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Sweet Reviews of Good & Bad Movies
February 7, 2011, 2:25 am
Filed under: REBECCA | Tags: , ,

Clueless in Splitsider: A lively and humane piece from a really cool website.

“Alicia Silverstone is fantastic, right? She’s immensely likable, earnestly engaged while being harmlessly self-absorbed, and more grounded and believable than she has any obligation to be. She really makes the jokes work, too, because Clueless isn’t a comedy concerned with timing (which I’ll get to in a minute), but every joke would fail if they smelled the least bit forced or dishonest. Fortunately Silverstone is so committed to making what could so easily be a loathsome, one-dimensional character into a nobly superficial, genuinely sweet character that everything just fits together. It’s actually pretty brilliant.”

You Again in The New York Times: My third favorite movie critic waxes thoughtful and unsympathetic to stereotypes!

“There is not a laugh to be found in this rancid, misogynistic revenge comedy, directed by Andy Fickman from a screenplay by Moe Jelline. Every female character — including Marni’s mother, Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), and grandmother Bunny (Betty White), and Joanna’s Aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) — is a recovering mean girl or a victim of one, or both… Like so many Disney movies, “You Again” exalts shallow, materialistic values, then tries to camouflage its essentially poisonous content with several layers of sugar coating and weepy reconciliation.”

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