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The Ron Clark Story (2006)
If you've seen Ron Clark on Oprah, you know what an inspiration he is. This movie does absolutely NO JUSTICE to his story. In fact, the hack writers spend so much time shoe-horning his story into a clichéd structure, it's practically unrecognizable. I don't even know where to begin. First of all, Ron Clark's energy is the most amazing thing about him and Matthew Perry, while a fine actor in the right situation, is absolutely 100% miscast. For real, it should be someone like Sean Hayes or...I don't know, someone more electric. And those kids? Were such clichés. And, I don't know what movie the kid playing Shameika was even in. Basic Instinct or something. The story offered no insight into what actually made Ron Clark's teaching a success. By all appearances, he should have been an utter failure. It was deep conviction and unfailing energy that allowed him to succeed. When I heard this movie was being made, I was so excited for it. It couldn't be more of a disappointment.
I can't believe how much I laughed out loud at this movie. The comic energy that they managed to capture is outstanding. I just saw it recently and keep laughing when I remember certain moments- like Justine Bateman's shifting while the girl is talking about how she "used to love a gay man." I almost peed myself.
Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Can't speak highly enough....
Catherine Keener? She's so friggin good, I can't stand it. I loved this movie. It does something that was hard for me to put my finger on, but I think I've got it now--It shows that we can't always hope for a lot in the world, in terms of validation or support, but we always have our humor. That seems really slight, but it means a lot. These people were really not happy in most moments, but they could manage to still be clever or witty. Sometimes, if you can't laugh at life, you'd never stop crying. Emily Mortimer was great- the scene everyone talked about is as good as they said.And Catherine Keener. She's such an original. I almost hate, her she's so perfect.
Stop it with the symbols already!!
This movie is so overloaded with metaphors that it hardly has time for the people. It's trying so hard to be a "powerful coming-of-age saga" that it ends up being rather hollow. That said, all of the young actors were good. What the hell was Emily Watson doing in ONE scene? I'd have a talk with the editor if I were her.
Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
This movie made me so happy. The performers are so gifted. The details in the art direction and characterizations were pretty spot-on too. Amy Poehler in particular delighted me. That girl rocks my world. Everyone has their moment though. In this time when parodies are almost more common than original ideas, this movie stands out as one of the best.