Wishing Things (Movie Thoughts: All I Wish)

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Sharon Stone is Senna, a fashion designer who, at 46, has not had her break, both in career and love. Then she meets Adam (Tony Goldwyn) and they meet cute, but then Senna acts like a child, and well…you can more or less fill in the blanks in these sort of things. And Sharon Stone is terrific – loose and toothy and smiling and charming. And I am fascinated by her here – with her looks ranging from ‘Desperately Seeking Susan’ Madonna to ‘Music’ Madonna, with a little bit of Kim Catrall thrown in the mix (And yes, she would make a wonderful Samantha if and when)  She tries her damned best here. Unfortunately, she is saddled LSFYB_041717_18x24-JPEGwith a nothing script, which takes the character nowhere. The movie plays with the ‘gimmick’ of setting scenes yearly on Senna’s birthday. but it doesn’t really work because the story has nothing to say. And I even think that at some point the filmmakers knew that was a losing idea, because this film was originally titled ‘A Little Something For Your Birthday,’ and then they changed it. I feel kind of sad about this – I wanted this film to work, and I wanted Sharon Stone to have a comeback – but hopefully there will be something else down the line for her.

A Case For Abortion (Movie Thoughts: Mothers and Daughters)

ea805bc8194105907d972973235a871d‘Mothers and Daughters’ is kind of like the lower rent version of Gary Marshall’s ‘Mother’s Day.’ Instead of Julia Roberts, we get Sharon Stone here. Jennifer Aniston’s place is taken by her Friends costar Courteney Cox. And unfortunately, just like its expensive counterpart, this is a Mother that doesn’t deliver. The film, directed by Paul Duddridge, has too many things going on, yet somehow none of it is enough to tell even one credible story. It really is a shame because these actors work hard enough – Stone, Cox, Selma Blair, Cristina Ricci – but you cannot make diamonds out of discarded plastic cups. And on top of all this, it is pretty dull. Most of these people have star quality – Stone has never looked lovelier –  but they barely register on screen. And Duddridge uses a lto of short cuts – via Skype or Facetime – between the characters. I mean, if they can’t be bothered to show up together,  why should we?