Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Wednesday Review

Hmmmm....couldn't figure out where my big dog was this morning (our boxer, Van Gogh) and found him in my toddler's room, curled up on the bed.  Think he must've heard little man get up in the middle of the night and come into our room, a light bulb went off, and he decided to swap places.  It was definitely a first.  I have to admit, I was pretty impressed.  Our dogs are not allowed on the bed and I thought his move was pure genius!  Sneaky little buggers, dogs.  By the time I showered this morning and walked into my room, he'd snuck back into our bedroom and was laying on the edge of the bed as if he belonged.  I'm weak and let him.  SHHHHH....don't tell hubs!

But on to my point.  I'm feeling quite rambly this morning.  Well, I've been reading at a snail's pace and don't have any book review, but I do have a movie review that I've been dying to share.  I watched this movie by accident actually and ended up LOVING it.

How do you watch a movie by accident???  Apparently you go to Redbox for the first time in two years and as you hunt for a romantic comedy because you're in the mood,  you choose one similar to the one you wanted to see.  Ever happen to you?  I've been really dying to see The Bounty Hunter and The Ugly Truth, which I think both have the nummy Gerard Butler in them.  I saw the cover of Love Happens and thought it was one of the ones I wanted to see. 

I get in the car and hubs is like, what's that? 

Me~the movie I've been wanting to see.

Hubs~No, it's not.  I've never heard of that before.

Me~Oh crap.  Let's return it.

Hubs~Why don't you read the reviews first and see?

Me~You are brilliant and this is why I married you.

Hubs~Just look.

So I go to my Iphone and search for Love Happens.  The reviews are horrible.  I'm determined to bring it back without watching it.  Hubs again stops me.  Why don't you watch the trailer first?  Okay, okay, I'll watch the trailer.  Before the trailer is over, he knows I've caved.  These are his words as I'm watching:  Oh, it's over.  This movie is so you.  And he was right.  I kept it and brought it home prepared for disappointment.  It never came.  It moved me.  I cried.  I laughed.  Hubs made it all the way through.

Now, I don't know if it was just that moment and I was in the mood or what, but I thought it was quite fantastical.  Granted, this in my mind is so NOT a romantic comedy.  They may have billed it as one, but it's much, much deeper than that.  I thought it was very intelligently done and made you really think about death and dealing with things, while keeping it all light and fun.  The love/romantic plot is really just a side story that helps move everything along, do not watch this for the love.  I think that's why the reviews were so horrible.  People just didn't get it.  Or maybe I didn't get it.  But if that's true, I'm perfectly fine being in the minority on this one.

Check out the trailer:   

It's good stuffs.  And I *heart* Jennifer Aniston.  How can you not?

That's it for me today, hope your week is going well!



  1. Hmmm. I haven't seen that one. I don't think it was in the theaters long enough. I thought it was a RomCom, so thanks for the heads up. I don't like knowing too much about the film going in, but it helps to know if you've got a comedy or a drama or a thriller!

  2. Hmmmm, might have to go rent it soon. I thought it looked good too, you just never know.

    Love the story about your dog. It's kind of sweet to see them bonding with a kid, even if they are breaking rules as an underlying motive.

  3. Haven't seen that one yet - I'll put it on the list :)

  4. It wouldn't be the first time that a film surprises me with it's quality (or lack of).

  5. I loved this movie too! I love movies that you're thinking about a week later.

  6. Oh, this looks like a fantastic movie. I'm adding it to my netflix queue now.

  7. I'll give it a look, thx for the review.

  8. I love these kinds of finds! And I love Jennifer Aniston, too! NOw I have to watch this movie!! I know what I'm doing this weekend!!!!

  9. Your dog sounds adorable! Mine is always up to some mischief. You know how that is : )

  10. I don't care what reviewers say, I thought it looked so so so so cute! I'm glad to hear you liked it, I need to pick it up :)

  11. I haven't seen this one. I will have to check it out. Your dogs are soooo cute.

  12. Vicki - I know what you mean! To me, this movie seemed to use the romance as more of a mechanism for the harder issues, if that makes sense.

    Amy - Couldn't agree more! I was actually kind of proud that Vannie was finally bonding with him...most of the time he's running away in terror! :-)

    Jemi - Definitely put it on your list and let me know what you think. I have to believe I'm not teh ONLY person who loved this movie!

    4th guy - Totally agree! And sometimes the critics get it all wrong!

    Jolene - YAY! So glad to hear you say that because I really felt like they packed so many HUGE, thought provoking issues in there without being overwhelming. It was part of the genius! AND yes, I thought about it for quite a while after too!

    Kim - I can't wait to hear what you think!!!!

    Jeff - Same to you, let me know how you like it!

    Carol - Isn't it great when it's a pleasant surprise???? It's like, the best! Movies typically disappoint me MUCH more than books, so I felt it was a diamond in the rough that got a bad rep.

    Victoria - OH yes, I do know about the mischief! That's why they're so adorable, so we'll still keep them! HA! :)

    Eva - Definitely pick it up! And let me know!

    Christine - Thank you!!! The pups are definitely hard work, but I love them to pieces.

  13. I'll definitely Netflix this! I love Jennifer Aniston. I just watched He's Just Not That Into You, and her storyline was my fav! Tears!

    I wish we didn't let our boxers sleep on our bed, but I don't trust them to run the house at night and I hate locking them up... especially if they've been locked up any during the day. :(