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Gossip Girl (2007)
You know you love her.
So, Gossip Girl premiered on The CW tonight, and I have to say...not a miss for the creator of th O.C. I never really got into the O.C. Not sure why, I just didn't. And I'll admit, I was really going to give this show a chance because 1) the title...seemed like another lame teen-angsty drama and 2) it would be on the same time as Private Practice and Bionic Woman. However, when I heard Kristen Bell was going to be involved, I was definitely turned on to it. I still had some lingering doubts though. I never expected to choose it over the other two shows competing with it. However, much to my surprise, I really did enjoy it. (Prepare for some spoilers along the way) It started out a little slow, as if we were already supposed to know what was going on. However, things were quickly explained, still leaving more answers to be desired. OK, so to make things clear first, Gossip Girl is an online blogger who posts the happenings of the children of the rich and famous in Manhattan. The characters attend a private school, in which everyone's lives are practically run by Gossip Girl. The blogger is unseen and unknown, but his voice by Kristen Bell. I thought she was great for the part. I have to admit, I kept thinking Veronica Mars when I heard her voice, but I thought her tone was perfect for the...should I say non-character? Kind of sexy sounding, with some sass, and a little bit of "I don't care...but you do." going on in the way she said things.
The show centers around Serena, a girl who used to be on the wrong side of the tracks, who mysteriously moves away for a year to boarding school for unknown reasons. She comes back sporting the bad-girl-gone-good attitude and most people don't believe it. Her best friend, Blair, is stung by the way things were left with Serena. She is now the new queen bee, so to speak, at the school and is worried about things going back to how they used to be, yet still longs to reunite with her friend. Blair's longtime boyfriend Nate had a fling with Serena before she left, which we are left to assume this is her reason for leaving. There are other characters as well, including the siblings, Dan and Jenny. Dan is pretty much unseen in the school and couldn't get over an event in 9th grade when Serena spoke to him. Jenny wants to start off her high school life by building a reputation, making sure she's invited to the "Kiss on the Lips" party, by addressing the invites. There's also Serena's brother, who recently tried to commit suicide, which is the reason Serena is back. Dan and Jenny's father is a "wannabe" rocker who apparently had some sort of relationship with Serena's selfish mother. There's also Nate's father, who has his son's life almost completely planned out for him. Oh, and can't forget this show's closest thing to and antagonist at this point, Chuck.
So, the main plot begins with Serena finding Blair and her group, which includes Jenny. She doesn't receive an invitation to the "Kiss on the Lips" party. But of course, Jenny saved her one, when she made them. Serena goes to a hotel bar to try to patch things up with Blair, which seems to work. Then, she's taken back to the kitchen with Chuck, attempting to blackmail her about her fling with Nate, unaware that Nate is telling Blair at the same time. Serena doesn't comply and leaves in a huff, bumping into Dan, where she drops her cell phone. Dan returns the phone, as Serena's mother confronts her daughter about her going to the "Kiss on the Lips" party, Serena uses Dan as a patsy for getting out of it. She then decides to actually follow through with her fake plans with Dan and the two go to his dad's concert. While the "Kiss on the Lips" party is going on, Jenny goes upstairs with Chuck and thinks things are going to fast. She text messages her brother Dan, and he and Serena go to get her. They find Chuck forcing himself on Jenny and Dan punches Chuck. They take a cab back to Dan and Jenny's home, with all of the students, and maybe even Gossip Girl herself, watching.
So, I haven't read the books. But I would say the best thing to do is if you have, don't compare the series to them when you watch it. Remember, it takes its own creative license and is not a mere remake. Just because it isn't exactly the same, doesn't mean it's bad.
Overall, the show didn't disappoint. Sure, some of the events were a little clichéd, but from what I'm told, The O.C. started off slow too. I would say give the show a chance and just Tivo Private Practice and/or Bionic Woman or watch them online. Giving this show a chance if definitely what you should do.
Scary Movie 4 (2006)
I don't see how this got a better rating then Date Movie. It was a hell of a lot funnier than this. Anyway...I was disappointed with Scary Movie 4. The other three was hilarious. The first two were gut busting. I was disappointed with the PG-13 rating of 3, but it was fresh spin. So Scary Movie 4 deserves a rental, not a buy though. (I will probably buy it though. To see Leslie Nielsen butt, DUH! J/K) The jokes weren't as funny as they could have been. They got kind of tiring. They should have made fun of the grudge more. Their main focus was on War of the Worlds. I mean, was that really scary? I know I didn't think so. Also the jokes about the Village were really lame. We didn't need a movie to make fun of an already stupid movie. It seemed weird that a PG-13 movie made fun of R rated Saw. The jokes about it weren't even that funny. Bringing Breanda back was lame to. After the comedic genius that was her wake in Scary Movie 3, the character return seemed stupid. Well, i guess if you are a die hard fan of Scary Movie, go see it. But if not, don't bother.
Date Movie (2006)
I don't know what's wrong with everyone else on this site, but Date Movie was very funny and most people thought it was. Everyone I personally know, who has seen it, loved it. Most people posting comments say the jokes were to predictable. Well of course they are! If you have seen the movies they are making fun of, you will expect certain jokes to be brought up, but that doesn't mean it's not funny! Some members have also stated that Date Movie just re-did a seen from the movies they were making fun of, with no joke or exaggeration. Bull crap! Lots of jokes were made. People said it was a waste of time, which I don't agree with. I feel that I got plenty of laughs for 7 bucks. In fact, I liked it so much, I bought it. I do admit though, that the Unrated DVD was a HUGE disappointment. I want convince people who have not seen this movie to ignore the other comments and see it! Don't just not see a movie, because other people didn't like it. Everyone has a different sense of humor. I recommend Date Movie to any movie lover!