Movie Review – Crazy, Stupid, Love.

It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos. This week’s movie review is for Crazy, Stupid, Love. I’m expecting a heartwarming movie about, well, what else? Crazy, stupid, heartwarming, ooey gooey love. I had planned to see the raunchy comedy, 30 Minutes or Less, since today was it’s opening day. I admit, I love funny, raunchy comedy. They’re a guilty pleasure, and I love to laugh. But then my daughter decided to come with me. She’s almost 17, and I was happy to spend the afternoon with her. This was the movie she wanted to see.

The Review: I fully expected this movie to be good. I mean, Ryan Gosling, woah, what happened to him? Like he was great in The Notebook, but I loved seeing him in a role like this. He was funny, and hot. A great combination. He and Marisa Tomei totally stole the movie. The movie, for me, took awhile to get going.

In the beginning, two people are going to get a divorce. It’s devastating. I hate to see love fail, sorry, I’m a romantic. But having them apart, seemed a little too real, you know? It didn’t make me laugh. I kept thinking when is this movie going to get good? When are they going to get back together? The movie was cute, in that it shows love through the eyes of three men. A married man, going through a divorce, a younger man, who is happy sleeping with a different woman every night, and through the eyes of a thirteen year old boy, who thinks he’s found his soul mate in his seventeen year old babysitter. The boy has big time crush.

I’m sitting there thinking, okay, when is Ryan gonna take his shirt off? Because I thought it was the only thing that might save the movie for me. And it certainly helped. How could it not?

 

But then something happened, I won’t tell you, because it would spoil the fun, but there was one mad cap scene that turned the whole movie around. It was one of those plot twists that was so completely unexpected, you couldn’t help but roar with laughter. The movie redeemed itself completely. I want to watch it again. And maybe again.

 

The Verdict:  At the beginning of the movie, I really thought it was shaping up to be a Bad Date. I wanted to say, he’s not my type, but hey, I have a friend that might be perfect for you. I felt for the characters getting a divorce, and I couldn’t help but think, could this happen to me? I guess you know when a movie makes you feel something so deeply, it’s good, right? We’ve all had bad first dates, but there was something about this guy that made me want to give him another chance. See if maybe he was just nervous, or trying too hard to impress. So I gave him the second date, and boy was it worth it. He was cute, and funny, and romantic. He made me laugh and swoon, and then he did something so adorable, it almost made me cry. So I think I want to see him again. I’m definitely Stalking Him, hoping that he will call.

I should also point out that my daughter loved this movie. Granted, she’s still at that romantic lovey dovey age, and didn’t take the divorce as personally as I did. She flitted happily through the first date, enjoyed the second date, and is seeing him again. She’s not sure if it’s true love, but it’s looking good. She ranked it halfway between Stalking Him and Happily Ever After.

Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:

One Star = Walk of shame.  I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me.                Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls.              Three Stars = Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted.                                                                          Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me.                                                                                                                                Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.

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Is True Love Really A Crap Shoot?

So here’s a big question for you. How do you tell the difference between LOVE and TRUE LOVE?

I can hear the crickets chirping in the background. I know no one is going to raise their hand and answer this question quickly. It’s a hard question. We’ve all been in love before, probably many times. But what is the difference between just loving someone and wanting to be with that person forever? How do you decide to marry someone? How do you know? Is it love or true love, like the fairytale, forever kind?

I’m working on writing a new series and that question comes up in the book. A young girl asks her grandfather for advice. She asks the question, “What is the difference between love and true love?” She’s in love. She need to know!

As the author, I have to answer this question for Grandpa. What would a Grandpa say? What would we say to our own daughters when they ask this question?

So I asked my husband this question as we’re driving back from a romance filled trip to drop off my car for servicing. Ha! Anyway, I said, “How do you know if it’s love or true love? Like how did you know you wanted to marry me?”

Seriously, you would have thought that I asked him how the universe was formed. He looked at me blankly, but I could see the wheels turning inside his head, and his brain was screaming at him to proceed with caution.  This is one of those questions that a man has to answer very carefully. Over the years, I’ve asked him a lot of questions like this. Do you think Megan Fox is prettier than me? Would you really want to sleep with a Victoria’s Secret model? Do you like my new hairstyle? Do these jeans make my butt look big? Is my butt getting too big? He always answers these questions carefully, and now that I think about it, he tends to be a bit vague. I’m an extroverted thinker. I talk through problems. I will talk and talk and talk and finally get to my actual answer. He is the opposite. He thinks it all out in his head, then when he speaks, you know he’s thought it through.

So do you wanna know his brilliant, well thought out answer?

“It’s a crap shoot.”

Now I’m not at all a detail person, but I needed a few more details here and told him he may want to explain that a little further. He basically related our amazing love to gambling. He felt like he knew I was the right girl for him, placed his bet on my number, and then rolled the dice. As in he married me. And basically, he got lucky.

So I’m back to writing. Grandpa tells her that true love leaves a mark, usually with a frying pan. Which is totally something my Grandpa would have said to tease Grandma. When she questions him further, he says, “True love is a crap shoot, sometimes you get lucky and hit the jackpot, sometimes you’re left wallowing drunk and broke.” Yeah, so when I say my amazing husband inspires my writing, this is what I’m talking about. Nothing like a little real life to balance out my happy fantasy world.

I also should mention that our 25th anniversary is only a few short years away. I’ve been hinting since day one that it’d be really cool to renew our vows. Hubby has always been opposed to this idea, and I now realize why. He rolled lucky the first time and is afraid to roll the dice again. If we get married again, we might jinx the whole thing! So I’ve decided he might be right. Plus, I’ve learned the art of compromise over the years. I will pretend to be sad I’m not getting my way, then he will feel guilty about not wanting to marry me again and take me on a second honeymoon instead. Which really if I think about it, is what I want more than the vows anyways.

Joan Crawford once said, “Love is a fire, but whether it’s going to warm your heart or burn down your house, you can never tell.”

Does that mean we never really know? We just think we know? What is your experience? Tell us about your true love. Did you recognize it when you had it? Did you let true love get away, or did you roll the dice and marry it?

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Movie Review- The Change Up

It’s movie review day here at Glitter, Bliss and Perfect Chaos. This week’s movie review is for The Change Up. Which is a really great choice to start out Freaky Friday film reviews, as the premise is basically the same as Freaky Friday. Two people make a wish and switch bodies, so they can live the other person’s life. The fact that one of these bodies is hottie Ryan Reynolds and the other, funnyman, Jason Bateman, should make it entertaining!!

Really, this is the real reason I chose to see this movie over Planet of the Apes. Yes, little Van Wilder has grown up very nicely.

 

The Review: I fully expected this movie to be a great hookup. I knew we were going to have a fun, crazy night. And that’s exactly what I got, with a few surprises. I thought it would be one of those get drunk and do things we regret later nights, but that’s not all it was. As with switching body movies, the character’s goal is to realize that they want their life back, so parts of the movie was more touching than I expected. It was heartwarming, raunchy, and true, all at the same time. Leslie Mann, who plays the wife of Jason Bateman, brought a sweetness to the movie. Yet, the third word spoken in the movie was f*ck, so the audience and I laughed out loud quite a few times. My biggest dissapointment was that Ryan’s shirt was on for the majority of the movie.

The Verdict: This movie was definitely a Hookup. We had fun while it lasted, I think I’d like to see him again, but I’m pretty sure I won’t be taking him home to meet the family anytime soon.

Just a reminder of how we rank movies here at Glitter, Bliss, and Perfect Chaos:

One Star = Walk of shame.  I was in last night’s dress, carrying my shoes as I rushed off. I can’t believe I wasted my time on him and pray no one I know sees me.                     Two Stars = Bad date. He didn’t really do anything wrong, we just didn’t have any chemistry. Maybe he just wasn’t my type. I probably won’t answer if he calls.                Three Stars = Hookup. We had a great night together. Don’t know if it will be more than that, but it was sure fun while it lasted.                                                                             Four Stars = Stalking him. What a night! We danced, we kissed. Now if I could just get him to call me.                                                                                                                                   Five Stars = Happily ever after. I love him! I want to marry him, have his babies, and live happily ever after.

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