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Act Naturally (2011)
Review from first screening in NYC
Act Naturally is about two sisters, one biological and one adopted, that first meet upon the death of their father. Leah Collins (played by Katie L. Hall, who also co-produced and co-wrote the movie) is the adopted daughter while Charlie Tillerman (Liz Lytle) plays the biological daughter. At the beginning of the movie Leah gets a call from Charlie. During their introductory call, Charlie tells Leah that her father has died, and that they have to take a road trip together from Florida to Arizona to claim their father's remains.
When the two sisters arrive at their destination, they are both surprised to find themselves at a nudist resort. The women then discover that not only was their father secretly a nudist, but he also owned the resort! If that was not enough of a surprise, they soon find out that the nudist resort is their inheritance, which they now own. It seems like the only thing they can agree on is that neither one of the wants to take their clothes off, and that they both want to be done with this experience as soon as possible to get on with their lives. The resort staff recognize this discomfort, and try to get them feel as comfortable as possible in their new environment basically to keep sisters from selling or closing down the resort. Most of what I have described is the introduction and setup, while the remainder of the movie deals with a fish out of water style comedy as the two sisters deal with their new environment.
The movie has both funny and serious moments. Some of the serious moments explore the characters who work at the resort, and their individual reasons for choosing to live in a nudist environment. As such I think it pretty much succeeds in one of its main goals to honestly depict a non exploitational story of who nudists really are, and how two non-nudist women adjust to an unexpected and forced immersion into a nude environment.
Great, But not top 50
Memento is a great movie. It is definitely worth renting, but after seeing it listed as the 10th greatest movie of all time (currently at #10 on the top 250 as I write this), I felt that I just had to make a comment.
Memento has the feel of an independent movie, rough, gritty, and somewhat unpolished. In a lot of ways it feels similar to Pulp Fiction, but personally I believe Memento is actually a better movie.
Despite my praise, I must say that it does not belong in the top 50. I would personally rank it somewhere in the top 150-200 movies ever.
Well worth seeing, but clearly a bit overrated by IMDB users.
Its a TV movie???
I remember seeing it on FOX and being surprised at how good it actually was. I probably watch about 2 or 3 made for TV movies a decade because they are usually, well... pretty bad. This one is almost the quality you would expect on a regular movie. Really fun; the Best made for TV movie I have ever seen.
If they are ever showing it on TV again, don't miss it!