The Host

Well I finally got around to watching the Host, and it was awesome, just like I knew it would be! The director did such a good job of bringing Stephanie Meyer’s story to life. The underground cave hideout that Uncle Jeb created was just the way I pictured it. The scene where Melanie walks through the desert was a great scene. I loved the chemistry between the characters, and I love that they didn’t stray too far from the book. They absolutely nailed it! Great movie, and definitely one that I plan on buying on

You Again-DVD Review

This was one of those movies where it’s just so frustrating to watch. If you want to see this movie, don’t read on, there are spoilers. Or you could just read the review and save yourself the hour and forty five minutes of torture. 😉 Your call.

First of all, Marni, played by Kristen Bell, doesn’t look dorky at all. She’s twice as cute as Odette Annabele, who plays Joanna, Marni’s arch nemesis.

Joanna is so TERRIBLE to poor Marni. But worse, Marni doesn’t stick up for herself at all which is super annoying.

So the premise is that Marni was a total geek in high school who always got picked on by Joanna, the head cheerleader. Marni then grows up and gets successful, and then finds out Joanna is marrying her older brother.

Marni doesn’t stand up for herself to Joanna enough, and then when she finally does, she does it publicly and ends up humiliating her brother in the process.

What’s so ridiculous is Marni’s family ends up getting mad at Marni even though Joanna is the terrible one. Oh and Joanna’s aunt and Marni’s mom were enemies in high school too. It was a silly side story that didn’t really add to the movie much.

The ending was just terrible. We’re supposed to feel sorry for Joanna that Marni’s brother called off the wedding after he found out what a horrible person she was? We’re supposed to pity her? Really?! And then they just apologize to each other and then it’s just all ok? And now they have to be sisters in law? SERIOUSLY?! What a dumb movie.

Don’t watch this movie. Bleck.

Due Date-DVD Review

I had very low expectations for this movie. I netflixed it just because I love me some Robert Downey Jr. It’s one of those movies where the premise is crazy unbelievable but it’s entertaining enough that you overlook that fact.

Zach Galifianakis plays Ethan who is a complete weirdo/pothead/wannabe actor. Robert Downey Jr. plays Peter, a high strung architect who needs to get home from a business trip in time for the birth of his first child. He unfortunately runs into Ethan at the airport, gets his bag switched with him, and ends up on the no fly list and luggage that gets left on the plane. So Peter has no id, no money and no way to get home to his wife.

Cue Ethan to the rescue…sort of. They embark on a cross country road trip that is full of craziness and all kinds of awkward moments. Peter hands down is having absolutely the worst day of his life.

I won’t ruin the rest of it for you but I will say I was pleasantly entertained. There were a few moments that I laughed. Of course I got frustrated with parts, because you just feel like, how on earth can all of this crap happen to one poor guy? I don’t think I’d watch this movie again but it definitely wasn’t a waste of a rental.

Then She Found Me-DVD Review

I was bored at home, so I decided to pursue the Netflix instant play movies. I came across the movie, Then She Found Me, starring Helen Hunt. I was amazed I didn’t hear about this movie before. I loved this movie so much because it felt very real, in that movie sort of way.
It all starts with a schoolteacher named April, a woman who seems to have the very worst of luck. Her husband leaves her, about 10 seconds after sleeping with her one last time. She tells someone, “At least it can’t get any worse than this” and the next day her adopted mother passes away. The poor woman is on the verge of a breakdown, when she’s contacted by a man with a letter asking her if she’d like to know who her birth mother is.
The birth mother is a famous talk show host, played by the adorable Bette Midler. She is very intense, and seems very self absorbed. She seems like the kind of woman who would only drink out of logo water bottles, or only eat green m&ms. In short, she’s high maintenance. But she’s also sweet, and genuinely wants to get to know the daughter she gave up.
During all these crazy, life altering changes, April meets Frank, played by Colin Firth (who I adore!). He is a single dad, whose son is in April’s class. He’s frazzled, and doing his best to raise his kids alone. April and Frank are instantly connected, and it seems to overwhelm her, especially since it’s so soon after her husband leaves her.
Also, mixed in with all the drama, April is obsessed with having a baby. She’s 40, and hasn’t been able to get pregnant. She’s very stubbornly against adoption, which is ironic since she herself was adopted. I won’t give away anything else because I think it would ruin the movie. It’s a great watch, with very real moments, some sad, some happy. Of course it wouldn’t be a movie I loved if the ending didn’t leave you with the warm fuzzies, so never fear, the sad parts don’t stick.
I’ve always been a big Helen Hunt fan, and I read that she actually directed this movie too. I hope she makes others, because I really loved this film.
Here’s a little trailer, which actually says more than my brief review even did.