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Movie Suggestion Post #65

[Movie Ratings are on a scale of 1-5.  Anything rated over 3 stars and is in bold, is usually a pretty good rating (5 star ratings are very rare with me)! –  Content is listed for those who are careful about what they or their children view (or what to be aware of). I usually rate based on content, plot, photography/direction, and acting.]

Charley’s Aunt  1941 (w/ Jack Benny, James Ellison, Kay Francis, Anne Baxter) – 3.25 stars – This is a comedy about a man “Babbs” who has been in college at Oxford set in the 1910s or so for far too many years and has a couple young roommates.  When circumstances come around where a chaperone is needed and Babbs’ roommates each want to propose to girls they have interests in, they ask him to dress up and pretend to be a Brazilian Aunt who couldn’t make it who was going to be a chaperone.  This leaves for interesting, strange, and funny moments in the film. I found it to be incredibly witty.  content: drinking, cigar smoking, a man dressed in drag throughout most of the film, a man dressed as a woman kisses two women on the lips, kissing

Thrill of a Romance 1945 (w/ Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Carleton G. Young) – 2 stars – A woman is spotted swimming and diving (and teaching children to swim) when a man basically proposes to her immediately.  They marry and go on a honeymoon.  You can see that they don’t really know one another too well and when her husband gets called away, she spends her honeymoon alone, except for a soldier who is there at the same time.  Will she be faithful to her husband? I can’t really get into movies with plot lines like this.  The best part of this film was when a teenage girl plays piano and sings. She was great. Otherwise, I wasted my time.  I like Esther Williams movies usually, but not this one.  content: a budding romance between a married and non-married woman, women in bathing suits (one pieces), a couple immodest clothes, kissing, drinking, smoking

My Man Godfrey 1957 (w/ June Allyson, David Niven) – 2.5 stars – Perhaps I liked the 1936 version too much to like this one, but I just had no love for this movie.  It was just a little too odd in a not-so-good sense.  During a scavenger hunt, a rich girl finds a bum and uses him as a way to win the game.  Afterwards she hires him as her butler for her wacky family. In the original movie, you can see the chemistry easily between the actors, but in this one I didn’t see any. I love June Allyson, but not this film. content: woman in a towel who tries to charm a man, kissing, women practically throwing themselves at me (fully dressed), drinking, smoking

Sabrina 1954 (w/ Audrey Hepburn, Humphrey Bogart, William Holden) –3  stars – A young woman who has a chauffeur father, is in love with a man who lives in the estate where her father and she reside/work.  In hopes that she’ll get over her longtime crush, her father sends her to cooking school in France. When she returns she has matured in actions and appearance and still hopes the man of her dreams will notice her.  It was a very interesting movie and was a cute love story. content: attempted suicide, drinking, smoking, kissing, punch thrown

The Switch 2010 (w/ Jennifer Aniston, Jason Bateman, Jeff Goldblum) – 2 stars – A woman is tired of being single when she longs to become a mother. She decides she wants to find a sperm donator and get pregnant.  Her best friend is a guy who wants to help her but she isn’t interested.  A series of events happens that might change their lives.  There was far too much junk in this that made it a boring movie, though the relationship between the lead roles was sweet.  content: talk about body parts, ovulation, getting pregnant when not married (through donor), a blurry out of focus naked man’s body in the distance, the backside of a man up close, a man unzips his pants to please himself (nothing shown), fertility gods shown with large breasts (a statue and a drawing with breasts), immodest outfits, drinking, some bad language

The Major and the Minor 1942 (w/ Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland) – 3.25 stars – Susan have been searching for a way to get some money, but is tired and wants to go back home to Iowa.  The problem she has is that she needs to try to get out of the city.  She has low funds and pretends to be a 12 year old child to get out.  Sadly, she bumps into a man who offers her kindness and is in the military who doesn’t see through her disguise at all.  This is a hilarious movie.  Ginger Rogers made me laugh.  content: kissing, a young cadet kisses a woman who he thinks is 12 (not sure if he is legal age or not), deceit, theft, a man implies fooling around with a woman who is trying to do her job and not be used as meat, an open back dress shown on a girl.

Beach Blanket Bingo 1965 (w/ Annette Funicello, Frankie Avalon, Harvey Lembeck, Deborah Walley, Don Rickles, Linda Evans, Paul Lynde) – 2.25 stars – With the summer coming to an end, I had to make sure I watched some sort of 60s beach movie (I’ve watched many in my life), and had never seen this one (I thought I saw all the Frankie/Annette films).  Really the biggest problem I have with movies like these are that women are basically meat and aren’t worth anything other than to cook and please men.  The music (like the song “It Only Hurts When I Cry”) and hairstyles really look great though.  It is a little weird watching these when my parents were in their teen years during these films and watched them when they came out, probably.  This movie is about a girl who has set-ups so that she can make a debut album be a hit with the kids on the beach.  Of course there is always the problem where Frankie flirts and seems to not care and “Dee-Dee” Annette tries to get him jealous. Same story every time, really. content: woman loses her bikini top, many girls in bikinis, many topless men, many people dancing while dressed in bathing suits, girls in babydolls, kissing, boys and girls sharing a beach house (guys sleep downstairs, girls upstairs), a girl swims naked in the ocean throughout the movie (nothing seen – she’s a mermaid), kidnapping, a woman tied up and about to get “killed”

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (w/ Annette Funicello, Dwayne Hickman, Frankie Avalon, Harvey Lembeck, Buster Keaton, Mickey Rooney) – 1.75 stars – Frankie doesn’t think Dee-Dee (Annette) will be faithful, yet supposedly while he’s in Tahiti, it’s okay for him to kiss other girls and cheat on her.  He loves his girlfriend, but doesn’t trust her.  Bwana comes up with an idea to send a “stuffed bikini” to watch out for Dee-Dee. This was one of the worst of the beach movies since Frankie Avalon is barely in it and they seemed to have rushed to make it right after Beach Blanket Bingo (though maybe this one came out first, since Bwana is also in the other movie briefly).  It was a little boring.  content: girls in bikinis, kissing, witchdoctor and sort-of a voodoo thing going on in it, innuendos, guys without tops on, one guy gets kissed by two girls

G.I. Blues 1960 (w/ Elvis Presley, Juliet Prowse, James Douglas) – 2.75 stars – There is a showgirl who doesn’t seem to have much heart at all (most men come onto her as a piece of meat so she grew cold with them).  While out on duty, Elvis’ character named Tulsa is out to make money so he can afford to start his own club in Oklahoma. He makes a bet to win over the showgirl best he can in order to make money for his club.  This movie has a lot of music in it.  It is typical of how probably many soldiers of the past once acted while abroad (as I have heard from former soldiers from the 40s-60s). It wasn’t that great and was a little odd to me.  The music was good though.  content: talk about women’s bodies, bar fight, some immodest outfits, talk of baby born out of wedlock, man kinda torments a baby for a woman’s attention, kissing

The Hunger Games 2012 (w/ Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Lenny Kravitz, Donald Sutherland, Stanley Tucci) – 3.25 stars –  A couple years ago I read through the books, so yes, I am aware of the stories. The movie started out a bit quickly without explaining things as well as they did in the book. I think if I hadn’t read the books, I may not have understood too well what was happening in the movie.  The story is about a world where there are 13 districts, though one is no longer around. Each one has different work ethics and things that they are known for.  Every year there are games that go on where children are chosen; two from each district to fight in a battle royale.  Katniss has hunting skills, even though it is forbidden to do.  She volunteers to fight for her district and has training to do.  The story revolves around her.  I think I had higher expectations for the story. They did a good job, and obviously had to change a few things so they could fit the story into it, but there are so many things that were explained in the first book that left you wondering about what was going on in the movie.  content: violence (kids are brutally killing others. It is a bit much to see, though they don’t usually show it too graphically, there is a lot of visible blood and nastiness for certain people, such as kids pounding heartlessly on another kid and then cheering about it), two d words, 1 misuse of the word hell.  A couple immodest outfits,  kissing, kids sleeping together (though fully clothed and not sexually), parents/children slapping the other, drinking

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10 thoughts on “Movie Suggestion Post #65

  1. Sabrina was good, but I thougth the relationship between Bogart and Hepburn wasn’t quite believeable enough. In the re-make, I thought the Harrison Ford/Julia Ormond relationship was easier to believe.

    For a beach movie that doesn’t relegate the female elad to a piece of meat, I like Gidget. Sandra Dee showed her acting chops on that one. The sequels were nowhere near as good, except maybe the 1969 TV movie with Karen Valentine, Gidget Grows Up.

    1. Gidget is one of my all time favorite films, and I have seen the others, but agree with you. . .nothing like the Sandra Dee one!!! I used to try to be like Gidget when I was about 14.

      I have never seen the remake of Sabrina, but I do remember when it was in theatres.

  2. Interesting and succinct reviews. I never would have thought to post “warnings” or content advisories, but I don’t have kids, so…that makes so much sense! (I remember not watching Sabrina for a long time and then being surprised about the suicide scene in a rewatch, but it is charming nonetheless, you are right!)

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  3. I really enjoyed The Hunger Games as a movie, although I read the series and it’s very hard for me to be objective about whether or not people would feel lost in the story. But I thought the cinematography and soundtrack really lent themselves well to the story. It exceeded my expectations as a movie. I’m not saying it was perfect; I was just more impressed than I thought I would be. 🙂

  4. I’ve seen Beach Blanket Bingo sooooo many times. It was our choice sleepover movie in high school. Besides being obsessed with the hair and clothing in it, I think we just loved how horribly cheesy it was…yeah, it’s bad! Pretty certain I remember most of the songs it too. I kinda loved that one between Frankie and Annette when they’re on the beach and – Loralie, the mermaid…haha, so far-fetched.

    I’ve seen Sabrina plenty of times too, but The Hunger Games – I don’t know, I couldn’t get through the first 15 minutes of it. I think it was the children killing children thing. I’m pretty sensitive to this kind of stuff and it really just bothered me, as strange as that sounds. Maybe I should give it a chance though.

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