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A Not So Fair Fairy Tale...
by Anastasia Betts

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Best "Reason to Rent a DVD" Date Movie: The Brothers Grimm

So, I wasn't that excited about going to the movies this week. But, when my teen daughters said they wanted to see Brother's Grimm, I thought, oh, what the heck. I mean, it's not that often that teenagers want to go on a "date" with their parents. Now that it's over, I have to say—other than the fact that I got to spend some time with my kids, there isn't much else to enjoy. The movie is at times hard to follow, other times plain silly, and others just a complete mess. Damon and Ledger can't seem to make the characters even remotely likable. I felt like I was watching a cheap Holy Grail imitation, right down to dunking witches, oppressed peasants, and the miraculous foe that will not die ("it's only a flesh wound!"). Yet for all the similarities, poor Brothers Grimm was exactly that, grim. Though it made repeated attempts to make light of itself, it wasn't funny at all. And, if I hadn't felt like I needed to stay because of my "dates" (teen girls in love with Damon and Ledger), I fear I might have actually walked out—something I have NEVER done before. So sorry friends, for this week I have to say—STAY AWAY from the Brothers Grimm, and rent a DVD instead. Unless of course, you too have teenage daughters.

Best Stay At Home Dave Movie: Ever After

What can I say? After subjecting myself to the fairy tale butchery of the Brothers Grimm, I was craving a decent retelling of a classic tale. Yes, this is a chick flick, but since in weeks past I sacrificed for my date, seeing Four Brothers (which was actually REALLY good compared to Brothers Grimm), it was time for my better half to return the favor. Guiltily my guy admits that he likes Ever After, though he would never say that in front of mixed company. This movie is the perfect mix of fairy tale romance, with a hint of realism. And, its always nice to see true love triumph over all, especially the evil (and utterly convincing villain) Angelica Houston. If you're in the mood for a fairy tale with a happy ending, and an excuse to cuddle with your own prince charming (or fair princess, as the case may be), stay home and watch Ever After. Alright...cheesy, but true!

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

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