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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Report Card---"20th Century Women"

"20th Century Women" has that fatal flaw, as far as I'm concerned.
It is a chick-flick.
Sorry folks.  I've seen enough of them to know that as soon as I recognize what I am watching is a chick-flick, that it will give me the heebie-jeebies.
'20th Century Women" is no exception.
It's about a young boy whose primary influences are the three women he lived with growing up.
The main one is Annette Benng.
She is easily the best thing in this movie.
But that's not saying much.
She looked terrible.
I hope that they made her up to look much older than she is.
I looked it up.  She isn't that old.

On to the scoring:   

Is it interesting?


Compelling even?


Is it controversial?

Not to me.

Is it a story worth telling?

Not to me.

Is it good storytelling?

Not to me.

Is it well written?

I suppose.

Is it well cast? Well played?

Bening was great.  I didn't notice anyone else.

Well shot?

Well enough.

Did the director put such a personal stamp on it so that no one else could have made it?

If he did, I didn't notice.

How long does it take to establish the film's locale and time period?

Immediately. The seventies.

Is it too long? Too short?

Way long.

Is it believable? Do you care about the characters?

Yes, and no.

Is it predictable? Does it surprise you?

It didn't make a  difference.

Do you think about it after you've seen it?

Not at all

Is it funny?


Would it have been worth the thirteen bucks it would have cost to see it in the movies?

Not any bucks.

Is it impressive?

I wasn't impressed.

Overall grade: C.

Call me prejudiced, if you must.  I just don't like them chick-flicks.

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Hi. I am, according to my Wikipedia entry,(which I did not create) a noted television writer, playwright, screenwriter, and occasional actor. You can Google me or go to the IMDB to get my credits, and you can come here to get my opinions on things, which I'll try to express eloquently. Hopefully I'll succeed. You can also e-mail me at Perhaps my biggest claim to fame is being responsible, for about six months in 1975, while Head Writer for the "Happy Days" TV series, for Americans saying to each other "Sit on it."