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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Sweet Home Alabama

"You can take the girl out the country but you can't take the country out of the girl." That tired cliché like expression has never been more true for any other character as well developed as Melanie Smooter (Reese Witherspoon) She is a down home country girl who is used to a bucolic setting and a roots driven rustic background.

          She in attempt to shed her southern upbringing moves in the urban jungle of a metropolis like setting of New York City. When she falls for the Mayor's son she must face her past to journey on into her future.

          The question not being asked though, is her background really one she wants to escape or in fact embrace with vigor and vitality? This movie answers that question beyond a shadow of a doubt. I won't give away the ending for this love triangle is one to be embrace for yourself.

          Reese Witherspoon is the marquee name in this 2002 comedy. Patrick Dempsey wasn't cast in Grey's Anatomy till three years later. Josh Lucas has a recognizable face has yet to really be a household name and graduated beyond 
second fiddle status. He does however have eight movies in preproduction however so that may change soon.
  The movie works for what it is a simple "Leave your brains at the box office" romantic 'chick flick' comedy that can actually be enjoyed by men. (My uncle recommended it.) I must admit I enjoyed it too. The ending was pleasantly predictable and the screenplay gave plenty of foreshadowing to get you to that emotional finish.

     The characters were well portrayed and appropriately written. They were as two or three-dimensional as they need to be to move the story along. The acting was equally as well portrayed. This movie was never written for the academy voters and nothing more than an uncomplicated flick. It was fun and enjoyable and a great way to start your morning (as I always do with movies) or a fulfilling way to spend and afternoon or early evening with that someone you love.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 Grade B+

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We still have some work to do before this piece is ready to print. Your piece has a lot of information, but it doesn’t sound like a news article. What was the point of his speech/presentation? Why was he addressing this audience? What is Vanguard? What does the company do – who does it serve? You spend a lot of time narrating (for example, how he was injured), but did not report on the purpose of the event. You can maybe mention his appearance/joking about it in a sentence or two, but do not take several paragraphs to do so. Also, I like how you mentioned where the name “Vanguard” comes from.

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Ten Most pathetic movie stars that still have careers.

(In A - B -C Order)

1. Hayden Christensen

2. Tom Crusie

3. Kevin Costner

4. Keeanu Reeves

5. Denise Richards

6. Adam Sandler

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger

8. William Shatner

9. Sylvester Stalloan

10. John Claude Van dahm