What with the war, and the
ubiquitous sounds and sights of embedded reporters standing behind tanks
or jeeps, or green tinted blurry images with flashes of bright light, we
wanted to see something light, that would make us laugh. This film fit
the bill. A totally different story compared to our last flick, The
Quiet American, we had a great time, with a lot of laughs and heart
It's a classic Cinderella-type story of a girl who's never had
contact with her father, a fabulously wealthy Earl, in England. Every
time she works as a waitress at a wedding, she cries when the father
does the dance with the father.
At seventeen she runs off to meet her father. She sneaks onto his
estate, meets him, and his snooty fiance. The story moves on to portray
her being a silly, playful, open American teen let loose in a stiff,
upper class world of royalty, while her father is running for a position
in the house of commons.
There are no big surprises here, no deep human insights, observations
or explorations. It's just a simple, happy story with plenty of sweet
moments that touch the heart. Amanda Bynes, a regular on Nickleodeon for
11 years, since she was five, did a great job playing an older woman of
The casting was superb, with the nasty stepmother and stepsister
to-be doing a great job of getting you to hate them.
The music is excellent, particularly the singing of Oliver James, who
plays Ian, the rocker boyfriend.
This is not a movie you go to if you are seeking mental stimulation,
but for light, happy entertainment that repeatedly lifts and touches
your heart and makes you laugh and smile, it's a winner.
By the way, I must confess, at 51, I was one of the oldest in the
writings of Rob Kall
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune
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first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and
Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful
people on his Bottom Up Radio Show,
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more detailed bio:
Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project.
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