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Susie from Philly

It seems to me that the subtext is really that Andrew McCarthy is gay, and leaving for another man.

Judith

can you believe that in real life her boyfriend left her when she was 8 or 9 months pregnant? What kind of woman would take a guy who did that?

success is the best response to all disses.

julia

Claire Danes, apparently.

Judith

Now Julia, I didnt say who - I said what kind? :-)

Anyway, she dumped him for a younger guy the way he dumped Parker for a younger woman. So I'd say, the kind of woman with a sense of irony. wink.

flem snopes

I took my niece and nephew, 7 and 5 respectively, to see it Saturday.

It's the first time I've taken them that neither asked to go the the restroom during the movie.

Both told me they had to go but held off because they didn't want to miss anything.

Karen

I cannot believe that there's a human male in this realm of existence who would walk out on Mary-Louise Parker for another woman!

Except for Billy Crudup, apparently, who left her when she was pregnant with his child.

You need to work on your disbelief, Lance.

MikeT

I think you're overestimated the intelligence of men and underestimating the wisdom of kids. Like the rest of us, kids sometimes want to see the worst parts of their lives reflected in film so they can work through their problems in a safe environment.

actor212

Lance.

Really.

Get a grip.

We're talking ANDREW MCCARTHY here! Of COURSE he'd be dumb enough to do that!

Batocchio

I am so with you on Mary-Louise Parker. Walk out on Amy from The West Wing, who has "legs that go all the down to the floor"? And really, what the hell was up with Crudup, huh?

But then, I often wonder about the loutish guys in movies and TV who walk out (or otherwise take for granted) women far better than they deserve.

But yeah, as a film critic friend of mine might say, there's the question of "intended audience" here.

Kevin Wolf

Ms Parker needs to show up in some other movie so that there might be a hope in hell that I'd go see it.

CGI-manufactured-fantasy-crap? Not so much.

Campaspe

She is very beautiful and quite talented. Ms Parker also went through a bit of a phase where she kept dying in her movies, so this is something of an improvement in that regard.

Lance, have you been reading Andrew McCarthy's diary in Slate? It's very interesting and intelligent so his haters here might be surprised. :P I admit, I still have vestiges of my crush on him from girlhood, although my All Time Bestest Favoritest Favorite of that crop was (um, is?) James Spader.

M. George Stevenson

Lance, dude... aren't you the guy who so perceptively elaborated what it was that makes MLP's character in Weeds so ambivalence-inducing? It's why it's her perfect role: It is, somehow, herself, a entitled narcissist who can't believe that anyone would deny her.

I offer no dissent about how great she looks -- although in IMAX, I must say, the bloom's a little less near the rose -- but she has always been the most maddeningly inconsistent of actors and the Weeds post finally showed me why: past a certain point, there's nothing there but self-pity/self-pretty. I saw her on Broadway in Prelude to a Kiss and fell in love; no too long after, I saw her in Bus Stop and remembered why there's only one Marilyn (and, BTW, saw why Ron Perlman will pull a Hal Holbrook in the, oh, 2030 Oscar race).

Re: Spiderwyck as a whole, it relieved my 9-year-old of his Harry Potter-induced innocence about movies being roughly equivalent in quality to the books on which they're based.

Lance

George,

No fair using my own words against me!

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