Did everyone enjoy the joke put on by Gladys and Denise last week? 

 I have to admit, once I was clued in I thought it was pretty good. Those headlines reading that Ms.Goreham had sold the paper and it would now be The National Record? Tell about your neighbors’ secrets? I didn’t see it coming at all. The husband made me call Gladys to see if I still had a job. 

He was in on it after last week’s issue was sent out. He actually gave me the phone and told me to call Gladys immediately. Gladys, I will laugh with. My husband, not so much! Paybacks, baby, paybacks. 

Fast Times at Ridgemont High, photo from IMDb.com Until then, let’s talk about some movies with great practical jokes. 

  The one that immediately comes to mind is in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Spicoli (Sean Penn) has a pizza order delivered to class. However, Mr. Hand (Ray Walston) has the last laugh by giving out pieces to other students. This movie is rated R and is best for the adults who remember it well. 

A truly bad reaction to a practical joke was featured in Carrie when the title character was covered in pig’s blood by the mean girls of her school at the high school prom when she looked fabulous. After Sissy Spacek got done with them, well, it wasn’t very pretty. There’s another reason to avoid homecoming. This movie is also best suited for viewers age 17 and older. 

Big Fat Liar starring Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti and Amanda Byrnes, photo from IMDb.com

 

A movie filled with practical jokes but better suited for the pre-teen crowd is Big Fat Liar starring Frankie Muniz and Amanda Bynes as they go after Paul Giamatti for stealing Muniz’s composition and making it into a movie without giving the kid credit. Never do that unless you want to have blue skin and your phone attached to your ear. 

 Another movie that I like for this age group is Max Keeble’s Big Move. Max is expecting junior high to be a step up until he is picked to be the kid the big bully picks on daily; the money shark goes after and for whom the principal is no pal, not by a long shot. 

 When Max hears he is going to move away he and his friend come up with tricks to exact revenge and leave no consequences. BUT then his parent do not have to move and Max has to face the music. This is a fun movie for the pre-teen set and can really work up good conversation on how to deal with a bully realistically. 

 Until next week, see you in the rental aisle. 

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