Saturday, May 10, 2008

Saturday Night Movie

We went to the Drive In tonight. We're lucky we still have one, and it's a 5 minute drive from the house. With the penny pinching we have to do, a picnic dinner and two movies for $13.50 is a bargain.

We saw Speed Racer and Baby Mama. We thought we might hate Speed Racer, Rotten Tomatoes showing a less than 40% favorable rating. With all the seizure inducing flashing colors, like a neon festival on crack, we didn't expect much. But we were pleasantly surprised.

It borrowed enough of the original cartoon series to provide some nostalgic comfort (for Kevin) without alienating those who weren't fans, or watched infrequently (like me). At 2hrs and 15 min, it was a long movie, but didn't drag much. It was a popcorn kind of movie, though we ate fried chicken and broccoli salad. Popcorn came later, as did Scharffen Berger chocolate. Mmmmmm.

The movie was rated PG, and there were a lot of kids at the Drive In. There were a lot of people in general. The last time we were there, we saw half as many people. As the summer warms, we will go back, with camping chairs and more picnic food.

Decent plot, not too hard to follow. It's colorful, but not strobing. I would say this is a family movie, but little boys (size or disposition) may have a need for speed after this one.

Baby Mama with Tina Fey and Amy Pohler was a fun little movie, had it's moments. If not part of this double feature, it would have been a DVD rental for me. Movies that try to be funny and meaningful miss more than hit a home run. Steve Martin had a memorable role, but that's only because we live in the greater San Francisco Bay Area community and experience that kind of character in real life. Infertility is a sensitive subject, and I have mixed feelings after watching this. Probably because I'm childless and the whole subject is a touchy one with me already. The parts were well played, and the characters were interesting.

I wonder what we will see next week. Probably won't have time to see one, since we are visiting my mom. The weekend after that - watch out! Here comes Indy!

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