I can't say I'm always in the mood for a chick flick, I usually prefer action or sci-fi, but over the past month I've managed to squeeze in a few. Mostly because of the lack of decent movies available at the moment. Last year the trailers for all of the 2012 movies looked great, I was ready to buy a discount pass for the theater because I expected to be there monthly. But it's May and I can only remember going to one movie so far. Maybe the American movies are taking their time making it over to Europe, maybe I missed the showings, all I know is I've had to fall back on chick flicks. I'm not putting them down, I usually get a good laugh, maybe a tear, and I definitely draw inspiration for my stories from them, I just don't think they're always worth going to the theater for and my husband would rather eat vegetables than watch one.
Extreme boredom led me to choose between No Strings Attached and Friends with Benefits (aren't they the same movie?). Since Ashton Kutcher can quickly get annoying I went with Friends with Benefits (o.k. Justin Timberlake acting is also questionable, but Mila Kunis is good). As usual the end - and most of it - was predictable, but it was still cute. Would I say I recommend it, ummm, ummm, I guess, if you're looking to pass some time. What do I remember about the movie, the flash mob, the scenes where I had to cover my daughter's eyes, and the dad with no pants. You'll have to watch it if you want explanations.
Then there was The Vow. I went to the theater for this one. Only because it was Ladies Night; you get a free drink, a free snack, and a goodie bag (free - it's included in the jacked up price). I expected tears, I even brought tissues, but nothing, just enough emotion to get the lump in your throat but not enough to make the tears flow. I counted on tears, it's been a while since I cried at the theater. Did the movie let me down? A bit. Would I recommend it, maybe. The idea behind it was good, it's even loosely based on a true story, and it definitely makes you think about your own situation but still it didn't quite meet the bar. One of the best scenes in the movie involved the mother, but the movie was supposed to be about the couple.
Last but not least, This Means War. I had a very low expectation for this movie, Reese Witherspoon urks me a little, as well as Chris Pine. But it turned out to be decent. Maybe because it appealed to the action-romance side of me (most of the stories I write are action-romance). Almost everything that happens in the movie could and would never happen in real-life, it reminded me of a lot of 80's movies but with a 2012 twist. Everyone did a decent job and there was never a point I thought I'll pause it and most likely never turn it on again. Is the ending predictable, yes. Was Chelsea Handler a funny addition, yes. Would I watch it again, probably.
Did I see trailers for upcoming chick flicks I plan to watch.? Of course... they know how to target their audience. Magic Mike, this one I plan to see at the theater with a group of friends. Is there a storyline, who knows and who cares. And there's also The Lucky One, there's a plot and decent actors/actresses.