Sunday, December 09, 2007


This movie is darling and I can't wait to see it again. However, I have one beef. Why can't a Disney movie for kids be G rated and deserve the rating. There is some mild innuendo and a towel scene that while very mild just don't need to be in a movie for children at all. It certainly didn't add to my enjoyment of the film.
Still, the writing is cute. Bill Kelly did a great job. The film mostly refrains from the really cheep and gross Shrekesque humor that I really believe kids don't need. There is real writing the script is pretty tight.
The film would have flopped without Amy Adams who plays the very naive, but sweet Giselle straight up. She is amazingly believable and has a dynamite voice.
Be prepared for a full dance number in the middle and about 15 minutes to get the story set up, but I even think husbands can handle this family movie because it really has some clever humor throughout.

Nanny Diaries...

Laura Linney did a great job in the part of the crazy mother. And the little boy, who is at least one of the stars of the show, but gets bottom billing on this poster, was darling. Dysfunctional family films are a dime a dozen, but in this one, the family is rich instead of poor. Does that make it different? This film is train-wreck sad, but it has a happy ending, at least mostly a happy ending, which makes in a little easier to swallow that the book, which is emotionally brutal. An OK film, but not a great Christmas pick.

Ginger Spots...

3 1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp . sea salt
2 tsp ground ginger
1 cup salted butter
3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
1 large egg
1/2 cup unsulfered molasses

bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 min. Add icing when cool.
PS.. I like to use this tiny (about the size of a 50cent piece) scoop to make them. They are so cute tiny. :)

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