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TWSM Movie Review ‘I Feel Pretty’

TWSM Movie Review ‘I Feel Pretty’

Amy Schumer plays Renee, an insecure woman with little to no self-confidence.  She works for a famous cosmetics company but instead of working in the swanky main office, she and another employee work in the basement of a building in Chinatown. Just one more thing that makes her feel less about herself as a person.

She is a little overweight and decides to try a cycle class.  The savvy, confident instructor walks in with her perfect bod and yelling words of encouragement and the whole class cheers.  The class starts and Renee goes from total insecurity to having fun – for a few seconds anyway.  She falls off the bike and is knocked out after hitting her head hard.

When she wakes up, Renee sees herself in the mirror and is stunned.  She can’t believe what she sees.  She is beautiful!  As a matter of fact, she is unrecognizable. A Bombshell! She goes on and on about her sudden transformation to the SoulCycle employee who is with her when she awakes.  The stunned girl has no idea what is going on because Renee woke up looking exactly as she did before the fall.  But in Renee’s eyes, she’s a completely different person.

The previously insecure Renee is now a confident woman who is comfortable in her own skin.  She now has the confidence to go after what she wants in life with no fear.  She lands the Receptionist job at the company where she used to be hidden in a basement.  She enters a bikini body contest. The crowd loves her above all the others and even though she doesn’t win the competition she tells her boyfriend, another addition to her “new” life, that she doesn’t care that she didn’t win because she doesn’t need external validation to know that she’s beautiful.

To live with this level security in not only your looks but what you are capable of as well is most women’s dream.  We women tend to be so hard on ourselves.  We compare ourselves to television personalities, models in magazines, our friends, our neighbors, people on the street!  It’s maddening and drives us crazy and causes us to do insane things such as crash diets, buying anything advertised that promises us the beauty that we so crave!  Well, it’s time to stop!  Just STOP!

The truth is I absolutely loved this movie. I loved it because it teaches us that what we need to succeed in life is already inside us.  We don’t need external beauty in order to excel at what we desire.  We need to realize that we are so much more than what we will ever see in a mirror.  Who we are is what is on the inside of us, what makes us real and unique.  Once we can accept ourselves is when our dreams and even beyond are attainable and within our reach.

Does Renee ever realize the truth about herself and life and her beauty?  Well …… a good reason to watch the movie, I Feel Pretty.  Enjoy!!



TWSM Movie Review ‘Like A Boss’

I’m glad I didn’t believe the review about this movie before I decided to watch it.  The critics HATED it! But then given a title like “Critic” might make you a little more critical than the average joe.

I laughed so hard at this movie!  Tiffany Haddish is hilarious!  A laugh a minute!  I believe she is one of the funniest actresses on the planet and she helped turn a not so good day in my life, to a day in which I laughed till it hurt.

Mia and Mel are best friends who have had a makeup business since they were kids, starting out by doing makeup for girls at dances to creating a small, yet popular and successful makeup line affectionally named Mia and Mel. Unfortunately, Mia and Mel had run upon hard times.  

The company catches the eye of a not-so-nice (to put it kindly) makeup mogul Claire Luna.  She offers to pay off their debt with a 49% interest in their company with the catch being that if either of the twosome ever quit, her interest increases to 51%, making her the managing partner.  After much bickering between the two they agree and partner with Luna who immediately begins her tactics of trying cause enough of a rift for one to quit.  She forces them to fire Barrett, their store designer and makeup mixer (this scene is priceless!) and steals and their famous “One Night Stand Kit” product and sells it under another one of her companies.  

The two break up as friends.  The stress of the entire situation has become too much.  Thankfully, other friends’ step in and remind them of how close they have been over the years and the importance of one another in each of their lives.  Long story short, they mend their relationship and find a way to beat Luna at her own game.  They are even able to re-hire their employee, friend, and confidant, Barrett.

This movie provides a lot of laughs.  It’s good for a cold, rainy day or a girl’s night in.  The bottom line of this movie is friendship.  It reminds us that friends are treasures.  Nothing can come between friends unless we allow it.  Love your friends!  They are your chosen family!


TWSM Movie Review ‘Kidnap’

TWSM Movie Review ‘Kidnap’





That’s pretty much all you hear between Karla (Halle Berry) and her son Frankie on a beautiful sunny day at the park.  This is how she keeps track of him, making sure he’s still close when he’s not in her sight.  Karla is a divorced, single mom working as a waitress in a local diner.  Frankie is her world.

While at the park Karla receives an unexpected phone call from her lawyer telling her that her ex-husband and his girlfriend want to file for primary custody of their son.  Karla is devastated at this news and is afraid as well.  Her ex is in real estate and his girlfriend is a pediatrician.  When her lawyer evidently asks her if she is gainfully employed, she tells him that she is a waitress and to “do the math” when it comes to financially comparing her to her ex.  All the while she is not forgetting about the “Marco Polo” game.  That is why once she is off the phone and yells “Marco” and receives no response she is immediately concerned. After several “Marco” attempts she finally realizes that Frankie is nowhere to be seen. She begins yelling for him by name but still no answer.  Eventually she finds his toy voice recorder on a bench.  When she plays it back, she can hear a woman named “Margo” convincing Frankie that it is ok for him to go with her.  She frantically runs through the park yelling his name and eventually sees a woman struggling with her Frankie to put him into her car.  She runs to the car and clings to it, desperately trying to save her son.  In the end, she is thrown from the car and loses her phone in the process.  

For just a couple of seconds she is dumbfounded.  What just happened!  But then she realizes that someone has taken her son.  Mom mode sets in.  Trust me, Mom mode is nothing to be taken lightly.

She gets in her minivan and takes off after the green mustang which evidently houses “Margo” and her beloved Frankie.  She goes after them HARD!  She is fearless, aggressive, and will never EVER give up.  After many miles of a chase and many close encounters in which it seems like she just might almost have him, nothing has worked.  Nevertheless, Karla is a mother and even when her van runs out of gas, there is no force in the universe that can stop her when it comes to her child.  She flags down a fellow driver begging for his help. 

The kidnappers (yes, Margo has an accomplice) realize how close she is to getting to them and ram into the side of the good Samaritan’s car.  Unfortunately, the kind person who stops to help her make it…..but neither does Margo’s accomplice.  She grabs his wallet to find out where he lives and discovers that she is only two miles away from his house.  She walks there…in the dark.  Not much more I can say about the movie because at this point it would be giving away the ending, and “spoiler 

In all honesty, this is not one of the best movies I have seen.  Particularly not one of Halle Berry’s best.  It seems like a lot of the movie is her driving in her minivan chasing after the abductors.  But just stop and think for a minute … what is this movie really all about anyway.  “Kidnap” projects the innate force of love and protection a mother has for her child.  I know that personally all during the movie I kept thinking “Yeah, I would do that for sure!  I would do that!  Oh, I would hit her with that shovel so hard she wouldn’t wake up until the next century!” And yes, I believe all of that about myself and then some – because they are my children and I am their protector. 

If you’ve ever doubted yourself as a mother, or ever doubted yourself and what your capable of, well this movie is proof positive that you have inside of you more than you realize.  It proves that no matter what walk of life we have come from or what we are going through, we will do whatever it takes to protect our children.  My mantra has always been, “You can say or do whatever you want to me, but don’t mess with my kids.” Honestly, in this lifetime when you involve my kids in something, then we have taken life to a new level that no one knew ever existed. This level includes a new me, a different me, a me you will never see unless you mess with my kids.

In the wild for example, there is nothing more powerful than a Mama Bear with her cubs.  The same holds true for we humans.  I honestly believe there is no more powerful bond than the love between a mother and her child.  

This movie depicts a lot about the mother doing whatever it takes to protect her son.  You might think some of it is farfetched.  That’s ok because the entire reason I decided to go ahead and write a review for this movie is that motherly instinct that lies within us all.  Don’t ever doubt that if faced with any sort of similar situation that you would back down.  You would not.  You are a mom.  A mom is the highest calling in the world.  

Even if you were raised by a mom that might not have had that “motherly instinct”.  Maybe it was someone who mistreated you, or just didn’t treat you the way an innocent child needed to be treated.  Even if all or one of these is true, it does not define who you are as a mother or who you will be when you become one.  There are bad seeds in every walk of life.  But this movie, fiction as it may be for most of us as far as the circumstances, shows what a mom does when it comes to her child.  If your mom wasn’t there for you in your darkest hour and when you needed her more than you ever have, I am so deeply sorry for you.  Just remember that the reason for it, or lack thereof, had absolutely nothing to do with you.  It was all on her, and everyone has a different story to tell.

What would you do if your child were in danger?  You would go to your farthest point and then one million miles beyond that.  Don’t doubt yourself.  Believe in the power that lives inside you!


TWSM Movie Review ‘Spenser Confidential’

TWSM Movie Review ‘Spenser Confidential’-a Netflix original.

How about some eye candy!!  How about some eye candy in the form of Mark Wahlberg!  I think that’s something most of us could use right about now!

Mark Wahlberg plays Boston police detective Spenser who has underlying suspicions about his boss, Captain John Boylan.  Spenser seems to believe that Boylan is not only a dirty cop but is covering up a murder investigation.  He goes to Boylan’s house and violently beats him for which he ends up in prison.  When he was handed his sentence, his response was “The S.O.B. deserved it”.

After five years Spenser is released and goes to briefly stay with his former boxing coach Henry (played by Alan Arkin).  Upon arriving at Henry’s house, Spenser finds out that doesn’t get his own room as he had been hoping for.  He has a roommate named Hawk (Winston Duke) who is an aspiring boxer.  Neither of the two are happy with the situation.  Even so Spenser takes it in stride because he has plans – big plans.  He is getting the heck out of Boston and moving to Arizona to be a truck driver.  I know this is only a movie but how could a Wahlberg leave Boston? The two names are synonymous, don’t you agree?

Before he can get out of town his former boss, for whom he went to jail for beating, is killed in a suspicious car accident.  Spenser knows in his gut that this is no accident.  He knows that Boylan was guilty all along and this was done to get him out of the picture.  Spenser can’t bring himself to leave.  He decides to stay and finally get to the bottom of what he knew all along.  Even though friends and even former co-workers told him to leave it alone Spenser refuses to leave.  By staying, he assists in coaching Hawk in boxing and the unlikely pair become good friends.

The remainder of ‘Spenser Confidential’ is full of funny, cute, and serious moments which all lead to everything eventually ending up well.  The cutest moments include Mark Wahlberg but who’s counting?

Oh my, how boring was that ending.  Well, I will just say this, do you believe Wahlberg ends up the victim or the victor?  Guess you’ll have to watch in order to find out!  Also, in case you are a Post Malone fan he makes a cameo appearance as a prisoner with inside information.  If you are wondering who Post Malone is, well he’s probably one of the artists your teenagers having been talking about recently. You may have even heard some of his music and just not known it was him.  In real life he is a good guy with good music and quite a collection of interesting tattoos.  

Overall, I liked Spenser Confidential!  It was funny, happy, sad – just a myriad of emotions, but all in good fun and at the right time and place.  It is a Netflix original so catch it there the next time you are looking for something new and different!

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.



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!


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…


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!

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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.


‘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.

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