Stuff I Love: Grace and Frankie

It took me a long time to finally heed Netflix’s recommendation on this one. I don’t know why I wait so long when they tell me I want to watch something–sometimes I think they know me better than I know myself…although sometimes they’re horribly wrong (like New Girl. Totally cute and Zooey Deschanel is adorable. But the show isn’t for me).

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In the case of Grace and Frankie, I can happily say that Netflix was right! I did want to watch it! And because I waited so long, I was able to binge through four seasons all at once.

The two seventy-year-old stars, played by Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, learn that their husbands have been having a years-long affair and now want to divorce their wives to finally be together.

Honestly, it was emotionally difficult to get through the first couple of episodes. They had a heaping helping of angst. I got sucked in, though, because that angst was broken up with plenty of comic relief.

But what really sucked me in was the intense friendship that develops, Odd Couple-style, between the two heroines. Grace is a poised perfectionist, and Frankie can be described as a freestyle hippie. At times they bring out the worst in each other, but it’s so rewarding because at another turn, they’ll bring out each other’s best.

The show is at turns heartwarming and hilarious. I don’t know when Season 5 is coming out, but I cannot wait!

Have you seen it? What did you think?

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In other news, Savage Yearning, book 1 in my Corona Pride series, is FREE on all retailers! This is the first time it’s been offered free on Kobo, B&N, and iBooks. It will be free through April 25th, 2018.

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Film Discussion – No Men Beyond This Point

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In a world where women have become asexual and are no longer giving birth to males, a quiet, unassuming housekeeper named Andrew Myers (Patrick Gilmore) finds himself at the center of a battle to keep men from going extinct.

My husband and I still argue over who added this DVD to our Netflix queue, and once it arrived, it took us weeks to sit down and actually watch it. But once we did, we were delightfully surprised. It’s awkward at points, which isn’t our usual comedy preference, but the concept was interesting, and the images of men doing all the manual household labor was…well, I don’t know that it was funny, except maybe for the visual of a male character hanging bras and panties out on a clothesline.

The film is set up as a documentary, and focuses on a household run by two women who have “hired” a man to keep house. He’s the youngest man alive–the last male infant to be born. A forbidden romance develops, and it was fascinating.

Men are definitely set up as second-class citizens, which I think was supposed to be humorous on its own. It’s…funny, I guess? Except for the fact that it’s too easy to see the roles reversed, and that’s not funny at all. I mean, I read The Handmaid’s Tale. So other than the clothesline part, I wasn’t really laughing.

The subject matter was at turns humorous, enraging, and sad, and if my husband still refuses to take credit for choosing this DVD for our queue, well, I’ll happily shoulder the responsibility.

Film Review: Romantics Anonymous

romantics-anonymousSomeone recommended Romantics Anonymous (original title: Les émotifs anonymes) to me ages ago–and then it sat in its Netflix envelope next to my television for weeks. Finally I opened the envelope again and read the description. I saw “chocolatier” and I was sold.

This isn’t my usual aliens-taking-over-the-world escapist kind of movie. Lately I haven’t had much patience for slow-paced anything. But this was funny and awkward and oh, so endearing. Characters’ social anxiety is always great fodder for funny, awkward moments, and sometimes I worry that social anxiety is being made light of. However, I didn’t feel that the film was taking advantage of people with anxiety–rather, showing how people overcome difficulties and still manage, however fumbling, to find each other.

I don’t want to spoil the ending, but there’s a point near the climax where she has an argument against their relationship that felt so real and true, but then there was a rebuttal that was equally real and true. I thought this was masterfully done!