The Universe and Me

Friday, August 26, 2005

The worst kind of person I know

Movie: Monster-in-law. I didn’t fall asleep watching it. That’s one of the best things I can say. Entertaining and watchable, but severely lacking. Forgetting the fact that J-Lo can’t act, the script needed to be punchier. Jane Fonda is fine, but she needs a far better movie than this as a showcase. Wanda Sykes had some clever lines (“there’s one in there with the cast from Good Times too”) but should have had more. The boyfriend, well, I realise it wasn’t his movie, but he might as well have been invisible. The most difficult thing for me to understand was the class prejudice. Jane makes a point of several times mentioning that J-Lo works as a temp and is Latina. As if either thing makes her a lesser person. At least she had a job. And there was nothing about her bland character that even suggested any ethnicity. When the point is supposed to be that no woman would be good enough for Jane's precious son, it seemed unnecessary. And why the decision not to use Janis Joplin's version of "Tell Mama"?


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