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Reggia | 2288 comments Now that the rentals are available, I finally got to see the movie today. Very good, and pretty true to the book. I had a hard time rating the book as I thought it was a great story, and wavered between giving it a *** or **** star.

Anyone else see this? What did you think of it?

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Reggia | 2288 comments It just became available through Netflix on Feb 3rd; I had been on a waiting list since some time in January.

I loved the movie! At first it seemed strange seeing Dakota Fanning a little bit older but as you can imagine, she was perfect for this part. My teen daughters enjoyed it, too.

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Just watched this tonight. Very sappy and sentimental. A tear jerker. A lot of bad things happened in the early sixties. There's probably a billion sad stories out there. I got teary eyed. I havent read the book and it seemed like there were parts missing. Good enough but not a re watcher.

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I only read the book and didn't cry. I guess the movie is different? I just had a neverending quiz question about her father's punishment for her. So glad I remembered it.

message 5: by Reggia (last edited Mar 18, 2009 04:41PM) (new)

Reggia | 2288 comments It put a few tears in my eyes.

One thing they don't show in the movie (wisely, I think) is when they pour honey all over the black madonna. Very strange.

Anyway, what really struck me about the movie was how well each person played their part. The setting and the colors all set just the right mood for this unusual story. I don't think it (in either form) is necessarily a 5-star but I found them very enjoyable. A little sappiness and sentimentality now and then, when backed with the hope and acceptance as portrayed in The Secret Life of Bees, is just fine with me.

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Hi Reggia, I thought that was very odd also and glad you mentioned it. My Red Hat group didn't seem to think a thing about it but to me .....well, maybe I shouldn't really say what I think about that.

I did find the book to be very interesting. I believe it was her first book? If I see the movie I will have to go alone which lessens my chances of seeing it until it comes out on DVD.

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My husband already told me this is one chick flick he will not go with me to see. He is usually super good about going to see movies with me as he knows I fear the popcorn odor to which I am allergic....I mean very allergic. (to the odor) I also fear people's perfume which may prove deadly and kill me. Dr. Sherry Rogers (famous EI Dr.) died from a perfume exposure within minutes. It altered the rhythm of his heart causing an arrthymia. (msp?) Some heart arrthymia's can prove fatal within minutes.

message 8: by Reggia (new)

Reggia | 2288 comments You won't have to go alone. The DVD is already out so you can just leave him in the next room. :p

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Feathers? Oh, you mean that I am a canary? My handle online has always been canaryalice since I first got online in 1999. "It comes from canary in the coal mine" and means a person with environmental illness. We are here to warn the world that toxic chemicals are killing many of us. Tired or Toxic A Blueprint for Health

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Reggia wrote: "You won't have to go alone. The DVD is already out so you can just leave him in the next room. :p"

Thanks! Is it at Blockbusters, do you know?

message 11: by [deleted user] (last edited Mar 18, 2009 07:19PM) (new)

Very "knotty" from Mensa! LOL!

Here is the Washington Post's Mensa Invitational which once again asked
readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding,
subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.

Here are the winners:

1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject
financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.

2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.

3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you
realize it was your money to start with.

4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright
ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign
of breaking down in the near future.

6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of
getting laid.

7. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high

8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the&nbs p
person who doesn't get it.

9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

11. Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is sending off all these
really bad v ibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like,
a serious bummer.

12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming
only things that are good for you.

13. Glibido : All talk and no action.

14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they
come at you rapidly.

15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've
accidentally walked through a spider web.

16. Beelzebug (n.) :=2 0Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into
your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the
fruit you're eating.

The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its
yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for
common words.

And the winners are:

1. Coffee , n. The person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted , adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has

3. Abdicate , v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat s tomach.

4 esplanade , v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly , adj. Impotent.

6. Negligent , adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a

7. Lymph , v. To walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle , n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.

9. Flatulence , n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been
run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash , n. A rapidly receding hairline..

11. Testicle , n. A humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude , n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon

, n.. A Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster , n. A person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism , n. The belief that, after death, the soul flies up
onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent , n. An opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish


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