Movie-Watching Mom

One of the best things about flying… actually, the best thing was watching movies. I NEVER see movies so I was catching up. On the way home I watched A Serious Man. It was nominated for best picture, and I’m not sure why. I appreciated the acting and some of the motifs, but where did it go? Nowhere. I finally got to see The September Issue, a documentary about Vogue magazine. Loved it. Ate it up. I watched Nurse Jackie, the Edie Falco show on Showtime. I was enjoying it. She is a good person who tries to help people; meanwhile she is addicted to drugs that she gets from her pharmacist lover. Near the end, we see that she is married and has two young girls. Forget it. I didn’t want to watch anymore of that. Knowing that character was jeopardizing her daughters would make me too uncomfortable.

This same mom brain couldn’t get through 5 minutes of United states of Tara.  The star of that has won awards playing a woman with multiple personalities. But a few minutes in she switches from normal mom to an alter ego who thinks she is her teenager’s friend. Her kids know she is nuts and one plays along and one is really unnerved. I was with him. Click, off. The billboards for this show that have blanketed LA act as if all of her personalities are kooky, fun. I just think of the years of therapy her children will need to go through.

Oh, and I am reading Kathy Griffin’s book. She is one of my heroes. It’s very enjoyable. And since I know people, who know people here is my signed copy. She wrote, “Am I your Cher?” Guess she knows I like her.

6 thoughts on “Movie-Watching Mom

  1. Very cool!

    Watched September Issue last night! Was interesting to see after reading and seeing “The Devil Wears Prada”.

  2. I haven’t seen any of those things, lol! But I have heard of the Nurse Jackie & USOT.

    I have a feeling I’d feel about the same as your description. I don’t like to watch shows where the kid gets the shaft b/c of lowsy parenting or just plain craziness.

  3. Daphne,
    I watched the entire first season of U.S of Tara on demand when I was pregnant and on bedrest. Being terribly bored will make you watch a lot of things you normally wouldn’t! And let me tell you how much more uncomfortable you would have gotten. The alter ego you saw makes out with a boy that her son is interested in (he is trying to find himself in regards to sexuality) and he is crushed when he walks in on them. Horrible. I can’t imagine the damage that would do to a real child.

  4. I’m going to Vegas in 2 weeks and I just hope the movie selections are decent.

    I actually like ‘Nurse Jackie’. Saw the first season and I’m into the 2nd already. I know what she’s doing to her family (and herself) is a terrible thing, but I just love to see how it all plays out in the end. I like to get into what the character is thinking and doing and what really brought her to be an addict…life is all about choices, good or bad. I should’ve been a psychologist…LOL

    Anyway, I also LOVE Kathy Griffin! Let me know how the books is..was thinking of getting it.

  5. The book is great. a memoir of her life that zips along. A good read.
    Heather, that sounds awful. Nurse Jackie is better than that Tara show. You can just ell that USOT is something an actress would like because she can show her range, but just gives me the willies.
    September issue is the way to go.

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