I know the majority of critics have pooh-poohed this movie.
Aaah...Critics...what are you going to do with us? We are each just one opinion. Find a critic, like me or another, with whom you agree more often than not and you'll have one who will guide you to flicks you have a good chance of enjoying.
For example, Disney's You Again? out on DVD now in a Blu-ray combo pack is getting several thumbs down from the "everything must be dramatic" critics. Nope, wrong. Some movies are created for just plain, good old-fashioned fun. I watched this DVD with two other females and one male. The male left the room, while the three chicks laughed throughout this flick.
Anytime Betty White (Golden Girls, The Proposal) is in a movie, you know it is likely to be fun and funny. Throw in Kristin Chenoweth (Glee, Wicked, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown), Jaime Lee Curtis (Freaky Friday, Trading Places), and Sigourney Weaver (Avatar, Ghostbusters), and you have the makings of an enjoyable film.
Not great, mind you. The light-hearted movie takes on the ages-old belief that we all had a bully in high school and that it bothers us throughout our lives. An easy plot, with plenty of humorous one-liners from Weaver, Curtis, Chenoweth and, of course, White, keep the laughs coming.
Marnie (Kristen Bell) is successful in business and returns home for the wedding of her brother, Will (James Wolk) to her high school tormentor, Joanna (Odette Yustman Annable). Operation Stop the Wedding commences. Mother (Curtis) attempts to deal with her own high school friend/enemy issues with Ramona (Weaver). The sometimes physical comedy is not asking to be taken seriously.
Bottom Line: Don't think too hard, just call the BFFs over for a girl's night and enjoy this movie, because it is a frolicking romp through teenage troubles and the lessons of growing up.
Elizabeth J. Musgrave is a syndicated columnist, travel writer and theater critic. Catch her as Indy’s Arts & Entertainment Adviser on 93 WIBC and follow her on Twitter @ejmusgrave1 and Facebook.
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