I just finished watching It's Complicated, and I gave it 5 stars on Netflix even though my actual score is more like 4 or even 3 (I liked it, but I save 5 stars for "OMG I CAN'T BELIEVE HOW MUCH I LOVED THAT!!"). The bonus star or two was to skew the Netflix recommendations so I'd get MORE MOVIES LIKE THIS PLZ KTHANX. Movies about people older than me? having relationships just as if they continued to be real people after their twenties were over? and dealing with issues involving their children? THERE IS A MARKET FOR THIS, I THINK.
I ALSO like movies about attractive single people in their twenties finding Obviously True Deep Real Lasting Love with other attractive single people in their twenties ("We're REALLY attracted to each other, so we MUST be eternal soul-mates!"), but it's nice to see some VARIETY in human relationships. And, just as I enjoyed the "romance in their twenties" movies in my teens and the "having a baby" movies in my early twenties (it's exciting to imagine What's Ahead in life), NOW I would enjoy seeing movies about people navigating things in middle age.
And perhaps they can deal with problems I'm more familiar with than the "Do I think the bad-boy guy is too hot to give up for the obviously-better-choice Nice Guy guy who is also really hot?" theme. Like, maybe the husband could say that he's going to do the dishes every night, and maybe he even kind of cheeses his wife if she tries to do them. And she SUPER LOVES that he is going to take over this chore, and praises him mightily and regularly. But then, like, some nights he doesn't do them. Which is fine! It's FINE! It's FAIR to share this chore! But in that case, he should mention it to his wife, because then she wants to take her option to do them herself, because waking up to a dirty kitchen and dried-on food and no clean sippy cups makes her want to give up and just heap the dirty dishes in the TRASH. But she's already mentioned this several times, with careful explanations, and still she is sometimes waking up to a dirty kitchen, and HOW CAN MERYL STREEP SOLVE THIS PROBLEM IN A WAY I CAN APPLY TO MY OWN LIFE??
Gift ideas for an 8-year-old, part 2 of 2 - Last week I talked about the gifts we were getting/considering for Edward, who is turning 8 next month. This week it’s Elizabeth’s turn: not “girl gifts,” ...