Reviews by Beth Manuel
The plot was kind of twisty and layered a bit with problems but they were fascinating. It was definitely worth watching.
This memoir, written by Jillian Lauren (who is known for a previous memoir about her life in a harem for the Prince of Brunei), was a good, fairly fast read. She openly shares her trials & pain, first from not being able to conceive, and later the difficulties she and her husband have with their newly adopted little T. If you like memoirs or are interested in adoption stories or how families try to overcome behavior challenges, you'll like this book.
This film had an interesting theme to it in that the writer, Michael Finkel, was fired from his job at the same time Christian Longo had committed the heinous crime he was accused of committing. So the two were seeking redemption big time.This was particularly interesting in that Mr. Longo (the manipulative, murderous creep) and his family lived in Ypsilanti before they went traveling across the country to where his beautiful family met their demise. But the story centered mostly on Finkel and how he was manipulated by Longo. The movie made me interested in reading the book and more about Finkel and his writing before being fired from the NY Times.
This film had some very formulaic elements as most teen movies seem to be. Initially, I found it off-putting that the cute-but jerky-jock-next-door proceeds to be the one to give Bianca her 'make over'. Ultimately he turns out to be decent. I didn't like that once again, the guy determines the happiness for the girl in the film. I did laugh at times, so it wasn't a bad flick by any means.
This has one of the funkiest-booty shakingest jams of all time. George Clinton is the bomb.