The Reviews Are In! The Edge of Seventeen, Cake & Workin’ Moms

If this shitty weather doesn’t make you want to stay in and watch movies – you’re probably a ski type person or a tinker bell, chronically happy type person.  Uck.

Wal-Mart has a new feature with their movies – it’s called Wal-mart Select.  It’s a little black & white sticker in the upper right hand corner of obscure movies that Wal-Mart has picked that they think (I assume) are diamonds in the rough.

The first movie that I watched was called “The Edge Of Seventeen”.  It stars Hailee Seinfeld – Pitch Perfect 2, Oscar winning performance True Grit) as an awkward teenager with 2 friends… her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardardson – recently in the move Split) and her teacher (Woody Harrelson – no introduction needed).  Nadine is already awkward, but she feels completely alone and hopeless when one morning she finds her best friend in bed with her hated, older brother Darian (Blake Jenner – Glee…yummy!)

This movie is very much Juno-like (I loved Juno) except Nadine doesn’t get pregnant, oh I hope I didn’t give too much away there….  Nadine doesn’t fit in with the crowd.  Her conversations with her “doesn’t-really-give-a-shit” teacher are very funny.  Then she meets a new boy and he is very much like Paulie Bleeker in Juno, who was Awesome-sauce!!  He is too cute.  This movie is just very good.  Great writing and good acting.  Feel good movie and is a great teenager movie.  I give it a 7 out of 10 and I will be VERY critical of movies, so 7 is good!

Another movie that I have had for a very long time and that I just got around to watching is called Cake.  Strangely enough, I now see it in the $5 bin at Wal-Mart, which really pisses me off because I had to order it from e-bay.  FML.  Anyway – it stars Jennifer Aniston  who is battling an addiction from pain killers, stemming from her back pain resulting from a car accident.  The back cover says that it is darkly funny but I disagree – it is just dark, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  It also stars a not-so-damaged, but still gritty Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash of the Titans) who she forces into her life and her extremely loyal housekeeper Adriana Barraza (She was apparently in Thor, but I didn’t recognize her. I love IMDB!).  Anna Kendrick, Felicity Huffman & William H. Macy (did you know they’re married?  Felicity & William – not all 3) had bit parts, Anna’s a bigger part, but still all good.

Claire is very bitter…that’s an understatement, she’s a rank bitch.  She used to be a lawyer, but now she just lives day to day in a fog of pain killers and wine.  She has a support group but they kick her out.  One of the people in her support group committed suicide and now her spirit or her drugged up hallucination of her is showing up to bitch at her so she feels she needs to figure out what the hell is up with this ghost.

If you’re looking for a feel good movie, this is not it.  This is a very good movie but it is very dark.  I feel like Jennifer Aniston always plays the same type of character and this is just another one of those.  I mean she’s a good actress but if she really wanted to stretch her wings than she would have been downtrodden, homeless and hooked on heroin.  I did, however, love the storyline.  There were a couple of funny moments but not enough to call it a comedy – it’s definitely a drama.  My favourite character had to have been Felicity Huffman’s and Adriana Barraza gave a very good performance as well.  I would give it a 6.5.

I watched the season finale (I know, stupid episode to watch) of Workin’ Moms.  The reason why I watched it was because the commercial looked funny (it was a woman in bed and her alarm went off, so she – exhausted – turned it off and went back to sleep and then another alarm on the other side of her bed went off so she woke up, all disheveled, to turn that one off as well, only to go back to sleep again).  I will never watch another episode.  It was not funny, although it had some great opportunities to be funny – it totally missed the mark.  I don’t know if I just misinterpreted the commercial or what, but the show was not funny and it totally pissed me off.

So this woman was the bread winner in the family (I assume) and the dad was staying at home.  She was away working, had been working hard on this presentation. Oh wait, before that – they skyped in the morning and the baby (who looked about 8 months old) had a bum rash that the dad was freaking out about.  She told him to ask (and then she listed about 3 women) to come over and he said he already asked them and they were busy.  Then she told him what to do.  Ummm, ever heard of the internet?  So she was in the middle of this presentation and she gets a phone call.  Her idiot husband calls her from the hospital because he had taken the baby there and he had tests done.  Ummmm, what?  Tests were done?  You didn’t have the test results?  What the fuck was Mommy supposed to do from there?   You couldn’t have waiting until you got the results back?

Sure as fuck if the roles were reversed Mommy would have waited until she got the results back and you had a game plan in place because guess what?  You’re in a fucking hospital!  You’re in the best place you could possibly be for the baby!!  What’s daddy going to do to help?  And you know what?  Another fucking 15 minutes, half an hour, hour isn’t going to make a difference!  But no, this ridiculous show has the dad call in the middle of the presentation because the baby had tests done and say the baby has measles…..maybe!  Maybe? Maybe?!?! Making Mommy feel guilty, leaves the presentation and flies home to be with ‘stupid-as-stethoscope dad’ to crawl in the crib with baby.  WTF?  I’ll give it a 2 out of 10 because there was a funny moment with one of the moms.

Next Reviews – Chewing Gum, Crazy Heads (both Netflix sitcoms), another Wal-Mart Select and those heatless, colourful, painless, curlers everyone is seeing on Facebook