It is strange to recall that Hugh Jackman used to be known as a romantic lead. For one thing, that was around 20 years ago, but also I can’t remember the last time he was in a romantic role. And that’s not a genre I pay much attention to.
Romantic comedies are almost all basically the same plot, but with a few elements thrown in for flavor. The main added flavor here seems to be “she’s an advice columnist who’s about to be proven wrong.” Which I don’t really have a lot to say about, but I’m interested in seeing how it gets where it’s going.
I’m pretty sure this movie was recommended to me, and that’s why the title sounded familiar, but I don’t really remember what basis the recommendation was made on. It was probably close to the reason it caught my attention now. The stars include Red Skelton and Ricardo Montalban. The leading lady is Esther Williams, who I’m not really familiar with, though apparently MGM never missed an opportunity to put her in circumstances that involve swimsuits.
It looks like a basic romp with a swimming and polo theme (and perhaps water polo?), and with musical numbers included in a runtime of not much past an hour and a half, not only a light story, but light on story. Just a bit of fun with some Hollywood legends.
I really don’t like to miss a week so close together, but I’ve got two deadlines weighing down hard on me and I simply don’t have the time to review a movie this week.
I know I already made the last cancellation post about Net Neutrality, but this week the FCC made their vote, ignored the overwhelming criticism, and voted to reclassify the internet out of Title 2, allowing internet service providers to treat their customers’ data differently depending on what they want to encourage and what they want to gouge for, throttle, or totally block, which is a power they should not be allowed to have even if we were not in an age of service providers owned by entertainment giants that also own streaming video services that compete with other services.
The FCC was not going to be swayed from their reckless decision, but the courts and Congress will have the last say about it. You can help by calling or writing a unique letter to your representatives, donating to the EFF and ACLU, and if your state is not among the states suing the FCC, calling your state government officials and demanding to know why.
I watched an episode of Pee-wee’s Playhouse once and I didn’t get it. I wasn’t repelled by it, it just didn’t make sense. Everything seemed random for the sake of being random, and it was like an educational children’s show without a lesson, a story, or a point.
So why am I getting ready to watch the Pee-wee Herman movie? Because it looks like it’s got a story and possibly a point. It’s a vehicle for Paul Reubens, and vehicles go places.
As ever, this is a busy time of year, and some things end up sliding for more important tasks this week. This post is the slide.
Screaming at your representatives to keep the FCC from killing net neutrality in a move that will benefit approximately zero Americans who are not telecom owners is an important task one might do this week.
So here’s a high school movie about gender-swapping body swapping. Commentary on the differences between men’s and women’s experiences is something that doesn’t always age well, especially with recent trends, so I’m not sure if this will come out as something to really recommend. It looks like the characters have some traits that make them slightly more than stereotypes, which makes it more likely positive statements can be made.