Saw How to Deal with Greg last night. We ran into Thomas and Alanna while we were there; I didn’t know she was a Mandy fan. Anyway, the movie was great. It had very little in common with A Walk to Remember, except the female lead actress. I saw a clip from the premiere party on TRL yesterday (Mandy’s hair is longer now), but otherwise I hadn’t heard much about it. I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I will say that Mandy Moore is a better actress than I originally thought. Halley and Jamie are total opposites; that she can play both so well shows her talent.
Spoilers. Mandy’s hair at the beginning of the movie: What was up with that? No self-respecting teenage girl would let her hair get that tangled and uneven. I knew she’d cut it during the course of the movie, but still. Sandra Bullock was still pretty as “ugly” Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality. Michael’s death: That was kind of sudden. Shouldn’t a doctor have noticed he had a heart condition before he was allowed to play soccer? Scarlett’s baby: Everyone is still in their wedding attire, so you know the scene is supposed to be shortly after she gives birth. But that is not a newborn that Scarlett holds up. That baby was too big, and its eyes were already open. It was cute, but you think film sense would dictate that they find a younger baby. Lewis: Dear Lord. Would any modern parent raise their son to be such a wuss? I mean, yeah, he was really sweet, but the hair? And his whole temperament — he was just not guyish enough. The realism factor: Bad things happen. But maybe not so many. If those events were spread out between the two books, I can understand. I know Halley’s life isn’t supposed to be wonderful, but did it have to be that bad? The schedule mix-up scene: That guidance counselor was funny. She acted like Halley was just whining. Macon: The tamer version of a bad boy. We never saw him drink, smoke, or really do anything wrong. We only heard about that pre-movie-time fire he set. Maybe it’s just his aura; you feel like he’s doing something wrong. Lydia (Halley’s mom): Perfect. Same for Halley’s weed-addicted Grandma. The music: Great. End Spoilers.
I wonder if this movie will turn out to be a triple threat (to me, anyway), like AWTR. I got the book from Amazon, but I haven’t read it yet. And I haven’t heard enough about the soundtrack, but I already plan to get that when it comes out on DVD. The press gives such crap to teen movies, but not all of them are stupid. I liked this one.
My shower drain is clogged again. It is no fun taking a shower in three inches of water, let me tell you. My dad got some Liquid-Plumr after trying to use the plunger on the drain. Which means I had to use my parents’ shower to wash my hair this morning. That was no fun. Now my whole bathroom smells like a toilet, and my hair looks bad because it’s always bad right after being washed.
Pride and Prejudice is a good book. Like The House of the Seven Gables, the writing style makes it harder to understand, but I sort of translate it as I go along. I had to do that for Their Eyes Were Watching God sophomore year. No author should be allowed to write an entire novel in slang. I understand that it’s supposed to evoke a sense of realism, but it’s such a pain to read. At least write the narration normally.
Since I forgot the Friday Five yesterday, I’ll do them today.
1. When was the last time you cheated?
On a person? Never. Otherwise… I don’t usually need or want to cheat. That makes me bad cheater. The last time I can remember is at the RP Symposium. We had to interview the seniors about their projects, and I didn’t feel like doing it, so I borrowed someone’s paper to write down their interview stuff. It was hot and we were being rushed back to class, and I didn’t want to lose points (not that I really needed them). But right then, Mr. Creveling walked by and saw me. Not fun. I don’t count asking people how they did something for homework as cheating. I never just ask for the answer.
2. When was the last time you stole?
I ate someone’s French fries from the refrigerator just a few hours ago. They were probably my parents’. They’re on the Atkins diet (but they cheat), so they wouldn’t have eaten them if they came with a meal. I don’t usually like cold fries, but I was really hungry and they were good. Does taking Aleve from my parents’ medicine cabinet without mentioning it to them count?
3. When was the last time you lied?
I don’t really lie. I dance around the truth. After my piano lesson on Thursday, Mrs. Maus was showing me something on her computer, but I really wanted to get out of there. I told her I had to get home because my parents might be cooking and I was hungry. I was actually hungry, but I knew my parents wouldn’t be cooking right after they got back from vacation.
4. When was the last time you broke or vandalized another’s property?
Apparently so long ago that I can’t remember.
5. When was the last time you hurt a loved one?
Last week. Not giving details here, but I felt terrible about it. The person reads this blog. You know who you are, and I’d be beating a dead horse if I told you again how sorry I am.