failure to launch and big trouble

I watched two DVDs so far this week. I got them at the library and have to return them tomorrow. It's nice to have a deadline like that since otherwise I might never get around to watching them.

The movies were Failure to Launch with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker as well as Big Trouble, a movie based on Dave Barry's book of the same name. Big Trouble had quite a cast (Tim Allen, Rene Russo, Stanley Tucci, Dennis Farina, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Lee etc.) but the plot was a mite thin despite all the madcap adventures. Failure to Launch had no real plot, it was just one more movie that had girl meet boy, girl has reasons not to love boy, girl ends up in love with boy as its basis. It's a very hackneyed approach and I doubt most people will like it--but I did. Those romantic comedies--even bad ones--just get me. LOL I liked Big Trouble also but it was really silly--and if you're familiar with Dave Barry, you should be expecting silliness. He's only written two novels but his extensive columns for the Miami Herald illustrate his sense of humor and these novels are in that vein. If you like his writing, you'll stand a chance of liking the movie. I did.

So, a thumb up for each movie from me but they're not for everyone. If you watch them, try to empty your mind of all thoughts first. Just a warning!

On the reading front, I just started a nonfiction book called Nonzero: The Logic of Human Destiny and I'm half way through Red Light by T Jefferson Parker. Red Light is readable but to me the characters seem poorly written and actualized which really spoils the book for me. I'll slog through to the end but I doubt I'll read anything by Parker again. The Nonzero book is quite good so far, I'm happy to say.


kenju said…
I really like Matthew, Dave, so I will rent that one.
Teresa said…
I can't remember which one it was, but I tried to read a book by T Jefferson Parker a while ago and recall that I never finished it. I'm not sure why.

I started the latest Evanovich. I probably should ask in private (so feel free not to publish), but I've been trying to figure out what "balls to the wall" sex is. Morelli wants it on page 37. Is that a sports euphamism or something?
Yaeli said…
Hiya from Vanuatu!
Not sure if I'll add those books to my reading list or not! You'll have to give us a full overview when you're finished.
And no. I am not pregnant!
rashbre said…
I knwo that unwatched DVD thing. I have some right now and will need to carve out some proper viewing time!

Here via Michele's - Hiya!

Tara said…
How weird.
I just rented Failure to Launch for later tonight. I wouldn't normally get that kind of movie, but it's slim pickin's right now and hubby is away so I won't hear complaints about a romantic comedy.
And I have been debating Big Trouble for a while now. I keep seeing it at Blockbuster and then not getting it. It was on TV the other noght, but I decided not to watch it in case I want to rent it later when there is absolutly nothing else on.
Thanks for the review. I think I've made up my mind, lol.
shpprgrl said…
Failure to Launch is one of the best I've seen recently. (and non recently too.) It definitely appeals to everyone. The naked room kinda freaked me out though.... ;) Mr. M is one of my favorites. Oh yes.
Tara said…
Ok, I just watched Failure to Launch. I have to agree, a pretty good movie. The side stories are a riot. It doesn't get too deep, either, it just lets you have fun watching it.
And, unlike the general female population, I find Matthew McConaughey to be pretty-but-slimey. So I didn't like it because of him.
Anonymous said…
Thanks for the review -- I was wondering about Big Trouble. Some of my favorite writers don't translate all that well to the screen. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

Visiting this evening from Michele's. Happy weekend!
scrappintwinmom said…
Here from Michele's, I would only watch "Failure to Launch" to stare at Matthew.
Peaches said…
Nice blog. I'm here via Michele's. I saw Failure to Launch on the way to Argentina. The wine helped make it fun, but I found some parts a bit boring. Haven't seen Big Trouble though. I might have to check it out sometime.
Michelle said…
I'm a sucker for Matthew, so it will be on my list!

Nonzero sounds fascinating, let me know what you think when you've finished reading it.
Anonymous said…
Wow! I don't know many guys that like romantic comedies! I'll have to check out those movies, especially Big Trouble. Dave Barry is quite the funny guy, silly but very funny.

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