Sailing Happily Ever After into the (Wildwood) Sunset…
October is finally here and our Hollywood stars are shining their brightest among the pumpkins and the (pre-)Halloween horrors. The Lucky Ones have hopped on The Express leading to the best films featured in this week’s Flashback in Movie Time Tour. Our journey leads us to the year 2008, where our favorite timeless Women were ready for some seaside R&R, inviting My Best Friend’s Girl along for the bumpy ride. Smoothies Clooney and Pitt courageously jumped on board, surely adding a bit of male star power.
As you power through autumn, hope each day tells its own beautiful, star-worthy tale…
Originally Published in the Sun by the Sea…September/October 2008 edition
Following a summer full of SUNsational entertainment, where cool, dark (k)nights inside movie theaters competed with warm, sunshine days, studio executives, eager to expand their Hollywood horizons, join the infamous Beverly Hills Chihuahua aboard The Express train headed toward the sparkling shores of Wildwood, NJ. They soon encounter Igor, who finds playing in the cool sand magically tames his evil ways. Among the social (beach) scene are The Women, who between sun tanning and revenge plotting decide to Burn After Reading all signs of their scheming (along with their bar tab). A sunset stroll soon follows, with all deciding there must be something extraordinary in the sea air that ultimately brings out the best in everyone!
Before heading out to the best movies have to offer, please check your local listings for release date changes.
The Women (opens Sept 12th) of high society bond at a resort over cheating men, divorce, revenge, and who has the nicest tan in this remake of the 1939 classic. Starring Meg Ryan, Annette Bening and Eva Mendes.
If only a CIA agent (John Malkovich) could leave in the sun to Burn After Reading (opens Sept. 19th) the disk containing his memoirs, which naturally end up in the wrong hands. Also stars Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
A shallow womanizer (Dane Cook) hired by insecure men to take their significant others out on bad dates in an attempt to make themselves look good finds himself surprisingly yearning for meaningful conversation and long, romantic walks along the beach with My Best Friend’s Girl (Jason Biggs, Kate Hudson, opens Sept. 19th).
Igor (voice of John Cusack, opens Sept. 19th), a lowly (and animated) assistant and mad scientist wannabe with a pronounced hunchback and no known skeeball skills to speak of, is determined to win the Evil Science Fair. Also stars the voices of Jay Leno and Jennifer Coolidge.
Lives change quicker than the tide during Nights in Rodanthe (opens Sept. 26th) when a doctor (Richard Gere) meets an unhappily married woman (Diane Lane) at a North Carolina inn while on his way to reconnect with his alienated son.
In the grown-up, tilt-a-whirl ride of life, three injured soldiers (Rachel McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena) are considered The Lucky Ones (opens Sept. 26th) when they return home from the Iraq war only to take an unanticipated road trip searching for their own seashore sanctuary.
A spoiled Beverly Hills Chihuahua (voice of Drew Barrymore, opens Oct. 3rd), confused as to which side of the (boardwalk) tracks she comes from, gets lost while traveling to Mexico, with no limousine or tram car in sight, and is rescued by a know-it-all Chihuahua (voice of George Lopez) and a spiritual guide (voice of Salma Hayek) who helps her discover her true canine identity.
An inspirational life forgoes arcade stops and go-carts to hop onto The Express (opens Oct. 3rd) lane of the college football arena. Once there, Ernie Davis (Rob Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman trophy, helps change the face of American sports. Also stars Dennis Quaid. Based on a true story.
Neither a Doo Wop session nor falling in love ranks high on recently-brokenhearted Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist (Michael Cera, Kat Dennings, opens Oct. 3rd) as they pursue the whereabouts of their favorite band’s undisclosed show.
Beyond sun, surf and serenading sea gulls, separate colleges and vacation destinations are in the stars for Troy and Gabriella (Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens) who express their mixed feelings through their High School Musical (3): during Senior Year (opens Oct. 24th).
After many Nights in Rodanthe, and numerous days in movie land, My Best Friend’s Girl realizes the friendliest, most star-studded place under the sun is right here at the shore, where Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist includes many beach-themed songs. Keeping in sea-stimulated tune, a High School Musical (3: Senior Year) makes the final cut, as our music loving movie characters discover The Lucky Ones have found true harmony by the sea, the best place to be!📽🥤🍿🎬