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January 23 2007 @ 04:49 pm
Failure to Launch & The Holiday: Two Movies in Review  

Failure to Launch

I have absolutely no idea if this movie did well or not. After Netflixing it, I let it sit around for nearly a month before popping it into the DVD player. My reasoning was, while it originally sounded promising, the prospect of watching 96 minutes of Sarah Jessica Parker didn’t seem all that appealing. I also can’t say I’m a big fan of Matthew McConaughey.

 

It wasn’t until I reminded myself that Netflix is only worth it if you get more than two movies in the month. So I popped it in.

 

Failure to Launch is about Tripp (McConaughey) a 30 something man who still lives with his parents played by Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw. Tripp’s parents love him but they want him out so they hire Paula (Parker) to date Tripp and eventually give him enough confidence to move out.

 

One problem. Tripp doesn’t have a problem with his confidence. He knows he’s good looking, he knows he’s something of a catch and Paula can’t help but fall for him only to learn the real reason Tripp is hiding from life.

 

I was stunned. Not only was it funny but the story was worth the time. This movie was hysterical though I must admit my favorite character had to be her quirky, bird hating, roommate. If you’re looking for a light hearted comedy, go for it. It was worth it.

 

 

The Holiday

The first time I saw the preview my reaction was, “Jack Black as a leading man?” He just didn’t seem the type. Normally, I’d shy away from a movie in which he portrays anything. I’m just not a Jack Black fan and I don’t find him that funny.

 

The Holiday is about Iris and Amanda. Two woman miles apart but both alone for Christmas.

 

Amanda (Diaz) is in the business of creating trailers for movies. She’s a typical business orientated American, which means she works till all hours and has no time for a real life. Her boyfriend, played by Edward Burns, cheats on her and we discover that Amanda can’t cry.

 

Meanwhile, in England, Iris wraps up a gift for an ex-boyfriend (Rufus Sewell) who cheated on her with his current girlfriend. To Iris’s horror, her ex’s engagement is announced at their company party leaving a pinning Iris heartbroken.

 

In comes the house swap. Iris and Amanda meet via a house swap site and they exchange homes for two weeks. Now Iris lives in L.A. and Amanda lives in Surrey.

 

Almost immediately Amanda comes face to face with Iris’ adorable brother (Law) and sparks fly, while in L.A. Iris meets a composer (Black) and a friendship that is bound for more blooms.

 

Having said this, Jack Black was awesome in The Holiday. Not only was he funny, but it wasn’t over the top, once. He was extremely sweet in the movie and we got to see him stretch his acting muscles. Now, Jude Law on the other hand; well, yes the man is good looking even if I’m into more rugged men, but he is also a good actor. He was funny without trying to be and sweet when absolutely necessary. Jude’s love interest was played by Cameron Diaz. Her performance normally annoys me more than anything but her part was funny and well worthy of watching. The highlight of the movie has to be Kate Winslet. She is truly a wonderful actress and always leaves you thinking she is the character she portrays.

 

I have never in my life considered swapping my home with another person, though the idea is brilliant, and I wouldn’t because no one… let me repeat myself… no one would stay in my home. It isn’t a dump but it is far from a palace. Still it leaves me wondering what it would be like to make such an arrangement.

 
 
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Bethanie Dollar: school of rockchevellechik70 on January 24th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
I loved "Failure to Launch". The roommate was awesome and Terry Bradshaw was hilarious. I was a little wary of Sarah Jessica Parker myself (not a big fan) and I had some reservations about Bradshaw (I mean, he was a great athlete and I like him as an announcer, but I didn't know if he could pull off a big-screen role)

I think I would have liked "The Holiday" better if I hadn't spent $10 to see it. I am a HUGE Jack Black fan, and I loved his character (and who can resist Jude Law's sexiness?), but I didn't really like the movie. Kate Winslet is one of my favorite actresses and I agree with you about Diaz' performance. My problem was with the plot itself. But, then again, I'm not really a big fan of "happily ever after" type endings. I loved the sub-plot with Winslet's character and the next door neighbor, but the romance was a bit much for my realist sensibilities, I guess. :)
Jill aka Jo: Movie- Boo!sireesanwar on January 24th, 2007 11:54 pm (UTC)
$10? Eek. $7.50 here.

I loved the subplot with the next door neighbor and Iris. That was really sweet. I like romatic movies though I admit this one was extremely predictable. The humor is what got me. I laughed so much it was crazy and honestly I didn't expect Jude's character to be a father.
Bethanie Dollar: joe nicholschevellechik70 on January 27th, 2007 01:28 am (UTC)
I know, I totally expected him to be a womanizer or something. The fact that he was a widower really took me by surprise.
Jill aka Jo: BSG- Hi Honeysireesanwar on January 29th, 2007 06:00 pm (UTC)
So did I. I was rather disgusted when he was outside on the phone. Course, then when I found out the truth the little things made sense. He's get drunk when his girls were with their grandparents because he hurt. The names on the phone were his daughters but why the names came up was a mystery... still I really wanted to kiss him when you found out he wasn't some evil womanizing man... much love.