This one got off to an interesting start from the beginning. And when I say "beginning" I mean with the onset of getting the tickets sold. It dawned on me that now that I have more contacts and networking outlets than I did last year then I could potentially sell a table's worth of tickets. So that was my goal. 10 tickets sold. Pretty modest considering other bros were averaging two tables. However, if I did 10 that would be 10 better than I had done in previous years.
The initial response was very favorable. I had all types of folks interested. I thought for a minute there that I would actually need to get more tickets. However, the closer the time got to the ball, the less the solid the commitments were getting. The "Sounds fun..let me check on something"s turned into a myriad of excuses why folks couldn't make it.
Long story short, I still ended up selling my 10 tickets. Just barely, but I sold them. In fact, I sold all 10 tickets without taking myself into consideration. The tables only have 10 seats. I didn't have a seat for myself! But something told me that given the history of the commitments leading up to that date that something would open up. Sure enough, I was right.
The soror who was going to be sitting at my table told me just minutes before the Ball that she couldn't make it. There was the one open seat. Too bad it didn't stop there. My boy (who I won't put on front street by saying his name, but it rhymes with Schmill) told me minutes before that his sitter fell through so he couldn't make it. Even though they had known about it for a couple of months. Another couple couldn't make it but gave their tickets to their friends. Those friends showed but decided to sit at the table next to mine since their church friends were there. A First Fridays associate decided not to show. So my sold out table ended up with 5 empty seats. I have to admit that was a little embarrassing.
But I wasn't going to let something like that keep me from enjoying the Ball. Afterall, there were bros coming to town that I hadn't seen in forever. Like Josh from O Pi who I've kept in constant contact with thanks to Twitter and text. And Larry from O Pi who was responsible for making that tight XL-Images logo that I now have splashed everywhere (I really need to do a post about that site REAL soon). Not to mention the bros from the chapter who are always a good time anyway.
The program portion probably went a tad longer than it could have. It wasn't without some unintentional comedy though. I still can't believe that I must have been the only person who missed JT refer to some snack food as "crack snacks". Then there was Felix who apparently gets very long-winded when he gets nervous. VERY long-winded. But hey...he gave XL-Images a shout out so that was good.
The best part about the Ball was it was one of the most successful ones we have had in years. We had estimated we would sell right around 300 tickets. That totals 30 tables. After we started counting the guest list and doing the seating arrangements we found that we actually did 33 tables. It's been a while since it's been like that. I know the scholarship recipients for this year and next year are really going to appreciate that.
Now you know a Black and Gold Ball post wouldn't be complete without some pictures. I made it a point this year to float around more than I have in the past to get more comprehensive photos. Plus, I was also testing out a new lens and a borrowed speed light to see how the combination would work in that lighting. Not too bad if I say so myself. Check them out for yourself in the ZKL Black and Gold Ball 2011 photo album. Mark your calendar now and next year you could see yourself in some of these pics!
This has been one heck of a week for both potential winners and possible Bungles. Folks were vying hard for their argument on both ends. Starting with Mark Ciavarella. He's the juvenile court judge in Pennsylvania who was recently convicted for a "kids for cash" scam. He had sentenced hundreds of kids to private juvenile detention centers so he could get paid on the back end from those centers. One mom justifiably told him to "rot in hell" as he was leaving the courtroom because his sentencing of her son sent his life spiralling until he eventually committed suicide. It's a pretty safe bet that hell definitely has a seat reserved for Ciavarella. But that wasn't good enough to get him the post.
Then there was 34-year-old Tiffany Nealous of Michigan. She was involved in a auto accident that resulted in her undriveable vehicle being towed an auto repair shop. When she went there to pick it up and found out that the tow bill was $200 she went OFF! She violently trashed the place in protest. In front of her boyfriend who was pleading for her to stop. In front of her elementary-age son who was bawling watching his mom act a fool. Now she faces fines and responsible for damages that are several times the amount of the tow bill. Nevermind that though...the fact that she did that with her son watching was enough to qualify her. However, not good enough for me to give her the nod.
I wanted to go the positive route instead so the story of the Domino's Pizza delivery driver who saved a woman's life caught my eye. Delivery driver Susan Guy noticed that one of her loyal customers, Jean Wilson, hadn't ordered a pizza in three days, so she started to worry. Wilson, an elderly woman living alone, had ordered a large pepperoni pizza everyday for the past three years. Susan went to her home to check on her. Sure enough...she was injured from a fall and couldn't get to the phone to call form help. If it wasn't for Susan, who knows how long Wilson would have been there?
Although it was a valiant effort on Susan's part, she didn't get it either. However, there were a couple of noticeable things about this story. There's a lot to be said about a woman that's been ordering a LARGE pizza EVERY single day for THREE years. I know I'm not the only one thinking that it's no wonder she couldn't get up. And one reason I couldn't give Susan the title is because she may have saved Wilson's life, but by delivering that to her EVERY single day for THREE years, she also contributed to how she got that way.
Anyway...the person who gets the shout out this week's winner is no other than my own son: G! Has he gotten it before? Probably so, but that doesn't matter. If Allen Iverson can be a repeat recipient then of course G can be. Plus it's for scholastic achievement which makes it even more appropriate that he get it again.
I was at work stressing over yet another busy day when I got a random e-mail from G's teacher. Now the good thing about e-mails from his teacher is it's never anything bad. G knows how to behave in school so we never have to worry about negative communication from the school. But I was thinking it would just be something about an upcoming assignment, field trip or something like that that his teacher wanted to make sure got put on the radar.
Instead, the email was to inform me that G won his classroom tryouts for the school Spelling Bee. She also made it a point to say that the tryouts were strictly voluntary. That's the part that really got me. G is known to be a little shy when it comes to his schoolwork. He does good in school but is definitely not the kind to stand out. He just wants to do his work, do good and not make waves. So for him to volunteer for that AND win was great news.
I casually informed G tht it meant he was a chip off the old block. I was about his age when I started excelling at spelling and decided to compete in the school Spelling Bee. Ours wasn't as formal as classroom tryouts though. It was just a competition open to the entire school. Don't get me wrong...it's not like I ever won it. I could never get past my best friend Michael Peterson or our mutual friend Michelle Grandstaff. But I was able to place 3rd once. Not too shabby for that to be out of the entire school.
It's rather ironic that I should be getting the news this week when I had just chosen "Akeelah and the Bee" as this week's Vault Pick. Now G finds himself in a similar position where he'll be competing against the entire school. If he does well enough it would be just a matter of time before it's on to Regionals then Washington DC! At least I think that's the progression for the Spelling Bee rounds. Then the next thing you know it's "G and the Bee"! Way to go, Son!
I was just on here a little while ago in this very same category singing the praises of the Pandora knock-off site called Slacker. It's not that I was downing Pandora. At least that I can recall. I think my biggest gripe at the time was that I couldn't get it on the work pc because of security issues. That's certainly not Pandora's fault so they shouldn't get slighted for that.
The one thing that Slacker doesn't have is this Neo-Soul station. Sure...you can create your own station out there. Maybe you could do it just right so that it would be pretty close to the same thing. But why go thru all that when Pandora already had one ready for you to just click and play? Not to mention that I guaranteed they'll break out with some songs that you probably forgot all about that STILL hit.
That's the best thing about that Neo-Soul station. The way they play just the right mix to remind me of those songs I haven't heard in a while. 9 times out of 10 it's a song that I already had on the Zune, but I just hadn't busted it out in a while. Or maybe it was a cut from a cd that I have on the Zune where I haven't bothered to listen to the entire cd yet. I can't count how many Jill Scott songs Neo-Soul radio has been hippin me too.
I may be getting a little ahead of myself. There may some folks out there who aren't familiar with Neo-Soul. That's a basically an R&B genre with a very laidback feel to it. Often with jazzy undertones. Some people that don't know any better refer to it as elevator music. That's only because when you get artists that do it the right way it is some of the most relaxing music you have ever heard. If music really does soothe the savage beast then Neo-Soul will make that joker dang near comatose.
I have to admit that as great as that station is, they do make an occasional misstep. There have been more than a couple of times they put some Jay-Z out there. I understand that he does have some songs where he has some smooth R&B cats doing the hook; however, that doesn't make it Neo-Soul. It's still hip-hop. Same thing goes for when they try to pull that on me with some Common and Lupe Fiasco. They even had the nerve to do those back to back. That's okay. That's what that skip button is for.
They will sometimes reach in another direction to get music for that Neo-Soul catalog. They broke out some Earth, Wind & Fire "Reasons" the other day. I love me some EWF as much as the next guy, but I certainly wouldn't classify that as "neo". No way I was skipping that one though. You don't pass on cuts like that.
It's nice that I don't have to worry about Pandora getting blocked making it inaccessible on a computer. Why? Because there's also an iPhone app for that. As long as my phone gets 3G service it can pick up Pandora. Now I can have Neo-Soul pretty much anywhere I go. Just as long as I don't hit that threshold of the maximum allowable of free hours Pandora has set. Still don't know what that is so I imagine I've never come close. I probably will in the near future since I've been a Neo-Soul fool. It's hard to get enough of a good thing though.
I could count on my hand how many times I've watched MTV probably in the last month. They clearly don't aim for my demographic. They're okay with that and so am I. But back in the day, there were times when the tv would stay on MTV for hours at a time. I know we always talk about how we miss those days when they used to play videos; however, everyone often overlooks the other aspect that made MTV special back then: the veejays.
It was an entirely new gig at the time. Radio deejays were never seen so they always had to rely on their signature voices to paint an image of what they were. The veejays (short for "video jockeys" for those younger folks that weren't aware) didn't have that luxury. That meant that MTV would have to carefully select those folks that would best do that so as to appeal to a broad audience. The did a pretty good job of getting it right on their first try.
The original five deejays pretty much represented a cross-reference of any high school in America during the 80s:
Mark Goodman - Here's your Mr. Popularity. He rocked the long hair/nearly a mullet hairstyle that many of the hairbands of the day wore. He dressed like a mixture of preppy and rock so as not to be pigeon-holed. He represented the "in-crowd"
J. J. Jackson - The token Black guy. You KNOW MTV had to have one of those. The afrocentrism movement of the 90s hadn't yet come around, but they made sure they had one of us on there to at least appease us a little. Even if they didn't play any Black videos except for Michael Jackson in the station's early years
Nina Blackwood - This would be your rocker chick. She was part of that trend that would later evolve into the goth look years later. She represented those folks in our school who would always go across the street to the cemetery to smoke so that they're not on school premises
Martha Quinn - Pretty much the polar opposite of rocker chick. She would be your all-American girl next door. Your MaryAnn. Ms. Popularity. She was about as down home as you could get. She would be invited to all of the hip parties, but she's not the "party girl".
Alan Hunter - probably about as close to the nerd as you could get. He had the scrawny, little frame that would endear him to that crowd. No glasses with tape though. He just had that squirrly look about him. He reminded me of the type that didn't want to admit he was a nerd and was cool with all of the other sub-genres in high school. However, all of those other sub-genres clearly knew he was a nerd. He was probably both a band geek and gleek.
There would be others to come along that would make a name for themselves in other ways as the face of MTV changed. Like Downtown Julie Brown ushering in their club scene. Or Carson Daly getting them involved in a semi-talk show look. And who could forget the "Wanna Be a VJ" contest where the manufactured and fake Jesse Camp won over a much more well-deserving and polished Dave Holmes? Okay...maybe it's just me that remembers that.
So yeah...the veejays were defintely a piece of MTV history that often get overlooked. It was an underappreciate part of history as far as I'm concerned. By purposely starting off the network with those five veejays that were a microcasm of the demographic at which they were aiming, MTV made sure to get their hooks in us immediately. Although they strayed away from their roots, that foundation they built with the veejays still brings back fond memories.
I must admit that I don't Tweet near as much as I should. Probably because it really turns out to be me just talking to myself. Twitter isn't as interactive as The Book is. However, I can speak more freely out there because my friends list is much more exclusive.
What I primarily use Twitter for is an information source. I can't count how many times I've learned of important news items due to timely updates on my Twitter feed. When it's not doing that, it's an excellent source of entertainment. You just have to make sure you're following the right folks to have your timeline be efficient. I would like to think I have achieved that balance.
I widdled my list of folks I follow down to only 117. That may sound like a lot, but I would estimate that only 1/3 of that list actually uses Twitter actively. Of those that do, I have fashioned my own list of my personal favorite Top 10 Twitter IDs:
10. @CiciLaw I just realized that she was officially my very first client for XL-Images. Technically anyway. She was the first to ask for a shoot but we could never get our schedules to mesh. By the time we did she ended up being my third client. Anyway, her Tweets tend to be short and to the point while being a mixture of informative and funny.
9. @jpkmensah This is my frat brother Josh who also hails from the Mighty Omicron Pi (Iowa State, for those who still don't know). I can't lie...he'll sometimes get a little techie with his tweets so I tune some of those out. However, most of the time he's on some relevant news and/or pop culture reference with his own insight that is often quite clever
8. @walkerdl Another frat brother that I met thru a mutual acquaintance on Twitter. I can't even remember who now, but glad I did. His updates are commonly news items and/or links to recent breaking stories. Sometimes they are things I may have already known, but they will occasionally be tidbits that I wasn't aware of. He seems to get his sources from all over. It's like he's got about a dozen different news sites pulled up at once.
7. @rolandsmartin I didn't start following him until the exact same time that the Teena Marie story broke. I don't know what took me so long because Roland is not only Frat but one of my favorite journalists. It's also helpful that he doesn't just provide generic Tweets. His are impersonal to make him more down-to-earth.
6. @darthvader Yes....THE Darth Vader. Okay...I'm sure it's not actually David Prowse or even James Earl Jones behind the ID. Whoever it is always on point with their Star Wars relevant tweets. I will admit there are some that reach a little sometimes, but that doesn't happen often. His is a must-follow for any Star Wars fan.
5. @SLAMonline You have to first get past the fact that when they Tweet they usually do two or three in rapid fire succession. Still not sure why they do that. However, I quickly learned that when I pay attention to those, there's really little need to have their magazine. You're not going to get full-length articles from the links they provide, but you can still get some very useful hoop nuggets. If you're an NBA fan then you should definitely be following this ID.
4. @shitmydadsays You'll have to forgive my French but that is the exact name of the Twitter ID. It has gotten more notoriety lately because there is now a tv show by the same name. This is where it started though. Some loser twentysomething (or maybe thirtysomething?) who lives at home with his dad and tweets the random things his dad says. Some of the funniest things you've ever read. The tv show really doesn't do it justice. I'm sure the book would which is why I need to pick that up.
3. @headgeek666 Don't let the ID fool you. It has nothing to do with anything satanic. This is actually the first time I just now noticed that there were three 6s at the end. Anyway, dude is the head honcho at Ain't It Cool News. When I don't feel like going out to the site to get the latest movie news I can just check his feed to get more timely information. Just have to be careful because he may give away some spoilers every now and then. The best part about his Twitter feed is being reminded when he posts his weekly dvd column. That's how I get alerted to flicks that I would have otherwise not known at all
2. @BreakingNews The name is just what it sounds like. This ID constantly delivers the latest news updates from around the world. It's like CNN on speed. Sometimes it's even better than CNN. There have been a couple of instances when the news story they tweet about hasn't yet hit CNN. Now that I think about it, maybe it is CNN's Twitter ID? Anyway, for every international story they tweet about that doesn't interest me, there's at least two national ones that do. If you add Twitter, this should be one of the first IDs you add without question.
1. @BlackMediaSCOOP The best thing about this Twitter ID is how they combine their types of news. They will hit pop culture, gossip, real news, sports. They don't discriminate. If it's news about our people that they think will be even the least bit interesting, they'll scoop about it. So it's like TMZ, CNN and ESPN all rolled into one. The only thing I don't like about it is they will repeat the same stories a couple of times during the course of one day. I suppose it's okay for those folks that might missed the first one, but I'm a little more attentive than that. I'm dying to know who's really behind that Beyonce profile pic that they've been using for the longest.
I said that I would hit you off with a good Black movie to commemorate Black History Month so here you have it. Yes, I realize that we are now just a few days away from the month being over so I am a tad late. That meant that I would have to find a doozy to make up for the oversight on my part. Unfortunately, I've already spoken on most of the heavy hitters that were some of my all-time favorites. Although this one may not be on the starting squad, it's one heck of back-up.
Sometimes, a movie comes along where in and of itself, it would appear there is nothing really special about it. It would seem the plot would just be average, if not trite, and nothing about it really stands out. Then you watch it and your viewpoint has changed altogether. That's how I was with "Akeelah and the Bee". I even had it in my personal collection for weeks without watching it before finally convinced by Mom and Dad that it was more than worthy of a viewing.
Even if you haven't seen this particular movie, you have seen this story a thousand times. The thing that's different is they use spelling instead of a common sports theme to highlight competition. All of the familiar roles are there...the underdog trying to overcome odds to win, the mentor with his own troubled past that helps, the nemesis who later becomes a friend...yada, yada, yada...
But this one was moving to me because of the way Akeelah's (Keke Palmer) involvement in the Bee serves as a catalyst for helping her family problems, the community problems and even her school's problems. It wasn't even her intention to be everyone's savior yet inadvertently, she steps into the role and becomes the voice of thousands of people.
Laurence Fishburne is right on point as the mentor. He should be after movie after movie of playing that same role. Angela Bassett is almost a bit overbearing as the mother. And I wish her trainer would scale back a bit and stop having her look like a female weightlifter. But it's Palmer as Akeelah that really makes this joint shine. Who would have known she had it in her from that small role in "Madea's Family Reunion"?
"Akeelah and the Bee" was first released around the same time I first spoke of the national spelling bee. Even then it was under-appreciated in theaters. I made the mistake of waiting until its dvd release to find out what a great film it truly was. If you still haven't seen it, don't you go on making the same mistake as well.
It's that time of year where the diehard football fans are struggling to get whatever NFL news they can. The Super Bowl isn't that far removed so the withdrawal is starting to set in for them. But this is NOT the kind of news that any football fan wants to hear.
Former four-time Pro Bowl safety and two-time Super Bowl champion Dave Duerson passed away this past Thursday from an apparent suicide. He was only 50-years-old.
It's rather ironic that that sorrowful information should come around now. It was just last year that marked the 30th anniversary of that 1985 Super Bowl win for the Monsters of the Midway. Everyone from my generation remembers that Chicago Bears squad as being the best Super Bowl team EVER. The anniversary gave them them a chance to be reintroduced to a younger generation who weren't familiar with them.
Everyone knows that the best part about those Bears was their defense. It was hands down the best defense to ever grace the NFL. Sorry 1972 Dolphins, but it's true. The face of that defense was probably Mike Singletary at linebacker with those penetrating beady eyes of his. However, you couldn't front on Duerson in with his amazing safety skills in the secondary.
I don't pretend to understand what these athletes are going thru once they are out of the limelight for good. I can only imagine that it would have to be a huge struggle for some of them. They go from being pillars of adulation one moment to being afterthoughts the next. It's not always an easy transition even though they may have looked tough as nails while they were on the gridiron.
True, Duerson had been removed from his playing games for a good 20 years. One would think he had clearly gotten over any type of depression that would come with no longer playing. But think about it...once those anniversaries of their Super Bowl wins started coming up, he was probably reminded of the glory days all over again. Then add to that the fact that his business had just filed bankruptcy. Maybe the withdrawal depression started for him and it was too much for him to bear (no pun intended). No matter what the case was, the game truly lost a legend.
It just dawned on me that here we are in Black History Month and I haven't done a single Black movie. I haven't even featured any as my Vault Picks any of the previous weeks in February. I should be ashamed of myself. I will have to remedy that for tomorrow. For now, at least I saw a Black movie so I can squeeze in one regular review to commemorate Black History Month while we still have a week left.
"Night Catches Us" focuses on the time period of 1976 in racial torn Philadelphia. Marcus (Anthony Mackie) is returning home where he was born and raised to attend his father's funeral. The last time he was there was years ago when he was active with the Black Panther Party in the 60s during the heated Civil Rights movement. When a key Panther leader was assassinated by the police, Panther party member suspected that Marcus had turned snitch. Therefore, upon his return he has to deal with the strained relationships of former current Panthers as well as Patricia (Kerry Washington), the wife of the Panther who had been assassinated.
This film explores something that you don't hear about much regarding the Black Panther Party: the involvement that the police had with their ultimate downfall. Here is an organization that was founded on the principles of self-defense and uplifting the community. They were always doing positive things in the neighborhood to give brothas and sistas something to believe in. The police didn't like that. They knew if they were going to spoil a good thing, they had to do it from the inside. Once they infiltrated the ranks things were never the same.
Which brings me to the premise of this movie regarding the whole snitch aspect. It reminded me that it is something that has been misconstrued lately. Jaded folks are making it out to seem like snitching is a bad thing. Most of the time it's in situations where it would help solve a crime that has been committed. There's nothing wrong with it at all in that instance. Especially when it involves catching someone who has taken a life.
The difference is that back in the day, snitching really was negative. "Night Catches Us" reminds us of that. Back then, it pertained to people turning on their own organizations giving information to the Feds to destroy that organization from within. Unfortunately, it happened too frequently during the Civil Rights movement. So of course being a snitch should have been a bad thing. Apparently something got lost in translation between then and now.
I really can't say enough about Anthony Mackie's acting skills. The one thing that does immediately come to mind is he is extremely underrated. He consistently delivers strong performances in every single role and does the same here. The tortured soul parts seem to be his forte and I'll be doggone if he doesn't come thru with it every single time. Any movie with him it will automatically get my attention.
The only knock I could really find was that (and be aware there may be spoilers for those interested in seeing this one) I still wasn't 100% certain who the snitch was in this one. I'm sure that was done intentionally to add a little air of mystery to "Night Catches Us". Even though I'm not usually a fan of flashback scenes in movies, it definitely would have helped here. They were already using stock footage of actual Black Panthers anyway so it would have blended right in.
"Night Cathces Us" reminded me that there are plenty of great Black movies out there. You just have to know where to look to find them. They're not getting the big studio backing for major releases anymore unless Tyler Perry's name is attached to it. You would be surprised what you find on Netflix when you just take the time to find the gems.
The story of "The Scarlet Letter" has been retold several times by now in both film and television. It may not always be the central story of the movie and/or tv episode, but it is incorporated in some way fairly often. It was only a matter of time before someone took the story to the high school level. It seemed like a pretty good fit given the outcast status that some kids experience in high school. And unfortunately, given the state of high school students today, the promiscuity factor is not that far off base.
Olive Penderghast (Emma Stone) is just like most high school kids in that she just wants to be popular. That's why she goes ot the extreme when her best friend, Rhiannon (Aly Michalka) asked Olive how about her weekend. Instead of admitting she rocked out to the musical birthday card she received, she exaggerates with a spicy lie about a sexual escapade. Before long the word spreads and Olive's reputation becomes the word in the school.
You would think most high school girls would shy away from getting THAT type of reputation. Olive relishes it while craving more. She begins taking it to the entrepreneurial level by using her newfound notoriety to give other invisible male students their own shot of fame. They can increase their cool status by having scored with her. The more sullied her reputation becomes, the bigger Olive's head gets. Not only does she become the arch enemy of the school Jesus freak Marianne (Amanda Bynes), she also turns on her best friend in the process. Before long, Olive loses who she really is in the process and possibly a chance to have the honest relationship she really longs for.
I quickly noticed something with "Easy A" as it relates to high school movies. I can still watch them, but I find myself liking the adults in those high school movies more than the kids. Now I know that most of the time the people playing the "kids" are actually adults themselves (Stone, for instance is 22), but I'm talking about those playing the adult roles. It could also be because they've been casting those roles better though. I mean they had Stanley Tucci playing her dad. It's hard to ever go wrong with him in any role in a film.
Don't get me wrong, the kids in the high school flicks are alright when they're great actors too. A movie like "Superbad" immediately comes to mind. But that's also because there was clever writing in addition to a great cast able to pull it off. That doesn't happen often as most of the time studios will churn out high school movies just to appeal to that demographic. It leads to more quantity than quality so my hopes weren't too high with this one.
But Stone's presence gave me a bit of hope for "Easy A". Even in spite of that I had obvious problems with. It comes as no coincidence that Stone being in that former Vault Pick put her on my radar to see her subsequent movies. She cinched it with "Zombieland". She's just as good here with her trademark sarcasm. In case you haven't figured it out by now, those actors/actresses that can master that sarcasm ability are always okay in my book.
Now as far as that premise of wanting to get popular by being a slut...how did Olive not realize that spreading that type of rumor would mean she would not be able to get a REAL date? If she didn't want one then I suppose it would be okay since she was apparently comfortable with that skin she had put herself in. But why would anyone want to get popular that way when there's nothing positive about that at all?
And I'm still not fully understanding why her parents were okay with what was going on. They were supposed to be these free-spirited souls that were all about letting their children express themselves. I get that, but wouldn't even those types draw the line when their daughter is known as the school slut? Especially when she herself is perfectly okay with it? The bad part is they're really are parents out there like that. I'm just glad I'm not and that I wasn't raised like that.
"Easy A" was just as predictable as you might imagine. I will give them a little credit with throwing in a little something that caught me off guard with Lisa Kudrow's character. I will give them even more credit for having Thomas Hayden Church be a part of it. Other than that, it was a passable comedy. Just about worthy of the $1 paid for it at Redbox.