Everybody s Fine

  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Ted Field, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Glynis Murray
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Katherine Moennig

After visiting his physician and being warned about his health, Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) takes a train to New York, where he sits on his son David’s doorstep. David never shows up, but Frank sees one of David’s paintings in a nearby art gallery window. He slips an envelope under David’s door.

Next visit is to daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who says it’s a bad time to visit. Frank plays a little golf with grandson Jack, but dinner is uncomfortable with tension between Jack and his father. The next morning, Frank accompanies Amy to her fancy office and hears her agency’s pitch for a TV ad. She takes him to the bus station to visit Robert.

As Frank travels to each of his children’s homes, the film cuts to phone conversations between the siblings. David is in some type of trouble in Mexico, and Amy is going there to find out what is happening; the sisters and Robert (Sam Rockwell) agree to not tell their father about David until they know for sure.

Frank arrives in Denver expecting to see Robert conduct the orchestra. It turns out Robert is “only” a percussionist. He also says Frank’s visit is at a bad time, so within hours Frank takes a bus to Las Vegas to visit Rosie (Drew Barrymore). Frank is adamant that each visit is a surprise, but Robert calls Rosie to warn her.

Frank goes back to New York to buy David’s painting but it has already been sold; the gallery shows him another painting by David that is more appropriate to him — a landscape showing PVC-covered power lines made out of glue and macaroni (Frank made PVC-covered cable for years). He visits his wife’s grave and talks to her. The last scene shows the family at Christmas. Frank is cooking the turkey and remembers that he always forgot to tell his wife hers was overcooked. The film ends with him walking into the dining room, to his family.

Everybody s Fine

  • Directors: Kirk Jones
  • Producers: Gianni Nunnari, Ted Field, Vittorio Cecchi Gori, Glynis Murray
  • Writers: Kirk Jones
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell, Katherine Moennig

After visiting his physician and being warned about his health, Frank Goode (Robert De Niro) takes a train to New York, where he sits on his son David’s doorstep. David never shows up, but Frank sees one of David’s paintings in a nearby art gallery window. He slips an envelope under David’s door.

Next visit is to daughter Amy (Kate Beckinsale), who says it’s a bad time to visit. Frank plays a little golf with grandson Jack, but dinner is uncomfortable with tension between Jack and his father. The next morning, Frank accompanies Amy to her fancy office and hears her agency’s pitch for a TV ad. She takes him to the bus station to visit Robert.

As Frank travels to each of his children’s homes, the film cuts to phone conversations between the siblings. David is in some type of trouble in Mexico, and Amy is going there to find out what is happening; the sisters and Robert (Sam Rockwell) agree to not tell their father about David until they know for sure.

Frank arrives in Denver expecting to see Robert conduct the orchestra. It turns out Robert is “only” a percussionist. He also says Frank’s visit is at a bad time, so within hours Frank takes a bus to Las Vegas to visit Rosie (Drew Barrymore). Frank is adamant that each visit is a surprise, but Robert calls Rosie to warn her.

Frank goes back to New York to buy David’s painting but it has already been sold; the gallery shows him another painting by David that is more appropriate to him — a landscape showing PVC-covered power lines (Frank made PVC-covered cable for years). He visits his wife’s grave and talks to her. The last scene shows the family at Christmas. Frank is cooking the turkey and remembers that he always forgot to tell his wife hers was overcooked. The film ends with him walking into the dining room, to his family.

Whip It

  • Directors: Drew Barrymore
  • Producers: Barry Mendel, Drew Barrymore
  • Writers: Shauna Cross
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama
  • Actors: Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Drew Barrymore, Juliette Lewis, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern

Bliss Cavendar (Ellen Page) is a misfit in her small town, Bodeen, in Texas and has no idea where her life is going. She allows her mother to push her into winning beauty pageant after beauty pageant, despite having no interest in it herself. She and her friend Pash (Alia Shawkat) dream of escaping their small town, with Pash planning to go to an Ivy League School in a big city and Bliss hoping to find something that will help her figure out where she belongs. During a shopping trip to Austin she finds it — roller derby. She and Pash secretly go to the Roller Derby event in Austin under the pretense of going to a football game. Bliss only wishes to tell the Hurl Scouts that they are “her new heroes” and is suddenly thrown into the idea of being in Roller Derby herself when Maggie Mayhem (Kristen Wiig) replies “Well, put some skates on and be your own hero”. She practices roller skating until she’s ready for trials. She’s able to go to the trials in Austin under the premise of taking SAT preparation classes and ends up impressing Razor, the coach, landing herself a place in the team. After realising she needs to be ruthless in Roller Derby she realises she also needs to take charge in other aspects of her life and her parents and old friends are eventually able to accept that Roller Derby is where she belongs, even if only for “the moment”. [2]

Music and Lyrics

  • Directors: Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Liz Glotzer, Martin Shafer
  • Writers: Marc Lawrence
  • Genres: Comedy, Music, Romance
  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore

Alex Fletcher (Hugh Grant) enjoyed considerable fame and success in the 1980s and early 1990s as one of the founding members of the band PoP! – however, after they disbanded, his partner Colin Thompson became a popular solo act, while Alex’s own career nosedived. In recent years he has supported himself by reprising his old hits for middle-aged female fans at high school reunions, county fairs, and amusement parks, but even these minor opportunities are slowly drying up. Alex is given a chance at a comeback when teenaged pop diva Cora Corman (Haley Bennett) commissions him to write a song called “Way Back Into Love” for her new CD which is on the verge of completion, leaving him only days to fulfill her request. However, Alex’s forté is composing music; he always relied on Colin to supply the words, thus complicating matters.

During an unsuccessful attempt at a collaboration, Alex discovers that Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore), who waters his plants, has something of a gift for writing song lyrics. Sophie, a former creative writing student reeling from a disastrous romance with her former English professor, Sloan Cates (Scott), who has written a novel based on their relationship that cruelly depicts her as a talentless mimic, has little confidence in her talent and initially refuses, but Alex manages to cajole her into helping him by using a few quickly-chosen phrases she has given him as the basis for a song. Over the next days, Sophie and Alex continue to write “Way Back Into Love”, gradually growing closer, much to the delight of Sophie’s older sister Rhonda (Kristen Johnston), a fan of Alex’s from his PoP! days.

Sophie, intending to start a new life in Florida, reluctantly attends the opening of Cora’s new tour at Madison Square Garden, at which Alex and Cora will debut “Way Back Into Love”. Upon hearing that Alex is singing a new song “written by Alex Fletcher”, Sophie is upset to believe that Alex is stealing credit for her work; however, the song Alex sings is a self-penned plea for Sophie to give their relationship another chance. Touched, Sophie finds Alex backstage, and he confesses he convinced Cora to drop the risqué version of “Way Back into Love” in an attempt to win Sophie back. He and Cora perform the tune as he and Sophie intended it to be sung, and the two songwriters embrace in the wings. The end of the movie reveals that they go on to become successful partners, both in songwriting and romance.

The Wedding Singer

  • Directors: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Robert Simonds
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance, Music
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Christine Taylor, Allen Covert, Steve Buscemi, Jon Lovitz

In 1985, Robbie Hart (Adam Sandler) is a wedding singer from the town of Ridgefield, New Jersey. Engaged to his long-time girlfriend, Linda (Angela Featherstone), he meets and befriends a waitress, Julia Sullivan (Drew Barrymore), at the reception hall where he is performing one night. Julia is also engaged, to fiancé Glenn Gulia (Matthew Glave).

On his wedding day, Robbie is devastated when Linda leaves him standing at the altar. She later faces him at his home, telling him that his failure to move on with his singing career led her to change her mind. Robbie tries to move forward with his life, but his despair hinders his performances. Julia tries to cheer him up, and later asks him to help her plan her own wedding. Initially reluctant, Robbie eventually agrees, and their friendship blossoms as they spend more time together and become closer.

Julia’s cousin, Holly (Christine Taylor), asks to be set up on a double date with Robbie and Glenn. Julia becomes jealous when Holly throws herself at Robbie and drinks to excess. Holly takes her to the bathroom, and while the girls are away, Glenn brazenly admits to Robbie that he has been cheating on Julia for some time and will continue to do so, even after the wedding. At the end of the evening, Robbie, with a pained expression, watches Glenn take Julia home. Robbie later takes Holly home, and when he rebuffs her advances, Holly realizes that he is in love with Julia.

The movie closes with Julia and Robbie’s wedding, as the band, with the best man (an uncredited Steve Buscemi, who played another best man earlier in the film) singing “True” with the wedding ensemble.

Curious George

  • Directors: Matthew O Callaghan
  • Producers: Ron Howard, David Kirschner, Bonne Radford, Jon Shapiro
  • Writers: Robert L Baird, Dan Gerson, Karey Kirkpatrick, Michael McCullers, Clare Sella, Joe Stillman
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, David Cross, Eugene Levy, Joan Plowright, Dick Van Dyke, Ed O Ross, Frank Welker, Phil Hayes

A clumsy, mischievous, and curious chimpanzee named George (voiced by Frank Welker) lives in the jungles of Africa. His behavior amuses the other young jungle animals, but angers their parents; therefore George is left sad and alone.

Meanwhile, at the Bloomsberry Museum, Ted (the “man in the yellow hat” of the earlier book series) (Will Ferrell), a museum employee, teaches schoolchildren about natural history, not realizing that his lectures bore them. Afterward, he has a talk with Maggie (Drew Barrymore), the school teacher, who admires him and for whom he has strong feelings. Later, Mr. Bloomsberry (Dick Van Dyke), the owner of the museum, tells Ted that he is pressed to close the museum by his son, Bloomsberry Junior (David Cross), who wishes to build a parking garage in its stead. This upsets Ted, who suggests, to revive the museum’s popularity, that they obtain a statue called the Lost Shrine of Zagawa. Excited, Mr. Bloomsberry thinks to go himself as he had been prevented from doing by his son’s birth, but finds that he is too old. Without thinking, Ted quickly volunteers to make the expedition. Mr. Bloomsberry accepts the idea and Ted prepares to leave for Africa. Junior, frustrated, modifies his father’s map of Africa to prevent Ted from finding the Shrine.

Upon the exhibit’s re-opening, Ted redesigns the entire museum to be more interactive, thereby igniting the children’s interest in history. The museum now includes a dinosaur rib cage, where the children can learn of the skeletal system, a space where they can learn about the solar system, a paint area, where the children can paint for and other exhibits. Junior is set to work parking customers’ cars, somewhat to his chagrin, but by fulfilling this task, however, he earns his father’s praise, which he has much coveted. Ted and Maggie are about to become sweethearts in earnest when George again interrupts them by hijacking a nearby spacecraft (The empty fuel tanks were filled by Clovis, accidentally). Ted and George orbit the Earth in this craft, which is itself a reference to the book series on which the film is based. The film concludes as they make their second and third orbits at a comically exaggerated speed.

He s Just Not That Into You

  • Directors: Ken Kwapis
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Nancy Juvonen
  • Writers: Greg Behrendt, Liz Tuccillo, Abby Kohn, Marc Silverstein
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance
  • Actors: Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Justin Long, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Kris Kristofferson

The plot chronicles the romantic misadventures of nine individuals in their twenties and thirties. Set in Baltimore, the common thread of the story is that one person in each relationship is more enamored with the other person than vice versa. At the core of these multiple stories is Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin), a young woman who repeatedly misinterprets the signs that men give her about their level of interest in her.

After a rejection from Conor (Kevin Connolly), Gigi begins getting dating advice from the romantic and promiscuous Alex (Justin Long), the manager of a bar and Conor’s best friend. Alex tells Gigi that Conor simply wasn’t interested in her since he hasn’t called, otherwise he would have definitely made a move. He also tells her that she should stop thinking that she is an exception to this rule, and to stop obsessing over every “sign” that she might pick up on during a date. Gigi proceeds to go on several unsuccessful dates, often calling Alex during dates for advice. Gigi starts believing that Alex is interested in her because he is so willing to take a call from her (even when he’s busy at work, or is with a girl), and because she thinks Alex intentionally botched a blind date he organized for Gigi and one of his friends. Alex then invites Gigi to a party he’s having at his apartment. Interpreting this invitation as an opportunity to “co-host” the party, Gigi helps make food for guests, and stays behind to clean up. When all the guests are gone, Gigi kisses Alex. Alex, surprised and very frustrated, tells her he wasn’t interested in her romantically, and if he was he would’ve pursued her. Gigi tells him that even though she obsesses over everything and has embarrassed herself many times, she is closer to finding love than he is. Gigi and Alex stop speaking to each other, but Alex feels continuously troubled at work. After being confronted by one of his employees he realizes he’s obsessing and over-analyzing his situation with Gigi, in the same way Gigi was at the beginning. Meanwhile, Gigi goes on a date with Bill (Alex’s friend who was meant to go on the blind date with her). After she returns home, Alex goes to see her at her apartment. He apologizes to Gigi and kisses her, telling her that she is his exception.

Gigi’s other co-worker, Beth (Jennifer Aniston), is living with her boyfriend Neil (Ben Affleck), who is also friends with Ben, and who she has been with for seven years. Although Beth wants to get married, Neil does not believe in signing a piece of paper to say you love someone. After listening to a rant about relationships from Gigi, Beth becomes upset and starts thinking about her relationship with Neil. When she arrives home after work she asks Neil if he’ll ever marry her; when he doesn’t respond, Beth breaks up with him. Neil moves out to live in his boat while Beth goes home to see her family and to be a bridesmaid at her younger sister’s wedding. During the reception, Beth’s father has a heart attack. Beth constantly looks after her father: she brings him food and keeps him company, and cleans the house. Meanwhile all the other sisters’ husbands do is watch football, make a mess, and are not concerned at all about their father in-law. Beth is constantly frustrated and worried, but Neil suddenly appears in the kitchen helping her wash dishes. Beth goes to see Neil on his boat and they get back together, telling him that he is more of a husband than her sister’s husbands will ever be. Back at their apartment, Beth scolds Neil for bringing back a pair of pants she told him to leave on the boat. Neil insists that if she’s going to throw them out then to check the pockets for any valuables. Beth complies and discovers a box with a diamond ring, and turns around to find Neil kneeling down behind her. Neil proposes to her, telling her that for him to be happy then Beth needs to be happy. Beth accepts his proposal.

Beverly Hills Chihuahua

  • Directors: Raja Gosnell
  • Producers: David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman, John Jacobs, Ricardo Del Rio
  • Writers: Analisa LaBianco, Jeffrey Bushell, Jeffrey Bushell
  • Genres: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Romance
  • Actors: Piper Perabo, Manolo Cardona, and Jamie Lee Curtis, with the voices of, Andy Garcia, George Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Eddie Piolin Sotelo, Cheech Marin, Loretta Devine, and, Drew Barrymore, as the voice of Chloe

Vivian Ashe (Jamie Lee Curtis) leaves her pet chihuahua Chloe (voice of Drew Barrymore) with her irresponsible niece Rachel (Piper Perabo) to watch the dog. However, when Rachel decides to go to Mexico with her friends, Chloe gets lost and bonds with Delgado (voice of Andy Garcia), a lonely German Shepard who used to be a police dog, and goes on the run from a ruthless Doberman called El Diablo (voice of Edward James Olmos). Meanwhile, Papi (voice of George Lopez), a hyperactive chihuahua who falls in love with Chloe, attempts to find his love in Mexico while El Diablo attempts to capture Chloe and get her colar to his owner, a dog fight ringleader.

Charlie s Angels Full Throttle

  • Directors: McG
  • Producers: Drew Barrymore, Leonard Goldberg, Nancy Juvonen
  • Writers: TV Series, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Screenplay, John August, Cormac Wibberley, Marianne Wibberley, Story, John August
  • Genres: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, Lucy Liu, Luke Wilson, Matt LeBlanc, John Cleese, Robert Patrick, Crispin Glover, Shia LaBeouf, Bernie Mac, Demi Moore

The Angels are hired to locate a set of titanium rings stolen from the Department of Justice that, when put together in a special machine, will display a list of all individuals in the witness protection program. Having discovered that one person on the list has been killed, the Angels investigate the scene and discover evidence suggesting that the killer is a surfer with a scar on one leg. Having tracked the killer to his next victim- who is subsequently sent to Bosley’s house for protection- it is revealed that angel Dylan was once named Helen Zaas (pronounced “Helen’s ass”, making her the “butt” of many jokes) and is in the program herself for sending her former boyfriend- a member of the O’Grady mafia family- to jail.

Although they recover the rings, Dylan leaves the Angels because she doesn’t want to endanger them with her ex’s vendetta, but former Angel Kelly Garrett- in a visit that may have been spiritual- reminds her that every Angel is unique, and her flawed past shouldn’t define her present. Returning to the team, Dylan and the others deduce that former angel Madison Lee (Demi Moore) is the perpetrator of the crimes due to her being the only individual possessing the necessary contacts to carry out such a scheme. Madison, having concluded “Why be an Angel, when [she] can be God”, having shot the Angels after reacquiring the rings, although they are saved by their specially-designed kevlar vests- returns to the agency to ‘confront’ Charlie, rejecting his attempts to remind her that the Angels are a family and shooting his speaker off the desk, informing him coldly that she was always the best.

Learning that the rings will be sold after a rendezvous on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Angels travel to Hollywood, setting the crime families up to be caught by the FBI in a faked rendezvous. With Madison having contacted the O’Gradys to act as security, Alex and Dylan take out the O’Gradys, while Natalie and Madison go head-to-head themselves. Dylan manages to kill her ex, with the Angels subsequently stopping Madison’s attempt to blow up the premiere of Alex’s boyfriend Jason’s (Matt LeBlanc) new movie thanks to Bosley knocking the bomb away. Although Madison tries to escape, the Angels defeat her in a final confrontation in an abandoned theatre, throwing her through a gas main just as she fires her gun, causing an explosion that kills her. The film ends with the Angels celebrating their victory with Bosley (Bernie Mac).

50 First Dates

  • Directors: Peter Segal
  • Producers: Michael Ewing
  • Writers: George Wing
  • Genres: Comedy, Romance
  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider, Sean Astin

Henry Roth (Adam Sandler), a womanising marine-life veterinarian living in Hawaii, meets Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore), an art teacher, in a café one morning. They hit it off and agree to meet in the café the next morning. The following day, however, Lucy claims not to know Henry. The café owner pulls Henry aside and explains that Lucy suffers from anterograde amnesia (called ‘Goldfield Syndrome’ in the movie) as a result of a car accident she was in a year earlier. Her condition has left her with no memory of anything between the day of the accident and the present, because she is incapable of converting short-term memories into long-term memories. At the beginning of each day, she loses all memory of the past day. She innocently believes every day to be October 13, 2002. Her father, Marlin (Blake Clarke), and brother, Doug (Sean Astin), attempt to re-enact the activities of October 13, her father’s birthday, every day, to prevent her from suffering from learning about the accident.

Realising that he is beginning to fall in love with Lucy, Henry sheds his philandering ways and begins devising new ways to ‘meet’ her again every day, hoping that one day she will retain her memories- and feelings- for him. Henry and Lucy’s family eventually realise that they can’t lie to her about what has happened forever, and so instead begin to leave video tapes for her to watch each morning, explaining her situation and relationship with Henry. Over time, Lucy begins to reciprocate Henry’s feelings, even going so far as to accept his marriage proposal. One morning, however, she overhears Henry telling Marlin that he has cancelled his plans to sail to the Arctic on a research expedition- something he had been planning and saving money for for 10 years- in order to be with Lucy. Not wanting to be the person to hold him back, she ends the relationship and commits herself to a specialist unit in hospital, allowing herself to forget all about Henry. A heartbroken Henry, meanwhile, finally saves the money needed to begin his trip, and, after a farewell from Marlin and Doug, sets sail. Shortly after departing he realises that Marlin had hinted that Lucy had indeed remembered Henry, and he rushes back to the hospital to see her. Upon seeing him again, Lucy explains that she still doesn’t know who Henry is, but that she has somehow remembered his face and dreamt of him, as evidenced by the many paintings and pictures she has produced of him whilst in hospital. Knowing that this is proof of the love she has for him- and he for her- the couple reunite.

Several years later Lucy wakes up in a strange bed with a video tape on the night stand next to her, reading “Good Morning Lucy”. She watches it, and cries as she relives her accident while the tape explains everything that has happened, including scenes from Henry and Lucy’s wedding. She then looks out the window and is shocked to find out that she’s on a boat in the Arctic. She comes out onto the deck of the bedroom to be greeted by Henry, her father, and her young daughter sailing on Henry’s ship, his dream finally fulfilled.