||[May. 29th, 2004|08:52 pm]
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Mainly because of timing, I went to see Raising Helen yesterday after work. Now, I like Garry Marshall movies. I just saw Pretty Woman the other day on cable, and I named Princess Diaries one of my top ten best films of 2001, mainly because it featured Julie Andrews arm-wrestling at the Musée Mechanique in San Francisco.
This however...it reminded me less of those two movies and more of Stepmom, except there's no lingering death involved. Well...not of any of the characters, anyway. Kate Hudson is...well, Kate Hudson. John Corbett is, likewise, John Corbett, as is Joan Cusak...in fact, I'm not entirely sure there's much actual acting going on. Even Spencer Breslin isn't really expanding his range much.
Put it this way: I checked my email three times during the 114 long minutes I was sitting in the dark.
Not that there aren't some cute moments. Of course, Hector Elizondo and Larry Miller make appearances, as they do in all Garry Marshall films. And John Corbett, as a Lutheran pastor, also happens to play goalie for an interfaith hockey league (look for Alan Thicke as the "Hockey Cantor").
But overall..? We've seen it all before. Usually on Lifetime.
However, there is one reason to see this movie...there's a Disney animated short called Lorenzo that's simply brilliant. It's the tale of a selfish spoiled cat who gets a bit of a come-uppance when he mocks the wrong kitty. It's wonderful. It's just too bad it was attached to this particular film.
(PS...if you see the movie, can you tell me what the hell the poster has to do with the plot? Because I can't figure it out.)