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27 June 2003 @ 08:34 pm

It was maybe, if I'm generous, half as good as the first. Bummer. It felt forced, the plot was incoherent, and Demi Moore has all the negative charisma of...I can't even think what of. Window blinds. A rubber eraser. Corn starch. Something so bland, it defies ad copy. Besides these things:

  • There's no way to make steady boyfriends interesting,
  • John Cleese was wasted,
  • the cutest guy got the least screen time,
  • the cameos were pointless,
  • and the laws of physics were no longer good-naturedly mocked--they were viciously tortured.

    Also: Kid--fifteen and a half--nerdish--witness protection program--meaningless waste of screen time--excuse me, why the fuck was he there?

    Also: Given the various reviews I've seen of sitcoms, stand-up, this movie, etc etc, I think I must be the only person on earth who doesn't get the appeal of Bernie Mac.

    On the upside, Cameron Diaz in Spidey briefs. The charm--the running joke--of her sexpot dorkiness is hanging on by a thread, but it's there.

    Otherwise, there were only occasional funny moments. I was on board for the first movie. I like the actresses and the high-concept of retro 70s kitsch. Yay cleavage and explosions. Big, show-offy, smashmouth summer flicks can be great. But in that genre, it actually takes brains to look shallow and ditzy. The last movie was polished; this one has waxy build-up.

    It also takes a hit in comparison with Bull Durham, which is on cable tonight. Five minutes watching Susan Sarandon play Annie and I'm hooked--hey look, it's a real woman, with a real personality and the kind of sexiness that comes from having character and brains. Bull Durham is also one of maybe three movies that I actually liked Kevin Costner in.

    I'm tempted to go rent the first Charlie's Angels movie, so I can see the strangely hot Sam Rockwell dancing to Marvin Gaye....
    Tuesday Has No Phones: BFFthebratqueen on June 27th, 2003 08:50 pm (UTC)
    Hee hee hee
    So I wasn't the only one sucked into Bull Durham tonight? I love that movie. I love the whole feel of that movie. I'm glad I was able to watch it again after years of avoiding it once I actually spent a few hours with a minor league team and discovered that they're all homophobic assholes. I much prefer the Hollywood version.
    Daleviggorlijah on June 27th, 2003 10:37 pm (UTC)
    Took my kids to watch it for a birthday present, and while it was fun and sexy, that was about it. The first movie was much better. But! Amused myself with the femslash backstory to it - if you give Demi Moore's character a whole lesbian spin with the concept of teamwork/best friends *not* being true love, and have Dylan secretly in love with Natalie, but accepting that they're best friends and not quite hot threesome, and Demi being abandoned not by Charlie but by the other two angels who she loved, loved, loved so much for Charlie's orders and she never trusts them again, then you have the scene in the theatre where she's talking to Natalie about what Angels really want taking on some actual depth and meaning - except Natalie doesn't see it at all, the fact that Dylan loves her.

    Except it's a really dumb movie with way too many villains.
    Kat Allison: patti smithkatallison on June 28th, 2003 06:06 am (UTC)
    Aw, I *love* Bull Durham. Can't stand to watch it on TV, though, because every version I've seen they bleep the snot out of it, which is just sad.

    I once had an advisee (older returning student) who looked eerily like Crash Davis, down to the leather jacket and the beard stubble. I turned into a hormonal mess every time he stopped by my office. Sadly, he flunked out... </pointless tangent>
    Lady Agnewladyagnew on June 28th, 2003 05:56 pm (UTC)
    Watched it last night too, or at least the first half. I have it on tape, but it's always fun to watch it "live" on TV. And I know what you mean about Susan Sarandon--there was a moment when I felt literally struck with the realization of her sexiness. She was wearing something very '80s style, with one shoulder bare, her eyes were just wide and inquisitive, and she exuded sexuality. Not just attractive or beautiful, but sexy.

    And agree with the Kevin Costner sentiment. He's also pretty bearable in Tin Cup and The Untouchables, but everything else...