40. LIKE CRAZY - British girl overstays her American visa after falling in love with fellow student in LA which leads to innumerable relationship complications. Hubby's comment, "They didn't know how to end it so they just ended it." Also stars Jennifer Lawrence, of THE HUNGER GAMES.
39. THE BACKUP PLAN - The met on her way home from being artificially inseminated and doesn't know it, but she's pregnant. Hilarity (and a little bit of stupidity) ensues. It's cute, but a little dumb in spots. And what's up with her car being undriveable one minute at the farm and then being completely fine the next? The mother is dead, but the grandmother is endearing.
36. THE WATCHMEN - I had to skip through so many parts of this movie because of the violence that I missed most of the plot. I only watched it because our book club is reading the graphic novel and I couldn't stand seeing the violence in that either. Obviously it's not my kind of stuff.
33. THE UGLY TRUTH - Romantic comedy with lots of sexual content. Rated R with good reason. Gerard Butler plays a television talk show host whose "The (Ugly) Truth" exposes what men really want. Katherine Heigel is forced to produce his show in order to save her job. Sparks fly.
31: JESSE OWENS (documentary - American Experience) - A sad story of an amazing athlete whose one decision (not staying in Europe to run as requested by the amateur athleteic assoc. after the Olympics) cost so much. "The story of the 22-year-old son of a sharecropper who triumphed over adversity to become a hero and world champion, Jesse Owens is also about the elusive, fleeting quality of fame and the way Americans idolize athletes when they suit our purpose, and forget them once they don't."
20. WONDER BOYS - Someone told me this was one of the best books about writing ever written, but they didn't tell me about Poe, the dog. I wouldn't have watched if I'd known about the dog. And yet, we had to know what happened so we watched the whole thing.
19. BULLY - If the purpose of the movie was to raise awareness and make people think, it did its job. But it left me wish so many questions. I wish we could have heard what the parents of the bullies had to say. Do they even know their children are acting like this? Is it really the school's responsibility? Did the school officials realize they were on tape? Have schools become too lenient out of fear of retribution by parents who say the schools are too harsh? Is there a solution?
17. STAND AND DELIVER. Wow. The movie was based on the true-life story of an east L.A. teacher who turned around problem high school students helping huge numbers of them pass the A.P. Calculus test. This is a photo of the real Jamie Escalante and some of his students. He died in 2010 at 79.