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17 February 2009 @ 09:39 am
Ignore critics when it comes to fluffy, frothy rom-coms!  
Seriously. Over at rottentomatoes.com Confessions of a Shop-aholic got a measly 21% fresh in the review-o-meter. But I like the actors, and the bit I've seen in the ads, and one positive review (from the LA Times) said it was romantic, the leads had chemistry and that P.J.Hogan (writer/director of Muriel's Wedding and My Best Friend's Wedding) directed it, and so I told my sister: 'Screw it! Ignore the critics, we're going!' So we went.

And it was DELIGHTFUL! It was hilarious, frothy, fluffy, romantic. Isla Fisher was amazing (she and Amy Adams totally need to play sisters in some movie!), Hugh Dancy was delicious, and all of the supporting players (except Leslie Bibb, who was meh) were OUTSTANDING ... especially John Goodman and Joan Cusack as Rebecca's parents. Plus, for VM-fans, Krysten Ritter (Gia from the second season) was in it substantially and was wonderful. FABULOUS MOVIE!!!!!!
Salienne de Lioncourtsalienne on February 17th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
I actually read the book a few years ago and really enjoyed it. It was fun. Maybe I should watch the movie at some point...
Arabian: Billie Piper_05arabian on February 17th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
I was actually going to buy the book last night, but I think I'll wait a bit because the plot sounds quite different based on the back. It takes place in New York, she just starts working for the finance magazine and writes this great article her first time out. But maybe the basics are still there ...
harper47harper47 on February 17th, 2009 03:37 pm (UTC)
I will put it on my netflix quene.
Arabian: Neil Patrick Harrisarabian on February 17th, 2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
Ah, you won't see it for quite some time then, LOL! It JUST came out in theaters last weekend.
harper47harper47 on February 17th, 2009 04:42 pm (UTC)
True but movies come out on DVD faster than you think. I seldom go to the actual movies these days.
Arabianarabian on February 17th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I know, they come out 3-6 months from time of theater release. I know you're busy and thought you didn't realize I meant a movie that had just come out.

Edited at 2009-02-17 08:05 pm (UTC)
hiddeneloise: JimPamHug/The Officehiddeneloise on February 17th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
I ignore critics as a rule. Professional parasites, the lot of them. People who spent their lives throwing spitballs at those who actually do something. I have more respect for the lousiest screenwriter/director out there than for the most renowned critic. Because the they actually have the guts to put themselves out there to be judged, while the critics sit on the sidelines and indulge in their largely un-scrutinized smugness.

Okay, off the soapbox. lol.

I read the book, and I liked it. I am totally seeing this movie, for all the reasons you've listed already (also Amy Adams and Isla Fisher were SO separated at birth! lol).
Arabianarabian on February 17th, 2009 05:20 pm (UTC)
See, and I'm one of those who actually find myself agreeing with the majority of critics on movies -- but apparently, not rom-coms. I know I'm in the minority with free-thinkers on the interwebs, LOL!, in that.

Let me know if I should read the book too, after having seen the movie. Just based on the back of the book I read, it seems like they've changed enough that it might just be weird going backwards.
hiddeneloise: DoNotApprove/The Officehiddeneloise on February 17th, 2009 05:31 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the movie yet, so I am not sure what they've changed. And I read the book years ago (3? 4?), so I might not even remember the details. It's your basic romantic hi-jinx, but I liked the pace and the humor.

I despise critics. It's not about agreeing or disagreeing with any given opinion. It's the principal of the thing. It's a useless and parasitic profession. And I speak as a creative person, so yeah, I'm biased. But I don't sell my personal biases per word. It astounds me whenever someone uses an opinion of a critic as any kind of a proof of a quality of anything. As if creative endeavor requires consensus. As if it's a word of God or something. They aren't gods. They are not even experts, because they don't DO anything! Who the fuck ARE these people, and who designated them to be arbitrators of culture? It's like listening to Joan Rivers or what's his face on Entertainment Tonight giving out fashion judgement. It's not free-thinking of me, it's frustration and bewilderment. I am with Bernard Shaw on this, who said "A critic is someone who leaves no turn unstoned." lol.
Arabianarabian on February 17th, 2009 05:51 pm (UTC)
This probably shouldn't be the time to tell you that I was a movie/video critic for my local newspaper for about a year then? LOL!
hiddeneloise: Say What?/VM/Loganhiddeneloise on February 17th, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Okay, you are dead to me!!!

LOL. Hmmm, what's the statute of limitations on these things? I need the exact time-frame and the protocol of some sort...

Okay, I forgive you!!! :))))
Arabian: Logan_Hiarabian on February 17th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)

Uhm, let's see it was 1999? 2000? Something like that. Hee!
hiddeneloise: Hmm/DorothyParkerhiddeneloise on February 17th, 2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
Well... I'd say 5 years should be enough of a buffer time. It's official: you are off the hook! LOL.
theyellow_daisy: Kayleetheyellow_daisy on February 17th, 2009 04:47 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm really glad that you liked it. I've been SO waiting to see this ever since the previews came out; it just looked adorable.
Arabian: Summerarabian on February 17th, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
Adorable is the perfect word, and aside from the romance, it was absolutely HYSTERICAL!!!
Irrelirrel on February 17th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
I've read the book so OF COURSE I have to see it. I'm happy you thought it was good :D

I keep confusing Isla Fisher with Amy Adams, I never know which is which!
Arabian: Beauty & the Geekarabian on February 17th, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
It was adorable.

After seeing this, I've figured out how to tell them apart. Amy Adams has blue eyes; Isla Fisher has brown eyes. That's, erm, about all I've got.
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Arabian: Rose_smilearabian on February 18th, 2009 04:40 am (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I've seen it. That's partly why I was gung-ho on seeing this one after I found out that P.J. Hogan (of MW and My Best Friend's Wedding -- which I admit I absolutely ADORE!) directed this. He's brilliant and I've loved everything I've seen him do (I just read that he also did the 2003 Peter Pan which was ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!
aroniwen on February 17th, 2009 10:32 pm (UTC)
That's brilliant! I'm going to see it later this week for a friend's birthday, so good to know. And critics need to just lighten up... and review films for what they actually are. It drives me insane sometimes, you get a rom com or a musical or something and they're all up in arms about how it "takes too shallow a view of the current issues." riiiight.
Arabian: Dr Who (Ten)arabian on February 18th, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
And critics need to just lighten up... and review films for what they actually are.
YES! That's it exactly. It's like, hellooooo! A rom-com is supposed to be light and frothy and a little silly and not to be taken seriously. GAH!

I hope you write up a little review of it (and hope you like it too!).