My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Another airplane, another movie.  In my quest to find a decent romantic comedy, I tried My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.  I really enjoyed the first one and found it sweet and charming.  This one attempts to capture the magic, but it is not as sweet and charming.  Nia Vardalos is back as Toula, married to John Corbett’s Ian, and they now have a 17 year-old daughter, Paris.  Toula is still incredibly involved in her Greek family’s life.

The movie revolves around the wedding of Toula’s parents after it is discovered that they were never actually married.  Toula is also trying to rekindle the romance with Ian, and Paris is choosing whether to stay or go away to college.  All of the extended family members are back in this story, although some of the idiosyncrasies that were charming in the first film seem merely annoying here.  Toula’s father in particular here seems unloving toward her mother for the majority of the movie.  The movie certainly passed the time on the airplane, but I would skip this one and just re-watch the original.

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Mother’s Day

On the way home from Alabama, there was time for more airplane movies.  On this leg, I chose Mother’s Day.  I am generally a fan of these mash-up type of movies, where all of the different story lines come together in the end.  This one was pretty  brutal though, even for me.

The cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts and Jason Sudeikis.  The story lines were pretty predicable and some were incredibly annoying.  I really wish that there would be a good romantic comedy.  I guess Trainwreck was the last one that I saw that was any good.  Anyway, Mother’s Day was disappointing and can definitely be skipped.

Sing Street

On the airplane to Alabama last week, Delta had personal television screens with a multitude of movies to choose from…yay!  I picked out Sing Street, which was made by John Carney.  I loved his other movies, Once and Begin Again.

Sing Street is about a high schooler, Conor, who is forced to leave his private school in Ireland and go to a state school to save his family money.  He doesn’t fit in and decides to form a band to impress a mysterious girl by asking her to be in the band’s videos.  The songs are amazing as is the 1980s soundtrack.  This was a great feel good airplane movie.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

I was excited to read the newest Harry Potter story, albeit in play form.  Going to London right now to see the play performed is not in the cards, so reading the play is the next best thing.

The play follows Harry and Ginny’s son, Albus as he begins his own adventures at Hogwarts.  Harry’s reputation leaves big shoes for Albus to fill and he feels he can never live up to expectations.  Draco Malfoy’s own son, Scorpius is Albus’s best friend.  The two decide to use a time turner to go back and right a major wrong, the death of Cedric Diggory.  Of course, any change in time sets off a chain of changes in the future that must then be fixed.  The story moved quickly and was very exciting.

I really enjoyed reading this script.  Harry Potter’s world is so imaginative and full of life and the characters are so memorable that it is wonderful to read an additional story about them.

The Singles Game

Lauren Weisberger, author of The Devil Wears Prada, recently released her new book, the Singles Game about Charlie Silver, a professional tennis player.  I love love love tennis and so thought this book would be right up my “alley.”  Sorry, that was bad.  I definitely enjoyed the book.  It was a quick read and although not deep literature, by any means, I liked the tennis aspects of the story and following Charlie through the year after she had a bad injury on the court.

There is of course a love interest that is no good for her and a better one waiting in the wings that she can’t quite recognize, but the audience can a million miles away.  Those are not the strongest aspects of the story.  I could probably read an entire book just about the tennis matches, but I understand why most people would want the romance thrown in there as well.

The Singles Game is a great summer read, especially if you like tennis or are a fan of Weisberger’s other books.

Sammy’s House

I had read Sammy’s Hill many years ago when it came out and loved it, mostly due to the fact that I had also been a congressional staffer in D.C. at one point.  I recently learned that there had been a sequel and checked it out of the library to take on my vacation last week.  The book is Kristin Gore’s (daughter of Al Gore) 2007 followup and she clearly uses her inside information on the workings of government to craft a realistic story set in the White House.

Sammy Joyce is now working in the White House as a health policy aide and the book follows her relationship with a Washington Post reporter, a presidential scandal and colleague politics.  The book was a quick read and I was anxious to learn how all of the plot lines resolved.

Sweetbitter

I just finished the much hyped Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, which recently came out.  The story follows Tess, a recent college graduate who lands a job at one of the best restaurants in New York.  Tess must navigate being in a new city by herself with the politics and people of the restaurant.  She inevitably falls in love with the bartender and is intrigued by an older server who begins to mentor her.

Tess is often hard to respect or even like because of the choices she is making.  Her love interest is clearly not as into her as she is into him.  She drinks and uses drugs to her detriment.  Through all of that, there was something that reminded me of what it was like to be at your first job right out of college.  I worked in an office where there were long hours and everyone was young and smart.  It was easy to get swept up in an inter-office relationship with someone who probably was not right for you.  I wanted so badly for Tess to succeed and enjoyed every moment of her story.