I was well rewarded. This is a rather clever movie with some surprisingly biting satire. J.Lo's gangsta life is attacked mercilessly, as are right wing politicians, Christian boybands, and yes...over-the-top hip-hop gangsta rappers and Jewish American Princesses.
The bit with Boys-R-Us is hysterical, and Marci's "Power in My Purse" rap is the best thing since Marilyn Monroe sang about Diamonds being a Girl's Best Friend. It's lovely.
Then, too, this movie has some wonderful actresses. I adore Lisa Kudrow; the fact that she's just turned 40 makes me love her all the more. And in this movie, I think she deserves some serious praise: In one scene, it's the morning after she's spent the night in jail. She's a mess. She's filthy, and her mascara is all over her face. She really looks like she's been in jail all night. There aren't that many actress who'd allow themselves to be filmed looking like that...I know I wouldn't want to be!
And Christine Baranski (from Chicago and </i>The Birdcage</i>, among others) is always fun to see. And I've always been fond of Jane Krakowski...not so much from Ally McBeal as from, of all things, from The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas. And seeing Kaity Tong again made me just that much more happier.
It's not To Kill a Mockingbird, and it's not Hamlet. But what it is, is it's a movie that made me laugh. And some days, that's all you need.
I predict this will be one of those movies that will become huge after it's been out for rent and on cable. Some of the scenes in this are definitely worthy of cult status...