m The O.C. is one of them because her hair color bothered me in this movie. She did a good job on the movie itself but my shallow behind couldn’t get over her hair, it was not the business and I’m not talking about how toe up it was throughout the whole movie, I’m talking about the color…it was just, not cute. But she is, I like her…and when she gave it to that cutie bad guy in the water, I was rootin’ her on, screaming, “Karate chop him with his own weapon, do it, do it, do it” And she did it, I was happy for her!

Ugh, the things that I couldn’t stomach was all that blood they showed when they were cuttin’ home girl up, Bea’s friend…YUCK! I could have sooooo done without seeing that. Like the naive young woman (well I’m not so young anymore, WAH!) that I am, I was totally hoping that all of them would make it out of that horrid trip okay but at the end, I wasn’t mad and then the way they ended it, making it seem like there could be another Turistas movie to come..yeah, well I’m straight on that one. I don’t think I’d be checking out the next one if there is another one. I didn’t like this movie enough.

I watched this movie purely because Josh Duhamel was in there with no shirt on and I enjoyed that show, a whole lot. Ick, that makes me sound like such the little trampy tramp but I don’t care, he was nice to look at.

Hmm, would I recommend this movie to my friends? Not really, it was just crazy but it wasn’t the worst movie in the world. So, this movie gets a …..meh, see it if you want but don’t kill yourself going to the store to get it.

Movie Review: Take a Chance.

7 10 2007

Starring: Corbin Allred, Kirby Heyborne, Lara Everly.
Rating: Not Rated
Grade: B

Corbin Allred plays Elliot, a hick from Texas who sees a photo of a gorgeous girl (Lara Everly) and falls head-over-heels in love. He and his slow but sweet brother Eugene (Kirby Heyborne) set out on an epic journey to Idaho to find her, and hi-jinks, of course, ensue–especially when the pair decides to meet her by posing as foreign exchange students named Gustav and Gayzeh.

So this past weekend, we sat down as a family to watch a few Church movies and I can’t believe how much I enjoyed this movie with one of my favorite LDS Actors, Kirby Heyborne. Ron and Blanche brought this movie back from their trip to Utah and we watched this one last night and our whole house was filled up with laughter. This is one hecka funny movie. Kirby and Corbin’s Hungarian accents were so horrible and yet so funny, it had me laughing a mile a minute while I enjoyed the heck out of this film. Everyone from Ron right down to Cheridan and Brenna enjoyed this movie.

It’s about two brothers, Elliott and Eugene Buttles I think that’s their last name but anyway, so the movie starts off with their father running over two Security Alarm guys (and if you’re LDS, you totally get that joke, right? LOL) and he brings them back to their house to see to their injuries since in their little backwoods town, their father is the town Doc. So anyway, one thing leads to another and Nathan (one of the guys that got ran over by the Dad) shows the brothers a picture of his family back home in Idaho and it’s in that picture that Elliott falls in love with Nathan’s younger sister, Natalie. Nathan tells them that they had two Hungarian Foreign Exchange students that were supposed to come and live with his parents for a little bit but they cancelled and because Elliott is smitten with Natalie, he starts planning a trip to Idaho to visit the girl who he thinks is THE ONE.

The whole concept of this movie was to let us viewers see how crazy love makes us. It showed us how Elliott was willing to do some crazy things just to be with his girl.

Posing as a Hungarian Foreign Exchange Student while looking like a total hillbilly constitutes as CRAZY IN LOVE…and boy was it funny to watch these hillbilly’s trying to fit in the Idaho community.

They went to Church, stole little kids snacks while in Church, they snuck out and got roaring drunk and then pretended to be homesick when they were really hung over. The one that totally made this movie though was Eugene aka GAYZEH, haha…oh man, when they find out what their names are and to see how pissed off Eugene was to find out his name was Gayzeh, man it was just too funny.

This is one of those movies that I’m sure I’ll watch again and again just because it’s so hot damn funny, I’d recommend this movie to those of you guys who just want to laugh at corny dialogue and just want a fun movie to watch, I liked this movie better than Accepted.

Good stuff.

Movie Review: Accepted.

7 10 2007

Starring: Justin Long, Jonah Hill, Adam Herschman, Columbus Short, Maria Thayer.
Rating: PG-13
Grade: C

High school senior Bartleby “B” Gaines is on his way to scoring eight out of eight rejection letters from colleges, which isn’t going to go over big with Mom and Dad. At least he’s not alone in the exclusion. Several of his crew of outcast friends are in the same, college-less boat. So how does a guy facing a bleak career please his parents and get noticed by dream girl Monica? Simple. Open his own university. B and his band of misfit freshmen take “liberal” arts literally when they fool their parents and peers and create the esteemed South Harmon Institute of Technology. Just as they are settling in, B and company realize they’ve done their jobs too well. Dozens of other college rejects show up for classes at this less-than-lofty institute. Under the scornful eyes of the privileged students from the neighboring college, B and his friends forge ahead with maintaining a fake, functioning university. With his future in the balance, it’s going to take more than just sleight of hand to keep B out of jail as he strives to get the girl, impress his parents and just become “Accepted.”

This weekend, I spent a lot of time with the kids and we watched Accepted, Saturday after we got back from the park and yeah, only I could watch this kind of movie with a bunch of kids but we totally enjoyed it so I’m not too worried about ruining my kids, but yeah whatever.

So this movie is comprised of a bunch of rejects who didn’t get into any of the colleges they applied for so they applied for a college that the biggest dork of all, Bartleby Gaines started to trick his parents into believing that he got into SOME college. The name of his college that he made up?

Southern Harmon Institute of Technology.

The initials for his college: S.H.I.T.


This movie was such a retarded funny movie that I didn’t even mind that it was pretty lame. I mean, so they didn’t get into a college, that’s what Junior Colleges are for and transfer programs and that’s what you pretty much get for not working your tail off in high school, so whatever…cry me a river, build me a bridge and GET OVER IT! I did so I’m pretty sure you can too!

But, aside from how lame the movie was, I enjoyed this one quite a bit…there were plenty of laugh out loud moments that involved the Schraeger guy, goodness he was hilarious and it was good to see DJ from Stomp the Yard, he was a cutie in this movie, Rory was alright, Glen was a frickin’ crackhead that totally made this movie laughable as well and the crackhead guy with ADD, yeah he was funny too, the retarded Uncle (Schraeger’s Uncle) was funny too and I really like home girl from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the one that’s now in Gossip Girl, she’s a cutie patootie and she did good in this movie…would I recommend this movie? Yeah, rent it or catch it on HBO on Demand, it’s good for a few laughs but I don’t know if I’d go so far as buy the thing to add to my collection or anything…it wasn’t that good.

Movie: I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.

6 08 2007

Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel.
Rated: PG-13
Grade: C+

Chuck Levine and Larry Valentine are the pride of their fire station: two guy’s guys always side-by-side and willing to do anything for each other. Grateful Chuck owes Larry for saving his life in a fire, and Larry calls in that favor big time when civic red tape prevents him from naming his own two kids as his life insurance beneficiaries. But when an overzealous, spot-checking bureaucrat becomes suspicious, the new couple’s arrangement becomes a citywide issue and goes from confidential to front-page news. Forced to improvise as love-struck newlyweds, Chuck and Larry must now fumble through a hilarious charade of domestic bliss under one roof. After surviving their mandatory honeymoon and dodging the threat of exposure, the well-intentioned con men discover that sticking together in your time of need is what truly makes a family.

Okay, this movie wasn’t the best movie out there but it sure did have me crackin’ the hell up. I mean, Adam Sandler is a funny guy and he totally had me laughing hard in this movie but the best part of the movie, the part that had me crackin’ the hell up was when the black guy walked into the shower and sang, I’m Every Woman…

Oh wow, that was the best part of the whole effing movie. I thought the whole Jessica Biel/Adam Sandler romance thing was cute but nothing spectacular or anything, the whole gay thing was enough to crack me up and Ronaldo??? Yeah, he had me laughing a lot.

Should you go and see this movie? I’m not sure, because I saw it on bootleg (I know, ghetto, huh? LOL) and I’m kinda glad that I didn’t shuck out the ten bucks to watch this movie in the theaters, it was good and it was funny but it’s not anything near being a favorite of mine.

Movie Review: Seducing Mr. Perfect.

5 06 2007

Starring: Uhm Jung Hwa, Daniel Henney.
Rating: I don’t know.
Grade: B

Min-joon (Uhm Jung-hwa) is a believer in true love and always very dedicated to her current boyfriend. However, men always break up with her – her latest boyfriend ends their relationship on her birthday. Distracted by the latest break-up, she bumps into a car and a man steps out of it – who turns out to be her new boss, Robin Heiden (Daniel Henney). Heiden has very clear ideas about a relationship and love: both are a game of power and Min-Joon seeks advice from him, as she doesn’t want to get dumped again. However, when she starts to treat men like Heiden treats women, she realizes that she prefers her older behaviour, even if that means that she gets dumped again; she doesn’t see love as a game of power and never will. Heiden, who has to deal with his own heartbreak, as he loved a woman so much that she had to shoot him to get the message across that she wasn’t interested in him, starts to soften at Min-joon’s attitude towards life. He eventually falls in love with her and both get into a real relationship and a happy ending of their own.

Alright, so this weekend this movie was playing and I sat down to watch it, it’s not a porno, I swear but what caught my attention was the girl that played Min June. Oh holy wow this girl was frickin’ crazy. She keeps getting dumped by all of her boyfriends, she’s basically a pathetic, push over that lets the men in her life run all over her. They can be total jerk offs and she’ll take them back because she doesn’t have any self respect or pride. Everything she has, she gives freely to the men in her life.

Then she meets her new boss, Robin Heiden and he becomes her mentor. He is nothing but an asshole to her and though in the beginning it annoys, you can tell that he’s telling her what she needs to hear and not what she wants to hear. Because, everything she does is wrong and she’s always getting dumped because she smotheres and hovers and Robin sets her straight on all of that. I can forgive him anything because he was hella fine. He sets about turning her into someone who doesn’t take anyone’s crap and helping her find her worth.

And of course, as they spend more time with each other and she tries to win him over (to prove that she could) and he stays firmly NOT INTERESTED (or so we think), they start to get closer and closer until you are just wishing and hoping that they’d hurry up and realize that they’re perfect for each other.

I’ve got to tell you though that I loved the whole twist this movie did where June’s character was concerned. I mean, she did learn to stand up for herself and she did learn all those things that Robin wanted to teach her but I loved how she liked and missed her old self. She didn’t think that there was anything wrong with the person she was before, open and honest. I mean, why shouldn’t she care about her loved ones? Why should she manipulate everyone around her just so that she doesn’t lose any of her self respect? And why does her caring enough to worry about her boyfriends and loving them enough to want to spend money on them and take care of them, why does that have to be a bad thing? Why can’t she just be honest with everything and her love.

Maybe she doesn’t have to change herself but change the men that she falls in love with because someone who loved her completely would accept her with all of her flaws, right?

I loved that that was the main concept behind June’s whole makeover. I loved how embarrassed I got where she was concerned and I loved how she was okay in her own skin and okay with how everyone perceived her because she was happy with herself and she was honest enough to admit that she was mess up.

I loved the chemistry between Robin and June. June in all of her quirky, free spirited ways and Robin in his perfect serious attitude. I loved that June brought out a lighter and funner side to Robin and the things she got into while trying to prove a point to him, just had me crackin’ the hell up. She was fearless in making herself look stupid and though I cringed when I knew something was going to hit the fan, she never failed to entertain me.

And I really felt for June’s character. Even though she spoke little English, I felt her heartbreak, love is a universal language and I didn’t need to understand what she was saying to hurt for her character, she did a wonderful job of acting in this role and I really do want to check out more of her movies. She was very pretty too.

My favorite part of the whole movie was the ending, it’s not a traditional ending but a light and fluffy one, one that was totally unexpected and yet so funny that I was like, oh okay these Asians are a funny bunch.

I really loved this movie and ya’ll should check it out if you guys want something to make you laugh but isn’t too serious. Great movie! Check out all of these pictures from the movie, I hella loved me some Daniel Henney.

Doesn’t it make you want to go and watch the movie now? I’m telling you, Danny boy look GOOD!