Same rules as yesterday. Two-sentence reviews and quippy factoids in brackets. Note: I realize today’s film list is all over the place, but that’s what happens when channel surfing.
The Help (2011)
Segregation is acceptable as long as it’s accompanied by benevolence. The Civil Rights era was difficult for African Americans, but even more difficult for whites. [Lafayette works the soda counter.]
Dear Frankie (2006)
After Reign of Fire but before 300, Gerard Butler pretends to be a boy’s estranged father. The ending is pitch-perfect.
Love Actually (2003)
Colin Firth, The Walking Dead sheriff, and some other people have love problems. Denise Richards delivers the most awkward, unconvincing kiss in modern memory.
The Truth About Jane (2000)—Lifetime movie [don’t judge, I’m sick]
Jane is a lesbian. Her mother doesn’t know despite being best friends with RuPaul.
Before WWII, a vicar’s daughter pretends to be something she is not and is quite good at it. Francis McDormand has a British accent; Amy Adams does not. [Moaning Myrtle as Edythe, though I liked her better in Bridget Jones.]
The Postman (1997)
Lt. John J. Dunbar quotes some Shakespeare back to the villain Gen. Bethlehem who quoted it to him first. Fight ensues thus fulfilling Bethlehem earlier promise: “I’ll get you postman!” [Tom Petty acts a fool. And weird fun fact: I have the exact same purple sueded-silk dress Mary Stuart Masterson has on in the final scene.]
Oh, geez. The Wolfman just started. I need to get well soon.