FIVE stars goes out for visuals... grrrrr hamana hamana hamana
I’m happy to say, I was not totally disappointed in this movie. I didn’t expect much since we’ve seen this movie a dozen times. Maybe not this particular one, but we’ve definitely seen the ugly duckling turn swan premise several times. In all of these movies, we see our heroes go from ugly to beautiful and learn some kind of lesson at the end… ususally that beauty gets you noticed but not for the right reasons. Well, this movie is no different… but the visuals…. whoa… the visuals are very nice haha. Wow, that sounded so superficial. Sorry.
The story begins with Shelly Darlingson (played by Anna Faris)… a playboy bunny who lives at the Playboy Mansion who longs to be a covergirl for the famous magazine. She’s about to celebrate her 27th birthday and she strongly believes that old Hugh Hefner is going to give her the present of her dreams… the cover for the November issue. After her birthday party, she wakes the next morning and receives a note, supposedly written by Hef himself, that tells her she must move out of the mansion… like NOW. Afterall, 27 is like 59 in bunny years… THAT was funny but so dumb. Isn’t Bridget Marquardt like 34 years old and still living with the big guy? Hell, I think she turns THIRTY-FIVE this month. What is THAT in bunny years? 100? Anyway… Shelly leaves and is now totally on her own. Something she hasn’t been since she moved into the mansion. She looks for a job and finds it as a house mother for a sorority full of misfits. Here is where the fun eye candy begins. In order to save the sorority, the misfit girls must become popular and Shelly knows just how to do it. Make them beautiful. That was simple, huh? The movie then becomes the process of the transformation from ugly ducklings to beautiful swans.
Once the girls become swans, I kind of lost what the story is about. Don’t blame me…. some of those girls were hot. I was distracted. I never realized how HOT Anna Faris really is. Guess it was all those short shorts and cut off halter tops, etc. (wink wink). Emma Stone was pretty hot herself… which made me feel kinda weird since she’s still 19 and doesn’t turn 20 til November. But you young boys are gonna love her. Then there was Katharine McPhee… I knew the girl had vocal talent (I watched her lose to that idiot Taylor Hicks on Season 5 of American Idol)… but she has some acting talent too. She’s not bad for the sore eyes either… even if she is pregnant most of the movie. Some of the misfits had minor roles and were forgettable even though they TRIED to fit some screen time for them. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter, Rumer, has a part in the movie as a misfit who wears a freaking body brace. For the exception of the scene where she runs after a guy, I almost forgot she was in it. And therest of the misfits? Forget it. You won’t remember them after the movie. Why? Cause it was the HOT ones they concentrated on.
I’m afraid it’s the truth. Our society is just plain superficial. Looks is what catches our eye. We may say that personality is what we look for in our opposites, but that is only AFTER we get attracted by the beauty on the outside. And this movie shows that so well. The moral speech at the end by Anna Farris is almost totally forgotten. I kind of heard her say “blah blah blah… blah blah… it’s the inside that counts… blah blah blah”. Totally went over my head because it was just for the movie. Truth is… we are ALL superficial. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but it is STILL the beauty that the eye beholds that attracts us to people. If you think a person of the opposite sex is not attractive, you won’t approach them or even THINK of asking them out. They may have the exact personality you may be looking for, but you’ll never know because you never approached them. Why? Not pretty. It’s so sad.
Anyway… the movie does have a few laughs (not many) that stand out. They even have a few lines that were funny. I got a kick out of “Man… I’ve gotta meet this bird” line. You’ll know what I’m talking about if you go see it. I saw Anna Farris do the” Marilyn Monroe on the manhole” pose in the trailer… I laughed then and I laughed again when I saw the movie. Funny.
Overall, the movie is okay. I can’t rave about it too much but the hour and a half was just about right. Not too long and not too short. I recommend it to any guy… not only because the girls are hot, but the story was tolerable. And I recommend it to the ladies as well. The ugly girl turned beautiful princess is always a story that females enjoy… just look at the Princess Diaries. Try to save a little money though and go during a matinee.