>> Friday, February 12, 2010
Speaking of both Garry Marshall* and alleged "date movies" whose only possible value could be providing valuable information about whether your date's taste in movies is bad enough to like the crap you're watching, it would be pretty depressing if Jessica Grose is right about Pretty Woman and Jerry Maguire -- not merely flat-out dogs but two of the most annoying movies ever made -- topping lists of good date movies. If providing negative information is the goal, I guess I'd go with the former, which would also indicate whether your date finds creepy misogyny moving.
"Valentine's Day" is being marketed as a Date Movie. I think it's more of a First-Date Movie. If your date likes it, do not date that person again. And if you like it, there may not be a second date.
*I think Marshall is an even more extreme example than Sydney Pollack of someone who spends/spent way too much time directing and too little time acting. His directorial body of work ranges from less-than-mediocre to unspeakable, but his cameo in Albert Brooks's Lost in America is one of my favorite moments in film comedy.