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Lori Madison is a young woman turning 30 who returns to her Colorado hometown and discovers a childhood list of seven things to do before she turned 30, and finds that she has yet to achieve any of them. So, Lori sets out on a frantic, and humorous quest to accomplish them before her 30th birthday just three weeks away. Written by
In New York City, Lori works as a telemarketer, but she gets involved in conversations rather than sticking to the script, which makes her boss mad. Here's a thought: wouldn't a friendly telemarketer make more sales?
She has had numerous jobs over the years. Something always goes wrong.
Michael is Lori's boyfriend. He takes photos for magazines. In one scene, he is photographing models, and just for fun he takes pictures of Lori. She looks good. Not like a real model, but she is attractive. She has a face like Michelle Trachtenberg.
Lori is having trouble paying her bills--including rent on her apartment. The identical twins who look like something out of a horror movie warn Lori if she doesn't pay her rent, people are waiting in line to pay twice what she does.
And then Lori loses her job because she's just too nice to be cruel to people going through a hard time. The twins help her move out (not to be nice, but to get rid of her).
There's nothing for Lori to do except return home to Colorado.
When she arrives home, Lori finds that her older brother Will (who still lives with his mother) has a skydiving business (this means he pushes people out of planes and then falls with them). And her interior designer mother Vanessa has hair dyed a shade of red that is obviously not natural, but it's not fire engine red either. And Lori's room is exactly as she left it. A little girl's room.
Lori finds the list of things to do by the time she turns 30, and she has only a month to do all of them. Can she do it?
Among the items on her list: Become a rock star (Does karaoke count?), marry Dan (Or will it be Michael?), and go skinny dipping (she definitely does this, and I'm not sure how much was edited, but I did see this on broadcast TV).
Dan was Lori's boyfriend when she was in high school. He was the football star, and having made a success of his life, he is back in town to run the local car dealer. And he's engaged to Meredith, who is quite pretty and doesn't seem to care for Lori.
Lori thinks of herself as a loser but she really isn't. She has so much confidence in most of her scenes. One problem is her mother, who wants to do everything for her and take care of her. Maybe she can overcome that. And she has seen plenty of evidence that she never finishes anything she starts. Another problem she can overcome.
Amber Benson does a great job. And not just as an actress. She can sing, too.
Julia Duffy stands out as well.
Of course this movie is just fluff, but it's enjoyable fluff.
This movie has a lot of good music. I particularly enjoyed the song in the pool scene, which I believe was used later too.
There are a few risqué scenes and some humor that implies people have premarital sex, but nothing really offensive that would make it inappropriate for children. Nudity in itself isn't a bad thing if no one actually does anything and no parts show, right?
I enjoyed this a lot.
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