Monday, January 7, 2013

Blue Monday - Two Movie Reviews & a Joke

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There is so much blue in our world to enjoy. Visit other Blue participants by clicking on their links and wishing them a Happy Blue Monday!

In Guilt Trip, Andie Brewster (Seth Rogen) plays the part of a milquetoast son, who takes his controlling mother, Joyce (Barbra Streisand) on a business road trip across the country. She refers to him as her "baby boy." The scene below shows one of the times he regrets that decision.

Note the Blues: the chairs, Joyce's shirt and jeans, and even the water bottle top, peeking out of Joyce's purse.

I connected to this movie as I too, have a son, who I refer to as my "baby boy," even though he is a full grown man with a wife and three grown children. I am not as overbearing as Joyce, but then, really, who is?

The film has a somewhat expected plot. However, there was one scene with a hitchhiker that did not make any sense and should have been cut.

The surprise ending had me tearing up, and tied up the storyline nicely.

☺☺☺☺☺ I found this joke on the internet. ☺☺☺☺☺


Parental Guidance
Billy Crystal and Bette Midler play Artie and Diane Decker, who are asked by their daughter, Alice (Marisa Tomei) to help care for their three grandkids while she and her husband, Phil (Tom Everett Scott) go on a trip. The youngest child, Barker (Kyle Harrison Breitkopf) is quite spoiled and unwillingly to let his mother go, as pictured here.

Note the Blues: Artie's shirt and jeans, Barker's shirt and shoes, Alice's dress, and Phil's jacket and shirt.

Although I enjoyed both films, Parental Guidance was by far my favorite. Billy Crystal is at his best. I've always enjoyed Bette Middler, and she did not disappoint.

The believable plot, the laugh-out-loud comedy, the family drama all hit home for me. In addition, a bit of sports history is intertwined. A twist at the end brought tears of joy to my eyes.

No Oscars will be awarded; it's too clean for Hollywood. However, it gets my award for Close-to-Perfect.

One young actress, Bailee Madison, who plays the part of granddaughter, Harper Simmons, turns in a terrific performance. Watch for her in future films!

Please note that in this shot of Bailee, she's wearing Blue.

A caveat: when doing research for this post, I discovered that Bailee lives in South Florida. I was not previously aware of our possible connection (I lived in South Florida for more than forty years). and I do not know her.

Do you ever go to the movies?

Happy Blue Monday!


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xinex said...

Both movie sound very interesting, I will have to watch for them on Netflix. Happy new Year, Sally!...Christine

Unknown said...

i love movies, and i love Billy Crystal. he's a kind of actor that can make you laugh at any age. i don't go to the movies as much as i did--the last movie i saw in the theater was the latest James Bond. but there's cable and DVDs.:p

our grandma called my brother, her first grandson, Baby Bon. an endearment that stuck even when my brother has a wife and 3 kids.:p

Blue Monday

Fashion Momma said...

Happy Blue Monday Sally.

I played too. Mine are here and here.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I really feel the New Year has started when Smiling Sally is back!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Sounds like a fun movie!
Happy New Year!

Gerald (SK14) said...

happy new year - have to say I haven't been to the movies for years now.

Gemma Wiseman said...

Incredible just how many blues are in those movie scenes! Great action moments! I too haven't been to the movies in a very long time!

Jannibele said...

Happy blue Monday everyone.

Hazel said...

'Baby boy' ahhh! moms! :) I can relate. I call my 8-year old 'Baby Pooh' and guess I'll be calling him that for a long time. I enjoyed your post. Happy Blue Monday, Sally.

Day by Day said...

Happy Blue Monday! Nice to be back...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Watching movies is a great way to usher in the new year!

Pride In Photos Beauty said...

Sally you live in south florida? So do I? What Part?
I LOVE movies!! Thanks for sharing this cute one.
Laurie @ Pride in Photos

KT @ OneOrganicMama said...

I loved the movie New Years (and watched it on New Years!

Unknown said...

First time player!!!!

bj said...

Hi, Sally, I would like to see both these movies as well as LINCOLN. We seldom go to the movies....generally just wait until they are on tv.
I do go with the grands some..:)

LadyD Piano said...

I loved your reviews and how it tied in with your blues. Haven't been to the movies in years but I so much enjoy watching the Hallmark movies on TV. I think Billy Crystal is great and my granddaughter sings like Bette Midler! :=)

Jeanne said...

Good morning Sally, I am rushing like heck to go to a 'Garden Club' meeting.

I very much want to see both of those movies. Your review makes me want to see them even more. They are not at our theater yet.

Have a wonderful day me dear friend.
Love, Jeanne

Annesphamily said...

Sally I Love your reviews! Billy Crystal wrote a book titled 700 Sundays about his father. He is such a different type of celebrity and one of my favorites as well! Happy New Year to you and all the blues! Hugs Anne

Anonymous said...

O yeah..can't wait to see these movies.
Thanks for hosting!
~Jo @ LoblollyLane

Naptime Review said...

Thanks for hosting! I just linked up first time. Love for you to stop by and return the follow. I am also hosting Mom's Monday Mingle. love to have you link up.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

Thank you so much for hosting! Have a great week....hugs, Penny

LV said...

Thanks Sally for a day out at the movies. I have not been to one in so long probably would not know how to act.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Sounds like a beautiful movie to watch.

My name is Riet said...

Thank to u for the tip Sally. I looks like a nice movie happy BM

Liz said...

Sounds like a great movie. Happy BM!

Lina Gustina said...

Interesting reviews, Sally. Great movie stories, wish they will be played here.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I saw Parental Guidance a few days ago, too. We loved it! You are right, Billy Crystle was at his very best. I enjoyed Bette Midler too. Great movie!

Leovi said...

Deliciously fun. The photos are beautiful.

Anonymous said...

We don't go to the movies often. I'd like to go more but my husband doesn't really care to go. But we took all the family to see The Hobbit over Christmas break. I think the last movie we saw in theaters was the Avengers.

Actually I much prefer watching them at home on DVD, but I hate the wait time until they come out that way.

Jackie McGuinness said...

We don't go to the movies very often when we are at home. However, we are spending the winter in Las Vegas and so far have seen Reacher and The Hobbit this year.

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

Cool Joke! Thanks for the reviews! I will catch them on video!
Happy New Year!