“Flawless”: Well, all movies are flawed somewhere, as are all the people who watch them, including this fatally flawed reviewer. Demi Moore plays an American businesswoman of the early 1960’s, who gets passed over so many times for promotion that she finds out they’re planning to fire her out of sheer embarrassment (hers and theirs). Michael Caine plays the very smart custodian who has a grudge of his own, and together they plot to exact their revenge against the international diamond company for which they formerly had such loyalty. But, naturally, all things do not go according to plan. Be prepared for some viewer deception, but it’s a clever little period piece that will have you rooting for the robbers.
“Drillbit Taylor”: Owen Wilson plays the good-hearted beach bum who answers an ad for a security guard, placed by a couple of nerdy schoolboys who are tired of being picked on by the local bullies. Drillbit finds that passing himself off as a substitute teacher is as easy as showing up in the teacher’s lounge with a cup of coffee in his hand. Everyone struggles, then everyone finds a little redemption, and maybe even a little romance. Tries for cute rather than believable.
“Run Fatboy Run”: An English Mr. Everyman, Dennis (Simon Pegg), gets cold feet on his wedding day and leaves his beautiful pregnant bride (Thandie Newton) at the altar. Five years later, he has a good relationship with his son, but his mother is about to marry Whit (Hank Azaria), Mr. Perfect. Or so it seems. He’s tall, trim, toned, slick, glib, successful, and driven, all right---but is he any fun? And is there any chance of Dennis winning back his bride by being his lovable stumblebum self, if, like the cowardly lion, he suddenly finds the courage that was there all along? A sweet-natured ending to an unlikely story.
“Leatherheads”: An unlikely tale of professional football in its primitive stages, circa 1925, when the players wore leather helmets, moonlighted in factories and mines, and acted like they’d all taken one hit too many. George Clooney is the even more unlikely star, who woos the tart-tongued newspaper reporter, played by Renee Zellwegger. Their acerbic, sparring, volatile relationship is in the Spencer Tracy/Katherine Hepburn mode. Fun to watch, but don’t look for historical accuracy.
“Life Before Her Eyes”: Uma Thurman plays a wife and mother who’s still an emotional wreck, fifteen years later, from having witnessed one of those awful random shooting sprees in high school. The sequences seesaw between past and present, so we can watch her agony both remembered and anticipated. Lots of viewer deception, intense moments, repeat scenes, ridicule of religion, and rampant emotion. Not much resolution.
Questions For Discussion:
1) Is there a traumatic event from your past that still haunts you?
2) Do you think that children who have been given up for adoption ought to have contact with their birth mothers? At what age of the child, and by whose initiative?
Ronald P. Salfen, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church,