Friday, December 04, 2009
Must Watch Friday - Helen Brenna puts the Oh in Ohio
“Priscilla Chase (Parker Posey) seems to have everything going for her – the perfect job, the perfect house, the perfect husband – except in bed, where sex has always left her a bit short of the finish line. When her husband unexpectedly leaves her to regain his manhood, Priscilla embarks on a wild journey that ultimately leads her to love in the most unlikely place … One woman’s story is about to climax …”
About five minutes into it, she turned to me and said, “I can’t believe I’m watching this with you!” That might have been half the fun of it for me!
As the back cover blurb explains, Parker Posey’s life ain’t all its cracked up to be. She’s a successful marketing exec who’s just received a promotion, but she can’t hold her yoga poses, if you know what I mean. Oh, all right, I’ll spell it out for you. She’s never (gasp!) had an orgasm.
Somewhere along the way, the movie states that 30 million women suffer from sexual dysfunction. I have no clue if there’s any truth to that statistic, but watching the main character’s attempts to rectify her situation are hilarious. Let’s just say she has a love affair with a certain vibrating mechanical object and, once she gets going, can’t seem to stop herself. I laughed in this movie the way my husband laughed in “There’s Something About Mary.”
Usually, I’m a big dialogue person, and it’s not that the dialogue is bad or anything, it just doesn’t seem as important as the body language and facial expressions. I’ve never seen a movie where so much is not said, yet everything is understood so perfectly. Which gets me to wonderful the acting.
Parker Posey is adorable in her role as Priscilla Chase, the main character, and Paul Rudd is flawless as her not entirely pathetic husband. Danny DeVito, as always, is a kick. Those three make the movie. The only disappointment is Mischa Barton. Her performance is nothing short of wooden, making her character seem unbelievable. Oh, but Heather Graham has a couple short scenes. She’s someone I’ve never really cared for, but this movie changed my opinion. Very funny stuff.
The ending is sweet, leaves a smile on your face, and brings home the point that being able to laugh with someone can make or break a relationship.
Has anyone else seen this movie? Was I just in the mood to laugh, or is it truly funny?
What’s your favorite mother/daughter movie?
Helen Brenna’s latest book, THEN COMES BABY, the third in her Mirabelle Island Superromance series, is out in December. This story revolves around Jamis Quinn, the recluse living on the northwest end of the island, a horror writer hiding from the world. When Natalie Steeger inherits her grandmother’s house next door to his cabin and opens a summer camp for disadvantaged kids, his peace is shattered. But will Natalie heal his heart?
A 4 ½ stars review from RT: “In this touching story about the power love has to heal all wounds, Brenna's characters have terrifically real depth and emotional appeal.”