Mean Girls Movie Review

Mean Girls (2004) (DVD)
Actors: Various
Director: Various
Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles: Spanish
Studio: Warner Bros.
Running Time: 97 minutes

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4.5 out of 5 stars (5413)

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My rating:5 Stars (5 / 5)

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Frozen Movie Review

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I’m sure I’m not the only Millennial who grew up during the golden age of Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, The Lion King, The Little Mermaid, and Mulan, was kind of disappointed by most of (but not all) Disney’s offerings in the early nolls, and is now delighted that they’re undergoing a revival, just in time for my own kids to enjoy their movies as much as I did when I was a child. The Princess and the Frog was good and Tangled was great.

Frozen may be better still (honestly, I’m torn about whether I liked it better than Tangled or not). The animation was absolutely beautiful, the songs were catchy (my favorites were Let It Go and the opening yoik by Sami composer Frode Fjellheim), and the sidekicks were cute. And I loved that (spoiler alert – click on the blurred text to view) Anna and Elsa saved each other with the power of sisterly love and didn’t need to be rescued by anybody. Destined to be a classic!

My rating:4 Stars (4 / 5)

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Les Grandes Chaleurs (Heat Wave) Movie Review

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This is a French-Canadian film about a middle-aged social worker whose husband confesses on his deathbed that he’s been involved in a long-term love affair. A few days after this crushing revelation, one of her former clients, a troubled young man younger than her own children, confesses his love for her, and she begins a passionate affair with him.

My husband and I are big fans of Francois Arnaud, who plays the May in this May-December romance, thanks to his great work on The Borgias. We weren’t sure what to expect with this film, but it turned out to be funny and charming, with a very good script (or at least, very good subtitles). The ending was a little contrived and I had trouble suspending disbelief, but all in all, it was a very entertaining and enjoyable film.

My rating:4 Stars (4 / 5)

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You’ve Got Mail Movie Review

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A smart and charming update of The Shop Around the Corner that benefits from the great chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. As a confirmed hick, this film is also to be commended for accomplishing the rare task of making me want to visit New York.

My rating:4 Stars (4 / 5)

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Melissa and Doug Cutting Food

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We have several of the Melissa and Doug wooden food sets and this is probably the best. I wish I’d gotten it years ago. My sister’s mother-in-law (a former elementary teacher) gave it to my son (then 18 months old) to play with during a visit to their house and he loved it so much that we decided to buy one of our own. He got the hang of cutting the pieces almost immediately, though he still struggles a bit with putting them back together. I really think he’d entertain himself with this set for hours at a time if I didn’t get tired of helping him put them back together after awhile. My 7 year old daughter also likes it, but not as obsessively as her brother.

The pieces are sturdy and well made and have held up well to frequent play by an enthusiastic toddler. Highly recommended.

My rating:5 Stars (5 / 5)

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Cloud B Twilight Carz Red Lightning

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I’ve been eyeing the Cloud B Constellation Turtles and other animals as possible night lights for our two year old son, but when I saw this car on sale at T.J. Maxx I decided to get it instead because the wheels actually turn, allowing it to be used as a toy during the day as well as a night light at bedtime. It has three modes:

  • red stars
  • blue stars
  • head and taillights only

The red stars light up the car in an attractive and glowy way, but are too dim to show up well on the ceiling or any walls farther than about 4 or 5 feet away. The blue stars show up beautifully, however. We haven’t really used it as a night light yet, because our son isn’t old enough to be afraid of the dark, but he absolutely loves to turn off the overhead lights in the evening and push the car around in the dark, watching the changing patterns of the stars on the walls and ceilings. He also enjoys pushing it around like any other toy car during the day.

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Shakespeare in Love Movie Review

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Stoppard and Shakespeare is a magic combination. Witty dialogue, romance, great acting, zillions of literary allusions, beautiful costumes… what’s not to love?

My rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

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Pride and Prejudice (1995) Movie Review

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The definitive adaptation of Pride and Prejudice!

My rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

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Sense and Sensibility (1995) Movie Review

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My favorite movie of all time (so far). Every now and then I go for awhile without rewatching it and start thinking maybe it’s not sooo good, and isn’t it kind of depressing what poor Marianne goes through, and other such heresies. And then I pop it in the DVD player and within five minutes I am practically vibrating with glee over the wit and the acting and the eye candy and…

~swoon~

So yeah, favorite movie of all time.

My rating: 5 Stars (5 / 5)

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My Cousin Vinny Movie Review

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You know how some people can recite The Princess Bride backwards and forwards? That’s what this movie is like for my family. My Cousin Vinny combines courtroom drama with culture clash, great performances, and one of the funniest scripts ever written.

My rating5 Stars (5 / 5)

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