Daily Archives: December 26, 2010

A terrific new Reese Witherspoon movie. Confident about the Jets. And an underrated life moment

Hope everyone out there had a wonderful Christmas, if you celebrate the holiday. If you’re like me and other millions of Jews, you probably spent Christmas this way: Go to the movies, then out to either a Chinese restaurant or a deli. (Hey, it’s what our newest Supreme Court Justice said she does on Christmas).

The movie I saw was fantastic. “How Do You Know,” starring Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Jack Nicholson, and for one brief scene, Cousin Larry from “Perfect Strangers.” (Shocked the hell out of me. I kept waiting for Balki to come walking in with a story about Mepos.)
It was really, really funny, and warm, and sweet. Which I expected, since it was a James L. Brooks movie. He’s the genius who wrote “As Good as it Gets,” “Broadcast News,” and “Terms of Endearment.”
I won’t give away too much of the plot, but Owen Wilson was really good in it, it’s a rare movie where the heroine is a pro softball player (a nice change), and the slow pacing really works to the movie’s advantage. It builds and it builds and despite Nicholson trying to mug his way through every scene he’s in, really pays off in the end.
Just read some reviews and apparently some critics didn’t like it. But I highly recommend it. Plus, Reese Witherspoon is so damn cute.

**Looking forward to the Jets actually beating the Bears today. I think they’re actually going to win, even if it’s snowing and that tends to be bad for the Jets. It’d be nice if my boys could actually clinch a playoff spot before the last week of the season for once.

**Definitely one of the most underrated moments of life: You’re home, flipping around, and suddenly you hit upon something awesome. Happened to me again tonight: IFC is running a “Freaks and Geeks” marathon, with hours and hours of episodes of one of the best shows, ever.
It’s just like, you know, your night was going fine, and then you find a great show or movie, and the night gets .05 percent better.