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Saturday, October 08, 2005
posted by Jen at 10/08/2005 06:04:00 PM

Ten Reasons You Should Go See "In Her Shoes" this weekend:

1. Because New York Magazine's Ken Tucker says it's a "rainbow-colored miracle" that achieves a kind of "fairy-tale bliss."

2. Because USA Today called it "the most enjoyable film of its type in recent memory."

3. Because the Detroit News says ""In Her Shoes" is one of those movies that dances above all conventions, a film that manages to kick new life into stereotypical situations and seemingly stock characters. It's a chick flick for non-chicks too, one of those movies that makes you laugh and cry and leaves you feeling satisfied and drained and vaguely embarrassed for having such a good time...Guys, take girls to see this one. Girls, take guys. Everybody take everybody. This is one darn good movie."

4. Because you will get to see the back of my Nanna's head -- and her wrist, adorned with gold bracelet -- in the "senior prom" scene.

5. Because the Miami Herald says the film exhibits "intelligence, sensitivity, and a finely attuned sense of character...the actresses win you over by inhabiting their characters so fully."

6. Because you may be the only person in the theater who knows that Brooke Smith, as Rose's best friend Amy, was the girl in the oubliette in "Silence of the Lambs," and when the DVD comes out you can call "Mister? My Mom's real important!" at the screen whenever she appears.

7. Because if you want "Good in Bed" -- or the female-penned novel of your choice -- to someday make it to the big screen, good box office for "In Her Shoes" will go a long way to convincing gun-shy (or girl-shy) Hollywood execs that yes, America will pay $8.50 at the multiplex for a female-centered story with a warm heart and a happy ending that does not involve disasters, dismemberment, terrorists, bombs or boner jokes. Not that I object to boner jokes, but you get the point.

8. Because Manohla Dargis of The New York Times says "the joy of this generous film is that it never sells out its characters' desires or ours."

9. Because Manohla Dargis of The New York Times also writes about "Ms. Weiner's own work, with its glib female masochism and romantic triumphalism," and I have no idea what she's talking about, so if you've read my books and seen the movie, maybe you can help a sister out. I mean, I know what all of those words mean individually, but put together, it's basically my cat's breath smells like cat food. This, I suppose, is the beauty of being dissed by people smarter than you. It's hard to be insulted when you're busy being confused.

10. Because I'm going to be on the Tony Danza Show on Monday, and you'll appreciate the story of Nanna on the red carpet much more if you've seen the movie.

And you'll like it. Really, you will.
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