Thursday, November 12, 2009

I hold it very much against her

Let's talk for a minute, shall we, about the movie that made me burn my pie crust. I haven't seen many Jennifer Aniston movies, because why would I? She's probably a nice person, but I don't feel compelled to seek out more venues in which to see Rachel. So, for those of you who are unfamiliar with the premise of the movie Picture Perfect, as was I, let me educate you:

Single girl works for an ad agency. Girl attends a wedding, high jinks ensue, and she has her picture taken with the wedding photographer. Girl badly wants a promotion, but can't get it because she's free and easy and not dependent on the company, so they don't want to waste their time on her (hostile work environment lawsuit). Girl's friend tells everyone that Girl is engaged to Wedding Photographer (would not happen). More ludicrous high jinks ensue, including but not limited to clunky, unconvincing swearing, and the movie climaxes with Girl regretting dumping Wedding Photographer to advance her career, so she goes to a wedding he's filming (would not happen) and interrupts him while he's working to ask him to give her another chance. And when they totally steal focus from the bride and groom to work out their bizarre Rube Goldberg relationship, everyone cheers and applauds them (would not happen)!

My problem with this movie is that they didn't even try to make her character relatable or sympathetic. She's an acquisitive, vapid doormat of dubious moral character. And she's so self-absorbed that she barges into a wedding of complete strangers and jeopardizes the job of someone she blandly professes to care about, even when he asks her to leave. The movie shows her purportedly coming to terms with his unimpressive career of Life Event Capturing, but then she shows such a gross lack of respect for him, as well as the poor couple who hired him--it's not like it's a real job, filming this wedding, so who cares that she refuses to shut up and wait for him to finish? What would it take, a half hour? MY WORD. I cannot support this.

While I'm upset, I want to take this time to tell you that there are people who call me and just launch into a conversation without introducing themselves. People I don't know very well. That bugs me.