MOMMY MOVIE REVIEW- Is “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” OK for Kids?

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is about four high-school students who get pulled into a video game, where they become their avatars. It stars Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Kevin Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black as game characters who must figure out clues and save the island, or possibly die in the process. Along the way, they meet Nick Jonas’ Seaplane McDonough, who has been trapped inside the game for twenty years.
Look, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is goofy and about as substantial as a handful of popcorn. It’s also surprisingly engaging and a load of fun. Continue reading →


“Scream Queens” is CARDS AGAINST HUMANITY for TV

I recently learned that I’m not supposed to laugh at Cards Against Humanity. I read an article that said laughing at the game’s horrible comments condoned them and sent a dangerous message. I thought I was laughing because they were so shocking, but I don’t laugh at ALL shocking comments. Sometimes, I’m simply shocked by them. Why would I laugh at these awful things when they were written on cards in a game? Am I a horrible person after all? I’ve always known I had a warped sense of humor but have I turned a corner and become simply warped?

I asked myself these very questions last night while watching Fox’s latest offering, Scream Queens. It’s about a college sorority that is plagued by a troublesome past and a murderous future. The cast reads like an “MTV Awards” list of presenters (Emma Roberts, Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas) and the pearl/faux-fur wardrobe will surely be copied by high school Queen Bees. It’s the DIALOGUE that’s most shocking though and the reason I now call Scream Queens “Cards Against Humanity for TV.” Continue reading →


ON YOUR RADAR: “Bridge of Spies” & “Scream Queens”

It’s kind of depressing to be on THIS side of Summer Movie Season, isn’t it? All the movies we were SO PUMPED to see have come and gone. What do we do now? Well, we should start getting jazzed about the NEW stuff headed our way, like Bridge of Spies. This movie is directed by Steven Spieldberg, stars Tom Hanks and was co-written by the Coen Brothers. There’s so much good stuff going on here that I kind of want to hate it. It reminds me of the really hot jock in high school that everyone was in love with. YOU wanted to hate him because everyone thought he was so perfect, then he smiled at you in the hallway and you swooned. Well, THAT’S how I feel about Bridge of Spies. It’s based on the true story an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War. He must help rescue a pilot detained by the Soviet Union and YES, it will probably get Oscar nominations. Bridge of Spies opens October 16th. Continue reading →