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10 Unforgettable Awkward Movie Moments

That_Awkward_MomentAccording to That Awkward Moment, there’s a point in a relationship when someone busts out “The So.” One party kicks off the conversation with “so …” and then follows it up with a question that will determine the fate of the relationship – where is this going, what are we doing, etc. We can’t help you avoid “The So” or stop you from tripping and falling, pressing send on an e-mail prematurely or getting caught up in a big fat lie, but at least for the next few minutes you can steer clear of any self-created misunderstandings by indulging in this string of big-screen mishaps that rival the awkwardness of “The So.”

Dress Shopping in Bridesmaids

Doing your business all over expensive bridesmaid dresses is devastating no matter what the circumstances, but what really makes the post-Brazilian feast calamity in Bridesmaids even more effective is the build-up. At first the schvitzing, fidgeting and tummy rumbling seems harmless, especially when you’re discussing whether or not to buy a Fritz Bernaise, but the second one bridesmaid can’t hold it in any longer, it’s a chain reaction of mind-blowingly unladylike incidents until poor Lillian is in the middle of the street, pooping her high-end wedding dress. The two-year-old Lady JuJu gown was too poofy anyway.

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Role Call: 15 Great Back-to-School Movies

backtoschoointroYou remember how it was when summer ended and school started – a real drag, right? No doubt parents everywhere are thrilled to send the youngsters (back)packing, but for kids … it’s sucky and we know it. To make going back to school slightly more bearable, here are 15 movies that’ll have kids walking the halls with a smile.

Bring It On

Torrance Shipman is a high school senior, so this is her year. Not only does she get to be captain of the Rancho Carne cheerleading squad, but this is also the last time she’ll have the opportunity to help the Toros win a national title. Lesson: Bring it on; savor the opportunity and aim high like Torrance.

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Perri’s Top 10 Movies of 2011

I suffer through an annual end of the year meltdown. As we get closer and closer to the close of the year, I get more and more concerned that I won’t have enough films to fill out my top ten. Now how sad would that be? Fortunately, this is merely a bad habit I’ve gotten myself into and not only did I come up with a nice selection after running through everything I’ve seen in 2011, but I had a pretty tough time narrowing the list down to just ten.

Per usual, my goal as a critic is to find the happy medium between my growing film studies background and simply being able to sit back, relax and enjoy the show. Over the past year, being enrolled in Columbia University’s Film MFA program has undoubtedly affected my reviews, but focusing on a film’s entertainment value is still a top priority with filmmaking quality a close second and that’s as evident as ever in my list of the top ten films of 2011.

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Interview: Young Adult Press Conference With Director Jason Reitman

Thank You for Smoking, Juno and Up in the Air; can director Jason Reitman do no wrong? Thanks to his latest feature, Young Adult, I’m inclined to believe so.

The film stars Charlize Theron as Mavis Gary who quite literally is a young adult. She’s a professional living in the big city, but Mavis hasn’t shaken her high school years. Still believing she’s the popular girl, Mavis heads home to Mercury, Minnesota to claim what she thinks is rightfully hers, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson). Former nerd Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt) attempts to talk some sense into her, explaining Buddy’s married with a kid, but thanks to her one-track mind, tough attitude and drinking habits, nothing will stop Mavis from getting what she wants.

Young Adult debuted in select theaters last weekend, but now it’s time for more of the country to get a taste of what Mavis is capable of. In honor of his fourth feature’s release, Reitman went from the “Mini Apple” to the Big Apple to sit down for a press conference and run through everything from how he snagged his stellar cast to working with writer Diablo Cody and much more. Check out the highlights from the event in the video below.

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Interview: Young Adult Press Conference With Diablo Cody, Charlize Theron And Patton Oswalt

Diablo Cody set the bar pretty high with her first feature, Juno, but Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) follows right in our favorite blue slushy chugging teen pregnancy case’s footsteps. Well, somewhat.

Mavis is quite literally a young adult. She’s all grown up and working in Minneapolis as the ghostwriter of the once popular young adult series, Waverly Prep, but she’s very much stuck in the past. When her marriage fails and she’s asked to pen the final installment of the series, Mavis attempts to use her high school flame, Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson), to lift her spirits. Regardless of his loving wife and child, Mavis packs up her things, hops in her car and heads back to her hometown, Mercy, Minnesota, to get her man. With her brash attitude and selfish nature in tow, Mavis plows through town, chugging as much diet coke and alcohol along the way as possible, to reclaim her man and reinforce her position as the popular girl in school.

In honor of Young Adult’s December 9th limited release and the December 16th wide expansion, Cody, Theron and Patton Oswalt who steals scenes as the former high school punching bag, Matt Freehauf, went from the “Mini-Apple” to the Big Apple to spread the word at a press conference. Check out the highlights from the event in the video below.

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Review: Young Adult

Mavis Gary might not have grown up in the least, but Diablo Cody has achieved an incredible degree of maturity in her latest piece, Young Adult. While Young Adult exudes a different type of comedy as compared to Juno and most certainly Jennifer’s Body, it still maintains the zest, heart and humor that solidified Cody as a top-notch screenwriter back in 2007.

Mavis Gary (Charlize Theron) is a successful young adult writer living in the big city of Minneapolis, Minnesota – well, a once successful ghostwriter. Not only is Mavis’ name not branded on the cover of her books, but the Waverly Prep series is on the decline, Mavis currently attempting to fulfill her assignment of penning the final installment. Meanwhile, her love life has gone to crap. Rather than buckle down and get her work done, Mavis is consumed by her dismal love life. A recent divorcee, Mavis is convinced the cure to her romantic problems resides in her tiny hometown of Mercury, her high school sweetheart Buddy Slade (Patrick Wilson).

On a thoughtless whim, Mavis packs her bag, shoves her pocketbook dog Dolce in his bag and hops in her Mini Cooper to win back her man. The problem is that man is now married with a wife he loves and a newborn baby. But why should that stop Mavis? When she isn’t drinking herself silly with former high school loser Matt Freehauf (Patton Oswalt), she’s making moves on Buddy, regardless of the circumstances.

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