THE PILL - What Happens The Morning After?February 29, 2012


THE PILL - What Happens The Morning After?

FilmBuff

On Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies on demand and from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: THE PILL (FilmBuff).

 

THE PILL

By Sky McCarthy

 

The morning after can be extremely uncomfortable, but THE PILL takes the awkwardness of a one -night stand to the next level. While this movie may be a snapshot to the sexual realities of today, the film lacks any imagination to provide unique insight. It begins with a classic tale of modern “romance” – boy meets girl, girl gets drunk, boy sleeps with girl…unprotected.

 


After a frantic morning fight, Fred (Noah Bean, “Nikita” “Damages”) convinces Mindy (Rachel Boston, “In Plain Sight”) to take the morning after pill despite her surprising religious convictions. Fred is immediately relieved after the initial swallow but soon becomes Mindy’s unwilling companion for the day when he realizes she must take a second dose within 12 hours.

 



The storyline is somewhat complicated by the fact that Fred is already in a relationship. Fans of the MY GIRL movies will be surprised to see Anna Chlumsky in a rare on screen role as Fred’s nagging and shrewish girlfriend. While Mindy initially represents a mental and physical escape from reality, she herself is emotionally unstable and invents white lies throughout the film to keep Fred’s attention. The next 24 hours take Fred on a strange roller coaster of events through New York City including a confrontational meeting with Mindy’s ex and a surprise visit to her parent’s apartment.

 



As the movie drags on, it becomes apparent that every character is completely flawed. Not one of them is likeable so it becomes unclear as to why anyone should care about hurt feelings or unwanted pregnancies. Initially the film plays like a lengthy PSA for the consequences of unprotected sex and one may be left wondering if Planned Parenthood had a hand in funding production costs.

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VEEP For President!May 04, 2012


VEEP For President!

HBO

Demand Weekly provides new movie reviews of hot movies and shows on demand from the POV of watching from the comfort of your home. Today’s review: "VEEP" (HBO).


VEEP
A Woman for All Seasons

By Jean Tait

 

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is great. Just try to imagine “Seinfeld” without Elaine. “The New Adventures of Old Christine” would never have even gotten the greenlight without her involvement (I certainly hope!). I know I never would have watched it. As it was, JLD’s delightful presence was the only worthwhile part of “Christine.” Now, finally, a show that stars Louis-Dreyfus that lives up to her talent! Julia Louis-Dreyfus is Selina Meyer, Vice President of the United States, in “Veep.”

Surrounded by a staff that all seem to have an agenda of their own, Madame Vice President is multi-tasking her multi-tasks. Cooly efficient Sue (Sufe Bradshaw), laser-focused and ambitious Dan (Reid Scott), harried but keenly observant chief of staff Amy (Anna Chlumsky), and “looks like a police sketch of a rapist” White House liaison Johah (the creepily good Timothy C. Simons) all juggle their competing and complementing interests while stepping on and/or over each other to get to the top. In addition to trying to manage her staff, and her agenda, Selina has problems of her own with a neglected daughter who can’t seem to get her attention, except as an additional agenda item.

While this is not a laugh out loud sitcom, Julia Louis-Dreyfus is comic gold. She never goes for the obvious (this is NOT a Sarah Palin impersonation, nor a Nancy Pelosi, nor a Hillary Clinton). JLD is mesmerizing, especially when there is a chance that the President is seriously ill, and she has step into his shoes. The myriad of emotions that fly across her face as she tries to keep it straight on concerned is truly amazing.

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