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TWSM Movie Review ‘How Do You Know’

TWSM Movie Review

‘How Do You Know’

A dedicated softball player who has played most of her life, Lisa is nowhere near ready to give up on the game……until it gives up on her.

Lisa has played softball for as long as she can remember.  She is now 31 years old and still playing!  Who would have ever thought! I mean, she was on the U.S. Olympic team!  How much better do you have to be?

Time for tryouts again and Lisa finds out that this year she didn’t make the cut. In fact, she was replaced by a much younger version of herself.  How does one deal with that?

Lisa is totally stunned and sidetracked by her recent cut.

Meanwhile, George, who was set up with Lisa by a mutual friend, is equally stunned when he finds out he is being audited by the federal government for fraud!  What! And he works for his dad’s company! George is too strait laced and honest to be considered for fraud by anyone!

But let’s not digress. Before the cut, Lisa is perfectly happy living her life playing softball every day and dating her multi-million-dollar baseball boyfriend, Matty. They seem to have a lot in common, on the surface at least. It’s not until things get real that she realizes that Matty may not be who she thought he was.  Perhaps George was really a nice guy after all?  And perhaps George was a nice guy without having the ‘nice guy’ syndrome.

This movie is another “feel good” movie. It makes you laugh and believe in love again. Perfect for a pandemic. Its currently being played on Netflix and is well worth your time if you’re looking to “get away” for a couple of hours.

The cast of , How Do You Know’ ,is superb to say the least, starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Ruud, Kathryn Hahn, Owen Wilson, and Jack Nicholson.

 

~Sherri

TWSM Movie Review ‘Failure To Launch’

Failure To Launch

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is very content with his life.  He lives at home, his mom does his laundry, she cooks for him, cleans, fixes him daily snacks as well as full course meals.  The only thing about Tripp is that he is 35 years old STILL LIVING WITH HIS PARENTS! He’s not a free loader. He has a steady job making a good living. He just hasn’t moved out of his childhood home!

Tripp is sort of a player.  He dates girls just long enough for them to start liking him and then he invites them to his parents’house for dinner and dumps them.  When not “playing” women, he enjoys hanging with his two best friends Ace and Demo (Justin Bartha and Bradley Cooper) who also still live at home. They play video games, go to baseball games, play Paintball! They are living the life without the responsibility.

As much as Mom (Kathy Bates) loves taking care of her beloved son, she and her husband Al (played by Terry Bradshaw who has a nude scene in this movie – back side only) want to be empty nesters. Hence, through friends who had gone through the same thing with their son they hear of Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker). She has an incredibly unique business. Paula dates guys like Tripp, gets them to fall for her and move out of their parents’house, and then she breaks up with them.  I know, sounds pretty cruel, huh? Cruel or not they hire her and fill her in on Tripp. The three of them set up an “accidental” meeting between the two.

This accidental meeting brings them to a local recliner store where Mom and Dad are shopping for new recliners with Tripp in tow. Paula just happens to come in with coffee for the employees. Dad is quick to point her out to Tripp. He starts to wander closer to her and they literally bump into one another.They begin to chat and decide to meet the following Monday. They slowly begin to see each other. Tripp is even there for her when her dog dies. Actually, it’s not her dog but part of the process involves getting the guy to go through a tragic event with you.  Go figure.

When Tripp finds himself falling for her, he tells his friends thathe is in “unchartered waters”. They know he really likes her and don’t want to see them break up.  At the same time Paula finds herself falling for Tripp.  This wasn’t supposed to happen! Things had always run like clockwork for Paula until now! This is when the really meaty part of the movie begins, and I can’t tell you anymore, so I don’t ruin it for you. You’ll have to watch!”

I didn’t realize how long ago this movie was actually released until I started writing about it. It was released in 2006! However, the reason I wanted to write about this movie is because there are so many people today whose adult children have moved back in with them or have never left. I felt it was very fitting for the present time.

Failure to Launch is funny, has great well-known actors in it, but it at times can be silly and unbelievable in a fun sort of way. My goal is to give people an out in this all too intense world we live in today. This movie can do it for you!

This is not really a “family-friendly” film. It has some swearing, nudity, sexual references, etc. But if you have a sort of 30+ living at home, I think they can handle all of this and at the same time just might consider what it might be like outside their childhood bedroom door!

~Sherri

TWSM Movie Review ‘Just Go With It’

Just Go With It

Do you ever dream of going to Hawaii for a dream vacation? Do you ever dream of that vacation being full of romance and fun and laughs? If so, you will love the movie “Just Go With It” starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston. It’s a romcom that takes place in the beautiful setting of Maui and will make you laugh, feel good, and want a good romance in your life if you don’t already have one.

Adam Sandler plays Dr. Daniel Maccabee (Danny for short), a single renowned plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, who is trying to capture the heart of the young 6th grade teacher, Palmer (Brooklyn Decker) who is half his age. She, however, wants nothing to do with him after finding his fake wedding ring which he frequently used to pick up women. Danny finally gets her to give him a chance when he convinces her to meet his soon to be “ex”. The only problem is that he doesn’t actually have an ex, so he convinces his nurse and close friend, Kathleen (Jennifer Aniston), to pretend to be her. She reluctantly agrees to his “lie” because she is his loyal friend, but a shopping spree on Rodeo Drive in order to look the part of a doctor’s wife never hurt anybody either!

Danny and Kathleen meet the young, attractive Palmer at a swanky restaurant in Beverly Hills. and the constant back and forth between the two about everything from her supposed pill addiction to his small “package” is laugh out loud funny. It’s during this time that Kathleen accidentally lets the cat out of the bag about her kids., Palmer, thinking they are Danny’s kids as well, wants to meet them so they schedule a lunch date, this time including the kids, at a kid-type place with an indoor play area in addition to the food. While eating lunch Kathleen’s son tells Palmer that all he wants to do is to swim with the dolphins, but his dad won’t take him. It’s true. His REAL dad won’t take him, but the soft-hearted Palmer, who believes that Danny is his dad, feels so badly that she shames the excessively wealthy doctor to take his “son” to swim with the dolphins.

Kathleen is definitely not going to let Danny take her kids away on a vacation, so he begs her to join them. Fast forward a few days to LAX and the whole crew is there, ready to go to Hawaii!! At the last-minute Eddie (Nick Swardson), Danny’s cousin and one of his best friends, shows up as Kathleen’s fake boyfriend with a thick German accent and even thicker glasses, which he literally can’t see through.

The group arrives in Hawaii at a beautiful resort which has only two rooms left – The Presidential Suite and the Waldorf-Astoria Suite – both at a premium price. Since there are only two rooms available, Eddie is forced to sleep in Kathleen’s room, where she assigns the bathtub as his sleeping quarters.

Kathleen is already not happy to be living a lie for Danny to win a woman – she is keeping note cards for the two of them in order to keep the lies straight! However, she soon finds herself in the middle of another quandary when she runs into her nemesis from college, Devlin (Nicole Kidman) — someone who she names her kids poop after. She introduces Danny as her successful plastic surgeon husband. It is evident that Devlin, who seemingly has it all – beauty, money, and a husband who invented the iPod (really?) – is threatened by the beautiful life of the girl she always made fun of in college.

The story of this wild and crazy group is only just beginning at this point. The comedic antics continue throughout the movie. It won’t take long for you to be so immersed in the movie that you will be able to forget your problems for awhile and just sit back and laugh When you’re not laughing, just enjoy the beautiful setting where this movie was filmed – The Grand Wailea in Maui. If you’ve been quarantined for awhile just close your eyes and imagine that you are there. Believe me, it won’t be hard to do! Just go with it…

~Sherri

TWSM Movie Review ‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’

‘Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga’ Will Be the Hot Topic of the Summer.

At a time when virtually no new movies are coming out (thanks, global pandemic), Netflix was able to release a new original film featuring Will Ferrell and Rachel McAdams called “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”. The story centers on Lars (Ferrell) and Sigrit (McAdams), two Icelandic singers who dream of competing in Eurovision, a music competition for European countries. Lars is singularly focused on winning (and gaining his father’s approval), so much so that he barely notices Sigrit pining after him for the majority of the film. The pair make it to Eurovision through a twisted turn of events, even though many people find them to be more of a joke than a serious musical act. After arriving at Eurovision, Lars and Sigritcontinually make mistakes in their performances, but Sigrit’snatural talent catches the eye of Russian contestant, Alexander Lemtov (Dan Stevens).

The film was the talk of Twitter this week, many raving about the film’s humor and a surprisingly emotional ending. The buzz was enough to pull me in as a viewer, but I have to say, Eurovision will be a point of heated discussion in social circles this summer. The film started out slow, most jokes searching for a place to land. Ferrell’s accents and wig harken back to his performance in “Blades of Glory”, another one of his films that dons a mocking tone.

One of the reasons the film started out slow for me is it begins with Sigrit’s unrequited love for Lars, which is very confusing. Lars doesn’t have many redeeming qualities at all, except that he taught Sigrit to sing when they were children. The lead actors lack much chemistry which makes the desired romance that much more uninteresting.

The one bright spot in the film is the music. Although McAdams’ voice was blended with a real Icelandic singer, she did some of her own singing in the film and was magnificent. Many viewers will be surprised by her vocal ability. Ferrell does all of his own singing, which is mediocre.

Without giving any spoilers, many viewers will be surprised at how emotional the final act of the film really is. All in all, the humor did not land, but the musical performances kept the film interesting enough to see through to the end.

Have you seen “Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga”? If so, let me know what you thought!

Happy Streaming!

Katie

TWSM Entertainment Review ‘Bad Moms’

Bad Moms

Ever felt like you were a bad mom? Like for some reason you just can’t get anything right when it comes to parenting?

I would venture to say that somewhere around 99% of us have felt this way at one time or another. That’s why you should take the comedic antics of Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, and Kathryn Hahn and learn to laugh at yourself and motherhood and all the turmoil we allow to penetrate our lives and the way we view ourselves as moms.

The movie starts with the crazy life of Amy Miller (Mila Kunis) and her constant juggle of work, kids, her man-child husband, and life in general, and never having one minute to herself. She strives so hard for perfection which only drives her farther and farther away from it.

Amy’s life becomes more chaotic when she finds her husband having an online affair. She kicks him out of the house but realizes that she has been going at it alone all along!

Not helping matters is the snooty yet beautiful PTA President Gwendolyn (Christina Applegate) who

Seemingly has it all including control of practically everything that happens in the school. No one dares to cross Gwendolyn.

One evening after a particularly bad day at work, home, and everywhere else, Amy shows up late for one of Gwendolyn’s hours long PTA meetings and is immediately appointed chair of the upcoming bake sale due to her tardiness. She finds herself hitting a local bar afterwards just to wind down and forget about the day when she runs into Carla and Kiki. They begin to drink and complain about how hard it is to be a good mom. Suddenly Amy decides let’s just be bad moms! They all agree, high five each other, and end with one last celebratory shot.

The next morning Amy starts being her bad mom self. The day begins with her kids asking if she is going to fix them breakfast. She looks at them and calmly says No. They ask what they are going to eat. She says you’ll figure it out as she leaves the room eating cold nachos that she made when she got home the night before.

As they leave for school, she decides to take her husbands beloved red antique car. The kids say, “Won’t dad be mad?”. The now Bad Mom Amy says, “Yes, so what.” They have the wildest ride to school ever in this restricted vehicle which is what makes it even more fun. She shows up at school, hands her kids two Arby’s bags for their lunch, and tells them to have a nice day. Gwendolyn is there and asks if Amy will be at the PTA meeting that night. Amy just smiles, shakes her head and says No and waves goodbye. Gwendolyn is furious and humiliated in front of her friends.

This movie is so full of hilarious and humorous moments that most any mom could identify with. It’s silly at times but can bring a smile to most anyone’s face.

If nothing else I hope this movie can show moms that it’s impossible to be perfect and anyone who seems to be putting on a show for everyone to see. Being a “Bad Mom” does not mean you’re bad, it means you’re human.

The movie is not kid friendly due to language and sexual content. However, for adults who are parents it couldn’t be funnier.

~S

‘I Still Believe’ Is Worth Your Time

To be honest, I generally avoid Faith-based movies. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good inspirational film, but I’ve found many of the “church” movies to be cheesy and unrealistic. That being said, I was hesitant to watch “I Still Believe” when it came out in early March. I finally decided to give it a chance because I love the previous work of the two lead actors, KJ Apa (you might know him from the insane teen drama, “Riverdale”) and Britt Robertson (of “Tomorrowland” fame). Knowing that these actors would give stellar performances regardless of the story, I gave in and fired up the film the other day.

“I Still Believe” is the real-life love story of Christian singer Jeremy Camp (Apa) and his college sweetheart, Melissa (Robertson). When Camp sets out for college, he dreams of writing songs and playing guitar on stage. He meets a friend, Jean-Luc (Nathan Parsons), who is also a singer. At one of Jean-Luc’s shows, Jeremy spots Melissa in the crowd and is immediately taken with her. The pair begin to secretly date and a wonderful love story unfolds. However, the pair finds out that Melissa is severely ill. The latch on to their faith as they navigate the tough waters ahead.

“I Still Believe” managed to weave in faith, miracles, and Christianity without feeling phoned in or cheesy. Apa and Robertson are incredibly believable and share an easy yet intense chemistry. At the end of the film, the real-life Jeremy Camp enters, discussing Melissa’s story and her desire to change lives for the better, even if it is only one person that she impacts. After watching the film, it is safe to say that she succeeded.

You can stream “I Still Believe” on Hulu, or rent it on demand.

Happy Streaming!

~Katie

Netflix’s ‘Outer Banks’-The Summer Show You Need In Your Life

Have you ever wondered what might happen if you mixed “The Goonies” with “90210”? The answer is Netflix’s newest hit show, “Outer Banks” (affectionately known as OBX to the die-hard fans). The series follows the escapades of John B. (Chase Stokes) and his rowdy friends, JJ (Rudy Pankow), Kiara (Madison Bailey), and Pope (Jonathan Daviss). John B.’s father has been missing, and presumed dead, for nine months when the gang hears of another mysterious disappearance after a storm on the Outer Banks, the coastal island where they live. The island is gorgeous, but under its pristine, gleaming sunsets, nothing is as it seems.

As John B. and his friends investigate the disappearance of a man in their town, they start to find clues that the missing man may have been partnering with John B.’s dad on his life’s work: finding treasure in an old shipwreck. The trouble only escalades when rich girl Sarah Cameron (scene stealer Madelyn Cline) gets roped in as well. Thus ensues fights, boat chases, and even more shenanigans on the quest to find gold.

With only ten episodes in its first season, “Outer Banks” is a fast, riveting watch. Many people find themselves finishing the whole season in a matter of a few days. We finished it in two! Each episode leaves you with a cliffhanger, wondering what will happen next.

Even though the cast is made up of mostly newcomers, the performances are actually quite good. Sure, there’s a couple cheesy and unrealistic moments here and there, but that’s almost unavoidable in a teen series.

If you’re going to give “Outer Banks” a shot, give it at least two episodes. I guarantee the cliffhanger at the end of episode two will keep you coming back for more. And if you get sucked in to streaming this show, stay up way too late, and finish it in the early hours of the morning? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Happy Streaming!

Katie

Gerwig’s ‘Little Women’ a Triumphant Adaptation

“Little Women” is a widely-known story about the March sisters, Jo (Saoirse Ronan), Meg (Emma Watson), Amy (Florence Pugh), and Beth (Eliza Scanlen). The sisters are all very different from each other, each one of them having their own talents and flaws. The story centers around the sisters and their growing up. Director Greta Gerwig was not afraid to put her own vision on the famous story, jumping through time in a non-linear fashion, something the previous adaptations did not do. 

One day, the sisters meet Laurie (Timothee Chalamet), and an incredible friendship is born. Laurie is close with the whole March family but has a special bond with Jo. Chalamet’s performance in the scene where Laurie finally professes his love for Jo is breathtaking. 

The true shining star of this film, though, is Florence Pugh. Amy March is well-known for being the least endearing of the March sisters. She is blunt, rash, and selfish. However, Pugh’s performance somehow brings a different shade to Amy than what audiences have seen before. One spectacular moment is her monologue to Laurie concerning how marriage is not about love, but rather, and economic endeavor, really lets Pugh shine.

The whole film feels like what growing up in the March home probably felt like: chaotic, dramatic, heart wrenching, yet warm and inviting at the same time. Gerwig’s adaptation manages to capture that feeling of sisterhood in a way that the previous adaptations had not. Gerwig also sprinkles in some modern touches, like more modern dance moves and a few slang terms here and there. 

Many people were probably expecting another stuffy movie about women pursuing marriage partners in the old days. What they get from Gerwig and company pushes beyond that into an enjoyable, heartbreaking, and fulfilling experience. Not to mention, Gerwig’s tweak on the story’s ending is a fabulous interpretation of the material that none of the previous adaptations proposed. 

You can find “Little Women” on streaming and rental services.

Happy Viewing!

-Katie

‘Songland’ & ‘The Voice’ Hit All the Right Notes on Musical Monday Lineup

If you’re a fan of music, look no further than NBC’s Monday night lineups. ‘The Voice’ is somehow still finding ways to keep the show fresh, even though it’s in its 16th season. The panel of judges this season is made up of mainstay Blake Shelton, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and newcomer Nick Jonas. The teams have just started the Knockout rounds, where each coach pairs up two singers on their team to battle it out for one roster spot. Each team has extremely talented vocalists. Every year, there seems to be a front runner in the competition, but one has yet to emerge this season. Keep your eye on Allegra, a singer with unique and gritty tone, and Thunderstorm, whose buttery voice melts over every note.

Immediately following “The Voice”, viewers get the opportunity to peek behind the curtain of how music is made on “Songland”. Each episode features a famous musician and the three producers, Ryan Tedder, Ester Dean, and Shane McAnally. The artist and producers watch as a group of up-and-coming songwriters pitch their song ideas to the artist, who then picks three songs to move on to the next round. Then, each producer is assigned to a song and its writer to tweak and improve the song, in hopes of being chosen by the artist. Then, the three songwriters perform the new versions of their song, and the artist chooses one to record for themselves. 

“Songland” is by far the most interesting competition show on television right now. It allows viewers to watch their favorite artists put creative spins on music. This week’s season premiere featured Lady Antebellum, and the song they chose to record will be stuck in fans’ heads for days on end. The upcoming artists this season include H.E.R., Martina McBride, Boyz II Men, Julia Michaels, and more.

You can catch “The Voice” and “Songland” on NBC on Monday nights or next-day streaming on Hulu. 

Happy Streaming!

~Katie

‘Spies in Disguise’ Will Surprise You – And Keep the Kids Entertained

Many of us are making the interesting transition to being home with our children 24/7 in light of the current stay-at-home orders. If you’re like me, this has drastically changed what type of content you’re consuming on the daily. I was less than thrilled when my little one saw the “Spies in Disguise” movie pop up on our Vudu platform, which he promptly insisted on watching. 

I agreed to watch the movie, “Spies In Disguise”, where one of the main characters gets transformed into a talking bird for half the film. Needless to say, I went in with very low expectations.

I have to say – I was pleasantly surprised.

“Spies in Disguise” is full of heart, humor, and good messages. Not only that, but it’s got a stacked cast. The movie centers on Walter (Tom Holland), an inventor working for a government agency where Lance Sterling (Will Smith) is the alpha superspy. Walter, an outcast, spends his days watching soap operas and making inventions that are rather…unorthodox. 

Lance goes on a secret mission, where a database with all of the spies’ locations and names is stolen by an evil villain, Killian (Ben Mendelsohn) with a robot hand. During the fight preceding the theft, Lance tries to use one of Walter’s inventions to ward off attackers. Lance throws the gadget into the air, only to find out it is a Kitty Glitter Bomb. When Lance returns from his mission, he promptly fires Walter, citing the fact that Walter’s “weird” invention could’ve gotten him killed. 

Lance is called in by his boss, Joyless (Reba McEntire) to meet with an Internal Affairs investigator, Marcy (Rashida Jones). Marcy has video surveillance that shows that Lance is the one who stole the database, not Killian. Thus begins Lance’s journey on the lam. A series of events brings Lance to enlist Walter’s help, which is where things go awry.

Walter turns Lance into a pigeon. 

Yeah, they almost lost me there. But, trust me, there are plenty of antics to keep you and your kids entertained. Lance and Walter make an unlikely team as they try to track down Killian and retrieve the stolen database, all while running from Marcy and Joyless. 

One of the best parts of this film is that it begins with Walter being shy and afraid of what others think. Throughout the film, though, he learns to embrace his uniqueness. He is sensitive. He loves hugs and glitter bombs. This is not the typical male character in a movie. It was refreshing to see a male character on the screen that teaches young boys that it is okay to like hugs and glitter, to be smart, and to embrace their weirdness. 

So that’s how a movie about a talking pigeon made me squeeze my boy a little tighter and hope that one day when this pandemic craziness is all over and he is a little older, we can sit down and watch this movie again, and he’ll see a little reinforcement that being unique is his superpower.

Happy Streaming!

Katie