Classic of the Week: The Apartment (1960)

The Apartment is a 1960 American romantic comedy drama film directed by Billy Wilder. It stars Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine. The film follows the story of C.C. “Bud” Baxter (Lemmon), an insurance clerk, who dreams of getting promoted at work. In those hopes, he lets higher up coworkers use his Upper West Side apartment to have extramarital affairs. Bud develops an attraction to the elevator operator, Fran Kubelik (MacLaine), who is having an affair with Bud’s Boss, Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray). Bud is a playboy who brings home a different lady each night, until he meets Fran.

This film has garnered much controversy since its release, despite winning Best Pictures at The Oscars. Some have said this film is dirty due to its portrayal of adultery and infidelity. Others have given the film positive reviews, like, “a tender and genuinely funny and romantic film.’ I personally can see both ways, the controversy and the outstanding-ness of this movie. It does make light of adultery, for most of this picture, almost saying that doing this terrible stuff is okay. But, at the same time, the main character Bud, does realize that what he is doing is wrong and that there is only one woman he wants and that is Fran.

This film is filled with sin, humor, romance and compassion. Both Lemmon and MacLaine are fantastic together. Fred McMurray is equally great. The writing is a bit on the filthy side, but that doesn’t make it a bad movie at all. Because the characters realize what is really going on and straighten it out. Fran and Bud realize who they are meant to be with and Sheldrake comes to the realization that he shouldn’t make things worse for them, himself or the company.

Of course, this not for kids of any age, as the subject matter is far too mature. There is also dreaming, as well affairs,, sex, kissing, smoking and fighting. This may make the film not seem romantic or comedic, but it is, as well as dramatic. It isn’t exactly a beautiful film, but it isn’t exactly ugly either, which to me, makes it wonderful. It is truly a movie that deserves to be watched at least nice in your life. A scandalous, yet tender story that in’t boring, over the top filthy, or cheesy. It is one that will never cease to entertain. A true masterpiece! 18 & up 4.5/5

Most Hilarious Movies of All Time Part II

101. Home Alone – 1990

102. The Princess Bride – 1987

103. Uncle Buck – 1989

104. Dumb and Dumber- 1994

105. Stripes – 1981

106. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective- 1994

107. Wedding Crashers – 2005

108. Zombieland – 2009

109. Grumpy Old Men – 1993

110. What About Bob? – 1991

111. Three Amigos! – 1986

112. Robin Hood: Men In Tights – 1993

113. Galaxy Quest – 1999

114. Fletch – 1985

115. It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World -1963

116. The Pink Panther – 1963

117. Liar, Liar – 1997

118. Man on the Moon – 1999

119. Bridesmaids- 2011

120. Play it Again, Sam – 1972

121. Monkey Business- 1931

122. Swingers – 1996

123. Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid – 1982

124. Dinner at Eight – 1933

125. Zoolander – 2001

126. Hot Fuzz – 2007

127. What We Do in the Shadows – 2014

128. Beetlejuice – 1988

129. Waiting for Guffman – 1996

130. A Shot in the Dark – 1964

131. Shaun of the Dead – 2004

132. My Cousin Vinny – 1992

133. Fantastic Mr. Fox – 2009

134. Shrek – 2001

135. Toy Story – 1995

136. Waking Ned Devine – 1998

137. Death at a Funeral – 2007

138. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein- 1948

139. The Navigator- 1924

140. Spite Marriage – 129

141. The Cameraman – 1928

142. Speedy – 1928

143. For Heaven’s Sake -1926

144. The General – 1926

145. The Absent Minded Professor – 1961

146. Harvey – 1950

147. Mr. Mom – 1983

148. His Girl Friday – 1940

149. The Big Lebowski – 1998

150. Hababam Sinifi – 1975

151. Korkusuz Korkak – 1979

152. Withnail & I – 1987

153. Click – 2006

154. Happy Days – 1978

155. Sut Kardesler – 1976

156. Tosun Pasa – 1976

157. Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – 2005

158. Slap Shot – 1977

159. The Pink Panther Strikes Again – 1976

160. Big Daddy – 1999

161. Wayne’s World – 1992

162. Spaceballs – 1987

163. High Fidelity – 2000

164. The King of States Island – 2020

165. The Darjeeling Limited – 2007

166. Crimes and Misdemeanors- 1989

167. Deconstructing Harry – 1997

168. Everything s you Always Wanted to Know About Sex, but Were Afraid to Ask – 1972

169. Love and Death – 1975

170. What’s Up, Tiger Lily? – 1966

171. Zelig – 1983

172. Larceny, Inc. – 1942

173. Sweet and Lowdown – 1999

174. Bullets Over Broadway – 1994

175. Smokey and the Bandit – 1977

176. 9 to 5 – 1980

177. The Man With Two Brains – 1983

178. Topper – 1937

179. Dolmite is My Name – 2019

180. Mean Girls – 2004

181. Friday – 1995

182. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? – 1988

183. Monty Python and the Holy Grail – 1975

184. Bells Are Ringing – 1960

185. Auntie Mame – 1958

186. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes- 1953

187. Old School- 2003

188. Step Brothers- 2008

189. Barbershop- 2002

190. So I Married an Axe Murderer – 1993

191. The Awful Truth – 1937

192. The Freshman- 1925

193. Private Benjamin- 1980

194. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – 1982

195. The Court Jester – 1955

196. Lost in America- 1985

197. Go West – 1925

198. Chicken Run – 2000

199. Sixteen Candles – 1984

200. Ball of Fire – 1941

Most Hilarious Movies of All Time Part I

  1. Duck Soup – 1933
  2. The Philadelphia Story- 1940
  3. The Jerk – 1979
  4. Sleeper – 1973
  5. Mr. Deeds Goes to Town – 1936
  6. Diner – 1982
  7. When Harry Met Sally… 1989
  8. Airplane! – 1980
  9. The Graduate – 1967
  10. Ghostbusters – 1984
  11. Shampoo – 1975
  12. A Day at the Races – 1937
  13. Arsenic and Old Lace – 1944
  14. Manhattan – 1979
  15. Singin’ in the Rain – 1952
  16. The Thin Man – 1934
  17. It Happened One Night – 1934
  18. The Apartment- 1960
  19. The Gold Rush – 1925
  20. Tootsie – 1982
  21. This is Spinal Tap – 1984
  22. Moonstruck- 1987
  23. Cat Ballou – 1965
  24. City Lights – 1931
  25. Raising Arizona – 1987
  26. Bringing Up Baby – 1938
  27. Groundhog Day – 1993
  28. Arthur – 1981
  29. Sherlock Jr. – 1924
  30. Mrs. Doubtfire – 1993
  31. The Nutty Professor- 1963
  32. The Bank Dick – 1940
  33. Safety Last! – 1923
  34. Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure- 1985
  35. Broadcast News – 1987
  36. The Grand Budapest Hotel – 2014
  37. The Birdcage – 1996
  38. Clue – 1985
  39. Lost in America- 1985
  40. Dazed and Confused- 1993
  41. Big – 1988
  42. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure – 1989
  43. The 40 Year Old Virgin- 2005
  44. Legally Blonde – 2001
  45. City Slickers – 1991
  46. Bridget Jones’s Diary – 2001
  47. The Lady Killers – 1955
  48. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels- 1988
  49. Best in Show – 2000
  50. National Lampoon’s Vacation- 1983
  51. Meet the Parents – 2000
  52. Being There’s – 1979
  53. Playtime – 1973
  54. Office Space – 1999
  55. There’s Something About Mary – 1998
  56. Elf – 2003
  57. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy- 2004
  58. The Odd Couple – 1968
  59. The Lady Eve – 1941
  60. Adam’s Rib – 1949
  61. A Fish Called Wanda – 1988
  62. Four Weddings and a Funeral – 1994
  63. Beverly Hills Cop – 1984
  64. A Night at the Opera – 1935
  65. Sullivan’s Travels – 1941
  66. Trading Places – 1983
  67. The Naked Gun – 1988
  68. Coming to America – 1988
  69. The General – 1927
  70. National Lampoon’s Animal House – 1978
  71. Modern Times – 1936
  72. The Blues Brothers – 1980
  73. Young Frankenstein- 1974
  74. Annie Hall – 1977
  75. Caddyshack – 1980
  76. What’s up Doc? – 1972
  77. The Producers – 1968
  78. Planes, Trains and Automobiles- 1987
  79. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – 1986
  80. School of Rock – 2003
  81. Way Out West – 1936
  82. Bananas – 1971
  83. Sons of the Desert – 1933
  84. The King of Comedy – 1982
  85. Broadway Danny Rose- 1984
  86. His Girl Friday- 1940
  87. The Pink Panther 1963
  88. Blazing Saddles – 1974
  89. A League of Their Own – 1992
  90. The Full Monty – 1997
  91. American Graffiti- 1973
  92. Girl Shy – 1924
  93. The Kid Brother – 1927
  94. Steamboat Bill Jr. – 1928
  95. Animal Crackers – 1930
  96. Horse Feathers – 1932
  97. The Hangover- 2009
  98. O Brother, Where Art Thou? – 2000
  99. The Wedding Singer – 1998
  100. Father of the Bride – 1950

Classic of the Week: Misery (1990)

Misery is a 1990 American psychological thriller film directed by Rob Reiner based on Steven King’s 1987 novel of the same name. It stars James Caan, Kathy Bates, Richard Farnsworth and Frances Sternhagen. The plot follows an obsessive fan who holds an author captive and forces him to write a story.

Paul Sheldon (Caan) is a famous author of Victorian romance novels featuring a character named Misery Chastain. He wants to focus on more serious stories, so he writes a manuscript for a new novel that he hopes will help create a new career after Misery. While traveling from Silver Creek, Colorado to his home in New York City, Paul is caught in a blizzard and his car goes off the road, making him unconscious. A nurse named Annie Wilkes (Bates) finds Paul and takes him to her home.

Paul regains consciousness and finds himself strapped to a bed with broken legs and a dislocated shoulder. Annie claims to be his number one fan and makes his stay there even more miserable after reading his manuscript fr his new novel.

This is definitely one of Stephen King’s best stories and one of the best film adaptations. It grabs you from the very start and knocks the breath out of you. Kathy Bates is not the sweet lady she was in Fried in Green Tomatoes, she’s a master manipulator, an evil and sick woman seeking revenge on a famous individual. Bates is outstanding as Annie Wilkes, proving she can play any type of character. She abuses Paul so bad that she causes him to be wheelchair bound from breaking his legs. James Caan is terrific as author Paul Sheldon. He starts out helpless, until he finds a way to seek revenge on Annie and give her a taste of her own medicine.

The majority of this film takes place in Annie’s remote house. It is very disturbing, so it is not for the faint of heart. Both characters are sent through Hell and back. Annie eventually gets what she deserves and Paul rescued, but the road there is extremely gruesome, with one fighting another for most of it. Some scenes start out slow, but usually have a disturbing part, that will make you wary of strangers.

This movie is full of painful scenes, so definitely not a family flick. There’s violence, foul language, drinking, smoking, and drug usage. The extreme gore may upset some viewers, so use caution when watching this film. This is an unsettling movie from beginning to end, but it is very well done from the acting to the writing, It is truly one of the best psychological thriller films of all time. Adults only 4.5/5

Swallow (2019)

Swallow is a 2019 psychological thriller film written and directed by Carlo Mirabella Davis, in his directorial debut. It stars Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche and Denis O’Hare. The story follows a young woman who is suffocated emotionally in her marriage and outside life, starts to consume inedible things on impulse.

Hunter Conrad (Bennet) lives like a 1950’s housewife, including her fashion sense, except she enjoys games on her cellphone. Her husband Richie has taken over his as CEO of his father’s corporation and is gone a lot, leaving Hunter bored at home a lot. She isn’t nearly as outgoing as Richie or his family. She eventually finds him to be inconsiderate and removed towards her. One day at home alone, she develops the urge to swallow a marble. She finds it gives her a feeling of euphoria and begins to swallow other non-food items around the house, including thumbtacks, metal figurines and even batteries. Each object, after digested, she obsessively cleans and arranges in a dish on her vanity.

When Hunter finds out she is is pregnant, she and Richie go to the hospital for an ultrasound, during which the technician finds an anomaly in Hunter’s stomach. She is transported immediately to the emergency room to remove many different things trapped in her intestine. She is diagnosed with pica, a psychological disorder that coaxes people to eat inedible items. She is forced to go to therapy where she reveals her unhappiness in her marriage and how she was born from her mother being raped and being too conservative to terminate the pregnancy.

This film is very slow at times, almost boring, but it does pick up and gets a lot better. You get to see how a person with a pica lives, how they struggle, hurt themselves and the ones who care about them. You also see how it is to live as the black sheep in the family and through a broken marriage that keeps getting worse. It is disturbing knowing that pica is s real condition and seeing a person (real or not) is hard to watch, but you can’t help watch Hunter swallow almost no food throughout the film.

Hunter’s husband Richie (Stowell) is veery little help for her, he mostly yells and tells her to get professional help or he’ll divorce her. Her doe however, mention the health of their baby and calls her selfish for not thinking of them or her own health. Richie’s parents are worried she might kill the baby and herself and she eventually checks into a mental institution.

Haley Bennett is outstanding as Hunter Conrad and definitely worthy of any best lead actress awards. Austin Stowell is great as Richie Conrad. Elizabeth Marvel does a fine job as Richie’s mother, Katherine Conrad. David Rasche does a fine job as well as his father Michael Conrad. Richie’s parents are a lot nicer and more helpful than him. They are there for Hunter when Richie is not.

This film is more disturbing and eye-opening than scary. Much of this movie is quite slow, but it is a story that should be told as not many people know about pica. It is an eating disorder like anorexia, where the person suffering craves eating things that shouldn’t be eaten. This film also deals with how psychological disorder affect people and their loved ones. It also deals with marital problems.

Despite the slowness, this film is well done and all the lead stars do great jobs in their roles. The only problems are that the movie could have been a bit less slow and gotten into Richie and Hunter’s marriage issues more as well as how her loved ones were affected, since it mostly focused on her and the pica. This film really only has a few somewhat romantic scenes and I get the feeling Richie didn’t really love Hunter after all,

Not exactly a thriller, but not exactly a complete drama either, it’s a bit of both. Not fantastic, but terrible either. 18 & up 3.5/5

WALKING THE WALK WITH CHARLIE CHAPLIN.

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MabelsStrangePred1914gl4 “It’s a dirty old man!” The tramp first time out (Mabel’s Strange Predicament 1914).

One of the biggest mysteries in film comedy, is how Chaplin came up with his tramp character. However, contemporary reviews of his early films, suggest that his walk was more important to audiences, rather than who he was, or who he represented. A master-stroke? You bet, and he lived off the back of the walk for decades. In general, we now accept the story of the advent of the flat-footed tramp, as ‘given’ but how did the little guy actually come about? Let’s look at the evidence.

From Music Hall to Keystone Comedies.

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The first mystery that we have, is that of how Chaplin came to be at Keystone. Mack Sennett said, in his autobiography, that he’d seen Chaplin in his English Music Hall show and thought he’d be just right for his slapstick…

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Classic of the Week: Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Kramer vs. Kramer is a legal drama film written and directed by Robert Benton, based on Avery Coleman’s 1977 novel of the same name. It stars Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander and Justin Henry. It tells the story of a couple’s divorce and the impact it has on their son, their relationship and parenting views.

This film is as impactful and realistic today as it was then. The story of a divorced couple’s custody battle over their young son and their differing views on raising children many parents and kids can relate to. It is deep, sad at times, might make you angry and also heartfelt at moments too. Both parent said love their son and both believe they are the best parent to raise him.

Ted Kramer (Hoffman) is a workaholic advertising executive who tries to be a good father to Billy (Henry), but eventually gives up after he realizes he’s being too strict. Ted comes home from work to find his wife Joanna (Streep) is leaving him. She leaves Billy with Ted. At first they resent each other, when Ted has no time to spend with hi men due to his increased work. They eventually learn to live with each other as father and son. Ted befriends his neighbor Margaret (Alexander), who had coaxed Joanna to leave him since she was unhappy. Margaret is also a single parent and she and Ted become good friends.

15 months after she walked out, Joanna goes back to New York to claim Billy and a custody battle occurs. Margaret is forced to tell how unhappy she was married to Ted in court. He reveals that he has had less time to spend with Billy because of his work overload. Joanna eventually gains custody of Billy.

This film isn’t a completely happy one. The son’s life for over year is spent in and out of houses and court. He doesn’t know who he going to live with next. This still happens to SO MANY kids today. Some people aren’t fit to raise children and some are. Some parents are strict and some are not. Parenting styles and marriage issues can clash, making an unstable household. Sometimes divorce is the only answer and often times the best solution. This film proves that.

Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep are outstanding in their roles. Jane Alexander is great as well. You see lifecycle through the eyes of a crumbling marriage, a divorce and custody battle, also through the eyes of a small child caught in the middle of it. Parts of this film are very slow, rather boring and some are long and drawn out. This is definitely one of the better “family issue” films, though it’s not fantastic by any means. It is a story that needed to be told in both book and film, because it is a serious subject that so many can relate to. But the majority of this movie is slow paced and not one that can be watched over and over again like Ordinary People or The Squid and the Whale.

Overall, the acting is great, but this feature was a bit boring for such bold subject matter. But one that still deserves a viewing at least once. 11+ 3.5/5

Greatest Foreign Films of All Time

  1. The American Friend – 1977
  2. Ashes and Diamonds- 1958
  3. Belle du Jour – 1967
  4. Un Chien Andalou – 1930
  5. The Blue Angel – 1930
  6. A Nous Libetre – 1931
  7. L’Avventura – 1960
  8. The Bicycle Thief – 1948
  9. Boudu Saved From Drowning – 1932
  10. Contempt – 1963
  11. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie – 1972
  12. Celine and Julie Go Boating – 1974
  13. La Dolce Vita – 1960
  14. L’Eclisse – 1960
  15. The Burmese Harp – 1956
  16. 8 1/5 – 1963
  17. Breathless – 1960
  18. The Double Life of Veronique – 1991
  19. Diabolique – 1955
  20. Eyes Without a Face – 1960
  21. Earth – 1930
  22. Forbidden Games – 1951
  23. Ikiru – 1952
  24. Lamerica – 1994
  25. Floating Weeds – 1959
  26. Daybreak – 1939
  27. Lola – 1961
  28. Gertrud – 1965
  29. Fanny and Alexander – 1982
  30. The 400 Blows – 1959
  31. M – 1931
  32. Murmur of the Heart – 1971
  33. Night and Fog – 1955
  34. Masculin Feminin- 1966
  35. Nosferatu – 1922
  36. Metropolis- 1927
  37. The Night of Shooting Stars – 1982
  38. Persona – 1966
  39. La Notte – 1961
  40. Playtime – 1967
  41. The Passion of Joan of Arc – 1928
  42. Ran – 1985
  43. Pandora’s Box – 1928
  44. The Red and White – 1967
  45. The Rules of the Game – 1939
  46. Repulsion – 1965
  47. Shame – 1968
  48. Jules and Jim – 1962
  49. Pierrot Le Fou – 1965
  50. The Seven Samurai- 1954
  51. Rashomon – 1950
  52. Shoah – 1985
  53. Through a Glass Darkly – 1961
  54. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg- 1964
  55. Zero for Conduct – 1933
  56. Two English Girls- 1971
  57. Throne of Blood – 1957
  58. Weekend – 1967
  59. Tokyo Story – 1953
  60. Wings of Desire – 1987
  61. Tristana – 1971
  62. Au Hasard Balthazar – 1966
  63. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles – 1975
  64. Grand Illusion- 1937
  65. Close Up – 1990
  66. The Battle of Algiers – 1966
  67. Wild Strawberries- 1957
  68. The Virgin Spring – 1960
  69. Man with a Movie Camera- 1929
  70. Scenes from a Marriage- 1973
  71. La Strada – 1954
  72. The Nights of Cabiria – 1957
  73. Rififi – 1955
  74. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – 2000
  75. Amour – 2012
  76. Chungking Express – 1994
  77. Amélie – 2001
  78. Children of Paradise – 1945
  79. Cries and Whispers- 1972
  80. All About My Mother – 1999
  81. Spirited Away – 2001
  82. Cinema Paradiso – 1988
  83. Oldboy – 2003
  84. The Artist – 2011
  85. Waltz with Bashir – 2008
  86. Roma – 2018
  87. The Exterminating Angel – 1962
  88. Eat Drink Man Woman- 1994
  89. My Life to Live – 1962
  90. The Lives of Others – 2006
  91. Grave of the Fireflies- 1988
  92. Battleship Potemkin – 1925
  93. A Separation – 2011
  94. Persepolis – 2007
  95. Parasite – 2019
  96. Knife In the Water – 1962
  97. Day for Night – 1973
  98. Life is Beautiful- 1997
  99. Departures – 2007
  100. My Life as a Zucchini- 2016
  101. The Triplets of Belleville- 2003

Classic of the Week: The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

Little Shop of Horrors is a 1960 American horror comedy film directed by Roger Corman about a florist’s assistant that grows a plant that feeds on human blood. The film stars Jonathan Haze, Jackie Joseph, Dick Miller, Mel Welles and Jack Nicholson. The film combines dark humor with Jewish humor, horror and romance.

This film starts out very slow, then instantly gets really silly, a lot of times to the point of stupid. The plot is clever and the effects are good for the time period, but the acting is nothing great. Several scenes are laugh out loud funny and a few are cringingly bad as far as acting and dialogue. This would have been a fun film if there had been more action, more humor or maybe a little song a dance numbers.

The main character Seymour Krelboined (Haze) is dimwitted and shouldn’t be working in a floral shop, especially with a man eating and talking plant. He is illiterate, dumb and unromantic like his mother. Audrey Fulquard (Joseph) who also works at the floral shop falls in love with Seymour for some reason wanting to marry him, the two couldn’t be more polar opposite, she is super smart and pretty and comes from an upper class family and he is not. His mother is a divorced alcoholic, who can’t cook, clean, keep a man or a job. She relies on he really son’s very little income to get by.

Despite this movie being called a horror comedy, there is very little comedy and it isn’t the least bit scary. The effects are almost B movie like, meaning not quite a film that would be featured on Mystery Science Theater 3000. It is one that is so bad, it’s good. It’s cleverly stupid, but not over the top. It is perfect for fans of horror, comedy, classics, or science fiction. It has inspired the 1986 remake and several stage productions.

This is such a bizarre film, but a very well done one of that. It isn’t outstanding but isn’t terrible either, it is only very good. This movie may scare young children, it also deals with alcoholism, death and vandalism, has drinking, smoking and kissing. This is one movie, you either love it or hate it. 13+ 3.5/5

Classic of the Week: A Taste of Honey (1961)

A Taste of Honey is a 1961 British film adaptation of the 1958 play of the same name by Shelagh Delaney. The film is directed by Tony Richardson, who also directed the play on stage.

The film follows a teenage girl named Jo and her mother Hellen as they moved their few belongings across Manchester on a bus. Jo’s mum is an alcoholic who becomes engaged to a much younger and wealthier man. Jo meets an older fellow who works on ships and they eventually fall in love and and have sex, before having to set sail. He assures he’d be back soon, but never comes back. She ends up moving into a ramshackle home with a gay friend and finds out she is pregnant.

This film is so realistic, you almost feel as if you’re watching a documentary and not something fictional. The acting is great from all the main stars, but much of the movie is so slow, it’s boring. This is an extremely depressing film as well, mostly just sad scenes and a few somewhat happy ones. Although the acting is superb, the main characters are all hard to like. Helen is a heavy drinking, money spending and self centered lady, Jo complains too much and ends up with a baby as a teen, Jimmy is far too nice at first, then gets Jo pregnant and leaves, Helen’s fiancé is a jerk and hates Jo and Geoffrey (Jo’s roommate) is not too bright and far too sweet.

Even though this a a rather dull film, it is still relevant in this day in time with today’s “Teen Moms,” only without much of the trash that’s seen on TV and in movies. This movie is raw and straightforward. It shows the life of a teenage mother who is forced to decide wether to have the baby or not.

I cannot imagine this story ever being a stage production, because it was hard to sit through much of this film without yawning. Despite this, it is a powerful learning tool in the life of a teen parent and the struggles they go through. There is not one ounce of humor or glory, only short lived romance and much extremely heartbreaking scenes. This movie was controversial fr the time, being the use of single mothers, homosexuality, inter-racial kissing and underage parenting. It was banned in several countries, despite bing a critical success and award winner.

If you want a movie about underage motherhood that’s more uplifting try Juno. If yo want want a serious one on the subject, try this one, you’ll either love it or hate it. You’d think with such a strong message and raw storyline, this film would have been better to me, but I was thoroughly bored throughout. The writers and directors could have done a better job with this piece. 18 & up 3/5