July 1, 2012, - 2:53 pm

Wknd Box Office: Magic Mike, Ted, People Like Us, Your Sister’s Sister, Safety Not Guaranteed, Where Do We Go Now?

By Debbie Schlussel

Apologies for the late movie reviews, but I wasn’t feeling well Friday afternoon and don’t post on the Jewish Sabbath. Better late than never. None of the new movies is anything I can recommend. A couple of them were depressing, a couple of them gratuitously filthy, and three of them inexplicably feature the very unattractive, nerdy actor Mark Duplass as some sort of hot stud. Please stop lying to us, Hollywood.

* “Magic Mike“: Absolutely awful. It’s basically “Showgirls” with men. And that’s an insult to “Showgirls,” which at least had a tad better plot. In addition, the story in this movie was depressing. And the movie had a huge gay vibe to it. I saw enough close-ups of Channing Tatum’s and Matthew McConaughey’s naked asses to last me five Liberace/Tom Cruise/John Travolta lifetimes. Ick. And the scene of McConaughey writhing his body against another guys in a mock sexual act was not something real heterosexuals wanna watch. Ugh. This is one of those movies that makes me ask myself if maybe I’m getting too old or that it’s weird and unstylish to have class and dignity and not get excited at this gross display. I’m not turned on by seeing a bunch of oiled up, completely waxed guys romp around naked in very gay thongs. And the women who are, well, there is something weird about them, not me. But the female mega-squealing and cheering at this movie is more evidence that in our 50 Shades of Grey/Magic Mike era, the real pigs and chauvinists are women, not men. But women can get away with it. When men react this way, they are “perverts.” Aside from that, the movie is predictable, stupid, and just plain Razzie Award-worthy bad. Since when did the crass and the crude become hot commodities? And why on earth is any woman turned on by some stranger in a thong writhing his junk on her face?

The female lead in this movie is someone I never heard of: dull, one-note actress Cody Horn. But then I looked up her bio, and it explained everything about why she was cast as a star in this Warner Brothers movie: “Cody Horn is the daughter of Warner Bros. President and COO, Alan F. Horn.” I’m sure that had nothing to do with her getting the job, right? (He’s now Chairman of Disney and gone from Warner Brothers, but he ran Warner Brothers when his daughter was cast in this movie. Her mother is Cindy Harrell-Horn, a has-been B-television actress who starred in the “Ghostbusters” music video.) There was probably a quid pro quo: then less-known Tatum was allowed to get his movie made if he agreed to cast the studio chief’s daughter as the female lead. That’s how stuff gets done in Tinseltown. Also, I wonder what the ghost of Elvis thinks about his granddaughter, Riley Keough, playing a druggie slut in this low-class movie.

The story: Channing Tatum is a “Magic Mike,” a stripper (as he was in real life prior to becoming an actor). He longs to become an industrial-style furniture designer and is only stripping so he can make enough money to finance his career. He also works a number of odd jobs, including construction, where he meets Adam (Alex Pettyfer). Adam, like the real-life Tatum, dropped out of a small college where he attended on a football scholarship. And like the real-life Tatum, he’s living in Tampa on his sister’s couch. Mike takes Adam under his wing, showing him how to become a stripper, party, and pick up women. The strip club is owned and run by Matthew McConaughey. Soon Adam is partying too much, doing drugs and selling them. And he gets jammed up. Also, McConaughey and Tatum get into a fight. During all of this, Tatum is trying to pick up Adam’s sister (Cody “my Dad headed Warner Bros.” Horn), a healthcare worker who doesn’t like the whole male stripper lifestyle. And he’s also sleeping around with a woman (Olivia Munn) who wants nothing to do with him beyond sex. Shocker.

If any of this sounds new to you, you haven’t been to the movies in ages, and probably shouldn’t make your return with this low-class, low-budget-looking tripe. It stank. The plot and the acting were sub-par. The naked male butts in my face were unwelcome. This flick is great fodder for “Beavis & Butthead” or “Mystery Theater 3000” commentary. Nothing more. And I wouldn’t be surprised if a big chunk of the audience is the gay crowd, to whom the studio has been heavily marketing this trash.

I felt like I got STDs just watching this. It’s a rancid taste of lowlifery I’d rather not digest. I definitely wasted two hours of my life I’ll never get back, watching “Frankie Goes to Hollywood,” the 2-hour extended remix. The ghost of Betty Friedan and the rest of the ugly feminist crowd got their wish: the men here are the new women–scantily clad bimbos acting like idiots. Great Gitmo torture material here.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Ted“: Mark Wahlberg–a real-life attempted murderer who took out a Vietnamese immigrant’s eye out with a meathook–plays a guy who is in arrested development and can’t grow up. The reason: his boyhood toy bear, Ted. When Wahlberg was a kid, he had no friends, and he wished that his boyhood favorite toy, a teddy bear, would become real. His wish is granted, and Ted becomes a filthy, low-life jerk, 30 years later, when Wahlberg is supposed to be an adult. Instead, Wahlberg is constantly late to work because he’s too busy smoking pot with Ted, and he otherwise goofs off. He’s dating Mila Kunis. He’s been dating her for four years, and when she thinks he’s going to propose, he gives her a pair of cheap earrings from a mall kiosk. She gives him an ultimatum: either he breaks up with Ted and kicks Ted out of the apartment, or she wants nothing to do with him.

While there are some really funny lines and moments in this movie (there is a running “Flash Gordon” movie gag running through it, complete with aged actor Sam Jones), it’s mostly just vile and disgusting. And that’s aside from the fact that the plot is stupid and predictable. If your idea of funny is topless women floating around, gratuitous sex (with a teddy bear, no less), and just vulgar language and imagery (including human feces on an apartment rug), then this movie is for you. For decent Americans, skip this piece of tripe. Gross.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “People Like Us“: This movie was just way too much melodrama for me (or anyone paying to see it). People go to the movies to escape, not to see people whining and yelling and screaming like this. Who needs it? None of the characters in this movie were likable.

Chris Pine plays a fast-talking, smooth-operating salesman for a bartering company in New York. When he learns that his father died, he tries to avoid going to Los Angeles for the funeral because he hated his father, and they weren’t close. But his girlfriend (Olivia Wilde) hamstrings him into going, and while he misses the funeral, he is staying in Los Angeles with his ice-cold mother, Michelle Pfeiffer. Soon, he discovers that he has an illegitimate sister (Elizabeth Banks) he never knew. His father leaves him $150,000 cash to give to the sister’s son. He wants to keep the money because he’s heavily in debt, but he goes to find his sister and insinuates himself into her life without telling her who he is. She falls in love with him.

Yes, that’s icky and sick. But the movie is also dumb. He has the same last name as his (and her father), and yet for weeks on end, she lets Pine hang out with her and take care of her son, without asking his last name or knowing anything about him. Would any normal person do that? No, but if she did, it would resolve the whole movie instantly. Also, in a stupid plot “twist,” Pine is instantly investigated and brought up on charges for a deal in which boxes of tomato soup exploded and leaked all over a train. Um, the government doesn’t work that fast, and the Federal Trade Commission couldn’t care less about leaking tomato soup. Whoever wrote this cockamamie script didn’t do the least amount of a reality check. Ditto for the scenes in which nebbishy actor Mark Duplass is some “hot” airline pilot with whom the beautiful Elizabeth Banks has an affair.

If there is anything useful in this movie, it’s what a mess people, who have no father in their life, turn out to be. But then we knew that, and didn’t need this movie to show us. While there is a touching scene at the end of the movie, it isn’t worth sitting through the rest of this dysfunction fest. The people in this movie are NOT like us. And we have zero reason to want to watch them annoy and aggravate us for two hours and ten dollars we’ll never retrieve.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Your Sister’s Sister“: Mark Duplass plays a loser whose brother just died. At the funeral, he delivers a eulogy which is an attack on his brother. His brother’s ex-girlfriend, Emily Blunt, is his best friend and tells him he’s a mess. She sends him to her father’s cabin in the woods for a respite to work out his issues. But when he gets there, he meets her lesbian half-sister (Rosemarie DeWitt), sleeps with her, and might have gotten her pregnant. But he’s in love with Blunt, who apparently has a thing for him. A silly, ridiculous love triangle and brooding is basically what this movie is about. And the ending is a rip-off. Skip-worthy to the max.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Safety Not Guaranteed“: This movie could have been charming, but instead, it was an amateurish small-budget movie that was nothing more than a waste of time. A sleazy Seattle Magazine reporter (Jake M. Johnson) goes to a small town to find out the identity of the person who took out a strange newspaper ad for a companion on a time travel trip. He’s really using the trip to visit an ex-girlfriend from high school. And he takes two interns on the trip, whom he forces to do his work for him. The female intern (Aubrey Plaza) stakes out the geeky, nutty, paranoid man who took out the ad (Mark Duplass), and she falls in love with him. The reporter also corrupts the male intern, a geeky stereotypical Indian (Karan Soni). While the ending is somewhat charming, the rest of the movie isn’t. Don’t waste your time. I’ve seen film school class projects that are better. A lot of them.


Watch the trailer . . .

* “Where Do We Go Now?“: Atrocious. This is basically “Hee Haw” for Arabs. And that’s an insult to “Hee Haw.” This movie, which takes place at some fictional city in the rural Lebanese countryside, is about the sudden rivalry and fighting between heretofore “peaceful” Muslim and Christian Arabs in a town. The men suddenly hate each other and are at war, but the women all get along and bake marijuana into the baked goods and spend their money to bring Ukrainian strippers to perform for their husbands, in order to make everything better like it once was. Sound stupid? Believe me, I’m making it sound better than it is. It’s far worse. This long, boring, pointless, horrible, never-ending movie tries to be a million things–comedy, musical, drama, romance, etc.–and fails miserably at each one. The “humor” is so backward and dated to several decades ago, it’s just annoying. Even the late Rodney King’s “Can’t We All Just Get Along?” BS is an improvement on this waste-of-time fraud of a movie. More proof that the Arab world is inept at film-making.


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34 Responses

I hope you’re feeling better. Was it the movies that made you sick on Friday? They sound like they’d make any sane person sick. EEEIIIII

Little Al on July 1, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Wow! What a pile of s–t! If this is what people want to see at the movies, it’s no wonder so many people voted for Obama. This country is really becoming a nation of losers.

David on July 1, 2012 at 3:46 pm

Debbie I too cannot stand male nudity. It’s gross and it’s a grave violation of tznius. I personally stay clothed at all times. Female nudity on the other hand is an art f

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A1 on July 1, 2012 at 3:47 pm

DS I hope you’re feeling better.

I just finished the “Magic Mike” review. Bravo. As the actress in “Harry Potter” says “Don’t feel stupid when you do not like what everyone else is liking”. You’re spot on with your distaste of that filth. Girls who are ooohing and ahhhing over this gay movie have no class or have learned incorrectly that it is cool for females to act like drooling horn-bag men. It’s skanky.

Honest women will state that seeing men act like that is embarrassing. Women don’t get all hot and bothered about men the way men do about women. It’s sleezy and NOT sexy and not manly. This movie will be a huge hit with the horn-bag gay men thou’. It’s really who it for. Very homoerotic. YUCK!

I hate that constant mugging idiot actor Joe Manmeat. He’s like the Jane Mansfield of men. Or Pamela Anderson. Put it away you big, dopey lummox. I can’t believe he can enjoy all the skanky reactions he gets from skanky broads. I just feel so embarrassed for him. That sorta thing depressed the R&B singers “Maxwell” and “D’Angelo”…who got so depressed he looked like he ate a “D’Angelos” sub shop (I say that with sympathy in my tongue-in-cheek).

Between this sh***y movie and the ANNOYING “50 Shades Of Grey” nonsense it has shown me that females can’t (as a whole) ever say they don’t need men or that they are better than men. It is so stupid that I now play “50 Shades Of Grey Bingo”. I make sure to notice if I see some silly bitch reading that dumb ass book and where they are reading it. So far this weekend I saw one at “Maccas (McDonald’s)” and at a Boston Bus Stop! 3 more places and it will be “Bingo”!

“Laters, Baby” (that’s a douchey inside joke if you know what I mean….)

Skunky on July 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    I used to do bookkeeping for an entertainment agency. Occasionally, the owner would ask me to accompany her to pick up moneys owed at the clubs.

    Yeah, almost all of the guys in that scene are gay. The over-the-top vampings of the female customers was highly embarrassing. It made me ashamed to be a woman. If a guy acted like that, he’d be arrested.

    Thanks for watching this stuff – you’ve saved me a lot of time and money. I truly don’t know how you manage not to go blind.

    LindaF on July 1, 2012 at 5:58 pm

My gosh…so much money wasted making this garbabe. Why they could have feed an entire African village and put in new water wells, new roads and 2 new schools and MAYBE more… with the funds squandered on these films!!

That last one has a familiar theme I seen to remember seeing a movie like this on TV so many years ago I think it was in black and white… except it was centered in Italy or Greece.

Alabama Pride on July 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Rosemary DeWitt. I’d rather watch a whole Anne Hathaway and Maggie Gyllanhaal movie festival than ever watch that grating broad for two bloody seconds. And I would rather endure Chinese Water-Torture than watch ONE AH or MG film. She is certainly a one-woman torture devise I’d put upon the Jihadists.

Oh, and what is Hollywood’s deal with lesbionic women? They seem to think that Lesbians can easily and routinely have sex with men. That’s how they portray them in more films than not. If I was still a feminist I’d be pretty aggro at Hollywood for constantly portraying gay women this way. REAL lesbians would NEVER be turned on by a male or even get close to sleeping with them (especially if they look like them, right, Ralph Maddow???). I am not talking about sluts and whores who will sleep with either but if you ask me, Lesbians have a lot to be upset about with regarding how Hollywood sees them. Kinda dismissive and presumptive and patronizing.

No, the Lezzers will give Hollywood a pass because like most Liberals they will sell out and shell out for the profit and political gain.

Skunky on July 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm


    Kudos on both comments! I kind of hoped the whole male stripper thing was gone way back in the 1980’s. I didn’t think it was appealing then, and I certainly don’t think so now. It’s sleazy and degrading, both for the stripper and the audience. I remember being at a lot of 30th birthday parties for women where someone ordered a male stripper who came to the house to perform. It just made me want to go home and take a shower. After two or three parties, I started leaving when the stripper arrived.

    I also agree with you on the whole Hollywood lesbian thing. I think it must be a male fantasy that lesbians are just pissed off straight women who swing either way depending on who they are with. I know several men who have made comments in my presence to the effect that lesbians are only frustrated women who just haven’t been laid correctly – and, of course, the guy making the comment is just the guy to set them on the straight and narrow. I can’t believe lesbians aren’t more offended by this. Honestly, if you want us to believe that gays are gay because they are born that way and they can’t help it and can’t change, then stop making movies that portray lesbians as gay by choice.

    As for the rest of the movies released this weekend, most are clearly targeted for the arrested adolescents: the 18 – 35 year old male. I can’t believe the movie “Ted” has already made back its original cost in ONE WEEKEND. Every other word in that movie is f**k. And I haven’t seen the movie, just the unedited trailer!

    DG in GA on July 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Thank you DG. You brought up a very valid point…Hollywood supporting gays in that they are born that way yet always making Lesbians in movies so easily fall in bed with men. If they really knew and accepted Lesbians they would know this is very untrue. If the gays really wanted to have a legitimate row about their sexuality, that is where the legitimacy is. But no, they would rather demonize those who don’t support gay marriage as homophobic. I am the least homophobic person you’ll meet but I don’t support gay marriage. They would easily paint me that way…and yet I am not making movies where I think Lesbians will do it with any warm body! Nor do I think that either.

      Yes, I would NEVER watch male strippers. Girls who get excited over that have no class and are trying WAY too hard. Ewww.

      So many people pretend to like the things they think they are supposed to like. Not me. Never been that way, never will be that way!

      Skunky on July 1, 2012 at 9:58 pm

June ends with several duds!

I’d hate to see what the rest of the summer holds. The weekend before the July 4th holiday, you’d think they’d come out with some decent material.

Nah. I have to want to go to see a movie and I haven’t been to the movie theater in a long time!

NormanF on July 1, 2012 at 4:40 pm

I also hope that you are feeling better, Debbie. It looks like that’s six more skipworthy movies. Like LA said in this thread’s opening comment, they probably made you sick. Once again, thanks for seeing crappy movies so that we don’t have to.

JeffE on July 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I guess I’m easily entertained.

I liked the trailers for the last three videos.
I never even heard of the movies until I read Deb’s movie reviews.

I’ll wait for the dvd’s at the rental store.

ebayer on July 1, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Channing Tatum sucks!!!! I never liked him! If it wasn’t for his looks and dancing skills, he wouldn’t be famous! The guy can’t act! I could never watch any of his movies because the movie trailers show his lack of acting talent. He sucked in that mediocre romantic comedy “She’s the Man”.
Anyways Debbie, your review was spot-on since it’s gross for women AND men to view pornography to sexually objectify the opposite sex. No double standards! However, most pornography viewers are loners who aren’t “getting any”. While discussing “Magic Mike” with my friend, I said that I predict the movie theater would become sticky since the audience would be full of horny, lonely, closeted homosexual men. They’d probably act like Pee-Wee Herman at a porno! HAHA

Matthew on July 1, 2012 at 7:35 pm

Channing Tatum sucks!!!! I never liked him! If it wasn’t for his looks and dancing skills, he wouldn’t be famous! The guy can’t act! I could never watch any of his movies because the movie trailers show his lack of acting talent. He sucked in that mediocre romantic comedy “She’s the Man”.
Anyways Debbie, your review was spot-on since it’s gross for women AND men to view pornography to sexually objectify the opposite sex. No double standards! However, most pornography viewers are loners who aren’t “getting any”. While discussing “Magic Mike” with my friend, I said that I predict the movie theater would become sticky since the audience would be full of horny, lonely, closeted homosexual men. They’d probably act like Pee-Wee Herman at a porno! 🙂

Matthew on July 1, 2012 at 7:36 pm

DS, I’m glad your feeling much better, it’s better late than sorry with the film reviews. Now to the article, over the last number of weeks, I’ve seen promotion commercial ads of “Ted”, at first I thought it was pretty funny, because Seth McFarlene (Family Guy and American Dad, yes I watch both shows, and once in a while there liberal views is kinda annoying, but what are you going to do?) is one of the main characters in this film, but as time went along and saw more of the commercial ads for that film, they showed some parts where Ted the Teddy Bear and Mark Wahlberg’s character smoking marijuana and behaving like imbeciles, then I said to myself, this movie looks stupid and I hope Ms. Schlussel gives this film a crappy review and you didn’t disappoint me DS with the review for Ted!

“A nation is defined by its borders, language & culture!”

Sean R. on July 1, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Seth McFarlane can do better than “Ted”, but I guess he needs a bit of a tax write-off.

As for the other movies, I don’t care. I raiding the Torrent this week. Or stick to playing Skyrim – the plot is better, and I create the action.

The Reverend Jacques on July 1, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Even the most diligant sentinel needs a break once in a while from the murder, mayhem and madness one is witness to. Not seeing the usual Friday movie reviews I thought that was your intention. But now I see the trash you viewed must have just left you momentarily stunned, a bit weakened and in desperate need of some fresh air.
Funny to think I used to envy movie reviewers such as yourself. Thank you for saving me 12 more hours of my life I could never get back. Carry on brave one.

theShadow on July 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

I saw ‘People Like Us’ last night, before reading your post. The story idea is believeable , and in the hands of real writers, directors, and actors would make a decent movie. BUT, as I’ve said on this blog before, most Hollywood writers don’t seem to have any idea of how real people behave and what actually matters in their lives. I expected a family drama. But when the opening scene had the camera linger a bit too long on the Wonderland Ave. street sign, I got an idea of what I was in for. These guys are more interested in immortalizing minute aspects of their own counterculture-based lives than in actually telling a story. You write based on what you know, influenced on what you’ve been through. These guys know shit and likely haven’t been far from their parent’s basements.

Not Ovenready on July 2, 2012 at 12:29 am

I just had an idea. Maybe it’s a good idea to stop using Karl Marx to indicate negative ratings, unless the movie itself is a political or economic advocate of communism/socialism/liberalism.

Reason being that there is nothing to suggest that Marx, had he been alive today, would actually endorse the social and cultural trash being bandied about all over. It’s an open question whether the man who once said that ‘Religion is the opium of the masses’ would be anti-Islamic as well or not, but we can’t just assume it. Nor can we assume that he’d have been an advocate of homosexuality, or feminazis, or PETA or any of the other modern day pro-Leftist movements. Only movies IMO that would justify the Marx tag would be the ones that glorify the OCCUPIER movement.

I’d suggest just using the other multi-dimensional brands you’ve come up w/ to indicate what a movie is about – like Betty Friedans for Feminism, Osama for Islam, Tofurkey for vegan/PETA, to indicate what brand of negativity do they champion.

Oh, and use the Osama logo only if the movie itself is pro-Arab/pro-Islam, rather than one that Muslims point to to indicate how degenerate Western culture is. B’cos when I see an Osama logo, I assume that the movie is more of the former than the latter.

Infidel on July 2, 2012 at 3:56 am

Now I don’t feel so odd for watching re-runs of old decent movies.

P. Aaron on July 2, 2012 at 7:20 am

I have to admit that I saw Ted this weekend and it is very funny in a juvenile Beavis & Butthead kind of way.

That said, it bothers me that more and more movies are showing teenagers (and that’s who this is directed at–no doubt) that its cool to be a dope smoking, foul mouthed, juvenile loser.

Partying, getting drunk, and jumping into bed with any female that comes along are childish things. Adults are supposed to give up childish things, but most don’t anymore and we have a nation of emotional and mental teenagers.

My Mom lives in a huge retirement community in Florida, and there are thousands of grey haired teenagers living there. It is High School–the Sequel. I guess if Hollywood has their way, in the future everyone will be a perpetual teenager.

jimmyPx on July 2, 2012 at 7:43 am

I was at a Screening of Ted last week. While I understand most of the people that are in the “movie screening clique”, you know whom I’m talking about Debbie, are typically the least common denominator, I was expecting to think it was a stupid movie.

Well, yes it was a stupid movie, disguised as a chick flick. I went in there expecting to hate it for the piece of garbage it was, but somehow I found myself laughing throughout the movie.

Yes, I usually agree with you on these types of comedies, but I think this one just hit my funny bone and I have a high brow sense of humor.

trewsdetroit on July 2, 2012 at 7:55 am

Once again thank you Debbie for your excellent movie reviews and I hope that you feel better. Let me sum this up real quick. I hate Marky Mark Walberg. Anything that that jerk is in you can fugitaboudit. I’m pretty sure that the movie has a demented sense of humor being that it came for the mind of that douche Seth McFarlane but I’ll think that I’ll pass. About Matthew McConagay. I hear that this putz finally marrried his babymama. They have what 1.5 kids now. It’s about time you fruitcake. Oh and I’d rather dip my head liquid nitrogen than see a movie with male strippers. And before you razorbacked fembot trolls get mad at me I think that women stripper movies suck too. I like Chris Pine because I think he did a good job playing Capt Kirk in the latest Star Trek. This movie however makes no sense. I’m with Debbie on the fact that there would be no way in hell would I let someone I don’t know watch my kids. Really Stupid. I agree with Skunky about Rosemary DeWitt. She’s about as grating as 30 grid sandpaper. The last two movies don’t even warrent a comment. You know Debbie that the wackamole muslims won’t like that comment about an Arab Hee Haw. On second thought I doubt that any of those backward freaks know what Hee Haw was to begin with.

Ken b on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 am

    LOLOL Ken B! Waaaay too good! Loved your post!

    Skunky on July 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm

      Thanks Skunky. This is just my little take on the usual poop that seems to flushing out of Hollyweird lately.

      Ken b on July 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I’m no prude, I’m a 100% red-blooded male, with Mediterranean heritage. I’ve been to a few stripper & topless bars. The last one I went to was a topless bar where the “ladies” went around asking if you wanted a “lap dance”. It was so gross and sad. I never liked the “scene” in any of those places. I pity the women who engage in such a desperate lifestyle.

Dr Dale on July 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Ah, the Golden Age of Hollywood, where have you gone?

JeffT on July 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I went to see “Prometheus” on Saturday evening at our local lower price movie house.It was an OK movie, very strange and stomach wrenchingly realistic.

What I noticed on the way out of the theater.

There was a line at he door to the Mike movie that went all the way our the exit door through the lobby. Also, outside there were maybe 20 or so that had not paid yet hovering around the main entrance. Even some in the parking lot having a last draw on there smoke and others just arriving in the lot. The movie looked pretty much sold out to me.

It was girls (womens) night out. All females.

I can imagine during the movie it was kind off like “dirty dancing with the stars” cat calls, whistling, etc.

I went home to take a nap.

Panhandle on July 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm

I was minding my own business and then I saw Magic Mike and suddenly all I have is bone-smoking on my mind

AnusPresley on July 2, 2012 at 5:36 pm

I have friends who think Family Guy is the best thing ever put on TV. They think I’m weird because I loathe it–I’ll admit that it is occasionally funny, usually when they’re making 80s references. But most of the time, it’s Seth McFarlane pushing his own agenda, and sometimes not even attempting to be funny about it. The rest of the time, it’s a 3-year old child holding up his own poop and demanding we laugh at it.

I imagine I’ll be forced to watch Ted at some point (as I was The Hangover, which wasn’t as bad as I thought, and Bad Teacher, which was worse than I thought). At least it might have one or two giggles.

Debbie, be nice to the Village People! They at least had good music, for the disco era.

Sentinel on July 4, 2012 at 1:37 am

The problem with Debbie’s reviews of anything gay-related is that her animus toward this subject makes her reviews unreliable for those who do not share her animus.

I have just tried, without success, to find her review of Brokeback Mountain to test this claim, as anyone with taste would have to find something meritorious in that movie even if its themes were thought malodorous.

When Debbie stays away from gay I find her reviews much more reliable.

Of course, I have no intention of seeing Mike. Maybe (only maybe) on Netflix. The gay vibe is a plus for me. However, trash is trash whatever the vibe.

Finally, I don’t know what is wrong with the taste of straight women or gay men nowadays. I refer to the practice of, and admiration for, waxing men. I find it just gross. It seems to have become popular post-AIDS-outbreak. I don’t even look at a waxed guy.

S: Is this the real “skzion”? Doesn’t sound like him? I don’t have any animus toward gays. I just don’t want it in my face. DS

skzion on July 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Yes it’s me, Debbie. I generally avoid gay stuff here. It’s just not a top priority for me. Furthermore, you are unparalleled on the issues that ARE my top priorities. That’s why I support you.

I do think you have an animus toward things gay. That doesn’t mean you want to imprison, let alone kill, gay people. It doesn’t mean that you could not work with or befriend them. I see your attitude as similar to Mencken’s toward Jews, though perhaps you are a little more anti-gay than he was anti-Jewish. (I read a book of his letters recently.) By the way, other smart gay supporters of you have said the same thing that I have.

I have an intense dislike for the gay political stratum. I disagree with most of their politics and policy. On one thing I do agree: homosexuality should be every bit as in your face as heterosexuality. You evidently do not concur.

So no offense intended. I’m not in the best mood (family health issues).

skzion on July 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

“That’s how stuff gets done in Tinseltown.” That’s like what I was saying about the Ann Curry firing earlier. People don’t get how real life businesses run and demonstrate a committed ignorance when they protest without getting it.
Good point about “more evidence that in our 50 Shades of Grey/Magic Mike era…”.

MH on July 9, 2012 at 2:35 pm

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