Girl Movies with a Bookish Twist

Dear hubby was away for work last week and I took the opportunity to catch up on some movie watching. I had a list of a few I've wanted to watch for awhile. God love him, but hubby is a terrible person to watch girl movies with. He sighs, fidgets, rolls his eyes and generally gets on my nerves when I'm engrossed in a particularly tissue worthy scene. I'd rather he be out of the house. So, I left the local movie store with 4 DVDs with a bookish twist. Here are my thoughts:

First up, Nancy Drew. I watched this with the kid. Actually, I watched. She ate a whole bowl of popcorn and spent most of the movie asking questions. At the end, she declared that she loved it. Myself, I wasn't so impressed. The movie had a dual personality. Okay, so she's old fashioned Nancy solving mysteries, then why send her to LA? Apparently, to point out to the audience, with the help of some annoying 'mean girls' that Nancy is different. So, is it a mystery or a teen angst flick? I spent most of it wishing I had reread Secret of the Old Clock instead. It would have been a better use of time.

The same night, The Jane Austen Book Club. I so enjoyed this. I haven't read the book yet, but now really want to. I love how the characters related their own lives to each Jane Austen book. It made me want a club like that myself. Maybe some Austen purists will poo-poo it, but I found it cleverly done. I want a "What Would Jane Do" t-shirt.

Marie Antoinette with Kirsten Dunst. I was interested in seeing this after reading Marie-Therese, Child of Terror. I was disappointed by it. It was Reality Bites, if it was the 1700's and the characters were all Bourbons. The dialogue was too modern and there was gratuitous shopping. I was a bit bored. On a positive note, the scenery and the costumes were gorgeous.

The Painted Veil. Hubby returned for this one. An adaptation of a Somerset Maugham novel, starring Edward Norton and Naomi Watts, and how can you go wrong with Edward Norton. He's an amazing actor. A couple marry for the wrong reason, the wife has an affair and as punishment the husband drags her into the middle of China during a cholera epidemic. Somehow they fall madly in love with each other... and then bad stuff happens. I liked how this was about marriage and how people don't really know each until the sh*t hits the fan. Also, beautiful to look at. I'd watch it again.

So, it was 2 duds and 2 greats. Not bad.

So any recommendations for my next chick flick night?


  1. Glad to hear that you enjoyed The Jane Austen Book Club. I didn't particularly like the book, but I think it would make an enjoyable movie. I'll put it on my Netflix list!

  2. I loved the jane Austen book club as well. I also really liked Marie Antoinette, though, I thought it was a very interesting film.

    I don't know what to recommend, though!

  3. I've been wondering how good The Jane Austen Book Club is. I've picked up the movie several times at the video store, but still haven't rented it. Maybe now I'll have to check it out!!

  4. Thanks for those reviews. I saw The Jane Austen Book Club and Marie Antoinette. I liked both, but JABC was better. I had low expectations of Marie Antoinette so that is probably why I liked it. :)

    I think I will see The Painted Veil.

    Becoming Jane was a "girly" movie I saw recently and enjoyed. Not as much as Miss Austen Regrets on PBS, though.

    Bella is the best movie I've seen recently.

  5. I'd never heard of The Painted Veil, either book or movie. Thanks!

    You can never go wrong with Out Of Africa.

  6. I agree with you on all four. I've read The Jane Austen Book Club and I really thought the movie was better. I loved The Painted Veil. I really need to read the book.

  7. The Painted Veil sounds great - you're right, you can't go wrong with Edward Norton! I also HATED Marie Antoinette ... I thing you're description was exactly right. I've read the Jane Austen Book Club and thought it was ok. And I was never a Nancy Drew fan.

    As for recommendations, I'll go with the classic ones that my sister and I love: Steel Magnolias, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Under the Tuscan Sun. Those three I will watch whenever they are on TV, no matter how many times I've seen them.

  8. What I would love to see again is the classic Roman Holiday (1953), with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. Audrey Hepburn, in that movie, is the loveliest women I have ever seen on film.

    Another classic I highly recommend is The Talk of the Town (1942) with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, and Ronald Coleman.

    Romantic films were better in the days of black and white!

  9. Oh! I saw the Painted Veil! you are right, you can't go wrong with Edward Norton! lol

  10. Andi- That's funny but sometimes the movie IS bettter, isn't it?

    Amy, Sheila- Maybe because I had read that bio, I had high expectations for the Marie Antoinette movie. Btw, Sheila, I picked up Becoming Jane for tonight.

    Laura- Give it a shot!

    Bybee- I don't think I saw that one.

    Heather- Thanks for agreeing ;) I haven't seen Under the Tuscan Sun. I'll add that to the list.

    Rob- I don't think I've seen Roman Holiday but I love Audrey Hepburn. Breakfast at Tiffany's is so good!

    Deslily- Yes, I think I may be a little in love with Edward Norton. He was so heartbroken.

  11. What a fun post. I tried watching Marie Antoinette on my flight back from vacation and was so disappointed with it that I couldn't finish it. I will have to look for the Jane Austen Book Club. Hope you enjoyed Becoming Jane. I thought that was cute.

  12. I loved 'The Painted Veil'! I haven't read the book yet but it's on my TBR. Hm, maybe it would be a good Classics Club book.

  13. I didn't know that Nancy Drew was a movie, but I can't imagine that it would be anything like the books...

    I haven't seen the Jane Austen book club, but I didn't really enjoy the book. I think I just know too little but Austen novels.

    The Painted Veil sounds really interesting, I'll definitely keep an eye out for that one!

    I watched The Princess Diaries recently and really liked it - definitely one to watch with hubby out of the house though! Have you seen 13 going on 30? Or Clueless? Two of my favorites and even my boyfriend really liked them!

  14. I disliked The Jane Austen Book Club book, but found the movie to be much more entertaining!


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