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Flashback Friday-40 Days And 40 Nights (2002)

Recovering from a breakup is never easy.  Especially when we thought that our ex was the one we would spend the rest of our lives with.

Matt (Josh Hartnett) is unhappily single.  He has not gotten over his ex-girlfriend, who is now engaged. Matt tries to get over her, but no matter how hard he tries, she is always on his mind. In a last-ditch attempt to finally get over his ex, he decides to give up all forms of sex for Lent. Then he meets Erica (Shannyn Sossamon), who might just be the one. The problem is that Lent has just begun and trying to be celibate is only the beginning of Matt’s problems.

I have mixed feelings about this movie. On one hand, the narrative is not the cookie cutter romantic comedy. But on the other hand, the narrative is not entirely unique.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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The Critics Were Wrong (Maybe)- Pearl Harbor (2001)

December 7th, A Day That Will Live In Infamy- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Every generation has that event that forever alters their collective lives. For the Greatest Generation, the event is Pearl Harbor.

The 2001 film, Pearl Harbor, is the story of America’s forced entry into World War II. Rafe (Ben Affleck) and Danny (Josh Hartnett) are best friends. Rafe falls in love with Evelyn (Kate Beckinsale).  Rafe is then transferred to England while Danny and Evelyn are transferred to Pearl Harbor.  Things become complicated when Danny and Evelyn’s relationship becomes more than platonic. Then the Japanese attack.

This is a typical Michael Bay movie. The action and special effects are wonderful. The plot needs some tweaking.

Were the critics wrong? Not entirely. Comparisons to Titanic are inevitable (semi weak story, poorly written dialogue, major historical event, incredible special effects, etc). But where Titanic succeeds, Pearl Harbor fails. 

Do I recommend this movie? If the audience is looking for historical accuracy, no. If they are looking for a typical Michael Bay film, yes.

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