Movie Review: Mr. Right

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Not sure how I missed this one–it came out in 2015. But when I saw the thumbnail with Anna Kendrick’s face, I knew I had to watch it!

First off, I expected a romantic comedy because A) Anna Kendrick and B) the title, Mr. Right. However, this is NOT a romantic comedy. This is a dark comedy with a good dose of romance, but it’s pretty freaking crazysauce romance.

Basically, a hitman who goes after the people who hire him falls in love with a quirky woman who’s spiraling after the end of a relationship. She’s bonkers, but so is he, and their dialogue was hilarious. Their conversations might be what I liked best about the film.

Expect quite a bit of violence, mostly in the way of shooting and hitting. Bad guys hit Martha, the heroine, several times, and that wasn’t easy for me to watch. There’s also a story of violence to an animal (a pet turtle) that even now makes me cringe when I think about it. I really could’ve lived without that little anecdote, and I realize it might bother other animal lovers out there, so I’m mentioning it as something to be wary of.

Do not expect the plot to make a whole lot of sense.

Do expect a good soundtrack, great dialogue, and wacky dance sequences.

An Ode to Legacies

Legacies was one of those shows that I added to my Netflix queue and ignored for several weeks. One afternoon during my lunch break, I decided I was tired of scrolling past it. Just a few minutes I would watch, and then, I hoped, I wouldn’t like it and could remove it from the queue.

Nope. I was hooked. I didn’t binge the entire season in two days or anything, but it obsessed me for the better part of two weeks, when I looked forward to every lunch break so I could watch an episode. Or sometimes an episode and a half. Or maybe a little more if I was feeling super self-indulgent.

Here’s what I loved about it:

There’s a magical academy!

As a fan of Harry Potter, I was stoked to see all the magic stuff, and all these students with powers. Seeing the school, having everyone there together to learn and develop their magic and control their powers, kept me riveted.

High school and teenager drama.

I thought I would hate it, but it sucked me right in. People get mad at each other, there’s all this lust and angst, and it’s just fun because it’s so far removed from what I’m experiencing now in my late thirties.

Cool abilities.

Witches, vampires, and werewolves all have their own unique subcultures within the school, and I thought it was awesome.

Tragic and fascinating backstories.

So I came to Legacies before watching The Vampire Diaries or The Originals, and I didn’t realize they were connected until partway through this first season of Legacies. Probably I missed some things, but it didn’t bother me very much. What I loved was that there was more to these characters than what I was being shown. Things were hinted and teased. You can bet I went straight from this to The Originals.

Friendship, forgiveness, sacrifice.

Yes, the angsty teenage drama might make it seem superficial or bring the stories into melodrama, but I was totally into it because of the larger (and yeah, glaringly obvious) themes of friendship, forgiveness, and sacrifice. There’s a lot to unpack with such a huge ensemble cast, with betrayals as well as petty grievances, and then the arcs of reconciliation as well.

Season 2

This is already airing on the CW, but I have to wait for Netflix. I’m so looking forward to it!

Stuff I Love: Queer Eye

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THESE GUYS. I love them. It only took me a few days to blaze through Season 1, and the same went for Season 2. Here’s what I love about the show:

1. It’s inspirational. This show makes me want to do better–not just with my appearance, but with my personal relationships and my work.

2. You can feel their appreciation, respect, and love for each other–and for the person they’re making over. Nothing else to say on this one–watch for yourself and you’ll see that in spades.

3. Their tact…and sometimes lack of it. It takes a really strong sense of self-knowledge and knowledge of others to know when to restrain oneself, and know when to tell it like it is. I think, for the most part, these guys have mastered that art. Each episode, they make over someone new, and sometimes they have to voice strong opinions. Other times, they slowly warm up the person they’re helping.

4. The eye candy! And I’m not just talking about the guys (who are all nice to look at) but the food, the makeovers themselves, the clothes, the newly-designed spaces.

5. It makes the world better. Yeah, I never thought I’d say that about anything reality television-esque, but what this show is doing for tolerance and respect really impresses me. I come away from an episode wanting to hug the whole world and tell us all that it will be okay, that we will be okay. Because I have to believe that. And shows like this make it a little more possible. ❤

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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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.