2 out of 5

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

200px-Percy_Jackson_&_the_Olympians_The_Lightning_Thief_poster A few weeks back I took the kids and a couple of their friends to see Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010,PG).  From ScreenIt!:

A teen must not only contend with discovering that he's the son of a mythological god, but also that he must find Zeus' stolen thunderbolt before a devastating battle takes place among the gods that could destroy Earth.

I'd heard good things about the film but was disappointed.  I heard the book is better.  The boys loved the film.

I give it 2 out of 5.

The Da Vinci Code

200px-The_da_vinci_code Last weekend we finished watching The Da Vinci Code (2006,PG-13) (ScreenIt! Review).  From ScreenIt!:

An American professor of religious symbology reluctantly teams up with a French police cryptologist as they try to solve a murder that may lead to the greatest religious cover-up of all time.

We didn't care for it at all and took several weeks to make it through.  It just seemed boring and kind of stuffy/stale which was a bit of a surprise since we had heard from friends that it was good.

I give it 2 out of 5.

The Devil Wears Prada

200px-The_Devil_Wears_Prada_main_onesheet.jpgTonight we finished watching The Devil Wears Prada (2006,PG-13) (ScreenIt! Review). From Wikipedia:

The Devil Wears Prada is an Academy Award-nominated 2006 comedy-drama film, a loose screen adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's 2003 novel of the same name. It stars Anne Hathaway as Andrea "Andy" Sachs, a recent college graduate who comes to New York City and gets a job as a co-assistant to powerful and demanding fashion magazine editor Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep.

My wife seemed to enjoy it, but I didn't like it at all. Of course, I'm not exactly in to fashion. And though I realize there probably are people who act like Streep's character and employees that fawn over them, but I don't want to watch it. The whole thing just didn't seem genuine to me.

I give it 2 out of 5.

I'm also not thrilled that it may turn into a TV series.

Flightplan

200px-Flightplan.jpgWe rung in the New Year with donuts and Flightplan (2005, PG-13) (Screen It! review). From Wikipedia:

A variation on the locked room mystery, the movie depicts what happens after Kyle Pratt (Jodie Foster) boards a fictional Aalto Airlines flight from Berlin to New York with her daughter Julia (Marlene Lawston). After falling asleep and waking up about three hours into the flight, Kyle learns that her daughter is missing. She searches the plane for her daughter, but according to the passenger manifest her daughter never boarded the flight. Also, no one remembers having seen her.

I think Lisa liked it fine, but I didn't care for it. Too farfetched. I give it 2 out of 5.

The Wild

200px-The_wild.jpgThis afternoon the boys watched The Wild (2006, G, Screen It! Review) for movie night. It was OK I guess but had way too much violence and conflict and killer wildebeests. I never would have guessed that's how you spell wildebeest. I give it 2 out of 5.

I Heart Huckabees

Today we had movie night.  The boys watched The Land Before Time: The Invasion of the Tinysauruses.  The adults watched I ♥ HuckabeesReel.com lists Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Flirting with Disaster, Magnolia, Short Cuts, and Waking Life as "Close Movie Matches" for Huckabees.  I liked all of those (especially Spotless Mind and Flirting with Disaster), but we did not enjoy Huckabees.

I give it 2 out of 5.

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