June 19, 2012

GMC Day 19: A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

Kate Hudson, Gael Garcia Bernal

I am a sucker. I saw this giant poster hanging in the window of Blockbuster and thought, 'Ooh, a new Kate Hudson movie I've never heard of!' What I should have been saying was 'Why have I never heard of this movie? It must be terrible.' Or even more accurately, 'It doesn't matter whether or not I've heard of it - it's probably terrible anyway.'

Yet again, I fought against my better judgement and rented this movie. It's a bit of a wonder how she keeps getting to make movies. And I say this as someone who has watched all her movies. I know it's my fault. It's people like me who keep watching them, that allow studios to believe she is a bankable actress. But her movies are terrible! Like an 80's musician with a one-hit wonder that continues to tour, Kate Hudson continues to land movies based on her amazing performance as Penny Lane in Almost Famous. That was 12 years ago.

[And as a side rant, what is it with Hollywood and their love for movies involving friendly ghosts? Did they learn nothing from the bomb that was Over Her Dead Body?]

The only positive takeaway from this movie is that Hollywood has finally progressed to presenting interracial romantic interests beyond simply black and white people. I don't want to get all political, but the lack of diverse representation in movies beyond the black and white is astounding, considering the actual makeup of the US population (22% Asian & Latino). I think they should make a movie about a love triangle between an Indian girl, a Mexican guy and a Chinese guy.

Final word: It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a Kate Hudson movie. Whether or not you'll like it depends on what you expect from that.

The Great Movie Challenge - read it from the beginning here.

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