Archive for May, 2011

I Went To See “Bridesmaids”

Friday, May 13th, 2011

I wanted to support the Chick Flick genre, plus I read today’s review in The New York Times and said to Michael about five minutes after I finished it, “We’re going.” He had watched the trailer and thought it looked funny, so I didn’t really have to do any arm twisting.

We went to an early afternoon show and it was more crowded than I expected – a good sign for the movie, I would think. And Michael wasn’t the only guy there, which was shocking.

As for “Bridesmaids” itself, I tried not to laugh. After all, I just had surgery and my body is sore, especially where I was filleted. It hurts to laugh, cough, sneeze, breathe, you name it. But there were moments in the movie that were impossible – literally impossible, I tell you! – not to just collapse into outright roars of laughter. Michael laughed even louder than I did.

Kristin Wiig is in practically every scene or maybe she’s IN every scene, can’t remember, but she carries the movie with ease. She makes her neurotic character instantly likable and I couldn’t help but root for her. Favorite scenes? (SPOILER ALERT:)

Trying on dresses at the fancy salon (actually, it’s the bathroom scene).

The flight to Vegas (could totally relate to the fear of flying).

The sweet moments with the cop/love interest.

Trying to win back the cop/love interest.

The final performance by Jill Clayburgh before she died.

Will “Bridesmaids” go down in history as being a great film? Of course not. It’s entertainment, pure and simple. I can’t wait till it’s on TV so I can see it again.

I Wish I Were At Cannes

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

Yeah, I know. Who wouldn’t want to be in France for the annual film festival. I’m just thinking that this year sounds like an especially good one to check out because of its eclectic crop of movies, starting with Woody Allen’s new offering.

Woody isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as he used to be, but his stories have an unmistakable charm and he never ceases to load up his casts with interesting actors.

The other reason I wish I were at Cannes is that workmen will soon begin to renovate the rotted out deck/porch of this house, which means three weeks of noise, interruption, stress. I’m trying to get back to a writing routine after surgery and the last thing I need is a bunch of guys showing up at 7 am, blasting their boom box and making a racket. But such is life. Maybe I’ll invest in a good pair of headphones. Either that or I’ll spend a lot of time at my local library.

More On “Bridesmaids”

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

Last night I posted the trailer for the movie, which opens Friday. Tonight I’m posting an email I got from Kirsten Smith, who, with her writing partner Karen McCullah, has scripted such monster female-driven hits as “Legally Blonde,” “House Bunny” and “The Ugly Truth.” Here’s what she sent out:

Dear Friend,

I know you get a lot of emails about donating money to worthy causes, but I’d like to draw your attention to one in particular:

The Chick Flick.

It is currently on the Motion Picture Association of America’s list of Endangered Species and it faces extinction if we don’t act now.

And by now, I mean this Friday’s 8pm show of BRIDESMAIDS at the Arclight.   Bring your flask, your pot cookies, your Diet Coke and your favorite human.  You can buy your tickets online at <;movieType=ComingSoon&amp;pageInfo=Coming-Soon&amp;currentCinemaId=1001>

Let’s show the planet we are capable of queefing out some major box-office lady-power.

Penises also allowed.  Pass it on.  See you Friday.

The Arclight theater is in L.A., but the point is to go see the movie wherever you live if you want Hollywood to keep making chick flicks. Kirsten asked everybody to pass the word around. I’m passing it around.


Will Women (And Men) Go See A Movie Starring Funny Women?

Monday, May 9th, 2011

It seemed only fitting that I follow up last night’s post about Tina Fey’s book with this piece via The Wrap about “Bridesmaids,” the forthcoming movie from Judd Apatow (“Knocked Up,” “40 Year Old Virgin,” lots and lots of male comedies). It opens Friday and stars SNL’s Kristin Wiig and Maya Rudolph, both of whom I would qualify as funny women. Here’s the trailer.

No, this one is not “Pride and Prejudice.” In fact, it’s being called “The Hangover for women.” I guess the comparison stems from the fact that there’s a pre-wedding adventure, plus gross out jokes and oddball characters.

The questions are: Do women want to see a “Hangover for women?” Will men go to the theaters with them? Does it even matter as long as enough females turn out for opening weekend?

If I were feeling up to it, I’d go. I love smart, snappily written female-driven comedies like “When Harry Met Sally” as much as the next person. I loved the first “Sex and the City” movie too. “Bridesmaids,” however, is clearly something different. It’s allowing the girls to be just as dumb-ass as the boys, and I don’t have a problem with that. Just make it funny. That’s all I ask.



Tina Fey Makes Great Hospital Reading

Sunday, May 8th, 2011


Before I went in for surgery, my editor suggested I download a copy of Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” She said it would cheer me up. She was right. The book should be required reading for anybody needing a laugh.


I don’t watch “30 Rock” and I wasn’t a fan of “Date Night,” but I’ve enjoyed Tina Fey on “SNL,” especially her Sarah Palin skits (who hasn’t). Mostly, I’ve admired the fact that she’s been able to achieve so much as a comedian in a business where funny women aren’t celebrated the way they should be.

As for her book, it’s pure pleasure. Tina is like the friend you wish you could hang out with all the time – hilarious, self-deprecating, always willing to look at life from a quirky-yet-remarkably-wise point of view. Whether she’s talking about growing up in PA, taking an ill-fated honeymoon cruise, trying to breastfeed her daughter or gearing up for the occasional fashion photo shoot, she’s excellent company. I enjoyed the book so much while I was in the hospital that I read it twice. Well, there wasn’t much else to do.

Now that I’m home, I’m reading Caroline Leavitt’s “Pictures of You.” No, it’s not funny, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless.

What I Do For My Art

Sunday, May 1st, 2011

On Monday, May 2, I’m having surgery. I’ll be in the hospital for a few days, then home recuperating. It’ll be a total role reversal in my household. I’m usually the one doing the caregiving because of Michael’s all-too-frequent hospitalizations and surgeries for Crohn’s disease.

When I first told a friend that Michael would be the one taking care of me, she said, “Wow. You’re really throwing yourself into your caregiving book, going under the knife just to see what it’s like to be the patient for a change.”

The truth is, I’ve done a lot of research for my books over the years – from traveling to Sedona, AZ for “Crystal Clear” and taking a Caribbean cruise for “Princess Charming” to signing up to be a hospital volunteer for “Some Nerve” and traveling around the country with the Yankees for “Confessions of a She-Fan.”

But no, I’m not undergoing surgery just so I can interview Michael later about his experiences as a caregiver – although that’s exactly what I plan to do. Once I’m back on my feet, I’m going to pull out my digital recorder and ask him the questions I’ve been asking other caregivers for months.

  1. How do you cope with the stress of caring for a loved one?
  2. How do you get doctors to hang around long enough to answer your questions?
  3. How do you endear yourself to the nurses?
  4. How do you avoid freaking out during a loved one’s medical crisis?
  5. How do you eat right, get enough exercise, and sleep well – while you’re pulled in all directions?
  6. How do you find anything appetizing in a hospital cafeteria?
  7. How do you deal with the isolation of not being able to socialize with friends?
  8. How do you keep from going nuts?

Ironically, I’d always planned to have a chapter in the book called “When Caregiver Becomes Caregivee.” I just never imagined that art would imitate life – or is it the other way around?

I’ll write my next Mainly Jane post as soon as I’m feeling coherent enough.