Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Because I Said So!

Child number one and I rented this fun little romantic comedy gem the other night. Oh it had some flaws, careening from shrill and hysterical to pedestrian from time to time. And there was one ridiculous, pointless car chase scene that I would've slashed if I'd written it. But overall it was a movie that really celebrated life, human foibles, the mother/daughter relationship, and falling in love.

Diane Keaton amazed me. Have to admit I never really appreciated her before -- perhaps I was too young during her heyday to see what a superior actress she is, and such a joy to watch. No one does quirky better, and this time, instead of angsty quirk, she blessed us with cute (albeit often annoying) quirk -- just like a mom.

All the performances were top notch, from Mandy Moore -- who's freakin' adorable -- to the Johnny Depp lookalike (wowza, where'd he come from?) love interest. Everyone looked like they were having a blast. So we did too.

What I enjoyed most about the story was the differences between falling in love as a youngster vs oldster. The kids were so much more reluctant, frightened and full of doubt whereas the old timers just said, what the hell, let's have some fun! Booyah!

So today, say it with me.

What the hell. Let's have some fun!


Because I said so!


Anonymous Rae said...

I really want to see this movie and you just convinced me that I should.

September 25, 2007 9:38 AM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

It was the Johnny Depp lookalike that did it, wasn't it? Heeheehee.

September 25, 2007 10:16 AM  
Blogger Renee' said...

Well, this couldn't be more apropos. I have just returned from a 300 mile trip back "home" to attend the wedding of my mother and her pony-tail wearing high school sweetheart. So you could say my mother went BOOYAH, lost her damn mind, and dragged her kids along for the ride!

Speaking of the ride with my brother and sister, we played a little game, and it went something like this...........

I am going on a trip to my mothers wedding and I am taking?

A Xanax every hour
A bottle of Advil,
The Three Wise Men: Johnnie Walker, Jim Beam, & Jack Daniels
The wedding pictures of her 3 previous weddings...... to MY dad!
Viagra for the Groom
A dildo for the bride
Depends underpants as a wedding gift/it's not like they need condoms right?(sidebar: at their age it gives a whole new meaning to sleeping in the wet spot)
Brochures for Retirement homes...state run
And a big huge Fake Smile plastered to my face for the day!

Fun is not knowing you mother gets more action than you do!


September 26, 2007 2:27 AM  
Anonymous Bev Stephans said...

OMG Renee! Are you sure you're not ghost writing for Ann? Maybe the wedding wasn't hilarious but the way you wrote about it sure was. I especially liked your 3 wise guys....no, that's wise men! Glad you're back and glad you survived.

September 26, 2007 4:37 AM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...

Yeah Renee, it's not nice to be funnier than your hostess.

BTW, are you my long lost sistah?

*sobbing tackle hug*

September 26, 2007 5:36 AM  
Blogger Renee' said...

In my best Rod Serling voice: "Imagine if you will a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind", "a place of things and ideas", "between the pit of Man's fears, and the summit of his knowledge."

Let's flashback to 1962, take a good look around. Now return with me to present day and watch the same time warped people try to re-enact the Jitterbug, Twist, Mashed Potato, Frug, Swim and finally, Yes....... The Watusi. Not a pretty sight! Sadly, recapturing lost youth is best done before medicare kicks in. Didn't these people ever hear of a Mid-life crisis, unless they are planning on living to Biblical ages they are starting a little late.

Just when you thought it was over and the last dancer grabbed for his oxygen tank. The high blood pressure blush of the bride's face could be seen as she took a chair and prepared.....OMG NO.. to have her garter removed by the groom, who in fact DID have to be helped to his knees(this does not bode well for the honeymoon). The brides children riddled with embarrassment, cringed as they watched in horrified rapture. The groom put his hand in a place no self respecting grandma would allow her impressionable grandchildren to witness, what the hell ever happened to baking cookies. Donna Reed would be so disappointed!

Let's top this off shall we...... My sister caught the garter only to have 4 drooling octogenarian bachelors, leer at her with the prospects of getting their jollies and hands near the promised land.

Little sister, never one to miss a groping opportunity, threw back a shot, stood up, walked center stage and announced " Get out your nitro-glycerin, I ain't wearing any panties!" At which point some of the married men jumped into the frenzy of garter catching perverts. I am still not speaking to My husband. My grandmother cried, the children were hustled away and sis stole the show!

As for me, I had visions of the movie Airplane with Lloyd Bridges saying "I picked a hell of a day to give up smoking, drinking and dropping acid"

That's my story, and I'm sticking to it! We may now return to our regular programming.

September 26, 2007 3:16 PM  
Blogger Ann Wesley Hardin said...


Sounds very much like the parties we have at my mother's house with all her octo-something friends. Check out the March archives to see my booty getting grabbed by an 89 yr old rocket scientist.

Hate to say it Renee, but I'd probably dig your fam.


September 26, 2007 3:25 PM  

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