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13 Going on 30
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

For kids (especially girls) below the age of about 15, this'll be an adorably sweet movie. For anyone else, there'll be some gaping flaws that'll you'll feel insulted the movie has asked you to buy into.

First of all, we'll overlook the age difference leading to possible sexual charges. There are plenty of awkward scenes that, depending on whether you view Jennifer Garner as 13, 30 or both, it's borderline pedophilia. There's more to it than just that.

A couple of specific standouts include the idea for the magazine change. While it might not be one of the "creepy" moments, suggesting that a magazine change the way every fashion magazine has operated since the dawn of time is corporate suicide. Falling sales or no falling sales, the idea of making New York City models redundant will get you fired.

But the really creepy thing is that Jenna actually sabotages her best friend's life. The woman he was going to marry was hardly a bitch. Normally in these films you find out the other woman's cheating on him or only marrying him for his money or is a KGB agent or something, but you never get the sense that she's anything other than a nice person who has made Matt happy. And yet Jenna has no qualms when going back to the past to alter his life so he never meets her, keeping him all to herself.

Way to go!

The King's Speech
6 years ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The King's Speech is a crisp, clean yet unremarkable film. The acting is stellar, but then you'd expect nothing less from actors of Colin Firth's and Geoffrey Rush's calibre. The movie's best scene is undoubtedly its most talked-about one, where Firth flies off into an epic verbal tirade of swear words. I'm not prudish when it comes to swear words, but it's actually kind of refreshing to see swearing have some context rather than just thrown in randomly.

Unfortunately the film builds on the pre-supposition that you understand King George's role during and after the War. I respect the fact that it doesn't feel the need to do that. But unless you do some extra reading or watch some other films, the friendship between Bertie and Lionel feels isolated, like it's trapped in a bubble.

The film has been crafted with great care, but I can't say its better than The Social Network. It's not always fair to compare two films against each other, sometimes they need to be judged on their own merit. But there was nothing particularly revolutionary about Tom Hooper's direction, yet Fincher (with the aid of Aaron Sorkin's script) hit TSN out of the ballpark. The King's Speech had no real interesting music choices, camera shots, and even the script wasn't ALL that.

It's not to say that The King's Speech isn't worth a look in, there's still a lot to be had out of the three lead actors (Firth, Rush and Helena Bonham-Carter). But unless it's a repeat viewing for you every couple of years, nothing except Firth saying "Fuck Fuck Tits!" will really stick in your mind.