I Watch Too Much Drama

Some of my favorite scripted shows currently on television are “Scandal”, “The Walking Dead”, “Law and Order:SVU”, and “Deception”.  Some of my favorite reality shows are “Braxton Family Values”, “Mary Mary”, and “Real Housewives of…” Atlanta AND Beverly Hills.  See a pattern???  I do.  All of these shows are an hour long and can be considered dramas.  While I may be entertained when I watch these shows, I don’t laugh.  Well, the Braxton sisters may get a chuckle out of me every now and then, but for the most part everything is drama, drama, and more drama!  I need to smile and laugh and have fun when I watch a show.

Enter “Real Husbands of Hollywood”.  Honestly, I’m not sure what made we start watching this show.  Well, it could be Boris Kodjoe…  Since BET is trying to switch up its programming, I decided to see what this show along with “Second Generation Wayans” was all about.  RHOH got me the first time I watched it.  In a nutshell, Kevin Hart is hilariously funny.  He is 90% of the reason I watch it each week.  I have never (NEVER) laughed so hard watching a television show.  Honestly, I think it’s the best comedy on right now.

I’ve tried to watch other 30 minute comedies on other channels, and it has not worked out well.  I’m bored, and what I’m seeing is not funny.  Not even a little bit.  “The Game” is coming back on Tuesday, but even that isn’t as funny as it used to be.  And now that the RHOH had its season finale, what am I supposed to watch to make me laugh and bring a little funny to my day?  I’m open to suggestions.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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 Amazon.com 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!