We ring in the end of the year with a discussion on the 2011 ensemble New Years Eve. With so many characters and so little in the way of plot or character development, the film celebrates the end of a year and the beginning of a new one with punch-in-the-face-style romances and bloated resolutions from people we don’t care about. For those who longed for Hilary Swank and Jon Bon Jovi to act side by side, Garry Marshall was listening.
For this very special New Years episode we got a little help from our friend J.M. McNab from Rewatchability.
Happy New Year!!
Episode 44 – NEW YEAR’S EVE
You know it, you love it, we… are pretty divided on it! It’s the favourite holiday rom com, 2003’s Love Actually. It’s hard to summarize our longest episode to date, so we’ll just say there’s lots of yelling, lots of swearing, and more characters being called “dum-dum” than ever before!
So if you real-ly love Christmas, come on and let it… snow.
Episode 42 – LOVE ACTUALLY
Join us this week as we discuss one of the most depressing holiday movies ever, 1960’s The Apartment! Directed by Billy Wilder and starring a very young Shirley MacLaine, a still-pretty-young Jack Lemmon, and a “Yeah, he’s kinda old already” Fred MacMurray, the film really focuses on the sadness that some experience around the holidays. While it tackles some very serious issues like depression and suicide, it is still a very funny romantic comedy at heart. Will Miss Kubelik choose love or security? Will Mr. Baxter choose love or success? Will Mr. Baxter’s sheets finally get washed?! These and other questions answered, this week on What She’s Having.
Episode 41 – THE APARTMENT
We kick off December with the 2001 film Bridget Jones’ Diary, because, what better way to start the holiday romantic comedy season than with a fun-loving, kind of sloppy, hopeless romantic female icon like Bridget Jones? It’s been awhile since the phenomenon of the book-turned-major film starring Renee Zellwegger, Colin Firth and Hugh Grant was the talk of the town, so we reflect on the big questions: Is Mark Darcy delightfully frumpy, or just super boring? Why do British romantic comedies always try to pretend London is snowy at Christmas? Are Bridget’s friends terrible people? Is Bridget’s staple of a ‘real’ woman still relevant today? We’re gonna ponder it all over a couple bottles of wine. Jones-style.
Episode 40 – BRIDGET JONES’ DIARY