I don’t usually brag about my parenting skills, but dang it, I think I’m being a very fun mom this summer. Downside, there is little to no career development or my part time work getting done, I look like crap, but we have done: collages, tye dyed, gone to parks we don’t usually attend. We have made cookies from scratch, had movie nights with my stove top pop corn. We’ve gone to the beach and last week because of my big,
little read blog I took my kids to a screening of “Smurfs 2”. We went to my home land of Culver City on the grave of MGM studios, otherwise known as Sony.
We walked on the lot and over to the screening and party. The kids happily climbed the Smurf mobile.
I saw Brooke Burke. She looked thin and chic, I had Fit Flops and a pony tail. “Brooke, Daphne, Fashion Team”
She had been on my show years before. She was polite, but had no idea who was trying to say hi to her. Then we went into the party part which was a tad crowded and had more fried food than I thought existed in LA county outside of the county fair. There were fried mac and cheese balls. Thankfully, both of my kids had no interest in that savory, though Viv did partake in other orange food while Rex wondered where the Smurfs were. Once I got them seated ( stepped over some bodies) and they were drinking something blue ( Smurfs, blue, get it?) I saw that the there was some crafts to do. I was secretly relieved that my kids had no interest in that either. A bunch of paint on my unstellar outfit, now how would that look?
As I walked
herded them toward the theater Rex started yelling “Papa Smurf”. Step aside people, my son needs a picture.
We went into the screening room in the nick of time. We got good seats. Some had to get on folding chairs. The director and producer were there, which I thought sweet and showed that they get the influence of mom bloggers. I was on the aisle, so while the staff found some chairs for newcomers I gave the director the come hither with my chunky, rubber sandals and did an impromptu interview. Raja Gosnell, kindly obliged. My chief question, “How do you direct animation?” I know I probably sounded like a rube asking that and not the savvy daughter of Culver City ( our motto is “Heart of Screenland”), but I did it anyway.
Raja: I direct the voice actors, “more angry, more sad, usual stuff. We also have live actors in the film, Neil Patrick Harris is in it you know?” He was very nice, but might have thought, did you know not everyone in this movies is blue? (Nice he didn’t rejoin, “well, what the heck does a blogger do?”)
I was still thanking my lucky stars I had a real seat and had kind of forgotten about Dougie Howser turned celebrated all around great entertainer and out professional. “Oh, yeah.” I nodded to the director.
Mr. Gosnell was very nice and I enjoyed our brief chat. The producer was oddly sincere in his pre show remarks. Having grown up here, most producers bug. But, he seemed very pleased to have made a family film. Sweet.
Vivien sat next to Brooke and didn’t remind her of our swimsuit segment from 4 years previous. Maybe she didn’t want to bother Brooke, more likely it was because Vivien had no memory of the event. I did, because I thought BB was very nice and the swimsuits for the little kids we were showing were way to “adult” for my taste.
I clothe my daughter in swimsuits that look like WW1 is about to start. No bikini’s for my lass. So, I told Brooke she could take the suit home to her children. Later, I found out the swimsuit “designer” asked for her suit back. I was mortified. We all were. All these little brands want to do is be able to say “so and so is wearing my stuff”.
They pay for it. Here she could say BB’s daughter had her bikini and she asked for it back. Not done I tell you. I told the producer, Never use that “designer” again. We didn’t.
Movie begins: Loved it. We all loved it. My kids were enchanted. I was engaged. I like the blended family conflict in the B story with the humans. I think those of us that are steps or people who are in adopted families will appreciate that part of the movie. I’m sure this is not the kind of film that has critics raving. Screw them. It’s a good film for kids and the family.
Wouldn’t that be great if they used that quote in an ad? “Screw them. It’s a good film for kids and the family.”–coolmom.com
Next up, I’m planning some road trips. OMG, I’m so fun.