By Nicole Shelton and Laurie Davis
Love stories with a classic, unusual spin
Ah, the classic Cinderella story is timeless, isn't it? We never seem to tire of it. It is retold again in "The Prince and Me," starring Julia Stiles.
This is a delightful little movie about a young college girl raised on a Wisconsin dairy farm. Paige Morgan, played by Julia Stiles, is determined to stay focused until she completes medical school and starts her dream of working for an organization known as Doctors Without Borders.
Paige's plans get sidetracked when she becomes intrigued with and eventually falls for classmate and oh-so-charming lab partner Eddie, played by Luke Mably.
What she doesn't know is that "Eddie" is really the Danish crown prince, his Royal Highness Prince Edvard. Eddie is trying to spend a year in anonymity in the United States to avoid the demands of his royal responsibilities.
Of course, there are the usual obstacles to true love, but this Cinderella story has a different twist. The ugly stepsisters are replaced with a sweet, supportive family. And Paige is a brainy, focused, positive role model for the young audience this movie will attract.
Reel View: "The Prince and Me" will make teenage girls and their mothers swoon and probably make the men in the audience roll their eyes. It's pure fluff, but so much fun.
It's rated PG for some mild language. I would recommend this film to anyone who wants to see if this Cinderella's foot fits in the glass slipper.
— Nicole Shelton
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is about the arc of a relationship between Joel (Jim Carrey), a shy, socially awkward cartoonist, and Clementine (Kate Winslet) an impulsive, flamboyant, bookstore clerk.
After their relationship peaks and spirals downward to a painful breakup, Clementine has her memories of Joel erased through a scientific procedure developed by Dr. Mierzwiak (Tom Wilkinson) of Lacuna Inc.
In response, Joel opts for the same procedure, but halfway through changes his mind and attempts to overcome the mind-altering process while still under the influence of the Lacuna apparatus.
I loved this movie. It is creative, thoughtful, truthful and has staying power long after the credits. This extraordinary love story of soul mates daring to take the next step is told out of sequence, demanding that the viewer pay attention, but revealing all in the end.
"Eternal Sunshine" was written by Charlie Kaufman of "Being John Malkovich" and "Adaptation" and borrows from both films.
This is dramatic Jim Carrey at his best. In every mannerism, look and expression, Carrey and Winslet offer a wealth of information about their characters.
Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo and Elijah Wood effectively play background roles as Dr. Mierzwiak's assistants to keep the story moving forward.
I don't want to say too much and ruin the careful ordered storytelling and imaginative visual surprises. The less you know, the better in this inventive and emotionally captivating film with a great soundtrack.
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" is rated R for language, some drug use and sexual content.
Language consists of frequent use of the F word, drug use includes smoking pot and sexual content shows bra and panties, but no nudity.
Reel View: A traditional love story told in an unconventional format and style.
— Laurie Davis