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Last night was impromptu movie night here in the Shakespeare house.

Impromptu movie night is any night that Mr. Shakespeare just so happens to stop by the video store on his way home from work. Impromptu movie night is also the night where we find ourselves watching the same movie for the fifteenth time (Mr. Shakespeare doesn’t always remember what we’ve seen or not) or reveling
the *ahem* delights of films that we’d hoped to never have seen (American Pie: The Naked Mile anyone?).

Yesterday’s choice was In the Land of Women.

This film is a prime example of trailers gone very very wrong… While I knew that I’d be interested in seeing this movie due to the casting of the ever-so-lovable Adam Brody, I wasn’t expecting it to earn a place in one of my many favorites lists. After all, the previews hinted at a plot centered around some sort of angst-filled relationship between Brody’s character and that of actress Kristen Stewart. And while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with a bit of angst-filled young love, one has to wonder just how many ways it can be done without becoming not so "angst-filled and young" as the next 5,000 similar titles in line ahead and behind it.

Thankfully, I was in for a surprise.

Rather than just another teenager in love movie, I found myself caught up in a story of many loves… and the subsequent struggle to recognize the difference between what makes a love "real" and what just looks good on a poster.   

Meg Ryan did a heartbreakingly beautiful job as Sarah, and Olympia Dukakis played the role of my great-grandmother to perfection. If you get a chance to see it, be sure to stop by and let me know what you thought!

(On another note: If the sound of his laughter was any indication, Peter seemed to enjoy The Naked Mile as much as any of the other guy-humor-filled movies like it… of course, I can’t be certain.  I was  hiding in the bedroom trying to save braincells. :)

November 17, 2007
Categories: Daily, Prose/Bros


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