Minka Kelly plays Sara, who goes off to college taking potluck for a
roommate, and gets a psycho off her meds. Leighton
Meester gets to play the delicious part of the bipolar schizophrenic gone
amuck, running off first the girlfriend (Alyson Michalka) then the boyfriend
(Cam Gigandet) so she can have Sara to herself.
The problem is that all these actors are way too old to play
freshmen, so the suspension of disbelief is nearly impossible.
Newcomer Lena Dunham wrote, directed, and played the main character:
Aura, a young woman who returns home after graduating from college to
find that she has no ambition, and little interest in doing much of
anything. This is a slacker film, but
it’s the girl’s version. It’s
passive aggression to fantastic heights. Mooch
off Mom, pilfer her wine stash when she’s out of town, squabble with your
sister, drift into a passionless sexual encounter with a co-worker, quit the
meaningless job because it doesn’t pay anything, and just slough off old
friends who try to shake you out of your lethargy.
Ms. Dunham, not exactly a beauty queen, is unafraid to show us who
she is. The problem is, we’re just
not sure we’re all that interested in finding out.
“Gnomeo and Juliet”:
It’s not “Toy Story,” but with more modest expectations, this
little lawn-gnome tale of feuding families is suitable for kids and
tolerable for adults. The reds and
the blues have been arguing for so long they’ve forgotten why; it’s just
become a way of life. So when an
unexpected romance develops across the great divide, we all hope it
doesn’t end the way Shakespeare envisioned the original.
Cute, but doesn’t soar.
“Never Say Never”:
Yes, Justin Bieber is the real deal. And
yes, there’s plenty of hype surrounding him, but it is, after all, what
this 16-year-old wunderkind has been striving for all his young life.
See the home videos of a two-year-old Justin Bieber beating out a
rhythm with spoons on the kitchen table. Then
it’s the plastic drum set. Then a
real drum kit. He’s in a talent
show at 8, singing on a street corner at 10, and does his first clip on
YouTube at 12, which instantly goes viral. Is
he a real musician? Without a doubt.
He also has managed to surround himself with people who have figured
out 21st-century marketing (including the astute use of Twitter
to his many adoring young fans). And
above it all, he just seems like a sweet, uncomplicated kid: no sex, no
drugs, no cursing, no smoking, not even so much as a crass innuendo. He even
prays before meals, and before every concert.
How can you not like the guy? And
how can you not wish him well?
”: At one level, you don’t want
to admit in polite company that you’ve even seen this movie.
“Raunch humor” doesn’t even begin to describe the jokes that
objectify women as sex objects and men as slobbering buffoons of animal
instinct with a mere veneer of civility. But
the strange thing is that after all the crude and obnoxious frat prats, this
Farrelly Brothers film has some heart, and even some old-fashioned romance.
Dr. Ronald P. Salfen, Co-Pastor,
United Presbyterian Church,