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New Year’s Eve

Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Jessica Biel,  Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin

This film is following the lives of a bunch of people in the lead up to New Year’s 2011 in New York. There is a single mum and her daughter, an unhappy employee trying to discover herself and happiness, jilted lovers looking for a fresh start, two couples giving birth and fighting for prize money, some-one dying, rock stars, failed relationships, missed opportunities – and New Year’s Eve will make everything right…

It is, of course, very similar to Valentine’s Day. All the storylines run parallel to each other, and some of them eventually come together.

In my opinion, too many stars is often too many stars. Sometimes you can get impatient waiting for the stories to have a point, or waiting for them to link up. But while you’re waiting, up pops another star!

There were some sad moments that made me cry, but not much to make me laugh. I found this film embarrassingly bad, it tried too hard, and wasn’t worth waiting to see.

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I Don’t Know How She Does It

Sarah Jessica Parker, Greg Kinnear, Pierce Brosnan

SJP plays Kate Reddy, a finance banker with a husband and two small children. She has a very busy life – juggling career and family. When she has the opportunity to launch a new product with work, she struggles to fit everything in and keep everyone happy.

Not too many people reviewed this film positively, some saying it’s a “feminist rant” and some getting very upset at the idea that women are being portrayed as marvellous and able to do many things at once!  Not too many men liked it (something threatening here?) and although it didn’t get great reviews by women, many didn’t mind it either.

It’s light, it has funny moments (like when she gets head lice), it doesn’t have to be true, and there is romance. But it’s also rather simplistic and US cheezy. Maybe wait until it’s on TV rather than hiring it unless you love SJP.

 

 

Failure to Launch

Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Kathy Bates

Tripp (McConaughey) is the classic romantic comedy bad boy in this flick – attracted to very short term relationships, playing it cool, hanging with his mates, avoiding emotion, and still living with his mum and dad at the ripe old age of 35!

As Tripp’s parents want their nest emptied, they hire Paula (SJP), a professional interventionist. Her plan is to sweep Tripp off his feet, make him fall in love with her, which will then make him feel more independent and therefore move out of home. The plan goes along nicely for a while, until cupid rears his ugly head. As we often find out in the classic rom com, apparently the bad boy does have feelings!

When we were watching this film we realised we had seen it before, some years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think a second viewing enabled it to get into the Better the Second Time Around category. Not a bad job done by both SJP and McConaughey. But great effort by Deschanel who plays the obligatory dark-haired best friend/room-mate to Paula. Stock-standed rom com, pretty enjoyable, and I’m sure you’ll catch it on TV from time to time.

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.

Did you hear about the Morgans?

Hugh Grant, Sarah Jessica Parker

Because I loved Hugh Grant so much in About a Boy and Nottinghill, I was really looking forward to seeing this film, especially coupled with SJP. I was quite excited when I saw the preview short, but unfortunately, when it came time to sit and watch the whole film, it wasn’t that great and I was disappointed (but then I had been to see Sex in the City II, and who couldn’t be completely dismayed with SJP films after watching that abomination)!

Grant and SJP are a separated couple who happen to be together when they witness a murder.  They have to be put into a witness protection program and being together means they have time to sort out their problems. It’s no surprise that the extra-ordinary circumstances rekindle the romance (the script is a little predictable).

The Morgans are true New Yorkers when they are sent into protection in a small town in the mid-west. This New Yorkness enables the comedy to centre around the city-slickers being in the country. There’s a funny incident with a bear that gets an okay laugh. And there are a few other sniggers at Grant’s quirky quips – thank goodness he is in the film, otherwise it wouldn’t be worth a watch at all.

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