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Try to think out of the box! Great choice Carl!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Ensemble Movies.…
“[narrating] Calling somebody else fat won’t make you any skinnier. Calling someone stupid doesn’t make you any smarter. And ruining Regina George’s life definitely didn’t make me any happier. All you can do in life is try to solve the problem in front of you.” – Cady
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Sep 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After moving back to the states after having been home schooled for years by her parents in Africa, a young girl must find a way to navigate the political and social playground of high school.
My Take on it – This is a movie that I heard about when it came out yet never had much of a desire to watch because it didn’t seem like something that I would enjoy.
Boy was I wrong!!
This was such a fun film and it surprised me how engaging it was the whole way through.
The way that the characters are developed is done so well and even though the film is filled with stereotypes, they are all created really well that they don’t feel like caricatures and instead seem like real people.
Tina Fey is an amazing writer and this movie is further proof as to how in touch with reality she is and is able to write characters and story lines that come across as being quite realistic the whole way through.
Parts of the story are presented in a very over the top fashion, yet they still manage to find a way to get their message across quite clearly.
The cast of this movie is quite talented and the added bonus of having lots of SN alumni in some key roles helps make this film even more fun to watch.
The story is quite layered and is able to work on various levels especially since the story is able to flow so well.
Bottom Line – Fun film that works so much better than I would have expected. The characters are all developed quite well and despite each of them filling a typical stereotype, they all still come across as being three dimensional. Fey is an amazing writer and this film is proof of that since she is able to make it all feel so realistic. The story works really well and despite a few aspects seeming a bit over the top, they are able to get the message across quite easily. The cast is filled with lots of SNL alumni that helps keep things quite fun. The story is able to work on numerous levels largely due to the way that the story flows along so well. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Tina Fey envisioned backgrounds for all of the characters. If any of the actors had questions about their characters, she could fill in the blanks for them. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Not quite, but comes close even though this is a fun film that is much better than I would have expected it to be.
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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