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I watched this movie over the Christmas holidays - I can't believe I waited 13 years after it was released to see it! The movie was released in 2000 and it was one of many movies I recorded on Sky+ over the holidays. The movie stars Tom Hanks, who plays a busy executive for the company FedEx. He's hardly at home, as he's mostly halfway across the world making sure business is operating as it should be. In the opening scenes of the movie we see how passionate he is about work. The movie is actually set during Christmas and so we see him flying home to be with his girlfriend for Christmas lunch. Life seems pretty hectic for the 2 of them but they are very much in love. He has to go away again on the night of Christmas but he promises his girlfriend he'll see her again soon. What happens next I cannot tell you as it would spoil the film, but I can tell you that it's very much worth watching. I love Tom Hanks anyway. He's a brilliant actor. I loved him from the days of 'Big' and since then he's done some absolutely amazing films including 'The Green Mile' and 'Forrest Gump'. In 'Castaway' he completely lived up to any other movies he's done. The majority of the film featured just him and he did a great job at keeping me interested, despite being the only character to watch for roughly 90% of the movie. The story line of the film was really captivating. It's definitely the sort of movie that makes you think and reflect about life. I'd highly recommend watching this if you haven't already seen it.
'The Social Network' was a movie on my lovefilm list as I was interested to know more about the background of Facebook. It tells the story of how Facebook was conceived and the lawsuit that followed once it became a website used by millions of people around the world. The movie begins with a scene from 2003, and Mark Zuckerburg, a student from Harvard University, is being dumped by his girlfriend. He comes across as a socially awkward person (perhaps because in real life he is), and wants to get revenge. He goes back to his dorm room and starts blogging about her, insulting her and not caring much about how she'll react. It's clear he's something of a computer whizz, if not a classic 'nerd' and one thing leads to another, and very quickly he's hacked in to the Harvard system and created 'Face Mash' - an online voting system by which girls from Harvard can be compared to each other in terms of how attractive they are. All of this because he's bitter about being dumped! It doesn't take much time for Facebook to be conceived, but how it all happens is something you'll have to find out once you watch the movie. I really liked this film. It's quite complex to follow and is full of quick witted statements. For the first 20 minutes I thought I wasn't going to understand anything and wondered if I was wasting an evening. But I persisted and am I glad I did, because it's a very interesting film. I don't even use Facebook much but it was intriguing to learn about how it all started, and why there were lawsuits surrounding it. Mark Zuckerburg was played by Jesse Eisenberg, who did a great job of coming across as someone slightly socially inept, and not interested in money. The movie also featured Andrew Garfield, who played the real life character of Eduardo Saverin, a co-founder of Facebook. Andrew Garfield did a great job of playing the good guy who gets cheated out of Facebook when it's really taking off. The big name in this movie is Justin Timberlake, who plays Sean Parker, creator of Napster. I didn't like his character much in this, but I guess that means he did a good job, as he's not meant to be likeable. Overall, this was a good movie, and I'm glad I watched it! Once it was finished, I found myself googling to find out more about the various events that the movie described, which means it clearly had an impact on me. Thanks for reading.
I find it hard to match a foundation colour to my skin, especially as my forehead and chin is darker than the rest of my face. I was excited when I found out about this 'intelligent' foundation which is meant to adjust to your complexion and I decided to buy it in the 'medium' shade. It cost around £15 which is quite expensive for a high street brand but less expensive than a high-end brand which could easily set you back £25 or more. My favourite thing about this foundation is the way it feels. It almost feels like applying a powder as it feels really light and smells nice too. It definitely provides a light-medium level of coverage, so if you're after something a bit heavier, this might not be for you. I am really impressed by the way it really does adjust in terms of colour. It only comes in 3 shades - light, dark and medium. The medium was perfect for my skin as it is not too light for some of the darker areas of my face, yet it's not too dark for the lightest part of my face which is my cheeks. Once applied all over my face I am left with an even colour, which is not too obvious and it doesn't look cakey or flaky! I am also happy with this foundation as it provides some sun protection. It has an SPF factor of 6 which doesn't sound like much, but something is better than nothing at all. I'm always looking for skin products with added sun protection as I have skin which is sun-sensitive and I tend to freckle easily. I would definitely recommend this if you are after a light-medium foundation as it's fairly affordable, especially if you have a No. 7 Boots voucher. Thanks for reading.
I have previously enjoyed the books I've read by Jodi Picoult - probably the most famous ones, My Sister's Keeper and The Pact. She has a very emotional and unique story telling style so when I came across Sing You Home in the library I didn't think twice about picking it up and taking it home to read. This book is even more unique in that it features a soundtrack. Every chapter is linked to a song and all you are supposed to do is use your smart phone to scan the bar code at the start of each one. Unfortunately for some reason, it didn't work for me - it looked like the web page didn't exist anymore, which is a shame. Apparently each song was specially composed for the book and was meant to be in line with the feelings of the main character at the time. The book centres around Zoe - a middle aged woman who has fertility problems. She wants a baby but unfortunately, her husband Max has fertility problems too. Eventually the pressure of having a baby proves too much for their marriage and they break up. Zoe's world falls apart but she is fortunate enough to meet someone else and fall in love again. Will she ever have a baby? Read the book to find out! This was a very interesting book to read and some of the content was unexpected. I liked Zoe as a central character but I feel like Jodi Picoult tried something with this book that I wasn't overly convinced by. The subject matter was somewhat unbelievable - it's difficult to say much more without giving the story away, but let's just say it wasn't the most conventional plot. I found myself quite often thinking that what was happening wasn't realistic. Having said that, I was determined to finish the book as it was intriguing and I wanted to get to the end. I think if you like Jodi Picoult, then you will like this book as it's in line with her usual style of writing! Each chapter was written using the perspective of a different character which can sometimes work, although I don't think it worked that well in this case as I found myself being a little confused at times. Thanks for reading
I bought the John Frieda radiant red conditioner together with the radiant red shampoo as I was looking for an alternative to an expensive salon brand that I had already tried and loved. The problem with salon brands is that they are expensive, so I hoped this would be a good alternative. I bought both the shampoo and conditioner from this range from Boots and each cost around £6 which is almost half the price of the salon brand that I really liked. My hair is not naturally red - I dyed it around 6 months ago, but I believe this product is both for dyed and naturally red hair. Once I have finished using the shampoo on my hair, and it's all rinsed out, I use a generous amount of the conditioner and apply all over my hair, concentrating on the roots. I usually leave in for at least 2 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. I notice that during and after rinsing the conditioner out of my hair, my hair feels very soft to touch and silky whilst I am still in the shower. This feeling lasts until I have dried my hair. It also smells really nice and clean and overall it's a pleasant experience to wash my hair! The conditioner itself has a texture and consistency that is quite different to the shampoo. The shampoo is translucent and pinky/red in colour, whilst the conditioner is not translucent at all. It's more opaque and is a rich pink/red colour. You might be mistaken for thinking that it has a staining effect, but this is not the case. However, after I use this conditioner, together with the shampoo, I have had people ask me whether I applied a tint to my hair, so I think it does help in enhancing the redness of my hair as well as protecting and maintaining it. This is a really great cheaper alternative to my preferred salon brand and I would definitely buy it again during times when I am trying to save money! Thanks for reading
I recently dyed my hair red and knew that it was going to be a difficult colour to maintain. At first I bought a salon brand shampoo and conditioner at a very expensive price. It ran out pretty quick and I couldn't really afford to keep buying it, so I went to Boots to find alternatives. John Frieda Radiant Red Shampoo and Conditioner (shampoo and conditioner are separate, but this is a review of the shampoo only) was considerably cheaper than the salon brand that I'd initially bought so it seemed worth a try. The shampoo costs approximately £6, and the conditioner is about the same price. The shampoo is like a semi-translucent bright red colour when squeezed out of the tube. It foams quite nicely when applied to wet hair and rinses out leaving hair reasonably soft in the way that most shampoos leave hair before conditioning. The colour whilst rinsing can seem quite alarming, but it doesn't stain and washes away very easily. In my experience it hasn't left any stains behind on my bathtub, or bath tiles which is a relief. After rinsing out, my hair doesn't feel as soft as it does after using the salon brand, but for the price I would say I am satisfied with the way my hair feels. After using this shampoo in combination with the John Freida Radiant Red conditioner, my hair does feel very soft. Upon drying it feels soft and does shine nicely. I have even been asked by colleagues whether I have added a tint to my hair when I use this the night before work. This is despite this shampoo and conditioner not having a staining effect. I think it's because it makes my hair look very reflective and shiny, hence giving the appearance I have stained it. The shampoo comes in a squeezy upside down bottle which makes dispensing nice and easy. I probably would buy this again. It doesn't feel like a salon brand, but it does smell nice and for the money it is a great shampoo. Thanks for reading.
I had wanted to read this book after reading fantastic reviews about it online. I couldn't believe my luck when I stumbled across it in my local library. It didn't disappoint and I found myself making lots of time to read it! The author of the book is Elizabeth Haynes, and I think she has written just a handful of books to date. After finishing The Darkest Corner I will definitely be looking out for more of her work. The story starts quite mysteriously with a girl called Naomi being left to die whilst an unnamed male character watches her and then viciously destroys her remains so that they are unidentifiable. The way in which the scene is described is really quite graphic and so the author manages to grasp the attention of the reader very quickly. We then suddenly move forward about a year, in to the life of Catherine who is the main character. She is a bold and vivacious young woman. She likes to go out dancing, flirting, being with her friends. She manages to catch the eyes of men wherever she goes, and the first night we see her catching the eye of Lee, an attractive doorman at a club. They flirt outrageously and one thing leads to another. A very hot and passionate relationship ensues but as time goes on Catherine realises that Lee isn't quite what he seems. The story suddenly fast forwards again and it's 5 years later. We are still with Catherine, but she's very different now. The rest of the book describes how and why Catherine slowly changed and how much her involvement Lee changed her. It's gritty at times, but is written in a very sharp and precise way that is incredibly addictive. I found myself constantly wanting to know what happened next. Rather than having conventional chapters, the book moved back and forth between the past and present day using dates as headers, so we knew exactly what time period we were in each time a new section started. In addition, each section, or time shot wasn't usually longer than 3 or 4 pages long so things were always interesting and meant the book was fast-paced. In fact, every time it was time for the next section I found myself wanting to stay in that time period because things were so interesting. But by the time I got to the end of that scene, I then wanted to stay there! This tells you how good the author was at building mystery and suspense in this story. I don't think I have read many other books that have built things up in such a fantastic way. The story tackles some very tough issues such as domestic abuse and mental health disorders. It was difficult to read at times but that didn't ruin my enjoyment of the book. Although I like to read excellent books more than once, I probably wouldn't read this one again because the subject matter is quite dark but I really enjoyed it and don't regret reading it at all. This book is about real things that do happen to real people and it serves to raise the awareness of these important issues. I would happily recommend this book although I would say that it might not be suitable for some younger readers. Thanks for reading!
I never used to have a favourite mascara before trying Lash Adapt by No. 7. I used to buy what ever was on special offer and wasn't loyal to any one brand or type of mascara. That all changed when I tried Lash Adapt. I bought it from Boots and at roughly £12 it wasn't what I considered cheap. I wanted to treat myself though and I am so glad I did as I am now convinced that this is one of the best mascaras out there. The best thing about this mascara is that you can build volume without ending up with clumpy lashes. In fact this is one of it's selling points and in-store you will see the words 'buildable volume' written next to this product. It is suggested that you could wear up to 6 layers of this mascara, for example if you put it on in the morning, then again re-touch at lunch and then maybe again if you were going out in the evening. I've never retouched my mascara 6 times, but I have definitely done it at least 2 times in one day with this mascara and the result is a high impact set of eye lashes that do not look clumpy or like spiders legs! The truth is though that I only need to apply this once in the morning and my lashes look long and thick all day long. I really like the brush of this mascara. It's of medium thickness and is slightly tapered at both ends. This means that you can really grip each lash during application and then glide through to the end of your lashes. The packaging is also really attractive. The current picture on dooyoo must be an old one, but now this mascara comes in a rose gold tube which looks very attractive,feminine and sophisticated. Although this mascara is not technically waterproof, I always thought it was as I have never had any marks left on my face if in rain or if my eyes watered etc. It also always looks as fresh even after 8-10 hours of wearing it and that's without reapplication! I would highly recommend mascara wearers to try this one out. It's a little pricey compared to some other brands but it's still not as expensive as higher end brands and I really believe it's the best one out there as I have tried lots of different mascaras (including some more expensive ones, such as ones by Lancome). The colours available are brown, black and deepest black. I have tried both deepest black and black and I'm not sure I could tell the difference.
I'd read fantastic reviews of this book on Amazon, so when I found it on a shelf at my local library I couldn't believe my luck! I was in the mood to read something fun and not too challenging and this was going to fit the bill in my opinion. On the whole I would say that it lived up to my expectations. The story revolves around Rachel and Ben. They went to university together and were great friends, but the extent of how far their friendship went is kept a mystery until the later stages of the book. In the current day, Rachel has just come out of a 13 year relationship and Ben is married. Rachel and Ben have not had any contact for 10 years and at the start of the book, it's not clear why. We slowly find out more about their past friendship as the book goes on. The story is actually written in a way that takes us back and forth through time. For example the first two chapters concentrate on the current day, but the third chapter transports us back in to time when Rachel and Ben are back at university. The whole book is written with Rachel as the narrator and I would say that this works quite well. In fact I liked the way that each chapter was either the current day or the past, as it made things interesting and helped to build up the mystery about what really happened between Ben and Rachel. Overall, this was a fun and light-hearted book to read. Some parts were really quite funny and the book is written in a very humorous and witty way. There were one or two times when I thought the author was trying a little too hard to keep things funny and I would have preferred a more plain, straight-talking style of writing, but overall I didn't really object. As I said the style of writing was quite witty and so I did need to go back and re-read some sentences to make sure I fully appreciated the joke/wit. But on the whole it was easy and fun to read. Although I didn't know exactly what to expect at the end of the book, I did expect a fairly predictable ending and that's exactly what I got. I suppose there was a small twist which was a little less expected but then with this genre I'm used to the anti-climax at the end. That might sound a bit harsh but it shouldn't! This is exactly the reason that sometimes all I want to read is chick-lit... it's safe and dependable! My conclusion is that if you love reading humorous chick-lit, you will love reading this. It would make a great holiday read.
I first heard about 'The Slap' a few years ago and was intrigued by the story. It took me a few years to get my hands on it, and unfortunately it did little but disappoint me. It was meant to be a book about a young unruly boy getting slapped by an adult and how this one event reverberated throughout the lives of everyone that was there when it happened. Instead it seemed like a pointless collective diary of everyone that was there. Each ridiculously long chapter was dedicated to a character and whilst some chapters were more interesting than others, they had little to do with the most important subject matter i.e. the slap! I expected the story to focus on the reactions to the slap that takes place, and it did, but to a very small extent. The slap itself happens quite early on in the book, at a friendly barbeque. The child that gets slapped is badly misbehaving - in fact, he has a reputation for being a spoilt child. One of the adults at the barbeque loses it with him and ends up slapping him across his face. The barbeque comes to an abrupt end, with the parents of the child furious. Some of the people at the barbeque think the child got what he deserved and that it was the fault of the parents for not disciplining him properly. Others take the view that it is never ok to hit a child. You would think that with a subject matter such as this the author would explore the varying views about the slap. Especially as this is a very real issue that is often discussed these days. After all, it was not so long as ago that children were smacked or physically punished in schools or by any adult who believed that they were misbehaving and few people would have blinked an eye. Instead of exploring what is a very currently debated issue, the author decides to tell us the details of most of the characters that were present at the barbeque. It just seemed pointless. There was a lot of focus on Greeks in Australia (the author of the book is Greek, and the story is set in Australia), and the sex lives of each character. In fact, each chapter had something sexual in it and the description was often unnecessarily graphic. The book was also annoyingly long. My copy was almost 500 pages long, and as the text was quite small, it took ages to read although I was desperate to get it over with as soon as I could. I wouldn't really recommend this, although it was shortlisted for a Man-Booker Prize. It was extremely disappointing, despite having a very promising subject matter.
Mockingjay is the third and final instalment to the Hunger Games Trilogy. I was quite keen to read this final book after really enjoying the first two parts, titled The Hunger Games (Book 1) and Catching Fire (Book 2). I enjoyed the first book more than the second, and for this third book I would say my feelings are similar; it was a good book with a great conclusion to the story but I didn't find it as thrilling as the first book. It was probably as enjoyable as the second, if not more. In this final instalment, we see how Katniss has awoken to a world she doesn't recognise. The 75th Hunger Games (also called the Quarter Quell) from Book 2 have sparked a rebellion in all the districts, just as the evil President Snow predicted. Everyone wants Katniss to lead the rebellion against the Capitol, to be their 'Mockingjay'. What results is more brutality as we see how the rebels fight with the Capitol. We also finally see what lies ahead romantically for Katniss - who will she choose, if anyone? Will it be Peeta who has been kidnapped and brainwashed by President Snow, or will it be Gale, Katniss' old friend with whom she shares so many sad memories? I did enjoy reading this book a lot. It was a nice follow on from the second book. I should add that this is not in any way a stand-alone book. You have to have read parts one and two in order to understand what is happening. I really liked the way that any questions I had about how things would end were answered. The author, Suzanne Collins clearly thought a lot about what readers would want to know in this final book. Although I did really enjoy reading this book, after having read parts one and two, the main problem was that it did at times feel like it was more of the same. For someone who did enjoy the first book, I would say this is not much of a big deal and would still strongly recommend you read parts two and three. One thing this book has done is got me interested in other work by the same author. Although this book and the entire trilogy is aimed at young adults/teenagers, I think it would be appreciated by all ages. The writing style was brilliant and Suzanne Collins has a brilliant ability to tell a story. Thanks for reading!
After reading the Hunger Games trilogy, I couldn't wait to see the movie and so I quickly added it to my lovefilm DVD rental list. I always prefer to read the book first and then watch the movie rather than the other way round and I definitely was looking forward to this movie as it is based on the first part of the Hunger Games trilogy which I really enjoyed reading. I'm not sure what I was expecting as some movie adaptations if not most, don't live up to the books they were based on. But I was looking forward to seeing a book that I really liked being brought to life, and I was not disappointed. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised. If you already know a bit about the Hunger Games you will know that the story revolves around a futuristic North America, now called Panem which is a collection of 12 Districts. Each year the 'Capitol', who governs all 12 Districts holds the Games, in which a girl and boy aged between 12 and 18 are forced to enter an arena and fight until just a single victor remains. The Games are brutal and an evil way to remind each District that the Capitol is in charge. The Games are a way to instil fear in the public and keep them under control. One of the main reasons I liked the movie so much was that it handled the matter of the power of the Capitol in such a serious way. In some of the early scenes of the movie I felt like I was watching old television news footage of dictatorship, particularly when all the children are being lined up for the 'reaping' before the Games. It really made me quite emotional as it just seemed so unfair that young children should be forced in to an arena of death and just because of a government that wants to remind people who the boss is. The movie really did a good job at bringing out some of the darker moments in the book, and at times I did feel quite emotional. For example, some of the deaths during the Games (I won't say who just in case you don't know what happens) had an impact on me. One of the best things about the film was the lead actress, Jennifer Lawrence, who played the part of Katniss Everdeen. She did a great job and I found myself liking Katniss even more than I did in the book. This is the first movie I have seen starring Jennifer Lawrence and I have the feeling she will do very well and that she has a bright future in acting ahead of her. The only tiny criticism I have is that once or twice I found myself wondering whether I would have been able to follow the movie if I hadn't read the book. Obviously I can't be sure as I have read the book and already knew the story well but there were times where I thought that maybe someone who hadn't read the book might not be completely sure of what was happening. Like all movies that are based on books, there are a lot of details that get missed and other details that get changed. Anything missed or changed in this movie was understandable as a movie lasts 2 hours (this was just over 2 hours long in fact) whereas a book can be hundreds of pages long. The main thing that I thought was missing was the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta and Gale - I think it was a lot more obvious in the book and didn't really come across very strongly in the movie. Having said that, I generally think this movie was adapted brilliantly and would most definitely recommend it to others. Thanks for reading!
Catching Fire is the second book in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. After reading the first book I was keen to find out what happened next so started reading Catching Fire pretty much immediately! Katniss and Peeta have both managed to survive the gruesome Hunger Games and are thus housed in special residence not far away from Haymitch, their mentor before and during the Games. Their families live a life of luxury, and gone are the days where Katniss wondered where her next meal would come from. But life after the Games is not exactly simple. Katniss and Peeta are under close observation and constant threat, especially as it is believed that their final few acts in the Games have sparked a rebellion against the Capitol. Surely Katniss and Peeta must pay the price? Surely President of the Capitol, Snow, will not take this lying down? Well this book was definitely an interesting read. I really enjoyed reading about the new lives of the main characters, but also knew that something sinister was coming and waiting for things to turn was enthralling. Katniss and Peeta were about to face an unwelcome change to their lives, that much was obvious. And despite making it alive out of the last Games, how could their lives ever be the same after having seen so much death? This aspect of their feelings was described very well and written in a way that convinced the reader of the turmoil that these characters faced everyday whilst trying to get on with their new lives. I did enjoy reading this book but found it less enjoyable than the first book. I think the main reason for this is that the first book introduced a brand new concept. The idea that a Hunger Games existed was spectacular in itself, and the second book feeds off the ideas in the first book. At times I even found myself a little bored but it didn't last for long. I don't really like reading about overly dramatic scenes such as fighting in books. It can get messy and often a little too complicated to visualise in the way the author wants us too, so there were times in some chapters where I may have skimmed through to get past the fighting scenes. All in all I'm glad I read this book. I would say I'm not dying to read the next one straightaway (unlike the way I felt when I finished the first book) but I'm still keen to read the third book soon.
A few months ago I was trying out lots of different face creams to try and find an ideal one to suit my skin type and also because now that I'm in my thirties, I feel I need to pay extra attention to my skin to slow down the ageing effect! I have tried creams from varying price ranges but I think I've found the one that I like the best - L'Oreal Collagen Re-Plumper (with collagen biospheres - night). The name of this cream does suggest that it is a night cream but I must say that I use it as both a night and day cream. This is because most day creams that I have tried just don't seem to be moisturising enough. This includes more expensive creams that make all sorts of claims about being hydrating. I find that this night cream by L'Oreal is just right for my skin which is mainly dry but can get greasy at times in the t-zone (I have combination skin but it's definitely more dry than greasy). This cream contains collagen biospheres and claims to 'plump' up the skin. I must admit that I do not usually fall for claims such as these and am not convinced that collagen biospheres can and are formulated in a way that allows effective delivery to the skin. But what I can say about this product is that it feels good on my skin and that it smells good! When applying this to my face, my skin instantly feels softer and elasticated, which of course is a very pleasant feeling. In terms of how it makes my skin look I will say that my skin definitely has a youthful glow and looks soft after application, but as I am blessed with good skin, I'm not sure how much of this is down to the cream. The cream also smells great to me which is important because if I'm going to be wearing it all day it does need to smell good! The smell is very 'clean' and also has a feminine feeling to it, which I like. The consistency of the cream is slightly thicker than most day creams. But that's to be expected as it is designed to be a night cream. Like I said I do not mind this at all as I prefer a cream to have a thicker consistency as it feels like it leaves my skin feeling more moisturised than most normal (and often expensive) day creams would. The price of the cream is also very reasonable especially when on special offer. I seem to be lucky as every time I need to buy a new pot (I'm now on my third over a period of around 8 months) it seems to be discounted. I think the full price is £15 for 50 ml, but I bought my last pot for £7.99 from Boots. In conclusion I love this cream and am unlikely to keep trying new creams as I think this one suits my combination skin really well. People with naturally greasy skin might find that it makes their skin more greasy but I definitely don't have this problem.
This was one of the movies I had on my lovefilm rental list and based on what I knew about the storyline it sounded like a fun enough movie to watch. I have to say though that I was slightly disappointed. The movie is about two people, Emma, and Adam who have a 'thing' as teenagers but as adults go their own separate ways and haven't been in touch for years. Emma is a young junior medic and Adam works as an assistant in a TV show. They bump in to each other a couple of times over the years and eventually hook up but make a deal that they remain 'friends with benefits'. It doesn't stay that way for long and soon enough, real feelings, attachments, and emotions start to creep in! Emma tries to pull away as soon as she can see what's happening, but unfortunately things just don't stay as simple and as easy as Emma and Adam had both planned. The main problem for me with this movie was that it was way too predictable. I'm not going tell you what happens at the end but I am sure that most of you can guess. I like a good rom-com every now and again but I don't want to be able to figure out exactly what happens at the end of every scene and I just felt that at times this movie was silly and really not even trying to be unpredictable. I also didn't really like the way the film started. I know that at the beginning it was meant to be set in the late 90s (I think so anyway), but it just all seemed a little outdated. The acting in the movie was not bad. Emma was played by Natalie Portman who managed to be quite convincing and look gorgeous. Adam was played by Ashton Kutcher who looked incredibly cute throughout and I thought he also did a decent job in this movie. But their acting skills and good looks weren't enough. I was happy to watch this film through to the end so it wasn't painfully bad and it does make for very easy viewing if nothing else is on. But it's definitely not a movie that I can imagine myself watching again.