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of Attraction explains that love and hate run a very
fine line. Two very successful divorce lawyers, played
by Pierce Brosnan (Remington Steele, The Thomas
Crown Affair) and Julianne Moore, (Hannibal, The Hours)
are up against the fight of their careers. Neither
one has ever lost a case, but they become arch
rivals from the first “hello.” The film tries to
get interesting, when Daniel Rafferty (Brosnan) and
Audrey Woods (Moore) defend their famous clients,
played by Parker Posey and Michael Sheen in
their divorce. After a night of inebriation,
while researching their case in Ireland, they
awaken stunned to find themselves married and in a
major dilemma. Their personal lives and the
trial have now intertwined to become most
complicated. We would love to tell you more, but
that’s the whole storyline, folks!
This film was like Intolerable Cruelty meets “Judge
Judy” meets Riverdance. So charming, versatile,
witty, sexy, and classy—not the movie, but Pierce
Brosnan. Talk about eye-candy and delicious without
the calories. I felt as if I were running for miles on a
treadmill, that's how much his looks took my breath
The Maven: Oh, I just thought you
were having a hot flash.
I'm not as old as you, Maven. Anyway, I liked Julianne
better in her previous comedy, 9 1/2 Weeks.
Maven: That was Kim Basinger, Duh! Julianne was in 9
Months. Moving right along…what a joy to see two
beautiful people, Brosnan and Moore together on
screen. I couldn’t get enough of them. The movie itself
was weak, but it shouldn’t have been. All the elements
were there for the making of a great movie. There
was comedy, romance, conflict, and amazing
scenery. I just kept thinking that something was
The Blonde: Yeah, a good story! But
seriously, let me ask you a question. Didn’t
Moore look a little too freckly, and just simply
put, plain? I mean really!
The Maven: Gee, your claws seem to be
The Blonde: I know! I didn’t have a
chance to get my manicure this week. I also thought
her hair looked frizzy!
The Maven: I love
Julianne’s hair, her body is perfect, her acting is
believable, and her complexion is peaches and
The Blonde: Ok, but is she really happy? You
can have her, I’ll take Pierce. Here's another point.
Why, in all my divorces, was there never a lawyer that
looked even remotely as handsome
The Maven: Well, you can keep
trying! I found Laws of Attraction mildly
enjoyable, but I never felt connected to the story. The
characters were the only story. I give this movie a
The Blonde: I found Pierce
Brosnan totally enjoyable. His presence kept me
glued to the screen and captivated my heart. The movie,
however, would have failed without him, and, if I have
to admit it, her, too. This is a perfect example of how
star power and casting can make or break the
success of a film. This picture was easy to watch but
weak, and not a comedy classic. I give Laws of
Attraction a C-. I give Pierce an A+ for his
looks alone. You won’t even need the popcorn and candy;
he truly is sweet enough.
The Maven: Speak
for yourself; I never go without my
The Godsend takes viewers through a
journey of human cloning and its consequences. Although
a compelling idea, it reminds us of the old adage, “It’s
not wise to fool with Mother Nature.” This picture is
about a devoted couple: Paul Duncan played by Greg
Kinnear (You’ve Got Mail, As Good as it Gets) and his
wife Jessie Duncan, played by Rebecca-Romijn-Stamos (X
Men, The Punisher). The plot starts immediately, when
their son Adam, played by Cameron Bright (The Butterfly
Effect), is tragically killed the day
after his eighth birthday. At their lowest grieving
point, they were mysteriously approached by one of
Jessie’s old college professors. Dr. Robert Wells,
played by Robert De Niro (if you don't know who he is,
“Forget about it,”) offers them both an immoral and
illegal solution to their tragedy. The desperate
couple chooses to secretly use an advanced technique of
cloning that will impregnate Jessie with Adam’s D. N.
A. The experiment is a success, and Adam is brought
back into their lives. Everything progresses
smoothly for the next eight years. Then, at the exact
time of his past death, the nightmare begins again for
Paul and Jessie. Adam’s night terrors, visions,
and flashbacks obsess the boy and he begins to
behave oddly. He becomes evil, and at times, even
appears to be another person. Maybe he is?
Blonde: This movie was like The Omen meets The
Sixth Sense meets both Jon Edwards and Shirley
McClain. I had enough trouble and aggravation
raising my children the first time. But twice, and
through cloning—that is crazy. If the thought of stem
cell research bothers you in the slightest, than you
really won’t like this dark story. The topic is quite
The Maven: But, if you
want to see a movie that will spark endless discussion,
this is it.
The Blonde: You’re right. I couldn’t
stop thinking about it all the way home. Wasn’t there a
song called “Send in the Clones”?
The Maven: Oh
you poor, sweet, blonde! Clowns, “Send in the
Clowns.” As I was saying, Godsend tiptoes
around ethics and morality to focus more on the
“omen-like” disturbances the family
The Blonde: But that’s just it. If
the doctor performed an honest cloning, and these
experimentations could actually occur, then I
feel this type of technology and scientific study can be
unbelievably beneficial to the world.
Is that your practice speech for the Miss America
The Blonde: No, silly, that one was on world
The Maven: Not to change the subject, but
I kept having the feeling Robert De Niro could have
stolen this movie, but didn’t. It seemed like he was not
happy appearing in this film.
The Blonde: It
wasn’t a typical De Niro film. I mean, no mob guys
anywhere. I have to say, though, that Rebecca is
the reason why plastic surgeons are so busy. She is
the perfect physical woman.
The Maven: Well,
aside from you, that is.
The Blonde: Awww! You
are the Maven! One more thing, I really didn’t like
the ending. It leaves you hanging and confused. I
need closure to a film.
The Maven: Do you even know
what closure means?
The Blonde: Of course I do!
It’s kind of like a divorce, without the alimony and
The Maven: In closing, I am
confused about how to rate Godsend. On one hand, it kept
me on the edge of my seat. On the other hand, there were
too many holes. I reluctantly give it a
The Blonde: I’m
proud of you for being tough! In spite of my blonde
reputation, I don’t know if I liked the movie or not. It
was directed well, a fascinating story,
kept my interest, but too abstract for the
mainstream moviegoer. I don’t feel comfortable
recommending this film to people who are not open to
unusual horror type movies. I give it a C- and advise
you pick an easy to eat candy.
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