Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Girl in Progress


Ansiedad (Cierra Ramirez) is going through her typical teenage rebellious phase. She's not taking her school assignments seriously and gets sent to the Principal's office on a daily bases, and she barely gets along with her mother. But at the same time...how could anyone get along with her mother? From the outside, Ansiedad's mom Grace (Eva Mendes) works hard to make ends meet. She works as a waitress at a local seafood restaurant to support herself and her daughter, and then at night she likes to let loose and go out with her boyfriend. Well, her current boyfriend. Grace had a bad track record of dating loser guys and then when they break up she packs up herself and Ansiedad and they move to a different city. But Ansiedad's problems with her mom don't end there.

I guess you could say things between Ansiedad and her mom are a bit strained...

While Grace goes out on the town after work with her current boyfriend - a married Gynecologist - Ansiedad is told given a huge list of chores she needs to take care of at home. Laundry, dishes, cleaning the bathrooms...and on top of that Ansiedad usually ends her night drinking a cup of weak coffee that she dips rolls into. Ansiedad feels trapped in this endless cycle of having to bend to her mother's every whim simply because she's a kid. If only there was some way she could speed up the process...And that's when a very fortuitous English assignment lands in her lap.

There's got to be some way Ansiedad can escape from her mother!

Ansiedad's English teacher wants her class to analyze and study the Coming of Age aspect in many books and movies that they enjoy. She wants them to look over the different parts that make up this time in every young person's life, this time that helps them transition from child to adult. And that gets Ansiedad to thinking...why can't she speed up the process so she can finally be free of her mother? So she does. After some serious studying, Ansiedad maps out the journey from childhood to adulthood and begins to formulate her plan. Enlisting the help of her best friend Tavita (Raini Rodriguez), Ansiedad's plan comes to life. First she has to establish herself as the nerdy kid with massive potential that excels at school, extracurricular activities, and even visits her dying grandmother in the hospital. But then everything spirals out of control.

After establishing herself as the bright, promising, nerdy student who excels at chess club - it's time to get down to the nittier grittier part of her plan. She proves to Valerie Lipniki (Brenna O'Brien) that she's a worthy bad girl and can get her alcohol. It's not an easy climb but Ansiedad changes her look to slutty-bad girl, drops her best friend Tavita and has struck up a deal with the school's bad boy Trevor (Landon Liboiron) to take her virginity at the ultimate party of the school year. She is well on her way to adulthood! But there's one problem...she hates what she's doing. Ansiedad hates that she had to push away and hurt her best friend to get accepted into the bad girl club, and she hates that her mom hasn't even noticed this transition she's making. And Ansiedad DEFINITELY isn't ready to lose her virginity, especially not to some loser who she doesn't even like. But she doesn't know how to stop this crazy train to adulthood that she's on...and even if she does, will she have any friends left to come back to?

Tavita doesn't look quite ready to welcome Ansiedad back with open arms...

I watched this movie completely on accident - I was half asleep last night watching some nerdy/educational dinosaur show and when I went to select a new one I accidentally selected this movie. You can imagine how surprised I was to not hear a booming British man's voice raving about the early Triassic period ha ha! I am glad I did finally see this movie, it's very sweet and very fun! I am a sucker for coming of age movies, and I loved the literal spin on that theme in this movie. She wasn't subconsciously growing up, the teen was submitting herself to these trials to gain independence and plotting them all out. So different! And just like Because I Said So, this movie is such a sweet and realistic representation of the strains of mother-daughter relationships and how both need to find a common ground when it comes to existing with each other. This is a sweet chick flick that will warm any woman's heart.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire


I originally read the first Hunger Games book a couple years ago but for the life of me, I can't remember why I didn't read the remaining 3 books. After I saw the first movie I was majorly excited! It was a brilliant representation of the book! Which could only mean that the second movie would get even better! Well Catching Fire came and left the theaters...and then it was available on DVD...and I still wasn't compelled to get my butt in gear. But I found the motivation, I tore through the first and second book like a mad bookworm - something I haven't done since high school but felt oh so good! - and here I sit satisfied with Catching Fire and reading my way through Mockingjay, which is being made into 2 movies and the first will be out this winter. I am finally prepared!

Can't lie, as much as I love watching movies it feels really good to sink
my teeth into a good book series again :)

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) have done the impossible. They not only survived the 74th Hunger Games hosted by the Capitol of Panem, but they did it together - a first in the history of the Games! But it's been months since the Games ended and Katniss and Peeta are still struggling to live with the memories of the things that happened in the arena. Peeta continues to deal in his family trade, baking, while Katniss returns to the woods with her best friend Gale (Liam Hemsworth) but her friendship with Gale isn't what it used to be. Peeta and Katniss pretended to be two star-crossed lovers while on camera for the games so that the chances of their sponsors sending them food and medicine, things to help them survive, would be greater. And it worked! Which is how the two of them were able to survive the arena together. But Gale was too convinced by Katniss' charade. 

Life couldn't return back to normal even if Katniss 
wasn't "in love"with Peeta

While preparing for their victory tour where they are to travel to each of the 11 other districts of Panem and the Capitol, Katniss receives an unexpected visitor: President Snow (Donald Sutherland), the ruler of the entire nation! But this isn't a kindly congratulatory visit - Snow is on to her and Peeta's charade. When Katniss had tricked the Capitol into thinking that she and Peeta would commit suicide if they couldn't win the Hunger Games together, she caused an uproar. Not only did Snow not feel convinced of Katniss' love for Peeta, the entire nation saw her little trick as a symbol of defiance against the Capitol. So Snow warns Katniss...while on this tour she is supposed to convince him and everyone in Panem that her love for Peeta is legitimate and that she is grateful to the Capitol for everything that has been given to her before and after the Games. If she can't, he'll have her mother and little sister Prim (Willow Shields) murdered. And with that he leaves. 

Katniss warns her mentor Haymitch (Woody Harrelson) and Peeta about President Snow's ultimatum so they decide that their best move is to do everything the Capitol would want them to do. They read speeches from their note cards when presented to each district, they act like they're in love and are always at each other's sides. But when the final stop on the tour comes to the Capitol President Snow shakes his head. It's not enough. Katniss has failed. But more than just not convince the President, Katniss is now being seen in all the Districts as their leader for the rebellion! The people outside of the Capitol are unwilling to live like slaves and face starvation and having their children murdered in an arena every year - they won't do it! With a full out war on the verge of breaking out, the President makes his final move that could squander Katniss' image as the rebellion leader forever. 

President Snow will do everything he can to stop this Girl on Fire

Every 25 years, aside from the Hunger Games the Capitol also hosts what is called a Quarter Quell which is essentially just a miniature version of the Games but there's some kind of twist to it. And this year the twist is a real shocker. The tributes that will be participating in this year's Quell will be drawn from the existing pool of Hunger Games' victors. So those who have survived the Hunger Games and went back home to their districts to try to live out their lives peacefully are now being thrown back to the slaughter once more. And because there are only 3 victors in District 12 - Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch - Katniss is destined to go back no matter what. The tributes are chosen, Katniss and Peeta are going back into the arena, and the tributes are shuttled to the Capitol to be primped and trained for the Quell. The chances of Peeta and Katniss surviving this Quell are so slim, but Katniss vows that no matter what she does she will keep Peeta alive. But while in the arena, the biggest twist ever sends the whole event crashing to the ground and lights the spark of the rebellion...

What happens in the arena doesn't always stay behind in the arena...

WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! If the first Hunger Games movie was great, Catching Fire is even BETTER!! While I feel like this post was super painfully vague, it's truly a story that you have to experience for yourself. And Jennifer Lawrence totally blew me away - her ability to be stone cold and sly, but then shift to terrified and tortured is amazing! I had to watch this movie a couple times because the action and suspense is so intoxicating - it's hard to believe that this movie is 2 and a half hours long because it flies by so fast! If you still have yet to read the books, I highly recommend doing so but the movies stick very close to the story so you're honestly safe choosing either. Now I just have to wait for Mockingjay to come out...come on Winter!!

SUCH A KILLER MOVIE!!!! Can't wait to see how Mockingjay plays out!

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Expendables 2


I was super, majorly, hyper-excited when I saw the first Expendables movie! I loved seeing all these veteran action stars coming together and pulling off a super cool movie with all the great aspects of late 80's/early 90's action movies. Excellent violence and stunts, weapons and explosions everywhere, and catchy one-liners that are only cool coming from a guy whose biceps are bigger than his own head. Fantastic movie! This past weekend I thought about binging the second Expendables movie so I could rush to the theater and see the third one...but I got blind-sided by my excitement over Hercules. Which didn't end well. And I have learned my lesson. I should never have put off watching this movie.

So much love, so much happiness, SO MUCH EXCITEMENT!!

After saving a Chinese billionaire from the hands of some bad guys based in Nepal, the boys are back in the states and on the prowl for their next assignment. Nothing much has changed aside from Christmas (Jason Statham) getting engaged to the crazy bitch who cheated on him the last time he went away on a mission. Yang (Jet Li) went with the rescued Chinese billionaire to make sure he returned home safely, and to also enjoy some leisure time himself. But all this relaxing for the rest of the troupe won't last for long when the head of the operation - Ross (Sylvester Stallone) - is approached by his old pal Mr. Church (Bruce Willis) who has a new assignment for the mercenaries.

An Expendable's work is never done!

Mr. Church doesn't plan on giving Ross a lot of details but figures that the $5 million debt that Ross owes him can be wiped clean if he accepts this new job. Ross and his crew need to track down a safe that has an indispensably precious item locked inside of it, Church doesn't say what the item is but makes it clear that he needs it and that it's not supposed to fall into the wrong hands. Oh, and Church adds in that Ross' crew will also bring along lady safe-cracker Chang (Nan Yu) who will help them get safely inside the safe that changes combinations every few minutes and by entering the wrong combination could turn the whole thing into a ticking bomb. Ross isn't too excited about having a woman aboard his crew but with no choice and a debt to pay, he accepts. And with that he rounds up his men.

Setting out on this mission Ross is accompanied by all his faithful soldiers: Christmas, Caesar (Terry Crews), Toll Road (Randy Couture), and Gunner (Dolph Lundgren). But this trip they're also bringing along a new addition to their gang: a young sniper they call Billy the Kid (Liam Hemsworth). At first everything goes off without a hitch. The safe is located, and Chang is able to crack it without a problem...but then they are descended on by Vilain. Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and his cronies are also after the item in the safe, and promise not to kill Billy the Kid - whom they've caught - in exchange for it. But Vilain lies and kills poor young Billy the second that the item is handed over. To Ross, this mission is no longer about clearing his debt with Church. Now he needs to avenge young Billy's death...but once he finds out what this secret item is he realizes that vengeance and retrieval will both be of utmost priority. This item that Vilain wants so bad? Is a computer chip that contains a print that shows the location of a hidden mine in Soviet Russia filled with millions of dollars in nuclear weapons! Yeah, definitely need to get that back pronto. And that's what Ross and his men vow to do - or they'll die trying!

Plunked down in the middle of Soviet Russia chasing a madman? Let's do it!

I am always skeptical of sequels, they never stand up to the majesty of the movie they precede. THE EXPENDABLES 2 IS AN EXCEPTION TO THAT RULE!!! The plot in this movie is much more sound, the action is bigger, the cast is stronger, the one-liners SLAY, this movie sinks it's teeth into you and doesn't let go! Plus there are appearances from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris - more killer action stars!! This movie seriously could not have been any better if it tried! If you loved the first Expendables movie, you will love this movie even more! Hopefully this signals even greater things for Expendables 3 which is in theaters now! I think I know what I'm doing on Sunday night...

The first was great, the second was greater...could the third one be the greatest?
I don't know if my brain can handle that!!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Orca


The horrible movie that I've been going to dedicate a Trash-Tastic Thursday post to for a couple weeks is a movie called The Rage and it was painful to watch. Obviously, this Thursday I've decided to spring for something else yet again. And once again I regret nothing! I always get annoyed whenever Shark Week comes around on Discovery Channel because I DON'T HAVE DISCOVERY CHANNEL!! I want to watch sharks eat things and look menacing as much as everybody else in the world! And yes, I could settle for watching shark movies like Deep Blue SeaShark Night, and the always classic Jaws - but those are nothing new and exciting. Netflix did try to help this year by adding a bunch of shark movies to their instantly streaming audience...but they're either movies like Open Water or Mega Shark vs Crocosaurus and those don't make me happy either. But while scrolling through my movie options today I found this. And I am happy.

In the great wild North of Alaska, we are introduced to the Irish Captain Nolan (Richard Harris). Captain Nolan loves the sea and the bounty it offers, he loves the thrill of hunting the enormous creatures that live just below the waves and that is why when we're first meeting him we find the Captain at sea hunting down a Great White Shark. Capturing a shark can bring in a lot of money, but when the shark in his sights get ripped to shreds by an even larger killer Nolan decides he needs to focus on a different target: the killer whale. Nolan learns from marine biologist and whale expert Dr. Rachel Bedford (Charlotte Rampling) that these whales are larger and more menacing killers, but also extremely intelligent creatures. Which doesn't stop the captain from setting his mind on snagging one of these beasts for his next pay day.

Bigger fish equals bigger pay day!

Originally planning on harpooning a large male orca, Captain Nolan accidentally overshoots his throw and ends up spearing the female orca who flies into a suicidal rage and swims into the large propellers of the fishing boat. With no way of saving the whale, the crew hoists her out of the water only to discover that the whale was pregnant...and seeing the female miscarry her calf sends the male orca into a vengeful rage. Even after Nolan cuts the dead female free from his ship, the male follows Nolan's ship back to the harbor and brutally attacks the boats and docks and people. He's calling the captain out and the whale won't back off until he has his revenge.

This whale won't stop until his dead mate and baby are avenged!

I originally heard about this movie when I saw Seattle artist Nick the Hat's commissioned Orca poster he was creating - it got me curious, but I until I actually saw this movie on Netflix I didn't actively pursue this movie. But now that I've seen it, I am so pleased! This movie was super rad!! While the director Dino de Laurentiis admits that this movie was totally inspired by Jaws, it definitely has it's own special twists and I love the vengeance factor which makes the orca whale seem monstrous. Using a combination of trained whales, rubber whales, and some computer animation the action in this movie is totally seamless and I have to give props to Richard Harris who also died while filming the ending of the movie! Talk about dedication! If you're like me and love shark movies or beastly creature attack movies in general, I highly recommend this off-beat homage to the titan that started it all!

Nick the Hat does some seriously amazing work! If this poster doesn't make 
you want to check out Orca, you might want to check your pulse.

THURSDAY NIGHT IS THE BEST NIGHT TO TUNE IN TO REAL PUNK RADIO!! Home to the Thursday Night Wrecking Pit, Real Punk Radio is your Thursday night destination for the best in Psychobilly radio programming. Starting tonight at 6pm PT Gone Mental will be kicking off the evening, and then at 7pm PT Zorch Radio takes over the reigns and rides out the evening til 10pm with the best in Psychotronic rock n' roll. Make sure to tune in to the Thursday Night Wrecking Pit tonight, where I will be talking about my experience with the original Orca during the Trash-Tastic Minute on Zorch Radio. So make sure to tune in to Real Punk Radio tonight!

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Road to El Dorado


In 1519 Spain, we meet Tulio and Miguel. Wanted for cheating at gambling, Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branagh) have actually found themselves in a bit of a pickle - thinking they've evaded the law once again on their swindling charges, Miguel and Tulio accidentally end up as stowaways on a ship being sailed to the new world! They are caught by the captain, the infamous explorer Cortes (Jim Cummings) himself who sentences them to be flogged and dropped off in Cuba where they will work as slaves on the sugar plantations for the rest of their lives. This can't be! Tulio and Miguel are free spirits they've got to get free!

They need a plan, a brilliant plan...

With the help of Cortes' very smart war horse Altivo (apparently voiced by Frank Welker), Tulio and Miguel free themselves from the brig and steal away in the middle of the night with a rowboat but quickly run into a mountain of trouble. Miguel's kindness won't let him allow Altivo to drown in the ocean so he insists on saving the horse...who ends up crushing all the supplies in the rowboat! No food, no water, and no sense of direction the threesome drift aimlessly in the ocean battling raging storms and painfully calm seas but then the miraculous happens. Their little boat drifts ashore and they find themselves on the beach of what appears to be a tropical island! Hooray! Their chances of survival are finally taking a turn for the better! But Miquel notices some key structures on the island that could indicate an incredible find...

It's not enough that they found land, now they need to find WHAT?!

Back in Spain, Tulio and Miguel's last round of gambling the man they were rolling dice against offered up something special to bet: a parchment map that claimed to hold clues to take them to El Dorado the City of Gold. And while Miguel hadn't been able to grab some extra food or water, all through their terrors in the sea he held onto that map. And so here on that sandy beach, Miguel sees one of the first clues on the map! Could this be the land that will lead them to El Dorado? There's only one way to find out - they blaze a trail through the wild jungle in the hopes of finding all the gold they could ever hope for! And just as they're about to give up hope, they find themselves in the company of a native tribe who usher them to their village...a village made ENTIRELY OUT OF GOLD.

An entire city made out of gold...JACKPOT!

They did it! Tulio and Miguel have found El Dorado! But there's a slight issue. When the two men were discovered on the back of Altivo just outside the village, the guards mistook them to be Gods! And so do the rest of the people in the village including the high priest Tzekel-Kan (Armand Assante) and the Chief (Edward James Olmos) of El Dorado. Well, this isn't too bad - just pretend to be gods until they've got all the gold they want and then leave! But it's not going to be so easy - Miguel wants to explore the city and be amongst its people while Tulio just wants to hold up the barest amount of illusion possible before leaving. But this difference between these two best friends could drive them apart...which is a terrible thing because they need to have their guard up in order to keep the overly creepy Tzekel-Kan off their backs!

This was my first introduction to children's movies with a twist of adult humor, and as a kid I was completely oblivious - now that I'm older though...WOW! So much inappropriateness! I'm pretty glad I didn't watch this with my parents or else this VHS would have disappeared right along with my copy of Thir13en Ghosts and Little Nicky. Despite the dirty jokes though, this movie is so much fun! Bright animation and fun characters, a slight bit of a history lesson, and catchy music - all the things I look for in a children's movie! If you haven't seen this movie in a few years, I recommend revisiting it or checking it out for the first time! Parents beware, a pre-screening would be a good idea before unleashing this one on your kids!

Totally love this movie!! And now I'm probably going to wind up on another
nostalgia bender!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Hercules


I have been overly excited about this  movie ever since my sister-in-law texted me pictures of Dwayne Johnson all muscular and warrior-like from an article in People Magazine - WOW!! The Rock playing Hercules, could anything be more perfect!? I love overly manly movies about muscular warriors taking down impossible adversaries out of sheer might - I think that's my Norwegian viking side coming out - and wanted this movie to be added to that genre. But it wasn't what I wanted it to be. And worse still, it wasn't that good. 

We all know the legend of the fabled Hercules, the baby born half human and half god with indescribable strength. The legend says that Hercules was hated by the goddess Hera, the wife to Zeus who was said to be the father of Hercules, and she ordered him to complete 12 trials In order to keep his life, Hera gave Hercules a series of 12 deadly tasks - or labours - to complete and she would stop trying to kill him. And he did them! He slayed many great beasts such as the Nemean Lion whose hide was so thick that no weapon could penetrate it, and the deadly nine-headed Lernaean Hydra who regrew two more heads when one was cut off! Hercules defeated them all and lived his days out among men...that is what the legend tells us. But in reality, the real Hercules is no legend. 

These tales aren't telling the whole truth...

While a huge brute of a man with impossibly impressive super-human strength, the real Hercules (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) is no demi-god. Hercules is really just an ordinary mortal man blessed with extraordinary strength. And those legendary labours of his? Well he did conquer these beasts and travel the lands fighting barbarian tribes that some would only think exist in stories - but he didn't conquer these tasks on his own. Over his years of travel, the mighty Hercules has collected himself a faithful band of warriors who faithfully fight at his side. His companions include Autolycus (Rufus Sewell) the knife thrower, Atalanta (Ingrid Bolso Berdal) the Amazonian archer, Amphiaraus (Ian McShane) the prophet, Tydeus (Aksel Hennie) the feral Spartan warrior, and Hercules' own nephew Iolaus (Reese Ritchie) the storyteller. 

Hercules was never alone in his adventures, someone always had his back.

Together, Hercules and all his companions travel all across early Greece and hire themselves out as mercenaries. They have beaten back hordes of unwanted bandits, scare away armies and attempted battles - all in the hopes that someday they will be able to take the gold they have all earned and retire somewhere to live like kings. And then comes a summons from Lord Cotys (John Hurt - yes, that is Chancellor Sutler from V For Vendetta) who is in desperate need of their help. A man by the name of Rheseus (Tobias Santelmann) has been destroying the villages of Thrace and murdering its people with the help of his armies of demon warriors and Centaurs - yes, the half man-half horse creature - all in the hopes of overthrowing Lord Cotys and becoming ruler of the land. Lord Cotys begs for Hercules and his companions to help train his warriors to be fit enough to fit off Rheseus' advances and protect the city. And Hercules does accept...but he's going to end up doing far more than transforming farmers into soldiers...

Yes, he's readying the soldiers for battle. But which battle will they be fighting?

I was bitterly disappointed in this movie - I hadn't seen any trailers or done much research on the movie so I had assumed that it was going to be a real-life version of the legend of Hercules! But instead I was met with a revamped story that is apparently based off of a comic book that didn't end up holding my interest very much. The movie became confusing with all the complicated names of characters, and how many characters there were to keep track of. I wasn't treated to an onslaught of feats of strength that I wanted to see - yes, there are some cool moments when Dwayne Johnson topples enormous marble structures but I wanted much more than what I was given. Plus, after doing some reading afterwards I found that Hercules was a demi-god in this movie but he gave up his immortality because he didn't finish his 12 labours - this honestly didn't come across to me at all, from what I can recall everyone acts as though Hercules is just super freaky strong and not the son of Zeus.

This movie was alright, it does have some good action and I love the cast - we're even treated to an appearance by Joseph Fiennes whom I love! - but there aren't enough good points that would make me recommend this movie to anyone. I wanted something colossal and powerful like 300! And instead was met with a sub-par movie. The biggest highlight for me? Seeing a preview for a pretty cool Prince of Egypt-esque movie directed by Ridley Scott and starring Christian Bale that'll be due out soon. Overall, Hercules was pretty much a bust. I'd rather watch the Disney version.

I love staring at enormous biceps as much as the next lady! But sadly, 
The Rock's weren't big enough to carry this movie. Sorry dude.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Because I Said So


I've been hardcore binging on action movies lately, in case you couldn't tell. I just haven't been able to get enough weaponry, biceps, and violence into my system! But I need to take a short break, I'm scared I'm going to start growing chest hair ha ha!! So here I am jumping over to the total opposite of the spectrum: chick flicks! This is a movie I actually thought I blogged about long ago, but I was wrong! I guess after watching it for the first 800 times I just assumed I had gotten around to it. This is something that is actually very dear to my heart because of Diane Keaton. I am continuously fascinated by her zaniness and her solid sense of self, she's amazing! And her signature neurotic style adds brilliant elements to this whole movie.

It started with her movies, now I'm reading her books and hoarding 
magazine articles on Diane Keaton - I can't get enough of her!

Daphne Wilder (Diane Keaton) is extremely proud of and close to her three daughters who are all incredibly different. Her oldest daughters Maggie (Lauren Graham) and Mae (Piper Perabo) both went on to grow up, pursue careers they loved, and get happily married to their Prince Charmings. But then there's Milly (Mandy Moore). It's not that Milly didn't grow up and find a job she loved - she did, she followed in her mother's footsteps and started her own catering company! But Milly hasn't done so well in the relationship department. She's nearing her 30s and Milly keeps landing these loser boyfriends who end up breaking her heart, Daphne can't stand to just watch as her daughter keeps losing at love over and over again. So she decides to take matters into her own hands.

Three daughters who need help running their lives...what's a mother to do?

After yet another failed relationship for Milly, Daphne decides to find the perfect man FOR Milly! She places a lengthy ad online stating that she is looking a man for her daughter and will be conducting interviews at a local restaurant. And oh boy, do the weirdos start coming out of the woodwork! Nothing seems right for Milly - Daphne is meeting with ugly guys, creepy guys, guys looking to just get married because this is their last shot...nothing works! Until Jason comes along. Jason (Tom Everett Scott) is a handsome young architect who has been so focused on his blossoming career that he never took the time to develop his love life. Jason makes great money, is well-traveled, and totally gorgeous - an overall win! And now she has to arrange for him and Milly to meet...

"Oh look at that handsome man over there! Date him!"

Daphne slips Jason one of Milly's business cards and he ends up hiring her to cater the opening of his latest building project. Jason, naturally, is mesmerized by Milly's beauty and her attention to detail and while Milly is resistant to his advances at first she becomes intrigued by this sexy man in a suit who wants to take her to dinner. Yay for Daphne! Milly is finally on her way to having a normal, stable relationship! But then something unexpected happens. At the restaurant where Daphne was conducting her interviews for Milly's future boyfriend there was a guy playing guitar named Johnny (Gabriel Macht) and watching over the whole ordeal, he can't help but get curious and he sneaks one of Milly's business cards without Daphne noticing. And he "casually" bumps into Milly outside of her place of business...and they end up going on a date!

Is there such a thing as two Mr. Right's?

Daphne's happiness doesn't last for long once she finds out that Milly is also dating Johnny. As far as she's concerned, Johnny is just going to be another silly man to break Milly's heart and that isn't what she needs. Daphne does everything in her power to dissuade Milly from seeing Johnny again, but Milly finds that she just can't choose between Jason and Johnny. Jason is sophisticated and handsome and fancy, while Johnny is down to earth and spontaneous and urban - how can she choose? And why should she choose? So she dates both of them! But Milly knows she is going to get to the point where she'll have to decide between the two...and until then she has to keep them both a secret from each other. But the mounting pressure of dating two amazing guys and also having to deal with her overbearing mother might just prove too much and Milly could end up losing everything she's worked for with both of these guys. Sometimes mother doesn't always know best.

Back off Daphne...you're over stepping your boundaries!

This movie is a fun homage to the zaniness of mother-daughter relationships, especially overbearing mother-daughter relationships! You feel for Milly because she's just trying to live her life and muddle through things on her own, while Daphne hates sitting by and not doing anything to help her. And I think Diane Keaton was so perfect for this role! I love this movie so much, and while it does have some moments where the comedy is a little over the top and Diane Keaton is a bit too crazy everything pulls together magically and you end up rooting for everyones happiness and sanity. I highly recommend this for mothers, daughters, women of all kinds - pretty much a great movie to add to the list of your chick flick night.

Why is it so great? Because I said so! Sorry, I couldn't resist!