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The Big Wedding

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Don and Ellie have three children – Lyla, Jared and Alejandro. Alejandro, their adopted son, is getting married. Don and Ellie have been long divorced, but pretend to still be married when Alejandro’s Columbian mother comes for the wedding. Don’s new partner, Bebe (Ellie’s old best friend), is not too pleased with this arrangement. But it’s meant to keep the peace.

Lyla and Jared bring their own problems with them to the big wedding, as if the day couldn’t get more complicated!

This was supposed to be the big rom com for 2013. But I don’t think it was a great success. You can’t fault the acting from some of Hollywood’s finest, but the story doesn’t come together with the bang it could of. Perhaps there are too many story lines. I think the days of the all-star cast at one time in one rom com are over. Disappointing.

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Morning Glory

Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford, Diane Keaton, Jeff Goldblum, Patrick Wilson

McAdams plays Becky, a career-driven New Jersey TV producer. Her character is very similar to those hard working, quirky women that Katherine Heigl nearly always plays (see Knocked Up, The Ugly Truth, 27 Dresses, Life as We know it). I think this slightly neurotic, hard working, career woman is starting to be dished up onto our rom com plates a little too much these days.

Anyway…Becky gets fired and moves to New York to take up a position on a failing morning show called “Daybreak”.  It’s her job to rescue the show, but she’s up against the odds with difficult anchors and lots of competition from other stations. Her determination and drive makes her a success at work.  But she’s failing at her new relationship with Adam (Wilson, from The Switch) because women can’t combine a career and a relationship.  Or can they?

I enjoyed this film more than a lot I’ve seen lately and it was probably because of Ford and Keaton.  It’s a story of success, team work, and love.  All feels good, worth a watch with your mum.

 

The Family Stone

Rachel McAdams, Sarah Jessica Parker, Caire Danes, Diane Keaton, Dermot Mulroney, Luke Wilson

The very tightly-knit and overtly liberal Stone family gets together every Christmas. This year, the eldest son, Everett, brings home his extremely uptight and conservative girlfriend, Meredith (SJP). She never really stood a chance. Feeling like a fish out of water with the extended family, she asks her sister to join her for moral support (Danes). The two sisters try to fit in to the holiday activities, but there are all sorts of underlying currents at play. There are emotional upheavals all over the place, and Everett’s plans to ask Meredith to marry him go completely awry.

I very much like this film because it doesn’t try and do too much. There was probably just a couple of characters too many to get to grips with, but on the whole, you knew what was going on. I also like the way Keaton holds court and everyone revolves around her as the centre of the family – the matriarch. It was teary, but there was also a very romantic ending.

Something’s Gotta Give

MV5BMTQ0NTExMjk2Nl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQ0NTUyMQ@@._V1_SX214_Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson, Keanu Reeves, Frances McDormand, Amanda Peet

Henry (Nicholson) is an expert on dating young women – he’s 63, successful, wealthy, never married and still desirable. That is, until he has a heart attack and he has to realise his limitations. His girlfriend’s mother (Keaton) reluctantly has to take care of him. Although Erica initially despises Henry, they find they have a lot in common, particularly as they are of the same age, and eventually fall in love.

Erica is a famous playwright and attracks the attention of Henry’s young doctor (Reeves).  She knows she has feelings for Henry, but is flattered by the young Julian’s adoration. Besides which, Henry doesn’t know how to react to love, he’s confused, eventually breaking Erica’s heart.

I love this film and its plethora of happy dinners. I saw it years ago and didn’t have the same reaction. Now that I’m older I appreciate a film where older people find love and romance – and eat! The acting is terrific from everyone involved, especially Keaton. This film was very well received in 2006 and manages to maintain this status.