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Entries from February 2008

Muriel’s Wedding (1994)

February 18th, 2008 · 12 Comments

  Synopsis Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette), a freckled faced and overweight geek, lives in the Gold Coast town of “Porpoise Spit” with her father (Bill Hunter), a politician who blames his “useless” family for ruining his chance at higher office. While Muriel’s brothers and sisters do little but smoke and watch TV all day, Muriel […]

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Tags: Black comedy · Famous line · Father/daughter relationship · Mother/daughter relationship · Music

Flirting With Disaster (1996)

February 15th, 2008 · 10 Comments

  Synopsis “I can’t help feeling that if I’d been raised by at least one of my real parents, I wouldn’t be such a nervous person,” admits Mel Coplin (Ben Stiller) as he pictures random people on the street being his biological parents. A data analyst named Tina Kalb (Téa Leoni) notifies Mel that his […]

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Tags: Dreams and visions · Father/son relationship · Mother/son relationship · Road trip

The Game (1997)

February 9th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Synopsis Investment banker Nicholas Van Orton (Michael Douglas) – who arrives at work in a building named after his father – is wished happy birthday by his new secretary. “I don’t like her,” Van Orton confides to his loyal assistant Maria (Elizabeth Dennehy). She notifies her boss that he received a prank call from a […]

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Tags: Brother/brother relationship · Femme fatale · Midlife crisis · Paranoia