Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5. Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is totally worth seeing! – I rate pretty harshly.
The Lorax 2012 (w/ voices of Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Ed Helms, Taylor Swift, Betty White) – 3.5 stars – Since I was a child, The Lorax has been my favorite Seuss story and I have seen the 70s cartoon countless times. I was a little nervous about the storyline when I first saw the trailer for the movie because it seemed like they changed it so much, however, they didn’t change the story at all, they just added an extra surrounding story to it while maintaining it’s classic characters, creatures, and plot. Ted is a boy who lives in a happy town filled with plastic-made trees and much of the rest of their world is just plastic! He has a big crush on a girl named Audrey who wants to have a tree so badly. She loves trees and had heard stories about them. Ted learns about how he can get a tree himself, and in doing so he learns about the truth of his town and a story about the Lorax. This was animated very well and had a few really wonderful songs (wish there were more!). My sons really enjoyed it a lot (but they said that they liked Cars 2 better). content: I was bothered that in the first scene all the moms seemed to be a little immodestly dressed considering this was a child’s movie. A couple times a character is seen wearing a bikini as well (though she has no curves to lure in the audience), a boy talks about kissing, one tall thin character shakes his booty about, a child gets harassed and threatened, the word stupid is said once (which my 3 year old said, “that’s a bad word” while in the theatre), a woman is mentioned to look like a man and has a mustache, the environment is damaged
One Day 2011 (w/ Anne Hathaway, Jim Sturgess) – 2 stars – I honestly don’t know why so many people rave about this film. I was bored out of my mind most of the time and it was just a completely depressing story with maybe 3-5 minutes of happiness in it. Two people graduate college and end up forming a friendship with one another as they try to pursue their dreams and make a living. They believe they can find love and constantly fear giving in to admitting their love for one another because their friendship might be destroyed. This covers over 20 years of their lives focusing on a the same day throughout the years and what that day’s significance had each time for them. The content ruined this film some more for me too. content: kissing, people in underwear, a girl nude walking along a bed frame (mainly her backside is shown, and a corner of her breast), people living together before marriage, drug use (cocaine and weed), party scenes, drinking & drunkenness, smoking, child created out of wedlock, an affair, middle aged people naked on a nudist beach, skinny dipping, talk about sex toys and orgies, a physical fight between men, profanities, vulgarity, and innuendos,
The Trouble with Harry 1955 (w/ Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, Shirley MacLaine) – 2.5 stars – This was such an odd story. There was a man’s body found in a wooded area. Many people end up finding it and wondering who he was, what he did to get that way. So many people assumed they did it themselves. However in figuring out things, a bunch of people get to know one another and have such a wonderful time over this man’s death. It was done by Hitchcock and I never heard of it before. At times it was a little boring, but it was an interesting story. content: possible murder. I’m unsure about anything else (perhaps there was one swear word, but I don’t recall).
Lemonade Mouth 2011 (w/ Bridgit Mendler, Adam Hicks, Hayley Kiyoko, Naomi Scott) – 2.5 stars – This is a Disney musical for pre-teens/young teens. The music was actually really catchy and I enjoyed it, especially Hayley Kiyoko’s character. She was cool. I would have been her friend. Anyway, what really bugged me about this movie was the terrible lip syncing. Why couldn’t they just sing out for real instead of singing with their recorded music? It is about a bunch of kids who end up in detention (Breakfast Club anyone?) but there are a bunch of musical instruments around and they end up forming a band and a bond with one another even though their mocked a bit. The storyline didn’t really hold up but it is cute for kids. content: rebelious girl goes against her Principal’s authority, teenagers disobey their parents, mocking people/bullying, semi-immodest tween outfits (though for the most part this is very modest)
The Ladies Man 1961 (w/ Jerry Lewis, Helen Traubel, Kathleen Freeman) – 1.75 stars – Terrible movie. Jerry Lewis makes me laugh, and we know he’s very silly with the roles he’s always taken. The problem is that this whole movie just makes you go “no!!!!” because he’s too much of a klutz that you just get annoyed throughout the whole movie. The story is of a guy who doesn’t know how to be around the opposite sex but ends up being hired as a handy-man in a mansion filled with women with different talents. content: immodest outfits, a couple sexual innuendos, kissing
I Wanna Hold Your Hand 1978 (w/ Nancy Allen, Bobby Di Cicco, Teresa saldana, Eddie Deezen, Wendy Jo Sperber, Susan Kendall Newman, Marc McClure) – 3 stars – This story revolves around a few teenage girls. One is obsessed with the Beatles, one is going to elope, one is a photographer who wants to photograph the Beatles, and another is a folk-song loving anti-Beatle picketer. They are all friends and end up going on an adventure together to see The Beatles in person at their hotel. Throughout the whole movie they each face problems and most of them involving guys. I had always wanted to see this movie in full, but always saw little bits and pieces of it in the past. The plotline was good and it was entertaining! There were some things that bugged me (read the content). content: profanity, sexual innuendos, a young girl is ready to prostitute herself to get $50 and dresses immodestly, a college girl who is prostituted by a middle-aged man has odd demands and the girl is seen in her bra and underwear with garters, a young girl licks objects and gets very excited about touching things belonging to The Beatles. Underage drinking, smoking, a kid gets mocked, kissing, some punches, a demanding boyfriend
The Whistleblower 2010 (w/ Rachel Weisz, Benedict Cumberbatch, Monica Bellucci, David Strathairn, Vanessa Redgrave) – 2.75 stars – I had high hopes for this film because I’d been waiting for it to be filmed and followed news on it and I read the book in which it is based on. They changed a bit of Kathy Bolkavac’s personal story and made a bit of a stretch of her search for one girl throughout the film when really the book had focused more on the crimes of the people she worked with. Anyway, this is a story about a woman cop who gets a job working in Bosnia with the UN and more. She learns about human trafficking in the bars near the place she works filled with teen girls who are forced into prostitution from countries from Ukraine, Moldova, and more. In her research, people in her company don’t like her prying in their “affairs” and try to put a stop to it. This is one of thsoe stories that is better off reading the book and not watching the movie at all. content: sadly they show a few girls in immodest clothes, a few girls are in their underwear, girls get groped, one girl gets raped with a bar?? in front of people (they show her face at times and the reaction of those watching), There are photographs of girls in bondage, there is a photograph of a girl topless about to be tortured, a woman is seen spending a night with a man she works with and everything is out of focus and she says, “I’m out of practice”. A man says he is still married and working on a divorce after he spends the night with a woman, an old woman expresses how she was raped, men say that a woman deserved rape because she was Muslim, there is bad language throughout the film, people get slapped (girls), a girl has a gun up to her head, there are used condoms and drug paraphernalia laying around a room, a man wants to live with a woman. If I forgot something, I’m sorry. I tried to remember it all.
The Talk of the Town 1942 (w/ Jean Arthur, Cary Grant, Ronald Colman) – 3.25 stars – as a former Oscar nominee, I had thought it was quite funny and I enjoyed it. A woman and her mother have a house that they put up for rent from time to time. A professor is expected to arrive, but instead an old childhood friend of hers who broke out of jail arrives wanting to seek refuge when there was a crime that occurred that is thought to have been done by him. The professor happens to arrive the same night and she has to try to hide her friend and help him out while hoping the professor doesn’t find him there. content: kissing and “white lies” are the only thing I can recall.
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The Moon-Spinners 1964 (w/ Hayley Mills, Eli Wallach, Peter McEnery, Joan Greenwood) – 2 stars – A girl named Nikki goes to Greece with her aunt to collect songs from different countries. They come to a place called Moon-Spinners which was named after a song, but they find that they are not welcomed there (nor anyone from the UK). They meet a young man who seems to have trouble with them as well and Nikki gets mixed up in an adventure filled with danger with him. The storyline was nice but it was a bit boring. content: kidnapping and some blood (though the violence is not seen)
Rust 2010 (w/ Corbin Bernsen, Frank Gall, Lloyd Warner) – 2 stars – A man seems to have given up on being a preacher and following the faith he thought he held so dearly. He goes back to his hometown to visit a friend who is charged for murder. He wants to see what happened, because he doesn’t believe his friend would ever do such a thing, no matter how strange he is. It was hard to follow and understand what was going on and I was bored out of my mind. The last 15 minutes were good though. content: troubled kids, murder, name calling, smoking, teenage suicide – nothing shown at all with violence though. . all just talked about
Ziegfield Follies 1946 (w/ Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Judy Garland, Lena Horne, Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Lucille Ball, many others) – 2.75 stars – This movie was basically just a way to show stage performances by big actors at the time. I’m not saying they weren’t good performances, but I thought there was going to be an actual storyline. I loved one scene that involved a man trying to make a call and having issues with the operator. Also the best scene in the whole thing was Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire dancing together. I love Gene Kelly more though (always have). There are dance and song and comedy numbers throughout it. There was some impressive claymation of sorts in the beginning too. content: immodest outfits (like a completely open backed outfit that cuts off into the rib area too as women are dressed as cats and are whipped by Lucille Ball. . .very strange).
Man’s Favorite Sport 1964 (w/ Rock Hudson, Paula Prentiss, Maria Perschy) – 3 stars – A man is a fishing expert. He even wrote a book about it and works for the fishing company Abercrombie and Fitch (didn’t know they were originally fishing gear). He comes across an impossible woman while fighting over a parking spot and turns out that she might be the only person he can depend upon with a secret he has regarding his line of work that no one else knows of. This is a funny movie. I laughed a couple times. It was also a little corny which can be fun. content: kissing, a woman ends up sleeping in a man’s bed (he leaves the bed), a woman’s zipper gets pulled down accidentally and reveals her back and some of her underwear. A man is thought to be fooling around with various women, a man and woman are seen in a sleeping bag together, immodesty
American Pimp: Raw Outtakes and the Hard Truth 2000 (documentary) – 1 star – This is a documentary of interviews with a bunch of different famous pimps. although this says it was made in 2000, I think most of it was filmed in the early 90s before the boost of the internet which has changed everything regarding how pimps work. However, we heard many different accounts, some who beat and search out girls on the streets, and others who say that girls choose it – but they all get the money that is made and the girls don’t see much of anything other than they get outfits bought for them and such. One of the pimps interviewed was Snoop Dogg who wanted to be a pimp since he was a kid and even bragged of sleeping with his prostitute cousin for free. It was really boring but did have some informative bits and pieces. It was sad. One pimp even said his daughter and wife are/were prostitutes. content: the entire thing has men bragging about how they mistreat women and the whole time they call the women their female dogs (well not that nicely), body parts are talked about as well as types of tricks, some things mentioned are graphic, there is a girl with a boosty-a on on the streets who is one of the prostitutes for the pimp that talks to him through the window for a little bit, two pimps are smoking weed – one watching his weed being produced/handled on a T.V., language throughout.
It’s Always Fair Weather 1955 (w/ Gene Kelly, Dolores Gray, Dan Dailey, Cyd Charisse) – 3.25 stars – Gene Kelly directed this as well as starred in it. The story is about three war buddies who plan to meet in ten years’ time, only to have some fears of doing so since they haven’t fulfilled their dreams. Someone wants to televise their reunion. Of course there is a bit of romance too. Wonderful songs and dance numbers throughout it, including a trash can lid dance and a fun roller skating tap dance that the amazing Gene Kelly did. content: immodest women, a woman stage shooting/blowing up men with dynamite to go with the song, a room of men whistling after a woman, kissing.
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