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February 21, 2022


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That's good to venture out for something different. Clifford the Big Red Dog movie was wonderful mindless entertainment. He does so much more than what he does in the books. Linda in Kansas


Seems like a major disappointment to finally get out and pick a loser.

We had a little theatre on town when we first arrived here, but it didn’t survive. I have to admit that the sound wasn’t the very best and neither were the screens, but it had a certain charm. With a big theatre only 20-25 minutes away, I guess it didn’t have much of a chance,


I have misgivings about it as well but we always watch all the Oscar nominees for Best Picture and so this one is on our Netflix queue. This is one of the drawbacks to when they expanded the category a few years ago.


The romance between a 25 year old and a 15 year old!! This crushed me. I don’t understand why no one cares about this little “detail”…

Matt David Snyder

Films like this bring a major ick factor. It brings people like Pamela Smart to mind. I figure this film was written by a man and directed by a man sharing the same teenage fantasy of being with an older woman. Had the roles been reversed with a 15 year old girl and a 25 year old man it most likely would have gotten more flack and definitely wouldn't be up for best picture. Ally Bean brought me here 😉

Ally Bean

A romance between a 15 and a 25-year-old? A 20 y.o. and a 30 y.o. I could see happening, but I'm with you about the ickiness. I haven't been to a movie in so long I couldn't tell you what I saw!

Arkansas Patti

I had heard critical reviews that were great. No one mentioned the inappropriate age of the 15 year old. Think I will scratch that one. Thanks.


That sure looks like a great little place! Sorry the movie wasn't as good as the environment. I'm sure it had to be nice to get out and about either way.


The theater looks good, The movie, not so much. Going out with a friend and dressing for the occasion is great. I somehow believe YD will do okay while you are in NY. She's got responsibilities for your mom, the cats, house and anything else you can task her with. All good distractions and real responsibilities. You will enjoy being in NY and spending well earned time with your grandson. How about that for a mantra?


I was dating a (really immature) 26 year old when I was 16. It did not work out. He was talking marriage in the early days of dating. And people wonder how I got so cynical about dating!

I'm excited for you for your trip. When will the kids be back in your neck of the woods? I know you want to spend as much time as you can with them. Please have fun and remember that you cannot control everything and your daughter and mom have the resources to take care of themselves and perhaps even each other.

Joanne Noagon

I rad the reviews and wondered why I seemed the only one ikked by the romance. I don't make the movies any more, so an easy one to put on my "Don't Bother" list.
Well, one day less to the brown haired boy!

Tonya Watkins

Every picture of him is so adorable! Look at him with his teddy bear and Ziggy and Mama! It's so fun to "share" our grandkids—it's like we get to know them, which we probably wouldn't in real life. (Redeeming feature of social media/blogs).

I saw the lead actress of that movie on Colbert the other night, and she's the lead singer of Haim (a band that I really like). Her bandmates are her sisters. Kind of an odd looking young woman (she kept making jokes about her teeth), but very personable.


Has "Licorice Pizza" turned you off Paul Thomas Anderson movies forever? I saw his film "Punch Drunk Love" with Adam Sandler back when it came out in 2002. I remember turning to the friend I was with at the end and asking, "What the heck was that?" Much critical acclaim, one of the worst movies I've ever seen. Just... weird and awful. I swore off that director's work and haven't seen any of his films since.


Hello Margaret, returning the send from Ally Bean, who also helped me figure out which blog you claim as your own. I've enjoyed wandering around and reading here and there this morning. Your About list---!!! There are numerous similarities besides the WA connection.

Janet Miles

Hi- visiting from our friend Ally. I haven't been to a movie in a long time either. This one doesn't particularly thrill me but the new Agatha Christie one might. I agree about the getting dressed up to go out. In addition to the pandemic I've worked from home for the last 22 years. Just realized I have a wedding to go to in April and I have nothing to wear!


I know what you mean about the pleasure one gets from events that were previously rather mundane. We went out for lunch the other day, sat in the bar and drank preprandial martinis and when the place filled up Judy was enthusiastic in saying how much she enjoyed the noise and the crowd of people behaving "normally".


Happy for you that you were able to go out and to a normal event of a movie. 15 and 25. That's not even legal. What do they say? 16 will get you 20. Yikes.
You just have to go and not worry about back home, Well, you will worry about your mom especially, but to get that sweet grandson in your arms again is so worth all the angst of it.

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