THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN (2005)

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Elizabeth

As you may know, I’ve really always loved The 40-Year-Old Virgin. It’s one of those rare modern comedies that are all about sex without being totally terrible toward women. And The 40-Year-Old Virgin is endearing enough for me to look past things that I now know are unrealistic that I missed when I first saw it. Like that waxing scene: while I have no problem admitting that I’ve never gotten my chest waxed, with the waxing experience I do have, I’m prettyyyy sure that scene would never happen like that. And really, Andy (Steve Carell) being a virgin is sort of unrealistic in itself; I can’t imagine an attractive, kind, respectful, fully-functioning (mentally and physically) man like that just never having sex. There’s a flashback scene to Andy almost having sex, but when his partner starts sucking his toes he accidentally kicks her in the face and she ends the relationship. Would that really happen? If Chris accidentally kicked me in the face, I wouldn’t freak out so much that I would just walk out. But I guess I’m sure that kind of thing could happen.

But what really makes The 40-Year-Old Virgin great is its portrayal of so many different, positive relationships. Whether it’s between Andy and his friends, Andy and Trish (Catherine Keener), Trish and her daughter; they all seem so genuine. I just love it. Also, Catherine Keener is so gorgeous. I hope I can look like her when I’m in my 50s.

Christopher

It was nice seeing this movie because I don’t think I’ve seen it since it came out on DVD. Also I really didn’t like This is 40 so seeing Judd Apatow be good was great!

Seeing this movie also reminded me so much how I felt when I watched it. I remember the fear of being a virgin way too well. By the time I finally had sex, I was far past ready for it. I always thought Steve Carell’s character was actually lucky cause he had gotten much farther than I had at the time.

The story is kind of hard to believe for me but it’s so funny. And unlike Silver Linings Playbook, I really enjoyed all the yelling in this film. It was weird seeing Jonah Hill in it and Elizabeth told me about Shelley Malil who stabbed his ex-girlfriend 23 times and is now in prison for life!!!!

This movie is worth watching again!
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MOMMIE DEAREST (1981)

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Christopher

I had no idea how intense this movie was. It’s crazy and scary but I loved the whole thing. For whatever reason I thought this movie was about a drag queen? But I’m so glad I finally watched this cause I didn’t want it to stop. Faye Dunaway did a great job, I can imagine Joan Crawford being like an over-dramatic person who’s always acting even in front of her family.

Elizabeth just got Amazon Prime and this was one of the first movies we found to watch on it.

Elizabeth

To be honest, I sort of don’t know how I feel about Mommie Dearest. I am glad that I read up about the book and movie after watching it, because that would have probably changed how I felt about the movie if I had read about it before.

I thought Mommie Dearest was really sad and intense. It’s always going to be hard to watch a movie that has child abuse, even if it’s minor, so seeing Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway) chop off her young daughter, Christina’s (Mara Hobel) hair as Christina sobs, or seeing Crawford strangle older Christina (Diana Scarwid) nearly to death was really difficult. Those scenes were also uncomfortably long, especially when Joan strangles Christina. It just never ends! Which makes it all the more intense.

Watching the movie alone, without other knowledge, is best, I think. I read about the movie afterwards and found out that Faye Dunaway won a Worst Actress Razzie award for this movie, which really confuses me. Do people think Faye Dunaway is bad in this? Did I miss something? Am I dumb? I thought she was really good . . . I mean, if you know how I feel about fucking Silver Linings Playbook then you know that I don’t think that yelling a lot is a substitute for an actor playing a crazy person. But despite that (and Dunaway definitely relied on yelling a lot), I thought she was really good and super creepy.

So, I liked Mommie Dearest, but I guess I’m nervous that it’s supposed to be this obviously bad movie that everyone hates. Not that that’s stopped me from liking a movie before.