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It’s independent and very Edward Burns, making this release a nice quiet romantic comedy about brothers who have no clue how to be happy in a relationship.

“She’s the One” is about two brothers, played by Edward Burns and Mike McGlone (The Brothers McMullen) who allow a worthless woman to ruin their lives simply cause she’s good in bed, played by Cameron Diaz (In Her Shoes).

The movie does well at showing how unsettled men can be and also finds a way to give a humorous perspective on women who get stuck in these men’s ridiculous quirks.

The picture has no real story, like most Burns scripted features (The Brothers McMullen, No Looking Back); however, it has signature Burns style of dialogue and character development. The film’s humor is unending, from the sharp wit of the women he writes to the grizzled Irish-American father figure, played by John Mahoney (TV’s Frazier).

As a director, Burns plays up the simpleness of his characters’ conflicts and makes their more complex motivations subtle. It’s a very good light hearted comedy, which it good for a date-at-home rental. There are laughs for both sexes in this one.

Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl) was very real as McGlone’s onscreen wife Renee, while Burns’ was also very funny as brother Mickey.

The funniest performance came from Mahoney as the patriarch of Mickey and Francis (McGlone). With his very gruff exterior, Mahoney’s performance helps set up the brothers’ insecurities when they are revealed.

Diaz phones in her part as Heather Davis, the ex-girlfriend of Mickey and the woman Francis is cheating on Renee with. We have seen Diaz do SO MUCH better stuff since this 1996 release. In this one, it seems she knew she was only there to play the lust interest.

Overall, this is one of writer/director Edward Burns better pictures. It’s funny, real and is fair to both sexes.

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This was a fairly sweet movie about a young woman chasing the memory of her mother; however, the production lacked everything it needed to be considered special.

“Rumor Has It…” is inspired by an actual case where one family believed they were the inspiration for the book “The Graduate” and subsequent movie of the same title. Confused with her place in life and identity, Sarah Huttinger, played by Jennifer Aniston (The Good Girl), finds out her late mother had an affair with a man named Beau Burrows one week before marrying her father. As she digs deeper she discovers her grandmother, played by Academy Award® winner Shirley McClaine (Postcards from the Edge), had an affair with the same man.

Eventually, Sarah seeks out Burrows to see if he is her biological father, but instead she gets drunk and sleeps him, making Burrows record 3-0 with the females in her bloodline.

The picture’s greatest strength was the inner motivations for both Sarah and Beau for having a small unsubstantiated romance. Both characters were searching for a piece of the memory of Sarah’s mother, whom both loved deeply. Once the motivations came out, their actions made sense. Up until then, I could NOT understand why either person was allowing a romantic relationship to develop.

Aniston has a lot of great sequences, opening the show showing her concern for her choices from the top of the show with just her face. As the picture progress, you could see and hear her inner conflict. She’s done better in some other projects, but this was a good part for her.

Shirley McClaine was providing the only laughs of the movie. I have a problem even labeling this picture a comedy, since it’s only ONE character who has anything funny to retort. McClaine was awesome, however. There was no one better to give all the funny lines to.

Richard Jenkins (Fun with Dick and Jane) also did a good job as Sarah’s father. Mark Ruffalo (Just Like Heaven) and Kevin Costner (The Postman) were both tools in this movie. Although Costner handled his character just fine, he didn’t MAKE the role his own. I think someone else could have really made it special; same goes for Ruffalo.

The picture had one big problem. The performances and the material were not where near special enough to make this movie memorable. I liked that the picture stayed away from a couple of conventional turns it easily could have made, so I’m not talking about its originality, simply its ability to be memorable. I think maybe that would be director Rob Reiner’s (A Few Good Men, Misery) miss.

Overall, I think you could skip “Rumor Has It…” among your movies to catch in the theaters. It may even play BETTER on your home DVD system. I’m going to buy it simply it’s an OKAY Jennifer Aniston movie, but I don’t think you’ll miss much if you let this one die at the box office; however, if you DO decide to see it, I don’t think you’ll be entirely disappointed.

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“Picture Perfect” was Jennifer Aniston’s first starring role in a film, since claiming fame from the TV hit sitcom “Friends.” As far as picture perfection gets, boy, was she in this one.

Released in 1997, “Picture Perfect” tells the tale of Kate, desperate to raise the advertising and marketing ladder, allows her boss to believe she is getting married to the man in a Polaroid shown to him by her friend and colleague Darcy.

The man is actually named Nick, wedding videographer who meets her at a mutual friend’s event.

Now, that Kate’s boss, Mr. Mercer of Mercer advertising, thinks she has a married life coming, and remaining loyal to his company to help pay for, Mercer throws her a big promotion. In addition, co-worker Sam, whom Kate has a huge crush on, is now interested in her, being that she’s engaged and uncommittable.

Everything’s going fine until Nick saves a little girl from a burning building and is now all over the news. Mercer and his newest big client, captured by Kate’s work, demands to take she and her fake husband out to eat. Kate, in turn, asks Nick to pose as her fiancée for this special dinner, where they will stage a breakup and end the lying. Of course, its a little high concept, but it works without going too over the top.

Jennifer Aniston of course plays Kate delightfully. Her character has very little to think over, very few complex avenues. However, for a big screen debut, it demonstrates Aniston could handle a leading role, in at least the comedy genre.

The best part of the movie was looking at Kate in almost every scene. Cinematographer Paul Sorassy found the most perfect way to photograph this absolute beautiful woman. Her skin and complexion appear without imperfection. In addition, costume designer Jane Robinson found the most gorgeous dresses for Aniston to outfit, jaw dropping stuff. If the storyline doesn’t interest you, and you’re a guy, Aniston alone is worth watching this film.

Unfortunately, in more than one night stands, we must see Kevin Bacon as Sam in his not so handsomest role. He comes off as sleazy, which his character is to an easy degree. I just thinking, among the supporting cast in Kate’s office, there was far more handsome co-workers for her to fall for. To his credit though, Bacon pulls the role off without a flaw.

My favorite supporting role comes from Kevin Dunn (Dave) as Mercer, completely believable as a rags to riches, no bullshit advertising executive.

Jay Moore, who started his career as a secondary performer on TV’s “Saturday Night Live,” took this role after his minor part in “Jerry Maguire.” His laid back demeanor is solid Nick material, but when actual feelings for Kate come around, Moore has some great moments with Aniston.

The picture was directed by Glenn Gordon Caron (Wilder Napalm) who’s credits mostly include TV’s “Remmington Steele” and “Moonlighting.” He also wrote the screenplay for “Picture Perfect,” which his writing credits are most of his career.

The DVD disc has next to nothing on it, but at least its widescreen. If special features are your thing, this disc is lacking. However, I dig this picture. Its a simple story of one person realizing what is most important to her. Yes, we’ve seen that plenty times, but this has a perfectly shot Jennifer Aniston in it.

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“Leprechaun” is without a doubt the worst horror movie ever made. I have seen crappy made movies in this genre before, but those were crap mostly cause of their lack of financing. This movie is crap because it does not allow the most basic element of the genre to take over…the creation of fear.

I have also seen horror movies, which are all blood, but no fear. Those pictures are usually all for laughs though. “Leprechaun” presents its material from neither of these angles. It is simply not funny, not frighting, and not enjoyable.

The movie is about this old Irish fart who gets liquored up and captures a leprechaun, played by Warwick Davis (Ray), steals his gold, boxes him up in a crate and has a heart attack before he can light the leprechaun on fire, killing it.

10 years later, this chick, played by the gorgeous Jennifer Aniston (TV’s Friends), and her father move into the old fart’s house. One of their housepainters finds the crate in the basement and lets the stupid leprechaun out. However, he is slow in the head, and of course no one believes he saw and was attacked by a leprechaun.

Then this leprechaun, obviously on steroids, goes around killing people–well, two people–looking for his gold. Without his gold collection, his soul is incomplete. So, Aniston and the housepainters fight off attacks from the leprechaun for 90 minutes.

This picture has the same problems as all the “Chucky” movies. Your assailant is not even waist tall, with maybe a two and half foot reach, so your solution is clear in this case…punt the f**ker. I had such a problem watching all these half rate actors and Aniston running from this little s**t of a horror movie nemesis. There were four of them even. Gang up on him. SOMETHING. PLEASE!

Also, writer/director Mark Jones (Rumpelstiltskin) made this little bastard a hundred times more strong than, well, anything else in the universe. At one point, the housepainters and Aniston hide in a 3/4 ton pick up truck. Leprechaun blasts out of a nearby barn in a Tonka big wheel, rams the pickup and somehow manages to make it roll over not just once, but TWICE. WHAT?!

It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t smart. It wasn’t funny. It was simply insulting, even for a horror movie. A lot of you horror movie buffs out there may say I’m reading too much into these kinds of movies. Frankly, if you try and defend the quality of this movie to me, than you shouldn’t be allowed to watch movies at all. If you think I’m being too hard on the movie “Leprechaun,” then f**k you too.

I am SO glad this film didn’t ruin Jennifer Aniston’s career.

I hate everyone who MADE this movie, i.e. all those behind the camera. There are thousands of good horror movie ideas out there, and they chose the absolute lamest idea to try and make money with. And the worst part, “Leprechaun” has sprouted FIVE sequels, including “Leprechaun in Space” and “Leprechaun in Da’ Hood.” The franchise is actually making SOMEONE money, enough to keep making more of them. Anyone reading this, who bought a copy of “Leprechaun,” I hate you too. Hate me back. I’m right, and I know it.

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This is one of those pictures which demonstrates when the stars align right for certain actors, writers and directors, something great can be made, even though their respects careers are stammering.

“The Good Girl” is about Justine, played by Emmy Award® winner Jennifer Aniston (TV’s Friends), a married grocery store clerk who is bored with her life until she gets to know her younger co-worker Holden who carries a strong passion for writing, played by Jake Gyllenhaal (The Day After Tomorrow).

They begin a very hot affair, until things start getting complicated for them at work and for Justine at home when her husband’s best friend, played by indie filmmaker Tim Blake Nelson (Wonderland), who discovers their secret and makes Justin sleep with HIM to keep his mouth shut.

Eventually, Justine becomes pregnant and has no idea who the father is, except she knows it’s not her husband Phil, played by John C. Reilly (Chicago), after discovering he is sterile.

If things aren’t bad enough for Justine, when she tries to break away from her love affair, Holden becomes obsessive and dangerous.

This movie is very unusal for writer Mike White, who’s only other movie to do well was “School of Rock.” Comparing the two pictures together, “The Good Girl” shows a far higher amount of talent for these abnormal slice of life pieces.

Director Miguel Arteta’s style (Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?, Date School) is somewhat stale visually, but it is obvious, since there isn’t a soft performance by any actor in this picture, that he is truly an actor’s director, very much in the vein of Mike Nichols.

The best part of this picture–and don’t let the fact that I’m totally infatuated with her have any bearing on my opinion–is Jennifer Aniston. She has been in movies before, but they were low-minded quirky comedies, which simply allowed her to show the same talents she’d already proven on television.

For Aniston, this movie is absolute proof she can put a character together and remain consistent as its lead. The story is set in the south, and she grasps the accent, as does everyone in the picture, with expert believability. So far, this is the best performance she’s given in any movie.

As you can imagine, Justine has a lot of things going on in her head, and Aniston’s unspoken abilities are pure and more than able to include the viewer in her inner motivations and conflicts.

This movie is all about Aniston with a solid supporting cast and solid writing. Because of the problems Justine runs into, the picture’s stale look is supplemented with the need to know what’s going to become of this cutie.

If the picture appears to be slow at first, it is simply because Arteta is attempting to have the viewer feel the same way Justine felt about her life before her affair. In the end, the picture gives us a message saying even if your life and marriage are simply boring, straying can only mean trouble.

Justine was married to a responsible and caring man, who simply didn’t have a personality that excited her. This picture shows what can happen to a woman when that isn’t enough for her and becomes ultimately selfish.

“The Good Girl” is one of my favorite indie made movies to come along in a while. I think you may find it highly interesting as well. The DVD has a great gag reel, deleted scenes that do nothing for the story, and a very interesting commentary track from Arteta and White, and Aniston for some scenes.

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Jennifer Aniston is so hot.

In this character study of three couples and a listless single, former educator Olivia, played by Aniston (Rumor Has It…), tries to find her next step in life while taking odd jobs as a maid. Meanwhile, he three friends and their husbands are career minded, financially well off and just as neurotic.

This plotless feature slowly examines how having money doesn’t make you a good person and how you can still find a companion no matter how jacked up you are inside, you just have to fin someone just as jacked up as you are.

This was a great character for Aniston. She got to give a few moments in her performance she hadn’t been able to before; she plays a pot head, little motivation to get up in the morning and obsessing over a married guys she had an affair with months ago. Good complex stuff.

The cast and performances were great as expected, including Joan Cusack, Frances McDormand and Catherine Keener.

The characters’ storylines were engaging and interesting, but there picture had NO plot. There was littleton resolution overall of what shred of story there was.

The picture reminded me of TV’s Seinfeld; a bunch of neurotic people pointing out each other’s short comings; however, this picture didn’t try to be funny. Seinfeld just isn’t.

I really appreciated the fact that Olivia ended up with the fat guy in the end. I like it when movies show a not so pretty person can end up with a very pretty person and compliment each other greatly.

Overall, I’d say this is a nice DVD rental when it hits the shelves, but it’s a little ho-hum on the big screen.

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I must admit, I liked “Bruce Almighty” in the theater, and now that it’s on DVD, I enjoy it even more. After seeing it in the theater, I knew there were scenes deleted. There were obvious holes in Bruce and Grace’s troubled relationship, which at one point I asked, “Why is she mad at him? I thought everything was okay.”

Of course, the deleted scenes on DVD disc show the scenes I knew must have been on the page at one point. Writers Koren, O’Keffe and Odekerk hit home with a soft, politely spiritual piece without making the movie about religion. Rather, it says a lot about people’s belief in their own destinies not being the best place for them in the world; themes I am reputed to enjoy immensely.

I’m not sure if I’d say this is Tom Shadyac best credit as director, but definitely one of them. As for writer Steve Odekerk, whose last project was “Kung Pow: Enter the Fist,” this is for sure a bright light at the end of what was a bleak tunnel of projects for him. I say this despite my sinful enjoyment of the Ace Ventura movies.

The DVD delivers more big laughs with an outtakes reel. However, half the outtakes are for scenes cut from the original screened version, so watch the deletes scenes before the outtakes. Be sure to watch the special feature titled “The Process of Jim.” It’s also good for a hearty chuckle or two.

Overall, “Bruce Almighty” is one of my favorite Hollywood comedies to come along in a while, especially if you’re a Jennifer Aniston fan. I agree with Brian in his Carrey/Williams comparison. Carrey’s ability to handle dramatic scenes within his bag of sight gags is going to be remembered long past his years. However, I feel he has shown his worth on several dramatic projects like “Man on the Moon,” “The Truman Show” and “The Majestic.” So performance-wise, Carrey didn’t break new ground with me THIS time.

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