May 2, 2008

Women at the Box Office This Weekend

Summer Movie Season Has Arrived
Thanks to women, Baby Mama did well last weekend, but since the summer movie season kicks off today, Baby Mama will have a hard time competing against Iron Man and the romantic comedy Made of Honor.

Then She Found Me rolls out into SF, Chicago, Boston, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, Seattle and expands in the NY area. If you live in these areas and are interested in seeing a good movie by and about a woman, GO SEE THIS!

If you have someone in your life who likes the big summer flicks here's my take: Iron Man stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the thinking man's action hero. While Downey, Jr. might not be your typical action hero (he's actually a brilliant scientist) the movie is typical action fare which requires you to leave your brain at the door. The script sucks, the suit is fun, Gwyneth Paltrow is underused (typical supportive female role), Jeff Bridges acts like a psychotic Lex Luthor and Terrence Howard sold out to get in a big movie. If you suspend belief and all sense of I need to say more?

Made of Honor is My Best Friend's Wedding ten years later and starring a guy. (Julia Roberts was in the original, which is far superior) Patrick Dempsey aka McDreamy from Grey's Anatomy plays Tom, the guy who created coffee collars, and after 10 years of sleeping around he realizes that his best friend (Michelle Monaghan) is the woman of his dreams. Only it's too late since she just met the man of her dreams in Scotland. Hijinks ensue to cancel the wedding. Who knows if McDreamy can cross over to the big screen (he tried it before in the late 80s and then we didn't see him for over a decade) but at least he's got Grey's to fall back on. Michelle Monaghan is so much better in the indie drama Trucker I saw at Tribeca this week, but hey it's really about Dempsey so really, who cares about the girl.

Other Women at the Movies
Hats Off- directed by Jyll Johnstone Opens in LA
Then She Found Me
Baby Mama
Nim's Island
Under the Same Moon
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
My Blueberry Nights

TV This Weekend
For you TV viewing pleasure, most all of England's top actresses appear in the three part mini-series Cranford based on the novel by Elizabeth Gaskell. Dame Judi Dench, Dame Eileen Atkins, Imelda Staunton, Francesca Annis and many other populate the town of Cranford where things must be done just so, and gossip makes it round quicker by person than it does on the internet. The show airs at 9pm on PBS for the next three Sundays.