Okay – I’m ga-ga over the moon for this film. I want Drew Barrymore to direct every single film out there – (especially the last “Twilight” ) – and can’t imagine why she’s not being offered every script there is…
What’s so great?
For me – acting – so complex, subtle, and all-of-a-piece that I KNOW it was Drew making it that way. She cast Daniel Stern, known for bug-eyed over-the-top work, and got a measured, natural, deep performance from him matching Marcia Gay Harden’s best work ever that put her in the Meryl Streep league for me.
And – the sisterhood aspect, and the love interest where Ellen Page shows you how it’s done.
A client of mine got the strength and moxy she needed to detach from a fellow who wasn’t doing the job – even though she really, really liked him – from a scene where Ellen Page’s character totally steps up to take care of herself (without so much as UPSET because she SO knows who she is, what she wants and what she deserves! ).
Rent it…give a party for your girlfriends and watch it. Made me want to rollerskate around a ring and push people around.
Even the “mano-a-mano” at the end was a totally on-the-level, fair-and-square demonstration of the theme of the film – DO WHAT YOU LOVE, and hang with people who love you.
Instead of making the girls out like “mean, catty” girls you see everywhere else in film and the culture (“Bride Wars” anyone?), Drew made them out like elite athletes – (the way we’ve been taught to think that men compete) – where they RESPECT one another, and LIKE each other BECAUSE they are BOTH GOOD!!!
Yeah, one wins, and so what…..!
The whole thing revolves around loving what you do, and having so much fun…a great, great attitude…