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Lori’s Weekend Movie Reviews – “The Descendants” and “50/50″

I have been fighting off a cold and sickness since Thursday and I finally had some down time yesterday.  While I was laying around and resting on the couch I was able to watch some really great movies.  Even though they aren’t new movies here is my take on them in case you haven’t had a chance to watch.

These were movies that had their run in theaters and on DVD/Blu-Ray but movies I haven’t had the chance to see.  Luckily, I have my movies channels and DVR with Suddenlink.

Saturday night I realized that the HBO movie of the week was The Descendants starring George Clooney.  I set my DVR to record the movie and on Sunday morning after I got up made E some breakfast and snuggled back onto the couch I turned the movie on.

The movie is based on the book of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, I knew it had been given a few Academy Award nominations and even won one as well as two Golden Globes.

The movie is about a man whose wife was injured in a boating accident.  He is also in the middle of selling a huge family plot of land.  As the movie progresses we find out that his wife had an affair.  So he and his family are dealing with loss, betrayal and just trying to figure out how to pick the pieces up.

It was an awesome movie and George Clooney does a great job as usual, however it was Shailene Woodley (Secret Life of the American Teenager) that was the breakout in this movie.

The movie dealt with a ton of topics, death, adultery, family.  It is full of profanity and Rated R for language and sexual references.

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The second movie watched this weekend was “50/50″ starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Bryce Dallas Howard, Anna Kendrick and Anjelica Houston.

It is somewhat of a comedy centered around a 27-year old Adam, played by Levitt, who finds out he has cancer on his spine.

The story takes us through Adam’s  journey with cancer and his girlfriend, played by Howard, cheats on him.  His best friend, played by Rogen, uses his cancer to pick up girls and his mother, played by Houston, reacts to dealing with a son with cancer as well as her husband who has dementia.

Adam, visits a psychologist, played by Kendrick, who is a student working on getting her doctorate.

The most shocking part in the movie is where Adam, shaves his head as his friend watches.


Adam makes new friends with other cancer patients and deals with his confusion, anger and loss when it comes to his cancer.

Overall it is a great movie to watch and to see how this character matures through this live changing diagnosis.

The movie is loosely based on the true story of Will Reiser, the movie’s screenplay writer.

The movie is also Rated R for sexual content, some drug use and language.

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One other mini-movie I watched this weekend with E was “Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out.”   E and I had curled up on the couch to watch an episode of Ninjago only to find out that  this mini-movie was recorded in that time slot.

I literally laughed so hard I had tears coming out of my eyes.  This was a spoof on Star Wars made with Lego characters.  If you haven’t seen it and you are a Star Wars fan check it out.  Watch it even if you aren’t a fan because it made me laugh.

Like I said, these were movies I have been wanting to watch I just hadn’t had the opportunity til this past weekend.  I hope you’ll give them a chance as well.

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