Happy Endings (con’t)

July 5, 2005

Happy Endings (con’t)

Most of us have been in love (or at least badly in lust with) a good looking, suave cad at some stage and Alfie is the suavest of them all! This is a slick remake of Michael Caine?s cheeky 1966 British hit. Michael Caine was a philandering Cockney playboy in swinging London and Jude Law is the 21st century version of Alfie – a philosophizing limo driver, having the time of his life, fooling around in the backseat of his limo and womanizing his way through the lovely ladeez in Manhattan, New York. But Alfie starts to wonder just what it?s all about (this is the part which will make you feel good if you?d been done over by a womanizing cad yourself!). What happens when Alfie gets played at his own game?
WATCH IT WHEN: You?re dealing with your own commitment-phobe boyfriend (and you need a laugh because you?re feeling a tad sorry for yourself)

Meet the Fockers
Gaylord Focker (a hilarious Ben Stiller) is the kind of loyal man you dream of finding one day. Okay, so maybe he?s not perfect and is more than a tad accident prone, but he?s a perfect match for Pam Byrnes (Teri Polo) and that?s what matters. He?d do anything for her, including put up with her scarily uptight Dad, Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro). Poor Greg endures utter humiliation and being grilled like he?s a shriveled up sausage on a BBQ ? there?s nothing this guy won?t put up with to keep his fianc? and to stay in Jack?s ?circle of trust?. This comedy sequel to Meet the Parents pumps things up a notch when the Pam?s parents finally meet Greg?s parents, Bernie (Dustin Hoffman) and Roz Focker (Barbra Streisand) and all hell breaks loose. Will their love survive meeting the parents?
WATCH IT WHEN: You?re scared of introducing a new boyfriend to your family. This movie shows that if he?s the right guy then he?ll be able to withstand any humiliation!

Garden State
The indie flick Garden State starring/written/directed by Zach Braff and also starring Natalie Portman is fabulous love story with a twist. Andrew (Braff) is a waiter/actor working in a slick LA restaurant who is one of the ?walking dead?. He?s alive but his heart and soul are broken and painfully numbed by a cocktail of prescription drugs. When he meets Sam (Portman) in a hospital, her sunny attitude to life brings him back to the land of the living and makes him fall in love. It?s a complicated story, served up in such a simple and beautiful way. I loved it and walked out of the theatre saying, ?what a great movie ? loved it ? why can?t I fall so totally head over heels in love like that? ? loved it ? what a great movie – why can?t I fall so totally head over heels in love like that??. It dealt with serious issues but it also somehow managed to be a feel good flick too. That?s a very hard thing to do well and Zach Braff did it brilliantly. Sigh!
WATCH IT WHEN: You want to believe that a chance encounter with the right boy can change your life.

Happy Endings is the ultimate book and movie guide for every possible situation you could face ? from friends, to family and from love to lust. It will become your well-thumbed companion through life?s ups and downs. RRP $26.95 but only $24.26 if you buy from the SheSaid Bookshop

Kathy Buchanan is also the author of Charm School: The Modern Girl’s Complete Handbook of Etiquette and Quit for Chicks (Penguin). Visit Kathy b?s website at www.kathyb.net

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