Books, Movies, Music & Entertainment - Fat Albert review
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Just dumb. I had to take my nephews- they were dying to see it. I did bring my headphones, a book and a flashlight, and I'm glad I did. It was just dumb. My older nephew is 7, and he was not very thrilled with the movie. My 5 year old nephew really liked it.
I got to catch up on all my soaps, since I had the televison on me. Damn thing didn't go loud enough, so I still had to listen to that useless dribble. It is just fluff entertainment with a sappy, soppy theme and ending.
It's good for kids under 6. If they're over 6 and have a modicum of rationality, they won't really enjoy it.
*sigh* Tomorrow, we're going to see that Lemony Snicket thing with Jim Carey. I can't stand Jim Carey, and I'm not looking forward to a long, drawn out, dark movie. I'm bringing my book, the television, the flashlight, and perhaps my laptop.
12-27-04, 05:21 PM
Fat Albert looked like crap in the commercials. My sister wants to see it but I'm not sure I want to take her now that my suspicions are confirmed.
Have your nephews read the Lemony Snicket books? My other sisters (9 and 13) have read them and they say that their ok, this movie might be ok if I have to take them.
They haven't read the books, but I think they're more concerned about seeing the same movies that their peers see, or else they feel left out.
If your sister is more than 7 years old, and she actually does normal thinking, then she may not be into this movie. It's worse than the afterschool specials on ABC back in the 80s.
12-27-04, 06:50 PM
...*sigh* Tomorrow, we're going to see that Lemony Snicket thing with Jim Carey. I can't stand Jim Carey, and I'm not looking forward to a long, drawn out, dark movie. I'm bringing my book, the television, the flashlight, and perhaps my laptop.
Don't do it. If there is a kid in the world who MIGHT enjoy LS, it might be one who is around age 10 to 12. My eight year old nephew can find something to like in just about any movie. LS left him mostly bored, and sometimes confused or distressed. Every kid in the theatre under age eight was bored within the first thirty minutes and saying stuff like "When is it going to be over?" Adults were happily taking looong repeated trips for popcorn and snacks, just to get away from LS for a while.
He has now seen "The Incredibles" five or six times, dragging me along three of those times. Most of his friends, ages seven to ten, have seen TI two or three times. He is eager to see "Sponge Bob", based on the "rave reviews" from buddies he talked with at day camp this week. He claims that "eight is NOT too old to enjoy "Sponge Bob" - so SB will be our next movie outing.
What about Christmas with the Kranks? They really want to see another movie tomorrow, and it's my last day in town. :cry:
12-27-04, 09:12 PM
*sigh* Tomorrow, we're going to see that Lemony Snicket thing with Jim Carey. I can't stand Jim Carey, and I'm not looking forward to a long, drawn out, dark movie.
holy crap you're a good aunt.
I would kill for my nephew and niece, I would walk on glass, I would climb a burning building... but I wouldn't see either of those movies for 'em. Take 'em for a bike ride.
Have they seen The Incredibles? I liked that.
Polar Express is playing at the Navy Pier Imax.
Of course, you could also consider alternatives..
I'm in Virginia. Otherwise, we would have been in Navy Pier every day, and IMAX at least every other day.
I got to see the Incredibles with the kids when I flew up for Thanksgiving. It was a really good movie- I was really surprised! I was glad the kids dragged me to see that one.
The parents are incredibly protective. Right now, a bike ride is just out of the question. If it were spring or summer, they'd be ok with it. I barely have them into the idea of riding, and I got everyone a bike so we can start riding when I come in for the summer months. I just took an hour to talk my brother into riding tomorrow, and I lent him all my cold weather riding gear and promised him he wouldn't regret it. *sigh* So no bike riding either.
I just don't know of any quality or fun movies to take the kids to see... and they really like going to the movies.
12-27-04, 10:40 PM
are they from there? What about the pier, aquarium, museum, sears tower? Is there a video game arcade?
I'm from Chicago. They're in Virginia, so right now, we're all in Arlington.
Well, I decided to skip the movie and spend the last day just hanging with them, which was a lot of fun. I'm crossing my fingers that the next time I'm in town, there's better movies. Plus, it'll be warmer, so we can go bike riding too!
12-29-04, 10:54 PM
Rental time, it is cheaper as well. You need to get them up on the old school. "this is Sam Raimi's first work, Evil Dead. He also did the SpiderMan movies. Here we have "THX1138" the first movie of the guy that brought you "Phantom Menace"
Maybe some Corman flicks, he introduced Jack Nicholson ("Little Shop of Horrors") and of course the Leone/Eastwood trilogy to start off the classic westerns.
Part of the reason why I wanted to take them to the movies is because my brother is poor, poor, poor. They see plenty of rentals, but when they go to school and the other kids are talking about the movies they saw, they felt bad.
I know, I know... character building and all that, but I love those kids. I hate to see them without anything. My job as the aunt who buys their love is to make sure they never want for anything! :D ;) Going to the movies is a real treat for them, so whenever I'm in town, we're going to see at least a movie or two. The christmas season this time around was just pretty slim pickings this year. :eek:
They would never survive classic westerns. If I had it my way, I'd pull out some old Marilyn Monroe movies and make 'em watch those movies with me. Some of her movies are on my all time classics list!
12-29-04, 11:30 PM
Don't forget the Hepburn/Tracy flicks.
12-29-04, 11:36 PM
He has now seen "The Incredibles" five or six times, dragging me along three of those times. Most of his friends, ages seven to ten, have seen TI two or three times.
Woah, the Incredibles is an awesome movie, though. Everyone should see it.
Don't forget the Hepburn/Tracy flicks.
That's a little too far back for me. I don't really get into the Hepburn stuff. I saw On Golden Pond when I was in junior high.... that was my first Hepburn movie, and I've never been a fan of her work.
But I will check into other oldie/goody stuff.
12-30-04, 12:40 AM
Rent some of "The Thin Man" movies, or catch 'em on cable sometime. Talk about good, old stuff....
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