|Courting Courtney 1997 N/R, 83 min.|
Director: Paul Tarantino
Cast: Dana Gould, Eliza Coyle, Taylor Negron, Sean Masterson, Anne Mattingley, Al Schuermann, Kathy Griffin, Ryan Stiles, Adam Eastwood, Ana Gasteyer
Courtney (Eliza Coyle) is approaching her 30th birthday and must find a suitable mate. This is a well-done mock documentary, where she interviews an array of people, including ex-boyfriends, to see what the problem is. Her best friend, Nick (Dana Gould), a high-school boyfriend, helps in the crisis.
|Dick 1999 PG-13, 92 min.|
Director: Andrew Fleming
Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya, Will Ferrell, Ana Gasteyer, Harry Shearer, Bruce McCulloch, Teri Garr, Saul Rubinek, Dave Foley
This spoof on the Nixon administration involves two girls, Betsy Jobs (Kirsten Dunst) and Arlene Lorenzo (Michelle Williams), who wander away from the White House tour and meet Henry Kissinger (Saul Rubinek) and then Richard Nixon (Dan Hedaya) who offers them a job walking Checkers. This provides their "in," and they go on to teach Nixon how to make the peace sign, stop the Vietnam War, and even play roles as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate investigation.
|Geppetto 2000 N/R, 89 min.|
Genre: Family / Comedy / Musical / Fantasy
Director: Tom Moore
Cast: Drew Carey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brent Spiner, Rene Auberjonois, Seth Adkins, Usher Raymond, Ana Gasteyer, Wayne Brady, Melissa Bailey, Anthony Crivello, Kane Hodder, George Ball, Dennis Bendersky, Randy Brenner, Kay Cole
This Disney live-action musical version of Pinocchio is actually an OK retelling of the classic tale, this time as seen through the eyes of Geppetto, Pinocchio's (Seth Adkins) creator. Drew Carey does a good job in the role of Geppetto who learns that children are not perfect. Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the Blue Fairy and Brent Spiner as Stromoli are a hoot.
|Mean Girls 2004 PG-13, 95 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Mark Waters
Cast: Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lizzy Caplan, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Tina Fey, Daniel Franzese, Tim Meadows, Amy Poehler, Ana Gasteyer, Neil Flynn, Jonathan Bennett, Rajiv Surendra, Elana Shilling, Graham Kartna
Previously home-schooled in Africa, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) moves to Chicago and enters North Shore High School where she makes friends with rebels Janis (Lizzy Caplan) and Damian (Daniel Franzese). Then, Regina (Rachel McAdams), Gretchen (Lacey Chabert), and Karen (Amanda Seyfriend) invite Cady to join a catty clique. She accepts and then finds that her new group hates the rebels. Cady becomes a mean girl but ends up in a battle against the members of the clique when she discovers that they define social acceptability at the school.
|What Women Want 2000 PG-13, 125 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Romance
Director: Nancy Meyers
Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei, Alan Alda, Ashley Johnson, Mark Feuerstein, Lauren Holly, Delta Burke, Valerie Perrine, Judy Greer, Ana Gasteyer, Lisa Edelstein, Sarah Paulson, Loretta Devine, Diana-Maria Riva
Chicago advertising executive Nick Marshall (Mel Gibson) loses out in the selection for a top job in his agency. Instead, Darcy Maguire (Helen Hunt) wins the spot. Nick survives a freak hair dryer accident and discovers that he can now hear what women think. At first, he uses this new power to his own benefit–he is especially effective at stealing Darcy's ideas and using them as his own. Later, when he begins to sympathize with problems women encounter, he finds himself falling in love with Darcy.
|Woman on top 1999 R, 93 min.|
Director: Fina Torres
Cast: Penelope Cruz, Murilo Benicio, Harold Perrineau, Mark Feuerstein, John de Lancie, Anne Ramsay, Ana Gasteyer, Analu DeCastro, Thais DeSaCurvelo, Eliana Guttman
In this romantic comedy, a Brazilian beauty, Isabella (Penelope Cruz), suffers an extreme case of motion sickness; she controls it by taking on the driving force in all situations–whether in the car or in bed. When husband Toninho (Murilo Benicio) cheats on her, Isabella escapes to San Francisco and her transsexual friend, Monica (Harold Perrineau Jr.). She is soon starring in a very successful cooking show, which suddenly suffers problems after Toninho appears in town.
|The Women 2008 PG-13, 114 min.|
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Diane English
Cast: Meg Ryan, Annette Bening, Eva Mendes, Debra Messing, Jada Pinkett Smith, Bette Midler, Candice Bergen, Carrie Fisher, Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar, India Ennenga, Jill Flint, Ana Gasteyer, Tilly Scott Pedersen, Joanna Gleason
This remake of 1939's "The Women" is written and directed by Diane English and takes a different slant from the previous film on women and their relationships. When Mary Haines (Meg Ryan) learns that her husband is having an affair with sexy Crystal Allen (Eva Mendes), her immediate response is to turn to her friends–magazine editor Sylvia (Annette Bening), artsy Edie (Debra Messing), and lesbian Alex (Jada Pinkett Smith). Instead of sympathizing with Mary, they tell her to dump her cheating husband. Mary also asks for advice from housekeeper Maggie (Cloris Leachman), nanny Uta (Tilly Scott Pedersen), Hollywood agent Leah (Bette Midler), and even her own mother (Candice Bergen) who offer their own perspectives on how to handle the situation. Finally, when gossip columnist Bailey Smith (Carrie Fisher) learns from her editor Sylvia about the affair, problems grow and extend beyond the marriage breakup.
|1. Courting Courtney (1997)|
2. Dick (1999)
3. Geppetto (2000)
4. Mean Girls (2004)
5. What Women Want (2000)
6. Woman on top (1999)
7. The Women (2008)
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