With heavy echoes of trashy thrillers like Fatal Attraction, this movie overcomes its painfully simplistic script with plenty of nasty nuttiness. It may be a problem that none of this is intentionally hilarious, but the audience will enjoy giggling along as the only barely defined characters get pushed into increasingly grisly situations that all hinge on corny coincidences and the fact that no one talks to each other. Yes, it's terrible, but also a guilty pleasure.
It's set in suburban Southern California, where Julia (Rosario Dawson) has just moved to live with her hunky fiance David (Geoff Stults), who runs a micro-brewery. He also shares custody of his daughter Lily (Isabella Kai Rice) with his super-sleek ex-wife Tessa (Katherine Heigl), who clearly wants him back. So of course she sets out to make Julia's life miserable, all while smiling not-so-innocently. Her masterstroke is to lure Julia's violent ex (Simon Kassianides) to town once the restraining order against him expires. And of course, Tessa is carefully making it look like Julia's the one who's losing her marbles.
Director-producer Denise Di Novi lays this on thickly, with ominous musical undertones every time Heigl appears on-screen, to remind us that she's up to something nefarious. As if we didn't already know that by her pinched expression, uber-flattened hairstyle and tightly fitted dresses. Heigl generates some sympathy for Tessa as the woman scorned, and the appearance of her even more monstrous mother (Cheryl Ladd) adds the idea that she couldn't help growing up into this manipulative creep. Meanwhile, Dawson does some serious acting as Julia, a woman trying her best in a very difficult situation. On the other hand, it's impossible to understand how her brain works, especially when she continually withholds key information about both her past and her present from David.
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Jealousy is a dangerous emotion. Tessa (Katherine Heigl) thought she had a chance to get her ex-husband David (Geoff Stults) back and finally be a family again with their daughter Lily (Isabella Rice), but then he met the sweet and beautiful Julia (Rosario Dawson) who he obviosly fell hopelessly in love with and subsequently married. She's the polar opposite of Tessa, and as understanding as she tries to be towards the latter, it doesn't stop Tessa plotting to destroy their happy home life. She thinks Julia has stolen her world and plans to get revenge by delving into her dark past life and raising doubts about her to David. Things come to a head when a man dies, and Julia is the one with blood on her hands.
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Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble are four puppies belonging to Mr and Mrs Claus. They love to spread Christmas cheer amongst the children of the world but when they stow away on Mrs Claus sleigh as she sets off to Pineville to fulfil her Christmas duties, the puppies' generosity gets out of hand as they start showering the local children with gifts and granting their every wish. This causes all the children of the town to lose the spirit of Christmas; a lesson that the pups had yet to learn. That Christmas was not about candy, toys or presents had not occurred to the youngsters and now, every boy and girl was in danger of landing on Santa's 'naughty' list as they forget the true meaning of Christmas. Will Mr and Mrs Claus and the puppies manage to save Christmas before the big day arrives?
'Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups' is the sequel to the 2010 movie 'The Search for Santa Paws' which saw Santa's original puppy, Paws, save his owner's life when the crystal that makes him live forever is stolen. It is a direct to DVD movie produced by Walt Disney Pictures and directed by Robert Vince ('MVP: Most Valuable Primate', 'Spymate') who also co-wrote the screenplay with Philip Fracassi and Anna McRoberts. It is set to hit shelves on November 20th 2012.
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Cheryl Ladd and Jaclyn Smith - Cheryl Ladd, Jaclyn Smith Los Angeles, California - AARP The Magazine's 10th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals Monday 7th February 2011
A Dog of Flanders is one of many exceptions to this rule.
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A well-intentioned adaptation of a popular 19th Century children's story, the unfortunate film "A Dog of Flanders" plays like one of those medicinal family movies kids of generations past used to reluctantly watch over Sunday night TV dinners once the football games were over.
Full of flat acting from apple-cheeked children and miscast demi-stars with (at best) waning marquee power, it's a Dickensian yarn about a Dutch orphan who lives with his dying grandfather, saves a mangy mutt (easily the ugliest movie dog in history) from a cruel owner, develops a crush on a judgmental mill owner's daughter, discovers his inborn ability to paint through the tutelage of a wise old mentor and his admiration for the works of Peter Paul Rubens, enters an art contest and loses, gets booted from his modest home by a mean old landlord, and just about every other cheap, dramatic Victorian-era cliche you can think of.
Saddled with shopworn roadblocks (falsely accused of starting a barn fire, caught in a blizzard) to an inevitably happy ending that, of course, involves a revelation about the boy's father (one which the audience picks up on in the second reel), "A Dog of Flanders" is so busy dolling out life lessons that director Kevin Brodie apparently never stopped to think about making the movie entertaining.
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Jealousy is a dangerous emotion. Tessa (Katherine Heigl) thought she had a chance to get...
Hope, Jingle, Charity and Noble are four puppies belonging to Mr and Mrs Claus. They...
One of my standard pieces of advice for parents searching for movies that both they...