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On Vox: Movie viewing of the infirm

I probably shouldn't have watched either one of these movies, but they were in the Tivo queue, it was something I can do without moving my head around much and so I did.

"ShopGirl" was very well acted, quiet and sort of quaintly old fashioned and slickly modern at the same time. Visually beautiful (I'm a sucker for a good image), Shop Girl has a haunting dream like quality to it (but maybe it was my anti-dizziness meds) and yet seem also raw and real. I like movies that don't pose simple questions or have easy answers. Relationships are like that, movies about relationships should be too. If I hadn't sworn off old guys, I'd marry Steve Martin in a heartbeat. I've always had a big crush on him so that probably gives this movie more points in my book that it probably deserves.

"The Break Up" is not a comedy despite the presence of Vince Vaughn. It's truly about a break-up and as such, it's funny, hard to watch at times and ultimately pretty sad. The movie starts off showing photo after photo of Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn's characters happy and in love. It doesn't take long for the movie to go from their sweet meeting at Wrigley Field to the "why don't you ever ...[fill in your own relationship complaint here]" shouting that leads to the break-up. Yeah, I know really wants to see that after you've lived it a time or ten?

Like "Shop Girl", "The Break Up"  doesn't take the easy or predictable route for the audience, so if you're looking for a romantic comedy for a date movie, I'd skip both of these. But if you're in the mood to see the subtle and difficult sides of how men and women interact, these might be worth a peak. The optimistic in me got a bit bummed out, the voyeur in me sort of liked them both.

Originally posted on patty.vox.com


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Jul. 21st, 2007 03:33 am (UTC)
There were definitely some similiarities between the movie and me and Steven's relationship. Althought I don't think I was quite as affected as Claire Dane's character.

We had a slightly different ending thoough.
Jul. 22nd, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
is steven as wealthy as the steve martin character...oh girl, you've been holding out on your extraordinary lifestyle have you???
Jul. 22nd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Sadly this is another area where the ShopGirl story doesn't quite match up.

My extrodinary lifestyles involves helping Steven race $500 cars. So no...not quite as glamorous.
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