Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I have to play catch up because of the movies I watched over the holidays, so today you get a double dose of MOVIE WEEKEND.
First, I present for your consideration The Guilt Trip (2012, PG-13, Available On DVD and Netflix Screaming).
Andy (Seth Rogen) has invested all his money in his own invention. Now he has to travel around the country to various companies to try to sell his product. He stops to see his mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand), and ends up taking her along for the ride. Of course, she has to give him non-stop instructions about what to do and how to behave. Maybe this movie should be called The Nag Trip.
The Guilt Trip wasn't nearly as irritating as I thought it would be. Although it's totally predictable, that's not always a horrible thing. Sometimes I like watching a movie and knowing where it's going. I like Seth Rogen. I like Barbra Streisand. I don't know if I like them together and in these parts.
You can probably watch this with kids about 10 and older, but I have my doubts about it holding their interest – or yours.
The Guilt Trip earns The Janie Junebug Kinda Sorta Seal of Approval because I don't hate it and I don't love it. If you enjoy it, I promise I won't think you're stupid.
Next up is Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012, Rated R, Available On DVD).
Celeste (Rashida Jones) is married to her longtime best friend, Jesse (Andy Samberg), but they're separated, but Jesse lives in his artist's studio behind Celeste's house, but they spend almost all their free time together, but they don't really seem to be moving toward a divorce, but Celeste doesn't want to stay married to Jesse because when she has children she wants to be married to a man who has a job and is more stable and stuff like that. Of course, life has a way of surprising us. Jesse starts to move on. Celeste needs to accept it. Can they remain friends?
I started watching Celeste and Jesse Forever one evening and decided to go to bed after 20 minutes or so. Bored. I'm glad I didn't mail the movie right back to Netflix because I tried it again two evenings later and was surprised to discover I like this movie, I really like it. When I wasn't tired and distracted, I found the repartee between Celeste and Jesse very witty. It's not laugh out loud funny, but it's cool. The whole movie is a little bit sarcastic. I like sarcasm. I am the Mistress of Sarcasm, but I don't get into it as much as I used to because I've discovered most people can't handle it. Is that kind of like admitting I'm into S&M, but I've put away my whip because Willy Dunne Wooters doesn't care for it?
If you expect this movie to be a romantic comedy, as the title suggests, then you'll be disappointed. Yes, it's amusing, but it's also tender, poignant, and bittersweet. It's not a milk chocolate movie. It's dark chocolate. It's almost the bitter dark chocolate that you can get in Europe and I wish I had some whenever I want.
Celeste and Jesse Forever is an indie film. I tend to like indie films. Celeste and Jesse Forever earns The Janie Junebug Seal of Approval.
Kids? Oh, yeah. Kids. Maybe you can let teens 15 and older watch with you, but check it out first, dudes. It has sexual situations and some drug use and a good bit of alcohol. Maybe you don't want your kids to watch it. You need to decide on an individual basis.
Infinities of love,