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Four Brothers and a Funeral
by Anastasia Betts

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Best All-Around-Date: Four Brothers

Well, summer is winding down and so, it seems, are the movie selections. For my dating pleasure this past week, my date and I finally settled (somewhat reluctantly) on Four Brothers. See, I'm not a big shoot 'em up fan, but he is. So I suppose this date recommendation is more of a "Best Sacrifice-Your-Chick-Flick Date". Sometimes, to make your man happy, you have to give it up and see a guy movie. If you are a guy reading this column, well, just appreciate the fact that your date MAY be making a sacrifice (I say may, because members of both genders have both loved and hated this film). Now, having said all that-this was a pretty good movie. The four brothers actually had enough charisma to keep me interested (all except for baby bro, who is pretty much just and expendable tag-along). The story is a fantastic tale of vengeance in the strictest sense-not in the "great" sense, but more like far-fetched. It feels like an old Western. You know the kind, bad guys kill good guys' family, good guys get mad and kill all the bad guys.. etc. etc. If lack of a reality check doesn't bother you, then you and your date will probably enjoy this movie, where the good guys win in the end-and enjoy some sadistic revenge in the process.

Best Stay-at-Home Date: Four Weddings and a Funeral

Not to belabor the point or anything, but-movie selections this week aren't that great. When you and your date are trying to decide between the movies you would LEAST like to see, its time to stay home and support your local video store. This week, we go back a decade to the romantic movies of the 90's, and one of the first (and last) of the Hugh Grant movies that I found delightful, and delightfully romantic. It's been said that Grant's range as an actor is limited, but I might also point out that within that range, he is quite charming (if you can manage to overlook his indiscretion with Ms. Divine Brown, that is). Four Weddings and a Funeral takes the audience to an England of endless summers, and equally endless romantic obstacles for the leads. But, just like Four Brothers, happy endings abound. If not a little cliché, it is at least a nice way to spend a romantic evening at home.

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Anastasia Betts met her husband online and knows what makes a successful meeting between two people.


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