Thanksgiving Movies
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MOVIES TO SEE (& Some to Avoid) OVER THANKSGIVING BREAK

Hope you got some time off for Thanksgiving because the past 2 weeks have gifted us with a cornucopia of highly anticipated flicks. Not all of them are worth the hefty ticket price, though. I’ve seen all of the new releases (OK, most of them) and can tell you which ones to see with your family, which ones to see with your drunk, adult friends, and which ones you should dodge like a bullet. Here are the Julie Says So Movies to See Over Thanksgiving (and which ones to AVOID). I even put them into nifty categories to make it easy for you.

THE SEQUELS

Fantastic Beasts 2
Scoot over, so I can get a better look at Dumbledore.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald feels like a J.K. Rowling fever dream. She packed it with everything she thinks we want to see in a Fantastic Beasts follow-up (loving shots of Hogwarts, surprising family trees and, of course, fantastic beasts), but she also had to tell about 20 other stories in the process. You’re left with a four-hour-long mess (OK, it’s just 2-hours-long but it FEELS so much longer). My 11-year-old looked at me as the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald credits rolled and said, “What? I’m so confused.” And that sums the whole movie up in 4 words. (D)
Best Part: Jude Law’s young Dumbledore is simply delicious.
Worst Part: Johnny Depp. Just any scene he’s in. Continue reading →

Instant Family
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MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW: Is “Instant Family” OK for Kids? (& a chat w/ Director Sean Anders)

The most important thing you need to know about Instant Family is that it’s far better than the trailer lets on. It led me to believe this movie would be a mediocre comedy about adoption. It’s actually more of a laugh-out-loud then tear-your-heart-out-while-you’re-still-laughing kind of film.
Instant Family is based on writer-director Sean Anders’ real-life experience of adopting three children, and he takes a warts-and-all approach to his story. That might explain the PG-13 rating, which the MPAA says is for “thematic elements, sexual material, language and some drug references.” I’m guessing the “thematic elements” might be in reference to a fairly graphic discussion about “d*ck pics,” among other things.
Yes, Sean Anders depicts the challenges of raising a family, adopted or biological, with true candor and Instant Family is a better movie for it. I think most ages will appreciate and relate to this movie (despite the occasionally salty subject-matter), which is why I’m recommending it to mature 11-year-olds and up. Instant Family is not only a great flick to see with your family over the holidays, it’s also the perfect way to celebration National Adoption Month! (A)
I got to sit down with Instant Family director Sean Anders recently, to talk about his movie and the challenges of adoption. I posted that below, so please watch it and stay through the end for a featurette with Sean and his real-life family.
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