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She’s a Spy?

I have to admit, I enjoy a good spy movie.

There is something about the cloak and dagger stuff that is exciting because I will never live it. Honestly, I was never meant to carry out any of those missions. I can’t lie my way out of a paper bag, there is no way I could bluff through an entire night.

Perhaps that is why I enjoyed the latest Melissa McCarthy flick “Spy” that came out on DVD recently.

McCarty, quite frankly, looks like one of us. As the CIA analyst who works from the basement control room in Langely, she acts like one of us wimpy types which makes her appealing to me. I feel as if I know her. She is that smart funny friend who is just a bit gun-shy and thinks of the great retort a few days later. McCarthy is great in the basement watching a screen to control the action but she knows she could not be a field agent.

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That is until she decides to go out in the field when her field-agent partner is compromised. Suddenly the shy woman who cannot fire the gardener is dressing up in Italian fashions and chasing potential enemies. And she has help in the form of rogue agent Jason Stratham and fellow basement dweller Miranda Hart. Then there is Aldo. I could explain Aldo by that would take too long.

All of this is so that she can track and report on the actions of Rose Byrne who happens to be the daughter of a recently deceased arms dealer.

I realize it is getting convoluted but really that may be one of the reasons to watch this movie. It is wonderfully ridiculous. And it is not afraid to go into the R rating territory. I won’t lie and say there is no swearing in this movie. There is plenty along with a healthy use of hand gestures and a few gruesome dead bodies. Too many movies play it safe and stay in the PG-13 zone for the maximum amount of possible audience members. That’s good for families although at times it makes for weaker movies, especially in the horror genre.

Then there are times when adults want something more spicy, filled with words they might hear all of the time at work when things go wrong. I appreciated the earthiness of this movie. And I really appreciated Stratham for playing against his usual type of always being in control. He screws up and somehow it works out. His character is a mess and I love him for that. Jude Law, normally incredible, seems a bit tamped down. Maybe like his character, he didn’t think he had to work that hard.

Sprectre Daniel Craig In any case, it is McCarthy’s film and she holds up her end. My husband thought it was too over-the-top, he didn’t think it was all that good of a movie. Perhaps he has a point but I know that this was something fun to watch after a long day at work and the kids were safely in bed. Besides the real spy movie, Spectre, is out on DVD. If I want a more serious take of the spy profession, I can watch that.

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.

Recovering from Pumpkin Fest

Family Movie Night

 

By Karyn Bowman

 

So did your family have fun at Pumpkin Fest?

 

I know we did. We loved the parade – Frankenstein was funny – and getting out to play a few games was great. We had kids in the variety show and most of Sunday was spent at the truck pull.

 

Our 4H group runs the food stand, serving hamburgers, hots dogs and brats. It is a great fundraiser and you do see our kids in 4H doing a good bit of the work. And that is what I like about 4H. It gives the kids a chance to try out different things and find ways to be busy that does not involve getting onto trouble.

 

I bet many of you are thinking that 4H has the kids doing a lot of things that are farm related. But how many of us can have a cow in the back yard? I have had kids in 4H for a long time and we have never shown a cow. But we have shown rabbits and guinea pigs. Even Storm the wonder dog was a 4H project for a few years.

 

Plus, the kids show their art projects, worked on rockets, collected rocks and bugs, read books and baked cookies. There are so many projects to try out and kids get value out of the program. That is what I like about it.

 

So I was looking over the list of movies coming out and I have to say there are two I am looking forward to seeing because I never did see them in the theater.

 

Transformers: Dark of the Moon; Image from IMDb.com

The first could be a family movie if you do not mind a loud movie full of chase scenes and explosions.

Transformers:Dark of the Moon comes to the home market this week with thrilling scenes set in Chicago. Once more danger is coming to Planet Earth and it is so big even the Autobots may not be able to save us.

 

I know what to expect. Big action, grand statements from Optimus Prime and Sam making a run for his very life. It should be humongous.

 

 This next selection is not a family friendly movie. It is best suited for a girls night in although I guess the guys could watch it as well. Bridesmaids  is the

Movie Poster Image from IMDb.com

story of how an inept woman manages to pull off the wildest weekend of her best friend’s life just before her wedding. And then there is the complication of the sister-in-law who thinks she is in charge.

 

You call it a hangover movie for women, you can call it crazy. But Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Illinois native Melissa McCarthy really give this movie their all. With the “R” rating, there is no way that this movie is appropriate for the small children in the house. Maybe it is ok with your teens but that depends on your rules.

 

Until next week, see you in the rental aisle.