Punchy and I went to see this tonight at Allwood Cinemas in Clifton. [I think the theater has $5 seats on Tuesdays--I somehow forget to go then.]
I'm a retro Disney movie fan and since this was based on a book written in 1972*, I guess I was hoping a little bit retro. It was not, with the exception of a role played by Dick van Dyke.
Jennifer Garner and Steve Carell [as the parents] are such lovable actors, I expected to love this, too. I did like the
- Uber modern parenting roles. Nothing retro about those. Dad taking messy baby on a job interview, for example. Kind of unbelievable, as in, If a woman ever did that, and the baby grabbed a green highlighter and covered his mouth and face with it, that woman would likely be having her exit interview. Am I wrong? Well, it is a Disney film, so suspension of disbelief....
- Funny, frenzied Disneyesque way in which Garner pedals the bike to get to the book signing--brings back madcap moments from older films.
What would you give that movie on a scale of 1 to 10? I asked Punch as we got in the car. This is a question I always liked asking Figgy, too, and H.
I'd give it a 6, I said, to get the ball rolling.
What? Why would you only give it a a 6?
Well, it wasn't as good as other movies, like Charlotte's Web or Flipper.
I would give it a 200.
Well, trying to plow through some more office stuff a little bit now. H. flew to California for work Wednesday and just returned. I promised I'd have the piles off the sofa by now but I don't. One step at a time.
*Per Wikipedia: Among Judith Viorst's books for children is the "Alexander" series (including Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day), whose narrator is a 5-year-old boy who lives with his parents and two brothers, Anthony and Nick, who are named for Viorst's own three sons.
- Got to see Sis today. We had to go to the courthouse in Newark regarding Dad's estate.
- Went to doctor about my leg pain. She is sending me for a test.
- Salon blowout.