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You’ve Got A Friend In Me…..Toy Story 3!

“You’ve got a friend in me…” I’m a sucker for a trilogy; Star Wars, Raider’s of the Lost Ark, Rocky I, II, III (and then of course, the second trilogy IV, V, VI), Harry Potter, The Chicago Bulls…..


We are a movie going family. When Nicholas and Amanda were peanuts, an outing to the show was an event. When they were little, we saw just about everything (and then we would see it on Ice!), however, I’ve always had a soft spot for Toy Story.

While away at his golf tournament, Nick and I had time to sneak in a visit to the Mega-plex. I really wanted to see Toy Story 3, but Nick thought that was just plain silly. Instead we saw Eclipse, which wasn’t silly, but merely ridiculous. For the life of me, I cannot fathom the appeal (though that Jacob is pretty darn cute.). Nick elbowed me every time I laughed out loud (not that it was funny). Needless to say, my arm was sore. 

Finally, this past Saturday was the day. I was not bothered in the very least that we didn’t have a child to take to see Toy Story 3 (and we didn’t have Nick either.). So, it was just the three of us; Chuck, Amanda and me. We saw all kinds of previews (my favorite part of the movie going experience is the coming attractions. I love catching a glimpse of things to come.). Why are all these new movies in 3D? Seriously, 3D gives me motion sickness and I would hate to have to wear a special motion sickness patch or a bracelet just to go to the movie theater.


At long last, images of Woody and Buzz flickered across the screen. It was like reconnecting with an old friend (one without a Facebook page). Andy is all grown up (really? He’s only 17. How grown up could he be?). He’s heading off to college. Please, stop Disney-Pixar, you’re killing me; next year my Nick is heading off to college.

Heart-tugging madness ensues when Woody and the other toys get separated from one another. Woody is headed off to college with Andy, while the other toys get relegated to the attic (now I’m wondering if that’s how Nick’s toys in the attic feel; the fire trucks and the Mighty Ducks must surely be lonely up there, longing to be played with.).

The dialogue is so consistently smart and clever. The entire experience is highly entertaining, but the most remarkable thing about Toy Story is the message of a shared past, memories, acceptance, loyalty and devotion. As the More is More Mom®, I am going to take more time this year to savor these moments that we have with Nick; more time, more experiences, more growth, more fun, more memories……


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Killers…Kill Me (Kind of….)

Why am I always late for everything? As the More is More Mom®, I suppose it’s because I’m always trying to squeeze in just one more thing. However, when it comes to going to the movies, I do my level best to be on time. I hate to miss the Coming Attractions, because sometimes that’s the very best part of the movie going experience.

As with most families, evenings can be kind of tough. If we’re not racing off to a game, dropping off a gaggle of teenagers, picking up a gaggle of teenagers, we’re hosting a gaggle of teenagers that require some supervision in our home. Sunday afternoon Chuck and I were able to sneak in a quick movie run (allowing plenty of time to be home to see our Chicago Blackhawks play Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Why does the Flyer’s #19, Hartnell, look like a cross between the kindly Grizzly Adams and the Unabomber? He plays like the Unabomber). Killers looked entertaining, so why not?

It’s so exciting when there are a couple of movies that look fairly promising.

• Charlie St. Cloud didn’t look too bad if you’re a Zac Efron fan. Shocking I’m sure (because I have a teenager daughter and the Disney Chanel plays 24/7 here), but I have never seen High School Musical I, II or III (but I do think you should Get Your Head in the Game, Gotta, Getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha head in the game…). Despite the fact that there didn’t appear to be any singing or dancing involved, this picture looked sweet and touching.

• I’m afraid that the previews might very well have shown the best parts of this movie, but Going the Distance looked entertaining enough. I absolutely adore Drew Barrymore. She is the most charming gal in the motion picture business (with Sandra Bullock running a close second), so I would give it a shot for that reason alone. Throw in her on again, off again cutie pie Justin Long, and you might just have a winner (or at least not a complete stinker).

• Annette Bening and Julianne Moore make a beautiful lesbian couple in The Kids are Alright. Why not? Mark Ruffalo is the sperm donating wanna be dad, and you’ve got yourself a family comedy…..

• What do 80’s Mega-Action-Superstars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sly Stallone and Bruce Willis (totally in my top ten favorite actors EVER!!) have in common? They all star in The Expendables….. Though it does beckon the question, were Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford and Jean Claude Van Dam busy? I’m not a super fan of the Action Blockbuster, but throw in the come back kid (or old man) Mickey Rourke, his fabulously creepy costar in The Pope of Greenwich Village, Eric Roberts, martial arts expert Jet Li, Rocky’s nemesis Dolph Lundgren, current action hottie Jason Stathom, and Terry Crews (the dad on Everybody Hates Chris….)…..and I’m there!


I had extremely high hopes for Killers. I mean we’re talking about the absolutely adorable Ashton Kutcher (tweet, tweet) and the beautiful but befuddled Katherine Heigl (in the part that she endearingly plays in all of her movies).

The ever handsome Tom Selleck and the lovely and hysterical Catherine O’Hara are perfectly cast as Ms. Heigl’s parents, so where did it all go awry? The action and the intrigue were perfect in the first part of the movie. I was all about Martin Mull as Ashton’s boss. The banter was witty, with a certain Hollywood classic’s feeling. Sadly though, it became a ridiculous farce as the bounty on Ashton’s head was unveiled and everyone and their brother wanted him dead. I mean seriously, how on Earth did their suburban neighbors get their hands on all of those firearms? I live in the suburbs and we are merely armed with SUV’s, wine and a competitive edge.


Over all Killers wasn’t too bad, but it left me wanting more. I can tell you however, with certainty…..Killers was no Hot Tub Time Machine! Where is John Cusack when you need him?

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