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Good Old Fashioned Movie Review Post

This weekend I saw three movies. Two I'd seen before, Million Dollar Baby and Whale Rider and a new one: Miss Congeniality 2. You can find reviews of the other two movies in the archives but I do want to add that, because my father's hearing is getting worse, the close captions of Whale Rider were covering up the subtitles so when they were speaking Maori, all I could see was the Maori words were and not the translation. My father didn't mention this so I'm thinking he didn't notice...

Anyway, Miss Congeniality is one of my favorite movies so I figured the sequel wouldn't totally suck. I was wrong. It just wasn't as funny at all. Dietrich Bader played the pompous stylist role. I know they asked Michael Caine to return but I guess he said no. Frankly, I'm not surprised. Shatner did return but he and Cheryl were not given good lines at all. My father pointed out that the villain of the piece whoever he was paled in comparison to Candace Bergen but is that surprising given this sentence? Sandra Bullock has said she didn't want to do another romantic comedy so this was made into a "buddy flick" which she can not pull off well at all. Nor can she pull off pompous and snooty which I'm not even sure why she had to try in the first place. The only good thing I can say about it really is that, as far as sequels to huge hits go, this was a better stab at it than Legally Blonde 2.

In other news, I recently received a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble and after spending it I still had money left on the card so I thought I'd check their online inventory. The Star Trek collection alone is so much better. Anyway, I picked out a book which was delivered today. I discover, to my bemusement, that I had bought a book I had already read! I never do this. My mentally capacity is not what it used to be... Damn I'm old...

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