Flashback Friday-Rumor Has It… (2005)

Family history is a curious thing, especially when it inspires a well-known story.

In the 2005 film, Rumor Has It…, Sarah (Jennifer Aniston) and Jeff (Mark Ruffalo) are a newly engaged coupled. Sarah introduces Jeff to her family when they go to California for her sister’s wedding. During the visit to California, Jeff infers that Sarah’s father, Earl (Richard Jenkins) is not her biological father. Enter Beau (Kevin Costner), a successful author who may have had affairs concurrently with Sarah’s late mother and grandmother Katherine (Shirley MacLaine) back in the day. This leads Sarah to believe that the 1967 film, The Graduate is more than fiction. Like her mother and grandmother, Sarah falls for Beau’s charms, but she may end up losing Jeff in the process.

This film is an interesting one. It’s not exactly the typical romantic comedy, but it also does not use it’s source material as much as it could have.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.


Thoughts On Jennifer Aniston NOT Being A Mom

Having children, for many adults, is one of the greatest joys of their lives. It is also the greatest challenge of their lives.

In the upcoming September issue of InStyle, Jennifer Aniston addresses a number of issues regarding her personal life. One of the issues is that she does not have any children.

Since nearly the beginning of humanity, women have been told over and over again that they have one job: to bring a child into the world and raise it until the child reaches adulthood.

Some women, for any number of reasons, are not mothers. Some do not want children, others may have a physical or psychological condition that would only be complicated by pregnancy.

Of course, there are nay sayers who come back with the usual responses: “you just have not met the right person” or “wait till you get to a certain age, you will regret not having children”.

Frankly it’s no one business whether or not Jennifer Aniston or any woman has or doesn’t have children. She is an actress who is one of the lucky few to sustain a decades long career in Hollywood. Where she has succeeded, many have failed.

While the lives of the rich and famous have always been compelling to the masses, I find this spotlight to be ridiculous and a waste of time. There are so many issues that Americans are facing these days, the fact that Jennifer Aniston is not someone’s mother should not be and is not headline worthy news.



Jennifer Aniston Is Single Again. And The Problem Is…..

Romantic relationships break off all time. It’s just a fact of life.

It was announced this week that Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux are going their separate ways after two years of marriage.

I don’t get what the problem is with their divorce. Yes, they are actors who are in the spotlight, but they are first and foremost human beings who, for whatever reasons (which are frankly, no one’s business but theirs), decided that the marriage was not working out.

The issue that I have is that is we, as a culture, still have a problem with a woman being single. When a man is single, no one blinks an eye. But when a woman single, it’s like the world is ending. She must have something wrong with her and the only way to fix her is to find a man.

I could go on, but I think the ladies on The View says it all. Skip forward to the 2:09 on the clip below.

Thank You, Jennifer Aniston

Earlier this week, movie and television actor Jennifer Aniston published an article in the Huffington Post.

Fed up with the way she and every other woman in America (and around the world) is treated, she did not hesitate to call out the double standards that women are forced to live with every day.

Thank you, Jennifer Aniston.

The problem is that this double standard is ingrained in our culture. Whether it is the pressure to look a certain way, the pressure to conform to a certain lifestyle or even the idea that we are still defined by our looks as opposed to our achievements or intelligence, women (and I include myself in this statement) live subconsciously via this double standard.

Who came blame us? For an untold number of generations, women have been denied the right to an education, to a career and to self determine the course of their life. Marriage and children was and still is the goal. In some parts of the world today, young girls are sold in the name of marriage to men who are sometimes twice or three times their age. They are nothing more than housekeepers and sex slaves.

Even in first world countries, where women have achieved what was impossible only a few generations ago, we are still force fed the idea that we are incomplete until we have a ring on our finger and a child on our hip. Not that marriage and children is completely outmoded, but that is not the goal for every woman and we should not be forced to live a one size fits all life.

While we have come very far in only a few generations, we still have a long way to go.

I’m going to end this post with a quote from Persuasion. It feels as true today as it did when Jane Austen wrote it.

“I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy. Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.”

“Perhaps I shall. Yes, yes, if you please, no reference to examples in books. Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything.”

Have a nice weekend.

Throwback Thursday- Television Edition -Friends (1994-2004)

The 20’s are a very interesting time in our lives. We are adults, but brand new to the adult world. There is often a lot of growth, maturity and heartache in these years.

The classic 90’s sitcom, Friends, is about six friends who live in a Manhattan apartment.

Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) is the suburban princess. Monica (Courteney Cox) is the type A chef. Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) is the quirky musician/masseuse who is smarter than she looks. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is the wannabe soap actor. Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry) is the sarcastic one of the group. Ross (David Schwimmer) is  Monica’s older brother and a paleontologist.

This sitcom still has a major fan base for a reason. There s something universal about being in the early adulthood stages and the growth that leads us to the next stage of our lives.

I recommend it.

Flashback Friday-The Object Of My Affection (1998)

Life is a very strange thing. Sometimes, when we think the chips are down, they are actually up.

In The Object Of My Affection (1998), Nina (Jennifer Aniston) and George (Paul Rudd) think that their fate has changed for the worse.  Nina is pregnant by her overbearing boyfriend and their relationship is heading south, fast. George has been dumped by his boyfriend and needs a place to stay.   Nina has an extra room and George needs the emotional attachment that he had with his ex-boyfriend.

They do everything together, until their relationship and Nina’s pregnancy begin to get complicated.

What I like about this movie is not only are the emotions of the characters realistic, but for the time, the plot is quite progressive. Nina and George are the cinematic Will and Grace in a world that was not quite ready for that kind of relationship.

I recommend this film and I would love to live in Nina’s apartment.

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