Southern Girl Movie Review: “35 and Ticking”

Happy Monday!  Last Thursday, as I was driving in to work, I was flipping through morning shows and stumbled upon the “Russ Parr Morning Show” while they were discussing his film “35 and Ticking” which would be on BET that night.  I have to admit, I wasn’t that excited about seeing it, but I figured if I couldn’t find anything else to watch, I would tune in.  I must admit I was glad I did.

The movie boasts an ensemble cast which did an amazing job.  The star is Nicole Ari Parker, a 37 year old single, childless sports reporter who is loudly hearing the tick of her biological clock.  I could relate to her character, Zenobia, on SO many levels!  She tried internet dating, had the date from hell, and past set-ups with men her friends introduced her to turned out to be dreadful.  Her best friend Victoria, played by Tamala Jones, was ready to start a family with her husband of 3 years, but he wants to wait until they’re more financially stable.  Rounding out their friends from childhood are Cleavon, played by comedian Kevin Hart, a “banker” who specializes in deposits and continues to run into the love of his life, and Phil, played by Keith Robinson, a family man who struggles with a wife that runs the streets.

If I can be honest, this movie was much funnier than I thought it would be.  I laughed out loud multiple times.  And as I was mentioning in previous posts regarding television shows, the characters in this film could be my friends and me.  I felt that a lot of the story lines could be taken from conversations I had with people in my cirlce.  I don’t want to give the movie away, but there were some surprises.  The two things that I took away from this movie were: 1.  What you’re looking for could be right in front of you and 2.  Not everything that looks good is good.  I know I complain talk a lot about having quality products that we can view and can even let our (older) children watch.  Well, this movie is it.  There are a number of life lessons that can be taken from this movie. 

I told my friend @OriginalNajeema about the movie, and she mentioned we needed to go buy it. (I’ll be visiting in 5, 4, 3…) 

If you want a movie that will make you laugh, cry, and just enjoy a night in with friends over popcorn and wine, this is the movie for you!  You can’t go wrong.  Honestly, it’s been awhile since I’ve laughed this hard at a movie.  If you’ve seen it, what did you think?  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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