It has often been said that mortals plan and the creator laughs.
In the 2001 movie, Heartbreakers, mother and daughter duo Max (Sigourney Weaver) and Page (Jennifer Love Hewitt) have the perfect con game down to a T. Max marries older and wealthier man and Page seduces them as her mother walks in on them. Max then demands a divorce and receives a tidy sum as a settlement. This continues on until they are caught by their own con game.
There are some movies that are merely ok. They are not terrible, but they are also not the greatest film to ever hit theaters. Heartbreakers is one of these movies. But that’s ok. Sometimes I want a movie that is a little dumb, a little predictable and a little naughty.
I recommend it.
There are few old Hollywood performers as memorable as Audrey Hepburn. Remembered for her iconic roles in Breakfast At Tiffany’s (1961), Roman Holiday (1953) and her humanitarian work, Ms. Hepburn will always forever be remembered for heart and her trend setting fashion.
In 2000, Jennifer Love Hewitt starred in the TV movie/biopic, The Audrey Hepburn Story. As a girl, a young Audrey Hepburn (Emmy Rossum) wanted to be a ballet dancer. But her parent’s divorce and World War II changed all that. The movie then follows her career as she becomes a movie star and has to juggle work, fame and relationships.
As biopics go, this TV movie is not bad. But it’s not good either. While Jennifer Love Hewitt is not the best actress, she certainly gives it her all. I just wonder what could have been done differently to make this program more palatable.
Do I recommend it? Sort of.
To be in the movies or on television at a young age is either a blessing or curse. For every Drew Barrymore who is able to succeed in the industry as an adult, there is a Dana Plato whose career and life we can only speak of in past tense.
Between them, Disney and Nickelodeon has produced multiple generations of child stars.
Kids Incorporated was part of the Disney lineup from 1984-1993. Combining musical performances and short skits, the show is a whose who of child stars whose careers have successfully stretched into adulthood. Fergie, Mario Lopez, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Eric Balfour are four of the actors who got their feet wet during their time on Kids Incorporated.
For a kid in the 1980’s and 1990’s, this show was magic. I have very fond memories of watching this program during my younger days.
All That (1994-2005) was Nickelodeon’s answer to Saturday Night Live. Ironically, Kenan Thompson was part of the original All That cast and is presently a cast member of Saturday Night Live.
This show was just plain fun. To the preteen and early teenage audience, this was entertainment at it’s best.
I recommend both.
Ah, High School.
No matter how old we get or what we go through after high school, a part of who we were back then stays with us.
Can’t Hardly Wait (1998) takes places during one evening. The class of 1998 has gotten together for one last party. Amanda Beckett (Jennifer Love Hewitt) is the most popular girl in school. For the last few years, she has been dating Mike Dexter (Peter Facinelli). But she is starting to realize that maybe she does not want to be Mike’s girlfriend anymore. Preston Meyers (Ethan Embry) has had a crush on Amanda since 9th grade. He has kept a letter that he wrote to her and tries to tell her how he feels. William Lichter (Charlie Korsmo) has been tormented by Mike for years. Tonight is his opportunity to get back at Mike.
I like this movie. It has an end of an era feeling to it. The boundary between who we are when we graduate high school and who we are when we enter college is invisible, but palpable. In a way, this movie is timeless because we all graduate high school and move on with our lives. But high school is still high school.
I recommend it and feel a little old.