Men, Women, & Children Passes

Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening of Jason Reitman’s new film, MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN at the AMC Waterfront 22 on Tuesday, October 14 at 7PM.


The film has an all-star cast including Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer and Ansel Elgort.  MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

If you are interested, please comment below with your favorite high school memory.  I’ll start with mine- Schenley High School C/O 2005.  Yes, I’ve been out of high school for ten years and I officially feel old!  But, anywho, I enjoyed the basketball games, the trophy room parties, the congested Tripper, and skipping classes to go to lunch but still managing to get on the honor roll!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

January 2014 Throwback Movie of the Month: Clueless

With MSQ’s one year anniversary, January was hectic! But, I didn’t forget about the throwback movie series!

To be young, spoiled and completely clueless…


Cher (Alicia Silverstone) was surrounded by limitless credit cards and obnoxious friends when she decided to mentor a misguided new girl at her high school. As the most popular girl in school, Cher had to play therapist with her best bud, Dionne (Stacey Dash, and her thuggish boyfriend, Murray (Donald Faison), get her new friend,Tai (Brittany Murphy) accumulated to the Beverly Hills lifestyle, and manage a rocky, unexpected love life with her stepbrother, Josh (Paul Rudd).

The movie is an absolute classic! From Cher thinking Billie Holliday was a man to her horrible attempts at baking a fully intact roll of cookie dough, she was the ditsiest teenager ever. But draped with style, daddy’s fortune, and good intentions, it was hard not to love her.

The first time I watched Clueless I was 8 years old and while most of the things went right over my head, I enjoyed the high school perspective. I thought Cher’s days of changing her grades, setting up lonely teachers, and delivering idiotic debates were a universal high school experience. As I got older, my understanding of the movie evolved; figuring out a what “you-know-what” is, “Rolling with the Homies” is a real song, and Cher was a social pot-smoker.

There was a brief TV show based off of the movie and it was horrible. It featured the same exact cast from the movie except for Cher – Rachel Blanchard – and every episode was dumber than the previous one. The unpopularity of the show was a direct results of the show’s cancellation after 62 episodes. If Alicia Silverstone was on board for the TV show, I’m sure the show would have been better received.

Nevertheless, I’m still partially damaged because I can not locate my VHS copy of Clueluess. But no fear! The Walmart $5 bin is near…


Clueless - Brittany Murphy & Donald Faison

The Spectacular Now


The Spectacular Now, adapted from Tim Tharp’s book with the same title, is clever, witty, and the biggest movie surprise of the summer.

Set in Athens, GA, Sutter Keely (Miles Teller) faces a broken heart, a new, unexpected love, a turbulent senior year of high school and alcohol dependency.

Yearning so much to not be like his unreliable, flighty father, inevitably, he ends up just like him. Sutter totes a convenience store “big gulp” size cup with him everywhere drinking away his fears. He meets a quiet not-so-popular hometown girl, Aimee Finecky (Shailene Woodley), who changes his look on life as she overwhelms him with love and affection.

Also in the early spring release 21 and Over, Miles Teller captivates young audiences with his fresh screen presence and his authentic free spirit. Any young adult can relate to the characters he plays because there so many wondrous attributes that help you identify with your own younger years.

I’m 25 and because of his recent bad boy portrayals in movies, I can vividly remember senior-itis at Schenley High School when I just didn’t want to go my first period English 4 IB course. Or when I was in college and every college student anticipated in agony until the day when they were legally allowed to consume alcohol. Some experiences are universal and take you on a pleasant, grateful trip down Memory Lane.

More than just an acting gig, in The Spectacular Now, you can clearly see scars all over Miles Teller’s body. Not hidden by makeup or advanced technology, directors of the movie wanted to keep the scars visible to make the movie more realistic. Teller suffered life threatening injuries after a 2008 car accident where he was ejected 25 feet from the car. Ironically, the movie has a similar car accident involving Teller’s character Sutter.

I sat down with the writers of The Spectacular Now, Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber, who also wrote (500) Days of Summer. Neustadter and Weber shared their 5 year journey of writing the screenplay and the difficulty of turning a book into a real life movie. “This whole movie was about how do we make young people feel that this movie is real,” said Neustadter. His co-writer Webber quickly added, “It felt really honest to us.”

The writing duo takes pride in every project despite the complexity this time around of turning a book into a movie. “There’s a bit of ambiguity to every thing we write,” said Neustadter. Who knew that this funny love story all started with a book that Neustadter and Webber fell in love with years ago.

4 STARS: The Spectacular Now is an acquired taste but once you get acclimated there’s no doubt that you’ll enjoy it. I know it’s a lot to ask for a movie but it’s well worth it. The Spectacular Now is in select theaters now.

The To Do List

The To Do List
Do you remember Trapper Keepers, skorts, Home Improvement, Bill Cosby sweaters, or the unstableness of a waterbed? Gas was $1.16 a gallon (no fuel perks) and Bill Clinton was recently elected as the 42nd President of the United States.

In 1993, I was 5 years old. But I got a taste of high school in the early 1990s after watching CBS Films The To Do List starring Aubrey Plaza, Johnny Simmons, Bill Hader, and Scott Porter. Brandy Clark (Plaza) recently graduates from high school and realizes that she’s an inexperienced virgin. After pressure from her promiscuous friends and well-endowed older sister, Brandy creates a to do list of sex acts she wants to commit before she goes to college in the Fall. With the entire summer at her disposal, Brandy learns a lot about herself as a lifeguard at a local swimming pool.

Like most teenagers, Brandy is curious about sex and her innocence only exacerbates her interest. Her big sister, Amber (Rachel Bilson) gives her useless tips on how to “score,” while her best friends, Fiona (Alia Shawkat) and Wendy (Sarah Steele) complicate their friendships by fighting over guys.

This is the first I’ve heard of Aubrey Plaza but she was absolutely brilliant. She’s pretty much the Stacey Dash of the millennium. Like the Clueless superstar, Aubrey Plaza is 29 years old and easily plays the role of a 17-year-old. Plaza is frail yet cute and spunky and she completely dazzles the big screen as sexually awkward Brandy Clark.

It was easy to reminiscence because the music in the To Do List reminds you exactly where you were in 1993. I know you’re thinking I was riding my big wheel and watching Mister Rogers but I remember songs like O.P.P by Naughty by Nature and MC Hammer’s U Can’t Touch This. The movie is also filled with sex songs that coincide with the movie’s raunchiness like 2 Live Crew’s Me So Horny, Rump Shaker by Wreckx-N-Effect, and Let’s Talk About Sex by Salt-n-Pepa. It’s hard not to believe that an average high schooler in 1993 wasn’t thinking about sex with all of the sexual music references.

4 Stars: The To Do List, in theatres July 26th, is refreshing yet proactive. Definitely not appropriate for anyone under 18 but an accurate account of how teenagers feel about sex. It’s juicy with new comedy and overall, a moviemaking delight.

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