At Least They Used a Hyphen

Back around Oscar time, I ran down the list of nominated films through the eyes of a mom who didn’t get out much. Now that some time has passed, I still don’t get out much– but I have been to the movies four (4) times. I am now going to rank the films for you in a segment I think I’ll call Liz’s Movie Reviews. I think it has a nice ring.

Worst to best.

4) The Five-Year Engagement

Jason Segel and Emily Blunt are engaged for five years. Mindy Kaling plays Kelly from The Office and Chris Pratt plays Andy from Parks and Rec and Allison Brie plays the part Anne Hathaway’s too big for now, since she’s kinda moved on from the sidekick roles.  I braved a potentially lethal hail storm to see this movie and I half expected to fall asleep during it, which I did not, but the nap would have been nice. All in all, I’d have to go with Peter Griffin’s assessment of The Godfather and say it insists upon itself. The jokes weren’t funny and the situations seemed forced, BUT I got to leave the house. Bonus point to them for punctuating the title correctly, though, unlike another film that shall remain nameless, but not link-less.

3) The Hunger Games:

I don’t have much to add that hasn’t been said.

2) The Muppets

This is why I saw The Five Year Engagement, and I played right into Jason Segel and Nick Stoller’s hands. This movie was delightful, and after reading all the press surrounding its release, I felt like Jason Segel was my friend from high school who finally made his dream come true… and I was happy for him. No, I was proud of him. And I don’t even know him. Now I’m sort of at that place where I might tell people he was a nice guy in the beginning, but now… he’s changed. But I won’t let it take away my memories. Of muppets.

1) 21 Jump Street

For real. This was one of the best movies I’ve seen in a while. Get the joke? I don’t get out much. But really, it was super funny and delightful and I am so glad it came out after I made up with Jonah Hill. (I really, really didn’t like him– and then I saw Oprah interview him, and  it was like I was blind and now I could see. I could see Jonah Hill, and his spirit was pure and white like a baby dove.) Honestly.

If you liked The Five-Year Engagement, please tell me what I’m missing. I’m curious.

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4 thoughts on “At Least They Used a Hyphen

  1. I don’t get why the title of this movie that you linked to is grammatically incorrect. The movie is Two Weeks Notice, right? There’s no possessive there and there shouldn’t be. There’s no ownership here. Two Weeks describes the kind of notice, making it an adjective, but does not indicate ownership of the notice by the two weeks. I think Grammar Girl has this wrong. I’m an English teacher, so I care whether or not I’m misinformed on a rule that I teach…I’d like to believe I’m right and she’s wrong on this.

    • But what if you were getting one years salary for something? That’s wrong. It’s one year’s salary. It’s two months’ salary for an engagement ring. I’ve always been impressed they called it Bridget Jones’s Diary.

  2. Great selection on 21st Jump Street. I’m not much of a fan of “slap stick” humour, but Jonah Hill really did a wonderful job on this flick. Great twist on the jock/geek stereotype!

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