JUMPING SHIP (2001)

   

This is the sequel to Horse Sense, but better because now we have all three Lawrence brothers!! Now we have the middle brother joining the fun in a lead role, and we all know that he is the cutest one. The two cousins head down to Australia for vacation and get attacked by pirates as they were making their way to their resort hotel causing them to be marooned on an island. It holds your interest and is as fun as the first one while still trying to tug at your heartstrings.

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HORSE SENSE (1999)

   

Lawrence brothers! As a kid, we loved seeing the Lawrence brothers so we were excited to watch this one. And there are horses!! (Que Meg Ryan singing in Sleepless in Seattle, “Harses, harses, harses) The oldest and the youngest Lawrence brothers play cousins, one who lives in Montana while the other in LA. When the young boy from Montana goes to LA for a visit, he finds he is ignored and not top priority of his selfish, materialistic cousin. So when the LA cousin is grounded and forced to go to Montana to get some perspective, the younger cousin decides to give him a taste of his own medicine. Of course eventually, he finds the beauty of the place and the pleasure of a hard day’s work, but the best part is when he takes his shirt off. (wink, wink) Don’t worry, it’s all very rated G.

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HOW TO BUILD A BETTER BOY (2014)

   

Two best friends, who also happen to be the smartest girls in school, decide to build a boyfriend when one of them made him up to impress the popular girl. Of course the two smart girls wear glasses so we know they are smart. And when the one girl becomes popular because of her robot boyfriend, we know it because she no longer needs her glasses. And glasses are expensive. Why do you girls have a different pair of frames every day? Aside from that, like a few other DCOM movies before, we have the lead fall in love with something that is not real and thinks that the robot boy loves her, will never leave her and should be with her rather than to do his job for the government which is supposed to be building schools and other humanitarian work around the world. Teenage girls be crazy.

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SMART HOUSE (1999)

   

A teen boy enters a contest to win the house of the future. His family moves in and everything is great at first. But when the boy decides that he needs to program the house to be more maternal so his dad won’t find the need to date, the house turns too motherly and eventually imprisons the family to keep them “safe”. The movie is pretty cheesy and not very realistic, but it’s one of those movies that you watched as a kid and thought, “that would be so cool if my house did that”. It’s fun to think of a house that could do all that this smart house could do. I mean what 90’s kid didn’t want music videos to cover the whole wall?

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ALLEY CATS STRIKE (2000)

   
Penny! If you are a Big Bang Theory fanb(come on, who isn’t?) you will love seeing little Kaley Cuoco aka Penny as one of the best teen bowlers in town. Two rivalry towns are putting their High School bowling teams against each other to see who can win the glory. When the top jock has to join the “loser” kids so their town will have a better chance at winning, the characters seemed to be stuck in the “I’m too good for you guys. “no you’re not” phase. And while this movie is predictable, it is entertaining.

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ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS (2016)

   

Alice returns to Underland and is on a mission to save the Mad Hatter and his family! If you enjoyed the first one, you will like this one as well. Alice is quite a sass in this film, which is lovely and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time is a lot better than I was expecting. The humor is all there as well as the heart as we see why the Red Queen is the way she is and what happened to make her head so large…a question I have had since the first one. Although that Mad Hatter was a little lackluster in the film, he still has his moments. While a lot of critics and people give these movies a bad rap, I think they are enjoyable and fun.

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ALICE IN WONDERLAND (2010)

   

Oh man! Here we go! I am a huge fan of Alice in Wonderland. Not just this movie but anything that in any way shape or form references or has to do with Alice in Wonderland. I love the book, I LOVE Disney’s animated version and have been a crazed Wonderland fan my whole life. Just wait until we watch and I review that animated classic. Anyhoo, to get on to this particular version…I was really excited when Disney announced this live action reboot. I mean, Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, Helena Bohnam Carter. I couldn’t wait. And while I must admit that this isn’t the best movie in the world, it is far from the worst. The characters are all quite fun and I liked the twist of a grown up Alice returning to Wonderland..or excuse me, Underland, and having an all new adventure with the characters we all love.

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TRON (1982)

   

However many years ago, Melissa and I watched this together for the first time and we both remembered not liking it too much. So when we decided it was time to watch it again, we weren’t too excited. Well, it is time to eat my words because I am glad we watched it again. I don’t know why I wasn’t feeling it the first time we watched it, but it was much more fun this time around. The concept of being sucked into a computer and teaming up with other programs to save the cyber world is really unique and interesting, especially when you consider that this movie was made in the early 80’s. This experience goes to show that there are some movies that should be given another chance.

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JUMP IN! (2007)

   
This movie was a lot of fun. It made me want to go buy a jump rope and get jumping. Watching all the tricks in the competitions was cool. Melissa made the comment that the story line was pretty much High School Musical but with Corbin Bleu as the lead. “I can’t like and do double dutch, I am a boxer!” Have you learned nothing from your HSM days, Corbin? No need to stick with the status quo. You go and jump that rope!

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CAN OF WORMS (1999)

   

This movie is weird. WEIRD! A boy gets embarrassed at school so he sends a message into space for someone to come and take him away. Then a bunch of different aliens show up provide various offers to take him to their home planet. I would like to meet the people who had the job of designing the aliens. I would have some questions like, “why do all the aliens have human teeth?” One alien was so nasty that as he ate a corn on the corn, he actually made Melissa so grossed out that she couldn’t watch and continue to eat her nachos. She actually closed her eyes and turned away. I can’t say that I blame her though, he looks like a giant bubbling booger with human eyes and teeth. Why? WHY??

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