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Movie Monday 12/3

Posted Dec 03 2012 5:41pm
My younger son was home sick for three days last week (crash caused by a viral trigger) which would normally mean lots of movies, but he was only in the mood for TV!  He was on a History Channel kick, watching endless episodes of Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, and American Pickers.

We had a very busy weekend but did find time in the evenings for some movies:

Saturday night, my husband and I watched Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, a very unusual sort of romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley.  The movie opens with a giant meteor hurtling toward the earth, with a last-ditch effort to stop it having failed.  So, yes, the “end of the world” in the title is meant literally, as the entire population of the earth prepares to die in three weeks.  Carrell’s character, Dodge, is his usual sort of mild-mannered, dull guy who works as an insurance salesman and whose wife left him when the big news was announced.  Sounds sort of depressing, doesn’t it?  Oddly, though, it has its funny moments (mostly dark comedy, as you can imagine), and at its heart, it is a warm, touching love story.  When rioting chases him out of his city apartment (New York, I think), Dodge decides to set off on a mission to find his high school sweetheart who recently wrote him, saying he was the love of her life.  On his way out, he teams up with his quirky neighbor, Penny (played by Knightley), in order to save her from the riots.  They end up on a very strange road trip, encountering all sorts of odd things as people all cope in their own ways with the projected end of the world.  Overall, we really enjoyed it, and it has a great soundtrack.
Sunday night, our 14-year old son chose the movie:  National Lampoon’s European Vacation.  We recently introduced him to the classic comedy, Family Vacation, and he does enjoy silly comedies!  It was as expected – lots of goofy, predictable jokes but funny nonetheless.  Lots of laughs and not a single redeeming feature – just a bit of escapist fun to end the weekend.

Ken and I are kind of at a lost on weeknights, since we caught up with both The Good Wife and Treme on DVD.  We are enjoying Elementary and Perception.  And we watch Revolution, Bones, and Glee with Craig before he goes to bed.  Any other good TV shows we should check out?
Have you seen any good movies lately? 
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