Re-Watch: Never Been Kissed (1999)

Never Been Kissed
Director: Raja Gosnell
Writer: Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
Cast: Drew Barrymore, David Arquette, Michael Vartan, Molly Shannon, John C. Reilly, Garry Marshall, Sean Whalen, Cress Williams, Octavia Spencer, Leelee Sobieski, Jeremy Jordan, Jessica Alba, Marley Shelton, Jordan Ladd, Katie Lansdale, Branden Williams, James Franco
Seen on: 1.4.2021

Plot:
Josie (Drew Barrymore) is a copyeditor at the Sun-Times, but she would like to be a reporter. Her chance comes quite surprisingly when her unpredictable boss (Garry Marshall) tells her to go undercover at a high school to figure out what kids these days are up to. Josie is so excited about the opportunity, she doesn’t remember that she was bullied in high school. But once she is back, all her old memories flood back again. Maybe this time, though, Josie has a chance to do better.

It has been many years that I watched Never Been Kissed, but I remembered it very fondly. I’m happy to report that it is still an utterly charming film with a cute love story.

The film poster showing Josie (Drew Barrymore) sitting on the floor, one of her knees pulled to her chest.
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Re-Watch: The Princess Diaries (2001)

The Princess Diaries
Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Gina Wendkos
Based on: Meg Cabot‘s novel of the same name
Cast: Julie Andrews, Anne Hathaway, Hector Elizondo, Heather Matarazzo, Mandy Moore, Caroline Goodall, Robert Schwartzman
Seen on: 19.10.2019

Plot:
Mia (Anne Hathaway) lives with her single mother Helen (Caroline Goodall), never having known her father. When she learns that her father was actually the Prince of Genovia and her grandmother, Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews) wants to prepare her for her eventual ascension to the throne, Mia’s life is completely turned upside down. Becoming a princess isn’t easy, especially when you’re still in high school.

Maybe it was an aftereffect of watching the Downton Abbey movie with all its monarchism, but I wanted to watch this film again. And while it isn’t as good as I remembered it, it is quite nice.

The film poster showing Queen Clarisse (Julie Andrews), all class, and Mia (Anne Hathaway) wearing sunglasses and headphones.
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Mother’s Day (2016)

Mother’s Day
Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Anya Kochoff, Matthew Walker, Tom Hines
Cast: Jennifer Aniston, Timothy Olyphant, Shay MitchellJason Sudeikis, Julia RobertsHector Elizondo, Kate Hudson, Margo Martindale, Aasif Mandvi, Robert Pine, Sarah Chalke, Cameron Esposito, Jennifer Garner, Britt Robertson, Jack Whitehall, Jon Lovitz, Penny Marshall
Seen on: 16.8.2016

Plot:
Mothers come in many shapes and forms. Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is really good at being divorced from Henry (Timothy Olyphant): they get along better now than they ever did before. That is, until Henry tells her that he has a new girlfriend (Shay Mitchell) who is much younger. Meanwhile, sisters Jesse (Kate Hudson) and Gabi (Sarah Chalke) are both happy in their respective partnerships and with the distance that lies between them and their parents (Margo Martindale, Robert Pine) – who don’t know that Jesse’s partner (Aasif Mandvi) is of Indian descent and that Gabi’s partner (Cameron Esposito) is a woman. Miranda (Julia Roberts) on the other hand opted out of being a mother and rather focused on her career, while Kristin (Britt Robertson) and Zack (Jack Whitehall) just had a baby, despite being rather young and poor. And Bradley (Jason Sudeikis) has to face the first Mother’s Day with his daughters since his wife passed away.

Mother’s Day was shown in the sneak preview I attended, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have bothered watching it. But I have to admit that it was a rather enjoyable film – even if far from flawless.

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Beaches (1988)

Beaches
Director: Garry Marshall
Writer: Mary Agnes Donoghue
Based on: Iris Rainer‘s novel
Starring: Bette Midler, Barbara Hershey, John Heard, Mayim Bialik, Marcie Leeds, James Read, Grace Johnston

Plot:
CC (Mayim Bialik) and Hillary (Marcie Leeds) meet when they’re 12 years old and despite the fact that their lives couldn’t be any more different, they strike up an immediate and lifelong friendship. While CC dreams of becoming a singer and star to escape her life in the Bronx, Hillary follows her family’s money to an ivy league university. 10 years of pen palness after their first meeting, CC (Bette Midler) and Hillary (Barbara Hershey) move in together and continue to face life together, with all highs and lows.

My sister was appalled when she recently found out that I had never seen this film. She immediately gave me her DVD and told me to watch it because it’s one of her favorite films. Despite that I didn’t think I would like it much (prejudices getting in the way). But it turns out that it really is a beautiful film about a wonderful friendship.

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Valentine’s Day (2010)

Valentine’s Day is the newest movie by Garry Marshall, starring (and it’s almost easier to list who is not in this movie) Jessica Alba, Kathy Bates, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Eric Dane, Patrick Dempsey, Hector Elizondo, Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Ganer, Topher Grace, Anne Hathaway, Carter Jenkins, Ashton Kutcher, Queen Latifah, Taylor Lautner, George Lopez, Shirley MacLaine, Emma Roberts, Julia Roberts, Bryce Robinson and Taylor Swift. *phew*

Plot:
Valentine’s Day is an episodic film about various couples on Valentine’s Day (SURPRISE!). I can either go into very much detail right now or none at all and I choose none. :)

I went into the movie seriously expecting to cringe all the time. To my surprise, Valentine’s Day was not completely aweful. Yes, it’s a RomCom as full of kitsch as they come. There are hardly any surprises and there’s nothing that hasn’t been done yet (and probably better). There are so many people, the characters suffer. But it entertains and is definitely watchable (something that can not be said about other movies in this category).

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