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    Sweet Home Alabama
    by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (November, 2003)
    list price: $19.99 -- our price: $14.99
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    Editorial Review

    As formulaic, utterly inoffensive romantic comedies go, Sweet Home Alabama could be better, and could be worse. It's a variant of Julia Roberts's Something to Talk About, with all the same strengths and weaknesses, and Reese Witherspoon is definitely its saving grace. As an Alabama country girl turned hot New York fashion designer, Witherspoon finds the genuine emotions hidden under a blandly familiar plot, making her character's romantic indecisiveness seem not only credible but disarmingly appealing. She's just agreed to marry the Camelot-bred son (Patrick Dempsey) of New York's no-nonsense mayor (Candice Bergen), but first she has to officially divorce the husband (Josh Lucas) she left behind years earlier... only to discover that their love is stronger than ever. The rest, of course, is a foregone conclusion, but with a sharp supporting cast and a few charming moments, Sweet Home Alabama will satisfy anyone who prefers safe, reassuring entertainment. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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    Reviews (329)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Very Romantic
    A very cute movie with many funny parts. This is a romantic comedy film, a feel good movie about agirl from a small town who realized her dream of becoming a popular fashion designer in New York. She became engaged to a high profile senator's son and things were finally happening for her. There was only one problem that she has to fix that required her to go back to her small town (something she really did not want to do). But that was the only way to realize a future dream with her fiance. Coming backto her small town brought back many things,including an old dream from her past she has longed forgotten. Then things became more complicated. It was a grave mistake to come back (or was it?). I enjoyed the film and I am sure many will as well.

    5-0 out of 5 stars You Can Go Home Again
    Sweet Home Alabama is a really cute movie. The cast is superb - Candice Bergen is a power hungry mayor and Ethan Embry as the hick with a secret - and so is the soundtrack. I like Melanie's transformation from hoity-toity to down home during the movie, Reese Witherspoon does a convincing job. I lost it during the scene in the coon dog cemetery when a lot of background info came out. There are also quite a few good, clean laughs. All in all, this is a movie I could watch over and over.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A very cute, fun and romantic movie for all!
    I really enjoyed this movie. It has some very funny parts, and is just a all-around cute movie!
    Reese did a WONDERFUL job acting in this movie. Its all about this girl who made something of herself in NYC, and she is ready to get married. One major problem...she is married to someone in Alabama! That is about all I am telling...but it was an awesome movie! ... Read more

    Asin: B00007E2F5
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-comedy   


    Canon PowerShot A300 3.2MP Digital Camera with 5.1x Digital Zoom
    by Canon Cameras US
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Electronics (15 April, 2003)
    list price: $299.99
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    Editorial Review

    The Canon PowerShot A300 offers the entry level solution to digital camera users new to the field. Packed with a host of features and a 3.2 mega pixel CCD sensor, this little camera produces great pictures.

    Like Olympus digital cameras, the camera is turned on via a sliding lens protector at the front that forces the camera into life. Two AA batteries and the CompactFlash compartment are housed behind a sturdy door that will easy take a beating over the lifespan of the camera without snapping or falling apart. The other side the camera offers a DC and USB port, but unfortunately no video-out to watch your pictures on the TV.

    On the rear of the camera, the user is offered a 1.5" TFT screen that is sharp and responsive to changing lights and focuses, as well as, a host of buttons - most of which are self explanatory and you can easily access flash modes, picture review and other options like this without having to plough through plenty of menus.

    The camera offers a 33mm f3.6 fixed focal length lens with a 5.1 digital zoom option that offers the equivalent of a 33mm - 168mm lens in a 35mm camera. This combined with shutter speed range of 1-1/2000 sec and ISO ratings of 50 - 400 and a range of pre-programmed settings to cope with landscapes and portrait shooting makes for a nice little camera for beginners. For the more adventurous there is a macro mode up to 5cm, as well as, the option to record up to 3 minutes of movie clips with sound.

    For an auto focus fixed lens camera with a digital zoom the quality is quite good. Detail is captured well and greens are differential when it comes to photographing landscapes. The digital zoom is useful for getting into the action, but should not be replied upon for crisp images. Overall as a starter's camera this is an okay place to start. If you are starting out and need a camera that will get you going, this is as good a place as any to start, just don't expect the world. --Jason Denwood, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more


    • Up to 3 minutes of video with sound
    • Compatible with CompactFlash Type I cards; 16 MB card included
    • Powered by 2 AA batteries (alkalines included); connects to PCs and Macs via USB 1.1
    • 3.2 megapixel sensor captures enough detail to create photo-quality 8 x 10 prints and medium-quality prints up to 11 x 14
    • 5.1x digital zoom
    Reviews (102)

    4-0 out of 5 stars A few words for fellow adventurers:
    I have found this camera to be surprisingly resilient to the repeated abuse I have given it.It's not been left completely untarnished, but it still KIND OF works.

    When I left it outside in the sand during a thunderstorm in the fair town of Dirt, Louisiana, it woke up in the morning QUITE gritty and the buttons were a little stubborn, but it still worked perfectly.Photos are of beautiful quality.

    I've banged it around the Caribbean without a care in the world, and while it was always a bit too slow to take successive photos of Puerto Rican farmers getting into a bar fight, it held up quite well.

    Real problems came after I dropped the poor thing into a hot spring in the Andes of Venezuela.Luckily, I was able to retrieve it, but it would never be the same again.The LCD is completely trashed and unusable and the flash is now nonexistent, but the durn thing still takes pictures!!I can't believe it, either.As long as I'm outside in the sun, photos and video turn out great and transfer effortlessly to my computer.

    In short, this camera will take a lot of wear.It's a great camera to take on adventures (especially to places that don't have lithium batteries!), but go easy on the hot springs.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't buy it!
    I'm still wondering how could Canon create such a bad product. I was stupid enough for not read customer reviews before buying it.
    The A300 will eat a pair of batteries (even those with more than 2000 mAh) every 10 to 20 minutes, if you're lucky and keep LCD and flash off. It will take a century to respond after you press the shot button and another century to process the picture.
    I tried to contact Canon but I guess their customer support is just like their camera - it doesn't work!
    Do yourself a favor: don't buy a Cannon A300.
    Paulo May - Brazil

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sweet Camera!
    This was a great first camera for me and I feel like I got WAY more than I paid for.3.2MP and high resolution allowed me to touch up in Photoshop and still allowed fantastic print quality.Video recorder has audio.There is no Optical Zoom, which is why I decided to get another camera after I felt like I've "graduated" from this one.Buy, Ni-MH rechargeable batteries.They last WAY longer and this way, you won't have to own your own battery company to like this camera.
    Oh, and since Canon cameras all have digic chip processor and pretty much the same operating format, after you're done with this camera, you won't have any trouble when you upgrade to any of the fancier Canon models. ... Read more

    Asin: B00008OE43
    Subjects:  1. Digital Camera (Cameras)    2. Photograph (Photography)   

    Travel Journal: Photo Album & Journal
    by Blushing Rose Publishing
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (01 January, 1998)
    list price: $13.95 -- our price: $11.16
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    Reviews (1)

    5-0 out of 5 stars What a treasure!

    This is definitely a feminine travel album.Each page is BEAUTIFULLY decorated with designs around the edges (painted flowers, leaves, etc), but is not fussy or cluttered.There are thick, quality, gold-lined pages which include:

    Two pages for travel itinerary
    One Page for Hotels and One for Restuarants
    Two pages for places to remember
    Three pages for travel notes
    One page for museums and events
    One pages for points of special interest
    One page for fond memories
    One page for Names and Addresses.

    There is a lovely painting near the beginning of the book and one at the start of the photo section (looks like a venice scene in soft colors). Then there are seven pages for photos.Each is decorated on both sides and can have two pictures slipped into it.The pages make gorgeous "frames" and all sorts of romantic flowers around the photo slots (some slots are oval, some square, and I think all will hold a 4X6 photo).Finally, the album closes with a ribbon tie and comes in a matching box.

    I wouldn't suggest using this album on your trip (it's SO nice!).What I plan to do is keep a comprehensive journal while traveling.Then I'll come home and pick the best parts of my journal, along with my best photos, and create an album full of memories.Since my mother is also going on our trip, I bought a journal for her and plan to fill it in and give it as a gift.

    Based on this book alone, I would recommend any journal/album by Nancy C. Akmon and Roni Akmon.If you absolutely cannot stand the colors orange and brick red, you might want to think twice about this piece.The cover has minimal orange, but the back is a funny pattern of orange and red.It doesn't come close to the romantic interior, but the interior made the purchase well worth it for me. ... Read more

    Isbn: 1884807305
    Sales Rank: 631453
    Subjects:  1. Blank Books / Diaries / Memory Books    2. Books & Reading    3. Literary Criticism    4. Non-Classifiable   


    Me and My Bad Girls: Photo Album
    by Chronicle Books
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Misc. Supplies (01 September, 2001)
    list price: $12.95 -- our price: $12.95
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    Reviews (2)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Girly photo fun
    The things I like about this photo album are numerous. I like the fact that it has a handle, like a real handbag, so I can hang it on a nail in my lounge for people to inspect. I like the fact that both I, a self-confessed girly girl, and my sister, a tough army cadet, find fun in this album. I like that you get stickers to deface your photographs, but that you can peel em off if you really get sick of them. And I like that it's standard size!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Sassy Little Handbag Photo Album!
    What a fun (simple) idea! It's a little photo album that looks like a purse. So you can take it with you on all your bad girl adventures. (Thanks to the cool handle.) I loved all the stickers at the back! "Nice Face" "Booty Call" "Bad Influences!" etc. I Bad-Girl-ized all my bachelorette party photos. And I'm giving it to my Bad Girl bridesmaids! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811832155
    Sales Rank: 316879
    Subjects:  1. Blank Books/Journals    2. Gifts    3. Non-Classifiable   


    My Heart 2 Heart Girlfriends' Photo Album
    by Fine Print Publishing
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Hardcover (October, 2000)
    list price: $11.95 -- our price: $11.95
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    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars no photo alblum like it and very stylish
    i love this photo album i bring it everywhere It has cool stickers and instead of having blank and pages that have special spots for photos. You can make it your own a crop it. I loved it so much i already filled up every page even the cover Im going tobuy a new one soon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bright colorful photo album for all ages!
    I'm actually a friend of the artist, but I had to write this review because I want you to know this is a photo album!The pages are incredibly colorful, with fun color cutout shapes, and I've given it to nieces and my granddaughter. They love it especially because the colors go so well with all the fun gel pens the kids use.A friend who is 60 is using one to make a sort of photo album scrapbook about her and her brother.The black and white old photos will look great, and she promises to use a gel pen!!I highly recommend this photo album for all ages, six to at least sixty! ... Read more

    Isbn: 189295107X
    Sales Rank: 626366
    Subjects:  1. Blank Books / Diaries / Memory Books    2. Non-Classifiable   


    Pacific Coast Feather Down Around Body Pillow
    by Pacific Coast
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
    list price: $135.00 -- our price: $89.99
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    Editorial Review

    For a truly luxurious night of restful sleep, curl up with this 20-by-48-inch body pillow from Pacific Coast. Its unique Down Around construction has an inner core of tight-curled feathers that provide spring and support and a surrounding layer of 550-fill-power down that softly cushions the contours of the body. The pillow has a 260-thread-count cotton Barrier Weave fabric with a removable twill-weave outer cover. The down and feathers are cleaned to Pacific Coast's stringent Hyperclean standards, so all dirt, dust, and allergens are removed, and--like all Pacific Coast products--the pillow comes with an Allergy-Free Warranty. This extra-long pillow makes a cozy addition to any bed and may be just what's necessary to help you get the rest you need. --Brian Trinen

    From the Manufacturer

    Pillow-in-a-Pillow Design

    The Down Around pillow has a unique pillow-in-a-pillow design that combines the resilience of feathers with the softness of down.The inner pillow is filled with small, firmer feathers for support.The outer pillow is filled with ultra soft down that instantly adjusts to your changing sleep positions.This pillow is so luxurious, many of the country's finest four-star hotels feature it in their rooms.Medium firmness.Machine washable and dryable for easy care.

    Allergy-Free Warranty

    All Pacific Coast Feather bedding contains Hyperclean fills. A unique cleaning method produces Hyperclean down and feathers. This means dust, dirt, and allergens have been removed. Hyperclean fills are so clean, they're backed by an Allergy-Free Warranty.

    Barrier Weave Fabric

    All Pacific Coast Feather bedding uses 100% cotton Barrier Weave fabrics. Barrier Weave fabric is tightly woven and especially finished to be up to three times more leakproof, so down and feathers won't sneak out. Barrier Weave fabric is also finer, softer, and more durable, for lasting comfort and easy care.

    30-Night Comfort Guarantee

    Your comfort is important to us. That's why we suggest you try our products for 30 nights. If you're not more comfortable, simply return the items for a full product refund (less shipping and handling).

    About Pacific Coast Feather

    Pacific Coast Feather creates supremely comfortable bedding designed to make a difference in your sleep experience. Since 1884, Pacific Coast Feather has provided the best quality down and feather pillows, comforters, blankets, and feather beds available. They have the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship in the industry. Such longstanding expertise means you can trust Pacific Coast Feather to provide more comfort than any other bedding. ... Read more


    • 48 inches wide by 20 inches high
    • Resilient feather inner pillow surrounded by outer pillow of down for full body comfort
    • 550 fill power Hyperclean down and EuroFeathers, Allergy Free Warranty
    • 260 thread count 100% cotton twill stripe removable zip cover, leak-proof Barrier Weave fabric
    • Machine washable for easy care
    Reviews (3)

    1-0 out of 5 stars NOT Allergy Free
    The manufacturer claims that this pillow is "allergy free," which I assume meant that people with allergies to feathers and down would not have an allergic reaction to this pillow.

    The claim is just not true. I tried using the pillow over several nights in a row, and almost immediately had an allergic reaction. If you want allergy free, go with something that doesn't have down or feathers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars You will receive it in summer...
    Ordered it on December 2nd; Updated delivery estimate: January 30 - February 12...

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Pacific Coast is asRelaxing as Being There!
    I always had a problem with my allergies at night and wasn't really able to solve my problems without restless sleeping. Then, I discoverd the Pacific Coast 3 Diamond Down Around Medium Down Pillow. This pillow allows me to stay in one spot for the rest of the night! It's simply amazing to have discovered this pillow and I highly reccomend it to people with obsessive allergies! ... Read more

    Asin: B0000899VS


    The Bad Girl's Power Planner
    by Chronicle Books
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ring-bound (October, 2003)
    list price: $19.95 -- our price: $13.57
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    5-0 out of 5 stars jawsome
    this is what all the cool kids need. you wanna rock? get this! it is just the cutest planner in the world....
    the only issue i have is that they need to come out with extra sheets...but other than that, if u dont have one, ur out of it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Darling planner, one problem...
    LOVE this planner, got it last Christmas from another bad-girl. I absolutely agree with everyone about the stickers, to-do & to-don't lists, and especially the fact that one can write in the week. I am having a problem though, I've run out of my weekly sheets! Does anyone know where I can get anymore? Currently I am scouring the web for planner re-fills. I'll check back on the site, thanks! :)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Cutest Little Thang!!
    I just loved this organizer! i first saw it at b&n, I saw the price,then went to amazon.comand got it almost half price! I love the soft,pink cover, and all the hilarious comments. they really just add a little humor to your day.I also love to stand out, as this organizer does the trick! there are so many boringblack organizers out there.it also comes w/ cute stickers! im so exited that I baught this, now I get so many complements on how cute it is.. oh yeah I forgot to mention it also keeps my life organized! get it! be a bad girl, turn things around!! ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811839591
    Sales Rank: 68526
    Subjects:  1. Blank Books/Journals    2. Calendars & Diaries    3. Non-Classifiable   


    10 Things I Hate About You
    by Touchstone Video
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (07 September, 2004)
    list price: $14.99 -- our price: $11.24
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    Editorial Review

    It's, like, Shakespeare, man! This good-natured and likeable update of The Taming of the Shrew takes the basics of Shakespeare's farce about a surly wench and the man who tries to win her and transfers it to modern-day Padua High School. Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) is a sullen, forbidding riot grrrl who has a blistering word for everyone; her sunny younger sister Bianca (Larisa Oleynik) is poised for high school stardom. The problem: overprotective and paranoid Papa Stratford (a dryly funny Larry Miller) won't let Bianca date until boy-hating Kat does, which is to say never. When Bianca's pining suitor Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets wind of this, he hires the mysterious, brooding Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to loosen Kat up. Of course, what starts out as a paying gig turns to true love as Patrick discovers that underneath her brittle exterior, Kat is a regular babe. The script, by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, is sitcom-funny with peppy one-liners and lots of smart teenspeak; however, its cleverness and imagination doesn't really extend beyond its characters' Renaissance names and occasional snippets of real Shakespearean dialogue. What makes the movie energetic and winning is the formula that helped make She's All That such a big hit: two high-wattage stars who look great and can really act. Ledger is a hunk of promise with a quick grin and charming Aussie accent, and Stiles mines Kat's bitterness and anger to depths usually unknown in teen films; her recitation of her English class sonnet (from which the film takes its title) is funny, heartbreaking, and hopelessly romantic. The imperious Allison Janney (Primary Colors) nearly steals the film as a no-nonsense guidance counselor secretly writing a trashy romance novel. --Mark Englehart ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare it is not, but it was good
    I had never heard of this film. I saw it and read some of the reviews and saw that it was supposed to be a takeoff of my favorite play of all time, TAMING OF THE SHREW, by William Shakespeare. That was enough for me to buy it.

    It must be admitted that the movie is very loosely based on TAMING OF THE SHREW but the operative words are VERY LOOSELY. Some of the names are right and the rough outline of the idea are there as is the shrewish nature of the elder daghter. After that, the divergance goes pretty wide. That didn't stop it from being a good show.

    The premise of the story is that there are two daughters with a controlling father. Everyone wants to date the youngest daughter but there is a catch. The younger cannot date until the elder does. Since the eldest is so hard to get along with, Pop thinks that the girls will be safe well into their 40's. That doesn't stop the scheming. A boy is paid to get the elder to go out with him, opening the way for the younger. No one couted on them falling for each other.

    Some of the elements of Shakespeare's play are not present. This is almost mandatory since the original is anything but politically correct. Kate, the eldest, is played as a shrew but she never becomes tamed. Her famous speech from act 5, or an analog, is not present. Neither are the identities of Bianca's suitors switched to fool the dad. As I said, it was loosely based.

    I never heard of either of the girls playing the leads but they do a good job. The father seemed familiar, though I don't know his name, and did a great job in his role racking up the laughs. Other minor parts also added magnificently to the whole.

    This is a great movie and lots of fun. Sit back and enjoy it. Aftwwards, check out Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's TAMING OF THE SHREW. Once you get used to the language, it too is a fun movie.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
    I have yet to buy this DVD, but this movie is wonderful! I have yet to buy this DVD, or to find it somewhere, but it truly is a inspiring movie! Me and my mom just love Julie now! I really gained respect for her, this movie is incredible! Me and my mother love laughing out loud by it, I'd truly like to see it again. Please, buy this DVD, it needs sudden support. K? Thanks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars HEATH, HEATH, HEATH!!!!
    i love this film, its one of my alltime faves, only partly because it introduced me to the scrumptious heath ledger (he plays patrick in this film). i first saw it at school a year or so ago, because it's like the only decent video they own which girls and boys can enjoy, and i haven't been complaining the other five hundred or so times they've shown it to us since then!I love everything about this film, heath, the music, heath, the plot, heath, the shakespeare references, heath, the humour, and did i forget to mention, heath!even if patrick was played by someone else i would still like it, i just think it has a great atmosphere and is a really fun film to watch with your friends. ... Read more

    Asin: B00000K31Q
    Subjects:  1. Feature Film-comedy   


    She's Come Undone (Oprah's Book Club)
    by Pocket
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1998)
    list price: $7.99 -- our price: $7.99
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    Oprah Book Club® Selection, January 1997: "Mine is a story of craving; an unreliable account of lusts and troubles that began, somehow, in 1956 on the day our free television was delivered." So begins the story of Dolores Price, the unconventional heroine of Wally Lamb's She's Come Undone. Dolores is a class-A emotional basket case, and why shouldn't she be? She's suffered almost every abuse and familial travesty that exists: Her father is a violent, philandering liar; her mother has the mental and emotional consistency of Jell-O; and the men in her life are probably the gender's most loathsome creatures. But Dolores is no quitter; she battles her woes with a sense of self-indulgence and gluttony rivaled only by Henry VIII. Hers is a dysfunctional Wonder Years, where growing up in the golden era was anything but ideal. While most kids her age were dealing with the monumental importance of the latest Beatles single and how college turned an older sibling into a long-haired hippie, Dolores was grappling with such issues as divorce, rape, and mental illness. Whether you're disgusted by her antics or moved by her pathetic ploys, you'll be drawn into Dolores's warped, hilarious, Mallomar-munching world. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars A Good, if Sometimes Aggravating, Book
    I'd like to preface my review with this: Wally Lamb did an excellent job at writing this book. He is an excellent writer and is obviously very capable at writing from the female perspective.

    However, the main character herself, Dolores, sometimes leaves much to be desired. I did not find myself relating to her, becoming attached to her, or even really liking her. Full of self-pity, anger, and cruelty she leads a life where she is totally involved in only herself while accusing all of those around her of the same selfish attitude. Yes, Dolores suffers some obvious and debilitating heartaches, but her attitude does nothing but destroy her, and those around her.

    If anything, Dolores teaches us a lesson about life and love, while she learns the lessons for herself.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid hit by Lamb; I'm waiting for more from this author
    This book is well-deserving of all the critical acclaim it has received.Reading the back of my paperback copy, I saw the main character, Delores, compared to Garp from The World According to Garp.I recoiled a bit at the comparison to such a literary masterpiece.Delores as an adolescent was nowhere near as lovable for all her shortcomings as Garp was.In the end, I think Delores stands as a literary character in her own right, but I can see where the comparison came from, because both Delores and Garp surrounded themselves with a fantastic cast of characters who brought beauty and richness to the world in their own unique way.

    I enjoyed watching Delores develop and grow as a person, and I moved from finding her selfish and intolerable to loving her for all her personality traits.

    Once you've finished this, pick up Lamb's I Know This Much is True.I didn't think anything could top She's Come Undone, but Lamb's next book is even more amazing.I'm eagerly awaiting more from this author.I'm glad he's not rapidly churning out trash just to sell books on his reputation, though.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A MUST READ
    ... Read more

    Isbn: 0671021001
    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. Fiction - General    3. General    4. Fiction / General   


    Where the Heart Is (Oprah's Book Club (Paperback))
    by Warner Books
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1998)
    list price: $13.95 -- our price: $10.46
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    Editorial Review

    Oprah Book Club® Selection, December 1998: A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her way to Bakersfield, California. Her ne'er-do-well boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own, leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes on her back. Not that hard luck is anything new to Novalee, who is "seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and superstitious about sevens.... For most people, sevens were lucky. But not for her," Billie Letts writes. "She'd had a bad history with them, starting with her seventh birthday, the day Momma Nell ran away with a baseball umpire named Fred..."

    Still, finding herself alone and penniless in Sequoyah, Oklahoma is enough to make even someone as inured to ill fortune as Novalee want to give up and die. Fortunately, the Wal-Mart parking lot is the Sequoyah equivalent of a town square, and within hours Novalee has met three people who will change her life: Sister Thelma Husband, a kindly eccentric; Benny Goodluck, a young Native American boy; and Moses Whitecotton, an elderly African American photographer. For the next two months, Novalee surreptitiously makes her home in the Wal-Mart, sleeping there at night, exploring the town by day. When she goes into labor and delivers her baby there, however, Novalee learns that sometimes it's not so bad to depend on the kindness of strangers--especially if one of them happens to be Sam Walton, the superchain's founder.

    Where the Heart Is oddly mixes heart-warming vignettes and surprising, brutal violence. Novalee's story is juxtaposed with occasional chapters chronicling Willy Jack's downward spiral into prison, disappointment, and degradation. And even in Sequoyah, sudden storms, domestic violence, kidnapping, and deadly fires punctuate Novalee's progress from homeless, unwed teen mom to successful, happy member of the community. This is not a subtle book; there's never any doubt that our heroine will make a home for herself and her baby or that Willy Jack will get what he deserves for abandoning them. Still, Billie Letts has created several memorable characters, and there's always room for another novel that celebrates the life-affirming qualities of reading, the importance of education, and the power of love to change lives. --Alix Wilber ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Hit by the club
    I will no longer be reading books on the mere basis of them being from Oprah's book Club. I, for one, am disturbed by graphic images of children being raped or molested which seems to be an ongoing theme in these books. (Why did none of the other reviews mention this)? I did not "love" any of the characters, nor did I find them to be very realistic...except for Novalee's best friend, Lexie, who's lack of discretion and protectiveness where her children are concerned, and promiscuity contributes to what is wrong with the world today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful, Magical, and Heartwarming Book!
    This book is excellent, filled with so many things that you never forget. It's a story of a young girl named Novalee, trying to find a life in a town that her boyfriend dumps her out in. She finds wonderful people to love and care for her in this town she winds up in.

    She's seventeen and seven months pregnat. Her boyfriend, Willy Jack, lets her go inside of a Walmart store, then leaves her. She lives inside of the store, meeting friends who are unforgettable characters in this novel. She makes friends who will be there for her when times are tough, who will never let her down.

    Read this wonderuful journey that Novalee takes, having the most exciting experiences, adn you'll also see the road that Wilyl Jack goes down. This book is a complete pageturner, a wonderful read. It's filled with heartbreaking moments, also with moments that will fill your heart with so much joy!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get past the stupid names.
    One of Oprah's book club books I read and decided if she recommended it, I would either hate it or just tolerate it.It was really a shame, though, because the book could have been edited and been a good one.I loved the part of the plot where the main character lives in Wal-mart.Haven't we all thought about what it would be like to be left in a store at night after it closed?What would we eat?Where would we sleep?Where would we hide?

    PLEASE REWRITE! ... Read more

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    Subjects:  1. Fiction    2. General    3. Movie / TV Tie-Ins    4. Movie-TV Tie-In - General    5. Fiction / General    6. Reading Group Guide   


    Bad Girl's Getting What You Want Book and Journal Set: Bad Girl's Guide to Getting What You Want, Be a Bad Girl Journal
    by Chronicle Books
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (September, 2002)
    list price: $27.90
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    5-0 out of 5 stars fun of the day
    I always gain playful moods for the day after read it.It is helpful at work especially on Monday.Read these Bad Girl dramas may not be the funnest thing to do, yet.Be one. ... Read more

    Isbn: 0811896706
    Sales Rank: 1501375

    Bad Girl's Rage-A-Day 2004 Calendar
    by Chronicle Books
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Calendar (01 August, 2003)
    list price: $11.95
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Delicious Desk-top Fun!
    This calendar puts a smile on my face every day--and some days, I laugh so hard people look into my cubicle to see if I'm okay! The little tips throughout are a cool bonus and I love the bad girl profiles that inform and inspire me. (Ignore the super negative review that was obviously written by someone who's terrified of bad girls!)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Ugh.
    This calendar isn't funny.It isn't witty.It isn't cute, clever, or even smart-alecky.It's just boring garbage.

    I bought several as gifts but returned them when I saw how lame it was.

    5-0 out of 5 stars beats the boredom at work
    i bought this calendar for my desk at work, simply for the reason that i needed one. and they won't let me put holes in the wall. let me just say, it's the most hilarious thing.it's the perfect gift for any teenager or young adult. everyday there's something hilarious to read, and if you get really bored at work you can just read through them all. buy this calendar!! you will not be dissapointed. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 429210
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    Moulin Rouge (Double Digipack)
    by Twentieth Century Fox
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (14 October, 2003)
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    A dazzling and yet frequently maddening bid to bring the moviemusical kicking and screaming into the 21st century, Baz Luhrmann's MoulinRouge bears no relation to the many previous films set in the famousParisian nightclub. This may appear to be Paris in the 1890s, with can-candancers, bohemian denizens like Toulouse-Lautrec (John Leguizamo), and ribaldryat every turn, but it's really Luhrmann's pop-cultural wonderland. Everyone and everything is encouraged to shatter boundaries of time and texture, colliding and careening in a fast-cutting frenzy that thinks nothing of casting Elton John's "Your Song" 80 years before its time. Nothing is original in this kaleidoscopic, absinthe-inspired love tragedy--the words, the music, it's allbeen heard before. But when filtered through Luhrmann's love for pop songs and timeless showmanship, you're reminded of the cinema's power to renew itself while paying homage to its past.

    Luhrmann's overall success with his third "red-curtain"extravaganza (following Strictly Ballroom and William Shakespeare'sRomeo & Juliet) is wildly debatable: the scenario is simple to the point of silliness, and how can you appreciate choreography when it's beendiced into hash by attention-deficit editing? Still, there's something genuinebrewing between costars Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman (as, respectively, apoor writer and his unobtainable object of desire), and their vocal talents are impressive enough to match Luhrmann's orgy of extraordinary sets, costumes, and digital wizardry. The movie's novelty may wear thin, along with its shallowindulgence of a marketablesoundtrack, but Luhrmann's inventiveness yields moments that border onecstasy, when sound and vision point the way to a moribund genre's joyouslywelcomed revival. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars Good points
    I really enjoy these discussions and this wondeful film. It is totally about love. It's such a magical film like some people have written.

    I'm a Lesbian but this movie makes sense even to me. Nicole is so beautiful and Ewan is so charming.

    I love this film.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm in heaven
    I live the typical big city life and the work days just blend into each other. I have had three breakups in three months.

    This movie I saw for the first time over the weekend. Even though it's really a chick flick I find it to be so powerful and magical. I remember what true love is like even in ups downs and arounds. Nicole and Ewan are perfect together.

    This is a great old kind of Hollywood movie with new visuals and sounds.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Eh......
    My jaw nearly fell out of its socket (if it has one. does it?) when I saw the top-notch artistry that was put into this film. The sets, costumes, cinematography, and singing in it are possibly the best ever to grace the movies. I would hold out for a widescreen high def TV to experience the magic of the creative team behind it. Nicole Kidman was gorgeous as the pitiful whore who dreams of a better life. I love the way she speaks/sings.
    Unfortunately, the thing that keeps me from loving this movie (and even then, only moderately liking it) is the very bizzare screenplay. What was with Ewan McGregor and his "Children of the Revolution" friends dressed up in lederhosens singing "The Sound of Music?" And why did a green fairy version of Satine fly out of a whiskey bottle? After that, many scenes reminded me of a classic Warner Bros. cartoon - fast and wacky. Then they would hit the brakes and we'd have Satine hacking up a blood clot. Also, I love (really I do) the idea of having modern songs in a musical set near the turn of the century. But a few of the songs, especially that neo can-can number, just didn't fit.
    But these important setbacks just added to the enjoyment of such crowd-pleasing scenes as when Christian and Satine sing the beautiful, soaring Elephant Love Medley, lost in their world of dewy romance that could never be.
    Most people (unlike me) will either love it, or hate it. I could take it or leave it. But give me the soundtrack any day. ... Read more

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    Emjoi AP92K Heated Eyelash Curler
    by Emjoi
    Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    About the size of a tube of mascara, this compact eyelash curler travels in a purse or pocket for quick, convenient application. Unlike old-fashioned eyelash curlers that require you to hold and crimp lashes, this curler uses heat to give lashes a more natural-looking curl. The eyelash curler heats up in a matter of seconds, and a heat indicator light lets you know when it’s ready to curl. A built-in temperature gauge keeps the curler from overheating, and a safety net puts some distance between the heat and the delicate eye area. This eyelash curler operates on one AAA battery, and is covered by Emjoi under a 1-year limited warranty. --Cristina Vaamonde ... Read more


    • 1-year limited warranty
    • Compact eyelash curler heats in seconds
    • Gives lashes natural curl without crimp marks
    • Heat indicator, built-in temperature gauge, safety net
    • Requires one AAA battery
    Reviews (14)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Didn't work like I though it would.
    I have really long eyelashes. And besides lipgloss and eyeliner, my other essential item is my eyelash curler. I thought this product sounded like a great little invention. HEAT of course should set and curl your lashes all day. But after opening the package and using it, it didn't work at all. It did a good job of separating my eyelashes, but nothing else. I say go for your old fashion eyelash curler. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS KNICK KNACK.

    1-0 out of 5 stars don't waste your money
    Don't waste your money on this, as I think it doesn't work.
    You can get the same results with a regular plastic eyelash
    curler, if you hit the rubber part with a hot hair dryer for a few seconds...You can use a medel one but it might get too hot!
    (A little trick the make-up artist use in the studio's)
    Make sure its not too hot before you use it, and when you do use it, hold it there a min. so to let it cools down as that will set the curl in your eye lashes.

    I bought this and should have returned it!
    If I could give it a big fat 0 I would have...
    I think its a joke if anyone thinks this is curling there eyelashes?
    I now see it on sale, makes you wonder why!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Takes Some Practice But Worth It!
    This was such a good deal!!!I wanted to try a heated curler and since this one was only $14, I had nothing to lose.But it takes practice to use this curler -- manufacturer's instuctions were too cryptic.It took me two practice runs to get it right.So if you're having a hard time, try this:
    1.Place wand under clean/dry lashes, rightat the base with slots facing up towards the sky.This will ensure the heating elements are touching the lashes.
    2.Instead of just brushing up to the lash tip from the starting position, turn/rotate the barrel as you move the wand to the tip of your lashes so that by the time it's at the end, the heating elements are facing the floor.
    PRESTO!After a few sweeps, you'll have perfectly curled lashes.
    Why I like this product:
    It heats up fast...takes only a couple of seconds.There is a indicator light to tell you when it's on and another indicator at the tip of the brush to tell you when it's ready/hot.It's about the size of a big tube of mascara so it's easy to carry--you can't put one of those metal clamp curlers in your pocket.Unlike the clamps, you won't pinch yourself or yank out lashes accidentally.It's safe!The heat is only hot enough to curl your lashes and won't burn your skin.Initially, I was scared because since the skin around the eyes is so sensitive, the curler felt very hot when the wand came close to contact with skin.But even after my eyelids touched the heated wand, nothing happened.
    Why you should try it:
    This bulkier model is a good price ($14) for people who just want to try it, even though Emoji has a smaller/slimmer model that sells for $50. After seeing the results, I wouldn't hesitate upgrading to the Emoji Petite Heated Curler in the future.

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    IGIA AT7604 Heat N Curl Microwaveable Curlers, Large
    Health and Beauty (10 October, 2003)
    list price: $9.99 -- our price: $8.49
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    When time is of the essence, these microwaveable hair curlers create bouncy, stylish curls in minutes. Measuring 1-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches, the three large curlers in this set require only ten seconds to heat up in any microwave; five curlers take 30 seconds, and ten curlers, only one minute. A special velvet surface protects and pampers hair, leaving it shiny. A curved plastic clip securely holds each curler in the hair, making it easy to finish breakfast or check e-mail. Just one to two minutes later, the curlers are ready to be removed. Quicker than styling with a curling iron or hair dryer, these curlers are heated and sterilized at the same time in the microwave. Since microwaves vary, some time testing will be necessary to achieve the desired temperature. --Ann Bieri ... Read more


    • Microwave heats and sterilizes curlers at the same time
    • 3 large size hair curlers safely heat up in any microwave
    • Curlers stay in hair for only 1 or 2 minutes to create bouncy curls
    • Special velvet surface pampers and protects hair
    • Clip fits around curler to hold hair snugly in place

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    PCS Phone Sanyo SCP-8100 (Sprint)
    by Sanyo
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
    Wireless Phone
    list price: $229.99
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    • Large color screen supports 65,000 colors (120x144 pixels)
    • Integrated digital camera with 352 x 288 pixel resolution
    • Phone supports voice-activated dialing and polyphonic ringtones
    • Supports wireless Internet and text messaging
    • Includes standard and extended batteries, AC charger, user documentation
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Phone W/Weak Battery
    This is my second 8100 (1st one died as I left it in the washer) but to this date, this is the best Sprint PCS phone that I have used.This was recommended to me by the salesman at the Sprint store over a year ago.Here is the quick list:
    1)Signal:Rarely do I ever experience any drop calls with this phone compared to my last 2 Samsungs.
    2)Display:Very clear and vibrant.
    3)Quality:As soon as you pick up the phone you feel the quality that it is made.It does not have the Cheap feel on some of the Nokia and Samsung phones.My first one was made in Japan and this one is from Malaysia.Sanyo just makes quality phones.

    1)Battery Life:The standard battery is weak.It rarely lasted more than 2 days when it was brand new and now its about 1 day for me.And I have 2 batteries.I purchased an extended battery on Ebay for about $10 and it works great.
    2) Poor camera under low light:But what do you expect with a cell phone right?

    Overall, its a nice phone I only wish Sprint would carry more Sanyos and Motorolas and stop carrying the terrible Nokias and Samsungs.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I love this Phone, Just one small issue...
    Almost all that needs to be said has already. Let me just say that I love this phone. Of all the cells I've owned, this Sanyo has the best reception, and quality of any of them. Of those were 2 Nokia, and one Keyocera.The only issue I have with it, is in low light situations, (read...night-time...) the number keypad is very low lit, and extremely hard to see. This certianly doesn't take away from the greatness of the phone, just a small irritation during 8 hours of the 24 in a day.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This phone SUCKS!!!!!!!!
    I live 20 minutes outside of San Francisco, my boyfriend and several other of my friends have not been able to get a hold of me by my cell phone. I have had so many dropped calls and sprint over charges for going over your minutes. I recommend you do not buy this phone or sign-up with Sprint. ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 1916
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    Friends Forever: Backpack Magnetic Poetry
    by Magnetic Poetry
    Hardcover (January, 2000)
    list price: $4.95
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    Sales Rank: 2354517
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    Boys on the Side
    by Warner Studios
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
    DVD (01 June, 2004)
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    This female-bonding film takes your basic soap opera and twists it inside out. Although director Herbert Ross draws superb performances from his actresses, he occasionally wallows in that maudlin, Hollywood melodrama in which close-ups are crucial. Remember, this is the man who directed Steel Magnolias. However, Ross also does something you don't expect: he makes you fall in love with his characters. Whoopi Goldberg is a down-on-her luck singer who hopes to start over in Los Angeles. Mary-Louise Parker is the realtor whose life is going nowhere. After Goldberg answers Parker's ad in the paper for a companion to drive to LA, these two completely different women grudgingly find themselves emotionally involved. Drew Barrymore enters the picture on the first leg of the trip when Goldberg insists on visiting her. After battling with her drug-dealing boyfriend, the flighty, sexy Barrymore throws in with them. During their trek west, the women learn to take life as it lands on them while recognizing true friendship. The film is enlightened in that it accepts the complications and blurred family ties of the '90s. At the heart of the story is the realization that people can expand past expected boundaries. The movie gels in other areas as well. The all-female soundtrack is powerful and works to underscore, not overpower, certain scenes. The same can be said of the supporting cast, specifically Anita Gillette and James Remar. --Rochelle O'Gorman ... Read more


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    5-0 out of 5 stars All time Favorite
    THis is one of my ALL Time favorite movies. I can not watch it to many times. I love the story, the acting is great and if you have not seen this movie yet..do yourself a favor and SEE IT!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sometimes the love of your lifetime isn't who you expect
    Three mismatched friends set off to start new lives in the west and end up finding themselves through each other. Hilarious and heartbreaking, "Boys on the Side" is the ultimate chick flick. Anything you want, you got it, with this one.

    4-0 out of 5 stars progressive & interesting plot; indigo girls steal the show!
    i'll admit it, i only saw this movie in the theater when it was released because i knew that the indigo girls had a few scenes in it.but when i am not just watching my copy for the indigo girls' bar scene, it is a really great movie and a lot more progressive than most "mainstream" movies out there.it brings three very different women together -- one lesbian, one victim of abuse, and one living with AIDS.the movie chronicles their friendship and how they overcame their own prejudices to better understand each other.though some of the movie is very cliche, all in all it's a pretty good flick.

    for all you other indigo girls fans out there:watch for amy ray at the end of the flick as well.;) ... Read more

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    The Virgin Suicides
    by Warner Books
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    Paperback (01 June, 1994)
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Please find something else
    The Virgin Suicides is a story about five very diverse girls living under the strict and strange religious rule of an extremely dominant (whacko) mother.As the girls begin to experience some small teenage freedoms, the iron curtain comes down in a completely unbelievable suburban nightmare.The story is told from the perspective of some neighbor boys who, along with their impotent parents and the girls own impotent father, seem unable to do anything to stop the girls from their certain fate.Pick up a different book, this one is just not a worthy find.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dark yet poetic
    The Virgin Suicides is told from the view point of the neighborhood boys of the small town USA.They are facinated by five sisters that share this Elm lined street.

    Every line is poetry.The desciptions of the feelings that they have for these 5 sisters are amazing.The plot itself is very touching, and when you finish the book you want to read it again, hear the story again, live in the minds of these girls that had to escape from a world in which they could not live.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Read "Middlesex" Instead
    Maybe it's because I read "Middlesex" first and got my expectations up... I couldn't even finish this book, but obviously there are many who disagree.Read "Middlesex" and see how much improved his second novel was! ... Read more

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    Sales Rank: 1675
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    Girl, Interrupted
    by Columbia Tri-Star
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
    DVD (04 February, 2003)
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    Based on Susanna Kaysen's acclaimed journal-memoir, Girl, Interrupted bears inevitable resemblance to One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and pale comparison to that earlier classic is impossible to avoid. The mental institution settings of both films guarantee a certain degree of déjà vu and at least one Oscarwinner (in this case, Angelina Jolie), since playing a loony is any actor's dream gig. Unfortunately, director James Mangold seems to have misplaced the depth and delicacy of his underrated debut, Heavy, despite a great deal of earnest effort by everyone involved. It's easy to see why Winona Ryder chose to star in (and executive-produce) this nearly worthy adaptation of Kaysen's book, since it's a strong vehicle for female casting and potent drama. Mangold certainly got the former; whether he succeeded with the latter is not so clear.

    To be sure, Ryder conveys the confusion and chaos that signified Kaysen's life during nearly 18 months of voluntary institutionalization beginning in 1967. But the film seems too eager to embrace the cliché that the"crazies" of the Claymoore women's ward are saner than the war-torn world outside, and lack of narrative focus gives way to semipredictable character study. Susanna (Ryder) is labeled with "borderline personality disorder," a diagnosisas ambiguous as her own emotions, and while Jolie chews the scenery as the resident bad-girl sociopath, Ryder effectively conveys an odyssey from vulnerable fear to self-awareness and, finally, to healing. The ensemble cast is uniformly superb, making this drama well worthwhile, even as it treads familiar territory. If it ultimately lacks dramatic impact, Girl, Interrupted makes it painfully clear that the boundaries of dysfunction are hazy in a world where everyone's crazy once in a while. --Jeff Shannon ... Read more


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    4-0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good ...
    ... for what I thought might be a cross between a chick flick and a "self-improvement" pop psychology book.Superior in all aspects to the overrated "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest".Angelina Jolie deservedly won an Oscar for her convincing portrayal of a fascinating but ultimately hopeless psychopath.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Everyone has their own little maggot in the brain
    I was pretty exited to view this movie. Even though it was on a fuzzy vhs and Spanish dub. Well I can tell you it was a grand waste of time and considering this film deals with some of my best interests at heart, it was one of the most boring affairs I have ever had the displeasure of viewing. We start off with the character played by Winona Ryder. She apparently tried to kill her self with...aspirin. Yeah that's right, a whole bottle in fact! That caused me to loose all respect for her immediately. I mean what type of a retard over doses on aspirin for God sakes. A combination of Sleeping pills and tranquilizers would have been more efficient, with a stomach lining tablet first to prevent vomiting. Of course there's the popular paracetamol, but it normally gives you around two weeks to die, during which your skin turns yellow as your vital organs fail. Oh and the Looney bin. Well of course you have your run of the mill inhabitants e.g. the childish one, the fat one, the compulsive liar, the eating disorder and of course Angelina Jolie, our prize inmate. Of course its madness by numbers: The insane grin, hysterical laughing, the wacky hair etc. It's just so predictable.
    Don't mention the fact that the majority of the clinically insane are quite shy meek mannered individuals. It is only when you get to really know them that their `weirdness' becomes apparent. I for one lived a whole year with a compulsive liar when I was 13. Told me she was dying of bone cancer. Went for a check up at the conveniently far away hospital every other week, or so she lead me to believe. Unfortunately it turned out she was a compulsive thief as well. Whoops just a little too late. Anyway back to the film. Why is Winona here with all these lunatics? Okay so she's depressed. Aww! Poor baby, aren't we all. Let's wallow in our self pity. I didn't get to university, boo hoo. I mean that's a lot worse then getting molested as a child or watching you mother kill herself in front of you. Like my best friend did. She's has bipolar depression and is a developing alcoholic but she struggles on. Oh and the whole cutting scene that some people have labelled disturbing. Hahahahahah!The trade mark shallow diagonal lines up the arm. Could serious self harmers be more insulted? Perhaps that's why I'm so angry at this film.Anyway, buy this if your looking for the obvious and the cliché. I guess I'm just sick of the constant stereotyping. Not a real look into to any of the mental problems presented here. Right! Time for my pills...

    2-0 out of 5 stars "Based on a true story" but ultimately lies
    If this movie wasn't claiming to be a true story, I might have given it 3 stars. I read the book, however, and it's obvious that they changed things. Sure, it makes a better movie, but if they're going to claim that it's a true story, they should have stuck with the truth.

    The worst part, however, is the ending.It changes the entire point of the story.In the movie, the "good girl" who more or less goes along with the psychiatric program gets better and gets out.The "bad girl" who doesn't ends up pretty much exactly like the "bad girl" at the end of The Craft: crazed, screaming, and in 4-point restraints.

    In the book, the true story, the "good girl" gets released and ends up, eh, okay.Not great, but getting by.Years later, she runs into the "bad girl" who also got released and ended up, eh, okay.Not great, but getting by.To change this ending is utterly inexcusable.It changes absolutely everything the author of the book was trying to tell about what institutions are really like and really accomplish. ... Read more

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