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Movies

Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids 2011
Directed by: Paul Feig
Starring: Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne

Annie's life is falling apart while, her best friend, Lillian's is moving right along. Annie breaks down when she tries to be the perfect maid of honor for Lillian's upcoming wedding.

I was fooled into seeing this movie by false advertising. I know most movies let the funniest one liners slip into the trailer, but this trailer was the only funny parts of the film all cut together for your convenience. This movie was advertised at the female version of the hangover, and that sounded great to me. However, this movie was actually pretty whiny and sad. The main character, Annie, spends the entire film depressed over her loser boyfriend leaving her and losing her bakery. It isn't until the end of the 2-hour-long awkward moment that Annie finds the strength to bake again and stops being such a bad friend. The end. I'm so sorry I saw this movie, and I'm so confused about why it was such a success.

Horrible Bosses

Horrible Bosses 2011
Directed by: Seth Gordon
Starring: Jason Bateman, Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis

Three friends who are all miserable at their jobs concoct a half-cooked plan to kill their bosses. As in most comedies, it's when things go wrong that things really get interesting.

This amazing cast makes this film what it is. Even the bit characters in the film, like Jamie Fox's character, almost steal the show. Also, there was no standout writer or director on this film, which is surprising, especially since most of the time it borders on "Farrelly Brothers" funny. I heard some complaints of the graphic language on this film, but I think it was advertised as an edgy comedy, and people shouldn't have been surprised that some of it was actually edgy.





Books

The Brides Quartet

The Brides Quartet 2009-2011
By: Nora Roberts

Parker, Emma, Laurel and Mac, co-owners of Vows, a full-service wedding company, each find love in the four-book series. Each of these friends has a strikingly different background and personality.

Although these books follow cookie-cutter plotlines, they are an excellent read for romance lovers. The men these women snag are all dreamy and perfect, of course. And each book spends most of its pages going over different wedding details and plans. These books are pure pleasure reads done so well.

The Devil Wears Prada

The Devil Wears Prada 2003
By: Lauren Weisberger

Andrea Sachs, a recent college graduate, finds her way behind the assistant desk at the largest fashion magazine in the country with the most notorious boss in the business. She scoffs at the supposed trivial world of fashion, but soon finds it consuming her life, not that Miranda Priestly would have it any other way.

This book is a must-read for anyone interested in fashion or magazine journalism. It's written with such great imagery and clarity that I almost breezed to the last page without realizing it. The depth of the characters is so great that I actually felt invested in their "feelings". Also, The Devil Wears Prada holds true, the book is always better than the movie.

Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Something Borrowed and Something Blue 2005 and 2006
By: Emily Griffin

Rachel White and Darcy Rhone have been best friends since grade school. But, as it goes, things change. The selfish Darcy discovers she can't always have things her way, and timid Rachel finally learns to make herself happy. This series explores the friend's secrets, betrayals and deep love for one another.

This book may be a guilty-pleasure read, but it is just as much a touching look into deep emotions and relationships. Since each book is told from a different perspective, they solidified to me that there isn't always a black and white answer to conflicts. While reading from the two women's points of view, I realized that I could very easily see how each of them was right. The disappointing move to the big screen should not deter readers from getting caught up into these books.