Wilson, Simmons, Helms


I get the text below from my friends all the time:
Hey, I’m going to the movies. What should I see?
I always respond with my favorite films that are currently out. I tell them about the 7 Golden Globe nominations that The Shape of Water got or about the gorgeous scenery in Call Me By Your Name. I’ll remind them about Frances McDormand’s powerful performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri or that they could just watch the phenomenal Mudbound at home, on Netflix.
I’ll give them my list of Best Movies Out Now, but when I run into them later and ask what they saw, it’s ALWAYS the goofiest movie out.
When I ask WHY they chose that one, they always say,
“I just wanted something that would make me laugh.”
Look, I haven’t seen Father Figures yet. This story about two men (Owen Wilson and Ed Helms) searching for the father that their mother (Glenn Close) said was dead just might be Oscar worthy. Christopher Walken, Ving Rhames and Harry Shearer just might give the performances of their lives. Or, maybe Father Figures is simply the perfect Just-Make-Me laugh movie for you. Continue reading →


MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: My Kids Review “The Jungle Book”

Kids are spoiled when it comes to movies these days. If I compare what passed as Kids’ Movies when I was young (Benji, Willow, Ernest Goes to Camp) to what kids see today (Inside Out, Zootopia, Big Hero 6), I can’t help but get jealous. Even sweet and beautifully animated films like The Good Dinosaur get tossed into the “Meh” pile because they’re not as great as Wreck It Ralph or Frozen.

And now they have The Jungle Book. Sigh…it almost isn’t fair.

People have been asking me for months if this one is too intense for kids, which is understandable given the snake and tiger-heavy ads. My daughters and I saw The Jungle Book last night though, and can finally answer those questions. There are two things I should mention first, though. If you DO decide to see The Jungle Book, pay the extra money for IMAX-3D. It’s worth it. Also, forgive Lucy for being sassy and surly in this podcast. That kid needed to go to bed!

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MOMMY-MOVIE-REVIEW: “Eddie the Eagle” Bad Glasses & Spirit Saves the Day

Eddie the Eagle stars Taron Egerton (Kingsmen: The Secret Service) as the underdog hero of the 1988 Calgary Olympics. Eddie began his ski-jumping career later in life and trained with no sponsorship, though he was repeatedly told he’d never compete on the world stage. Hugh Jackman plays Eddie’s rebellious coach, Bronson Peary, who was an Olympian himself before losing focus and falling into the bottle. Together, they take on the world of Olympic Ski Jumping and win the hearts of sports fans everywhere.

I had honestly never heard of Olympic Ski Jumper Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards before this movie. That probably handicapped me because I couldn’t tell if Taron Egerton was seriously hamming it up or properly portraying Eddie Edwards. His awkwardly placed glasses, bizarre mannerisms and bushy mustache were a distraction but once I got home and researched Eddie, I realized Egerton NAILED IT. Continue reading →