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Cinema: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

imageSo Saturday afternoon we needed to go to Vero to retreive Brandy’s car. (Remember, she was partying earlier in the weekend. :-) So since we had driven way out there, we decided we’d catch a movie while there. The kid appropriate choices were basically Madagascar and this one. Amy saw Madagascar first, and was chanting that, until she saw the Pants. Then she changed her tune, and it was decided. This was what we would see.

Basic plot: Four teenagers, friends for life, seperating for the summer. They decide to mail a pair of pants back and forth. Through the travels of the pants, we watch the emotional travels of the three girls as they each grow up in different ways.

I think we were basically seeing this because Rory Gilmore was in it. She is cute, but she was really skinny in this one. As they say, she needs to eat a sammich. I think the other girl with the blue hair was the best of the four girls though in terms of her performance.

Anyway, the immediate comparison here is to Raising Helen, since I’d just watched it a couple days earlier. RH is a bit more lightweight of a movie. It has the death of the sister and such, but mostly tries not to be TOO serious. Traveling pants has its light moments, but is definately more serious, and has more depth to it. You get four stories, each of which you care about. I think the blue haired girl’s is the most poignant. But they all have their moments. Rory’s is mostly happy though. She gets to find first love. The other three end up less happy, but grow from it, etc.

At various points in the movie, there were people crying all over the theater. And that is one of my main criterea for a good movie. You’ve gotta cry! And this one does that.

So, I liked this movie. Madagascar might have been fun too, but I’m glad Amy picked this one.

Treo Number Six… Or One

imageI have had a long history of Treo problems. Within a few days of getting Treo #5 the yellow spot sort of thing that had happened with Treo #4 started happening again. Of course, I didn’t go right back in, cause it is a pain in the ass. So I used it as long as I could.

About a week ago we went back to the Sprint store. But this time I let Brandy do all the talking. She threw a fit about how this was the fifth one, and we had big problems with the 600, and we wanted something different. So they ordered me an upgrade to the 650. Woo!

We picked it up Saturday. I have spent a bunch of time since then configuring it and getting it set up the way I like. Definately an improvement over the 600. At least so far. We’ll see if it gets a yellow spot too.

So, while this is Treo #6 overall… it is now a new model. Lets start the count over. This is Treo #1, at least as far as 650’s go.

DVD: Raising Helen

imageFriday after work, Brandy was going out partying with people from her work, so I suggested to Amy that we have one of our movie nights at home which we haven’t had for awhile. So we ordered Chinese and watched her current Netflix movie. It was Raising Helen.

That’s the one where the New York Sex in the City Style woman’s sister dies, and suddenly she has three kids. You get the struggles as she adapots to suddenly having kids. She has to give up tons. Her life changes completely. The kids are in mourning and the oldest one rebels.

OK, I’ll admit something. At this point I saw this DVD almost two days ago. I meant to write the little web review thing right away, and had a number of things I intended to say. But things kept coming up and it is now two days later, and I mostly forget now. And I guess that says a bunch.

It was a decent little movie. Pulled some emotional strings at the right moments. At the end things end up like you think they would. I did not like the woman playing the older surviving sister. I didn’t mind the couple of hours I spent. It was fun and I got to hang out with Amy. But it wouldn’t be on a list of movies I must own or watch again…