A Tween, A Teen and a Mom Review “Matchbreaker”

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The Premise:

Do you have that best friend who is very picky about who they date – like so picky they can hardly find someone to date?  That’s the premise of this movie.  Ethan Cooper (Wesley Elder) fell in love in elementary school and nobody has been right for him since the perfect Emily (Christina Grimmie) moved away shortly after.  Ever since Ethan comes up with lists of deal breakers for everyone he dates.  His mom employs his special skill to point out the flaws of someone his sister is dating to convince her to break it off. When frustrated, meddling parents find out about his talent, they start to hire him to break up relationships.

Eventually, Ethan runs into Emily, and realizes that you can love someone, even if the little stuff makes you crazy!

The “It” Factor:

The Tween: ❤️❤️❤️❤️  She liked the plot and thought the movie was cute overall.

The Teen: ❤️❤️❤️  “It was just ok.”  She didn’t have much of a critic beyond “I just wasn’t as into it as I thought I would be.”

The Mom:❤️❤️❤️❤️

I enjoyed it, especially the backstory of Ethan’s undying love for Emily.  This movie had just the right amount of cheesy in it.  Plus, Christina Grimmie sings her own songs and she is great.  Grimmie was a finalist on The Voice and has real vocal chops.  I was hoping we would be seeing more of her, but tragically, she was shot to death at an autograph signing just after the release of the film.

Him is so Handsome: ❤️❤️

What can we say?  Elder does not possess typical romantic movie lead looks.  He is a charming screen presence, but just average looking.

Ewwww Factor: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Nothing Ewww here.  Just good clean rom-com fun.

Bechdel-Wallace Test:

Epic fail. There was not one scene in which two women discussed something besides a man.

 

A Tween, a Teen and a Mom Review “Leap Year.”

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I must say, I was happy to see this movie pop up in the Netflix “Because you watched” list.  I have caught bits and pieces of it from when it was released in 2010, but never the whole thing.  It’s rated PG.

The Premise:

Anna (Amy Adams) has a successful career in Boston as a real estate stager, and a heart doctor fiance named Jeremy (Adam Scott).  She thinks he has invited her to dinner to propose, but that turns out not to be the case.  She decides to take matters into her own hands, and purpose to him.  Apparently, it’s an old Irish custom for women to purpose on Leap Day in Ireland, and as it turns out, Jeremy is in Dublin for a conference on – you guest it – Leap Day!  However, plans go awry landing her in a one-horse Irish town where she hires Declan to drive her to Dublin and shenanigans ensue.

The “It” Factor:

Mom and Tween: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

The Teen: ❤️❤️❤️❤️ – She docked it a heart because she thought they should have dated a little longer before getting engaged.

We all agreed that this movie has the “it” factor.  Even though the plot is a bit thin and does nothing to advance any feminist notions, we loved it.  And let’s face it, you already know those things going into most romances.  I am always charmed by Amy Adams and she did not fail here.  She (and I might add, her amazing calf muscles) make the movie.  As the tween noted “she is perky and funny without being too annoying.”

We all loved the banter between  Anna (Adams) and Declan (Goode), the funny cow scene, and the cinematography.  It was filmed all around Ireland and the scenery is beautiful.  However, if you are a geographic purest, you will have some problems as it would appear they traveled the whole of Ireland and went way out of their way to get to Dublin.  I am geographically challenged, and even I noticed this.  Anywho, that is what a “willing suspension of disbelief” is for – right?  So just chill and enjoy the scenery.

Fun 80’s/90’s star appearance: Jonathon Lithgow as Anna’s father.

Him Is So Handsome:

Tween and Teen: ❤️❤️❤️

Mom: ❤️❤️❤️❤️

We all have a thing for dark hair and blue eyes in this family, so we all liked Matthew Goode.  I like him a little more.  The girls thought he was a little too old to get a full five stars, ageist that they are.

The Tropes (all the cliches):

✔️The road trip

✔️ Enemies to lovers

❓ Unconfirmed dead mother.  Anna meets her father (Lithgow) for a drink to supposedly tell him that she is getting engaged.  No mother shows up, and I get the feeling that she might not be on the scene.  Of course, that doesn’t mean she is dead necessarily, but you kind of get that impression. Here’s to hoping there is a living mother of a heroin floating somewhere in the backstory!

 

The Ewwww Factor: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Nothing Ewwww here.  Everyone can enjoy watching it together.

The Bechdel-Wallace Test: ❤️

It barely eeks out a pass because the majority of scenes are between Anna and Declan.  However, there is a bit of conversation between Anna and a female board member of an exclusive apartment building.  There is also a brief snippet of conversation between an innkeeper’s wife and Adams that doesn’t focus on men or romance, but rather on the marital status of the couple from the previous night and cooking.