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The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – Her Review August 13, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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I thought only God was a woman... the Devil too?

Dir. David Frankel

Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci

Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway), a young journalist trying to break into the publishing business, gets a break as 2nd assistant to Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) cutthroat and evil editor of Runway Magazine. Although Andy professes to know nothing about fashion (this movie actually has her dressed like she’s just fallen off the turnip truck … does anyone dress that conservatively?) and thinks that anything to do with the trade is superficial. She takes the job as she believes it’s a good stepping stone to other more important and valuable jobs in the future.

Miranda is quite the tyranical boss, she displaces lots of air. When she says jump, people jump… everyone around her has frazzled nerves… including our young new assistant. Surprisingly, after a bit of a bad start, Andy realizes that, heck, she not only can do the job well, she enjoys it and the benefits that come with it. As she says, she’s still the same old Andy, just dressed better.

Her friends, though, treat her like she’s become some terrible person because she wants to get ahead although we plainly see that she has not turned into a snob, nor has she become either selfish or an airhead.

Warning: spoilers ahead

This movie could have been really smart and fun… but sadly it was full of tired and expected clichés and we just don’t get the satisfaction of Andy putting her friends in their place because of their jumping to conclusions about her nor does she ever get angry at her heartless boss. Instead of her getting some fabulous promotion and staying in the fashion world, we see her not only go back to her boyfriend but she practically grovels and begs forgiveness for having even desired an exciting career. How dare she, huh?

We also see her get the type of job she wanted in the first place before she had a taste of this new kind of life. It was almost as if the movie was saying… yes, working in the fashion business is not exciting, not interesting, is full of stupid people who are completely superficial. Yeah, right!… and I wouldn’t like to go to Paris a few times a year and watch the newest fashions roll off the runway; but no, … not our Andy, she’s learned her lesson.. be as little as your boyfriend allows you to be and of course, also be plain (yes, all she’s learned about fashion is thrown out the window) as she goes back to being schlumpy looking because that means you’re smart and care about your friends. Give me a break!

Apparently, The Devil Wears Prada should have switched designers!

This is Her review, you can read His review here

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The Devil Wears Prada (2006) – His Review August 13, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Drama, Movies.
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Who the devil is Prada?

Dir. David Frankel

Starring Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci

The Devil Wears Prada is about Andrea (Hathaway), who lands a job as assistant for an infamous editor (Streep) at a fashion magazine. She considers it a stepping stone for something bigger, better, and more “her”, since she thinks it’s all mostly superficial nonsense. And don’t we all, eh?

We follow the young crumpet as she slowly begins to learn the inner workings of the business. She finds the people a lot less superficial than they first appear (duh), and begins to actually enjoy, and be good at her work. She also sees the merit that any work within the publishing business (if only in fashion) can have for her future work as a journalist.

Major spoilers ahead

This is where the movie drops the ball. As Andrea begins to find herself, and her feet, all her friends turn on her. Suddenly we see how superficial and one-dimensional they actually are. They pretty much sever Andrea’s link to the real world, leaving her to be eaten up by the fashionistas. She manages though, really well actually, but finally decides to come crawling back to her “friends” and beg forgiveness.

I mean what the hell!?

Who is this movie catering to? You can’t be on both sides of the fence without some majorly sore balls! I just don’t know.. Maybe they’re not imagining anyone actually following the storyline, since they’ll be too busy looking at the pretty clothes? That’s my major complaint anyway, the rest of it works for me. I mean it’s not brilliant in any way, and the music may be fantastically derivative, but it is just a movie. I’m pretty sure it gets it’s fans a good laugh and some topics of conversation.

This is His review, you can read Her review here

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Just My Luck (2006) July 27, 2006

Posted by Eury in Comedy, Movies, Romance.
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Just My Luck(2006)

Dir. Donald Petrie

Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine etc.,

Take a girl that’s been born under a lucky star and a guy that is so unlucky he should come with a warning sign that says “Disaster Zone” and you’ve got the foundation for a fun and silly movie.

The movie starts with Ashley Albright (Lindsay Lohan) who is so incredibly lucky that everyday is like winning the lottery; it’s almost as if the world revolves around making her happy. We then get a peek into the world of Jake Hardin (Chris Pine) whose luck is so bad that he walks around with a backpack filled with emergency supplies such as bandaids, antiseptic and even a poncho because not only can disaster strike at any moment, it actually will.

They meet at a masquerade ball and exchange a kiss on the dance floor and this is where the fun begins…they swap both saliva and luck. Jake goes from a guy who has never, ever had anything go right for him, to acquiring a recording contract for a new band (McFly) and even a new apartment, all in the space of a couple days. Ashley on the other hand has several mishaps including losing her job, her clothes and having to move in with her workmates. Maybe I’m just mean, but when she receives a double dose of being splashed by cars, I couldn’t help but be pleased… YEAH!! She really didn’t deserve it but I guess she just had it too good even, for me… money, clothes, job and pretty to boot!

The rest of the movie is pretty much watching Ashley, with the help of her two friends (Samaire Armstrong and Bree Turner) trying to find the guy who kissed her that fateful night so she can get back her lucky streak.

Although I enjoyed this movie because it made me laugh, I wouldn’t actually say it was very romantic. I didn’t find she had much chemistry with her co-star but this may have to do with a script that had her searching for him not because he swept her away but to get rid of her unlucky blues.

If you are looking for an evening of relaxation and fun, then get this movie… if on the otherhand you are also looking for romance too, albeit cliché , then I suggest that you get another movie by the same director:How to lose a Guy in 10 days

Keywords: Sex and the City, Role-reversal, Paranormal

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Just My Luck (2006) July 26, 2006

Posted by Jinx in Comedy, Movies, Romance.
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Ouch, my contact lense stings!

Dir. Donald Petrie

Starring Lindsay Lohan, Chris Pine

Is the world ready for Chris Pine? Come on, this guy is gonna be huge – the next Freddie Prinze Jr even.

*Cough*

Sorry, that would be the teenage girl in me talking, and this is supposed to be a guys review. Just My Luck is nothing new under the cinema roof, taking cues and plot from a slew of (not to shabby) romantic comedies from yester-year. The biggest problem that this movie has is that it’s not very romantic.

The plot involves up-n-coming business brat Lohan, who just can’t get a break from being lucky, and Pine who lives on the complete opposite side of the spectrum, knee-deep in misfortune. We follow them in their daily routine for a bit, until they inevitably swap luck due to.. umm.. the “turning of the wheel”, in the form of a kiss at a party. After the “fate-rape”, we follow them in their new shoes, and the storyline unfolds as expected.

It doesn’t really click though. Hard to say why really, it’s definitely not bad casting, both leads do well, but for a romantic comedy it just lacks some heat.

Now, the comedy side on the other hand, measures up. This is a funny movie. Some predictable jokes fall short of the punchline, but it got some laughs out of me. The funniest bits are obviously when they get splashed with water. That’s just hilarious. They get all wet and stuff. OK, sarcasm aside, it is good for a fun date night or a pizza dinner at the TV.

Keywords: Sex and the City, Role-reversal, Paranormal