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A weekend of (literary?) movies

Two movies released in South Florida today originated as novels, and I wrote about them both. I feel it is my duty to warn you of either before you spend ten bucks to check 'em out.

Sisters First up: My Sister's Keeper, from the novel by Jodi Picoult. All you really need to know about this one is that it was directed by Nick Cassavetes, who directed and co-wrote The Notebook. And this movie, about a family dealing with a daughter with leukemia, is even more of a weeper than that one. Seriously. I think I cried for two hours. Plus, there's all the fuss with little sister Anna, who has decided to sue for medical emancipation so that she won't be forced to provide a kidney for her dying sister. Do you need to hear more? Read my review, and enter the theater at your own risk.

Cheri Second: Cheri, from two novels by French writer Colette, in which a retired courtesan (Michelle Pfeiffer) carries on and then pines for her rival's son (Rupert Friend). At my age, I applaud older woman/younger man stories, and the film is directed by Stephen Frears, whom I generally love (he did The Queen, one of my favorites of the past few years). But since Pfeiffer is about as American as apple pie, hot dogs and losing huge sums of money from your 401K, nothing ever quite feels right about this movie, not even Kathy Bates as the young man's imperious mother (also not terribly French). And this is a very French story. Read my review and then go rent Gigi instead.

The movie that intrigues me most this weekend isn't adapted from a novel,Away but the screenplay was written by a couple of writers I like: Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida. The movie is Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes (Revolutionary Road), and it's about a young couple (John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph) looking for a place to settle down before they have their first child. Even Herald critic Rene Rodriguez, who tends to prefer his movies loud and bloody and zombie-laden,  liked it. Read his review here.


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Amy Canfield

Exactly! Don't feel I need to see "My Sister's Keeper" unless I am pms-ing and at home alone by myself with a bottle of wine and feel the need to download tears by the quarts. Didn't even read the book, the blurbs are enough to make me not want to.

I've heard some negative things about the Eggers-Vida screenpaly/movie. I adore him, haven't read anything by her, and loved "Revolutionary Road," but then I love all things that have to do with Kate Winslet. It's definitely on my list, though!


I love most things having to do with John Krasinski, so...and Allison Janney is in it, too. So I think I'm going to give it a shot. What else am I going to do, go watch Transformers!?

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