Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things


Tommy Lee Jones Is Back

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And not in Men in Black 500. It looks like in this movie, he and Meryl make Steve Carell look young and lovely by comparison.

I’m thoroughly pleased that Meryl seems hellbent on popularizing a new sub-genre of Romantic Comedy called something like “old people rediscovering their sexual selves in well-lit scenes and laughing about it.”

She’s Also Finding Out What They Don’t Have In Common

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Like bananas. They’re just “enjoying each other“, guys. They’re not, however, enjoying how they have differing opinions about bananas.

This Is That Dude Then

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Sports Night, 1999.

This is him now:

Scandal, 2012.

Bro has gotten old. I guess that’s what happens.

*In all seriously, Joshua Malina, I love your work. And your face, any way you eye bag it.

This Is An Email From My Alma Mater


They get the joke. I hope.

Girl, I Feel You

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“A Minnesota woman who caused a health scare aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Detroit — causing the plane to be kept on the tarmac at Midway Airport for three hours — says it was all a misunderstanding over bug bites.”

But passengers, I feel you too.

An Incomplete List Of Things Oprah Feels The Most Strongly About

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– 9/11

– Sidney Poitier

– Gratitude journals: “It just changed my consciousness about seeing the positive instead of the negative in life.”

The Color Purple: “I have never wanted anything in my life more than I wanted the role in The Color Purple. I have not wanted, and never want to be in a place, where I want anything that badly again. I felt my life could not go on if I did not get that role.”

– Groundbreaking couples therapy with Harville Hendrix: “That was life-changing for me. It changed the way I operated in all of my relationships. Absolutely. In all of my relationships. In my personal relationship with Stedman, my relationship changed.”

– Mothers Who Kill Their Children: “I don’t know anything worse than killing your own child.”

– Dr. Phil: “I’ve had several ‘Aha’ moments over the years. Memorable, big ones. A couple big ones came from Phil.”
“I think that could be one of the most important things you said.”
“Mercy, that is a good statement!”
“That’s good, Phil.”

A Daughter’s murder, a mother’s pain: “That was bing bing, lightbulb, goosebump, at the same time. It was one of the great moments.”

Maya Angelou: “Maya has been one of my greatest personal teachers….Reading [her] as a teenage girl validated my own story….She became an instant role model for me.”

– Life lessons: “I think the best lesson I ever learned; when people ask me, what is the thing you’ve learned the most out of life, is a lesson — you know which one it is? You’re not in it.

“The number one defining lesson from 21 years of interviewing people for me has been to understand that every single person…is looking to see, did you hear me? Do you see me? Do you really see me? Does what I’m saying matter to you? And that is the common denominator of the human experience. That is the great lesson I’ve learned in all these years. Every person matters.”

Source: Disks 2-6 of The Oprah Winfrey Show 20th Anniversary Collection

How Magic Is Magic Mike? Not Magic Enough To Not Have Dreams

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I learned a lot watching the trailer for this movie, which leads me to believe that the full-lenth film will be even more informative.

For instance, you can make a whole lot of money as a male stripper, and that comes with screaming female fans to boot.

But that male stripper probably really just wants to build furniture and work with his hands, as the skills of his body are not enough.

The best choice of song to explain the journey of your stripper is Rihanna’s “We Found Love.”

And finally, Channing Tatum has found the movie that best displays his skills. I thought it was She’s the Man or Step Up. I was wrong.

A Movie That Will Not Give You Fever Dreams (ie Not A Film By Tyler Perry)

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The Rebound has kind of a Jennifer Westfeldt-quality to it, which makes sense, as it’s directed by Bart Freundlich (Julianne Moore’s husband) and both films do have some relatively clever moments. I think the reason The Rebound really reminded me Westfeldt was because of its similarities to her movie Ira & Abby, which is also conveniently on Netflix Instant. In that movie, Ira also has these very neurotic Jewish New York parents.

Below, a few choice interactions from The Rebound between Justin Bartha’s character Aram Finklestein and his neurotic Jewish New York parents.

Mom: I spoke to your cousin Ruth, and she arranged a job interview at the women’s center where she used to work.

Dad: You’ll finally put that Ladies Studies major of yours to good use.
Aram: It was a minor dad. And it’s called Sociology.
Mom: This is not how you contribute to the world.
Aram: Mom, you work for Ralph Lauren.
Mom: People need clothes.
And a few bonus scenes from Catherine Zeta-Jones’ character:

Daphne: You actually have feelings for this kid?
Sandy: Feelings? I have feelings for everyone, that’s the way the world works.
Sandy: I’m pregnant.
Aram: I…pull out most of the time.

Watch it. Except I just ruined a few plot twists. But it’s better than having to deal with fever dreams induced by half a viewing of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too?

Girls on Girls

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There’s been so much chatter about Girls that I almost feel it’s too much to chime in. However, as this blog is called Smart GIRLS Who Do Stupid Things, it would seem a gross oversight to ignore something made so perfectly for our target demographic. Additionally, my life and personhood — for whatever it’s all worth — come about as close as you can get to the conceit of the show without literally becoming at parody, so that’s probably worth something.

I thought I’d watch the show, and then ask a friend who watched with some of our mutual friends, and share both of our thoughts. For the purposes of these remarks, I am me, and she is a 24-year-old who works in publishing and lives in Brooklyn. Her remarks have been mildly edited.


Aghhh i don’t know, it’s hard to even write about this show at all, since watching it feels like reading your own fucked up short story you wrote for your creative writing circle in college and I just felt semi-embarrassed for myself the whole time. Of course, then you could only write this if you had possessed Lena Dunham’s crazy foresight. I will say I certainly liked it/the show resonated with me way more than I thought it would. Some of the characters are way more accurate than I wanted them to be even (i.e. most of the men, and especially that sex scene, which is another issue in that there were literally NO likable male characters in the show period, and even though it’s a show that doesn’t want you to fully embrace anyone I was really overcome with some moments of intense man-hating which is something I’m trying to get over, not make exponentially worse), and a lot of the female relationship dynamics were refreshingly realistic.

But also like “Oh god I’m living this why even bother watching a show about how much it sucks to be angry at your good friends all the time.” Sort of like the sensation you would get when you would play The Sims all day and all of the sudden instead of doing crazy things to your Sims you’re just making sure they brush their teeth and take a shit and nap and you hate yourself for not just doing that in real life? Like, I could just be living a more successful version of these people’s lives; why am I watching a show about what’s happening to me right at this second?

I liked Lena Dunham’s character a lot actually, and I’m not really sure everyone else will, but I WAS constantly preoccupied with the fact that I know a lot about her actual life and this show is absolutely not it nor has it ever been. She’s been an extremely successful artist since graduating and her parents are also famous and she’s never had to live this lifestyle or be broke. So, it’s confusing, but I enjoyed the show enough to think that maybe I should just shut up and be grateful someone’s making good TV, mostly.


The first reaction I had upon watching the Pilot of Girls was becoming immediately disgusted upon realizing that Lena Dunham’s character Hannah graduated from college TWO YEARS AGO and her parents are STILL paying for her to have this internship. I guess we don’t know the details behind that (maybe she’s only been in New York for a year and before that she was like, living at home working at an ice cream shop) but I just found that obscene and it became very difficult to relate to her. Not as if I am just an iceberg out at sea without any help from anyone ever, but that’s just so much money. I also found her incredibly unhealthy relationship with her man friend troubling and not really comforting or identifiable (though the basic conceit of men in the show either being too attainable or not attainable enough did strike home).

Additionally, the supporting cast were all super interesting archetypes of people I know (or am), even the incredibly flakey Jessa the world traveler. However the choice of a pink Juicy Couture velour jumpsuit to be worn around the house by Zosia Mamet’s character was puzzling; I know she loves Sex and the City, but really? Who wears those anymore?

Overall, there was something interesting about coming back from a weekend in New York — where the streets and subways are plastered with ads for Girls — and returning to Chicago, watching this show in my bed, knowing that my friends had all just finished watching it in the city I had left, gathered around a TV in one of their parents’ houses because no one can afford HBO. It blurred the lines between the reality and hyper-reality of the show even more, and I do feel a little unsettled about what makes sense anymore.

But even though much of it felt real, I still can’t shake the feeling that it felt real because it’s a show about a life I would be having if I was in New York. A parallel Kate, if you will. Yes, many of the themes are the same, but I still felt very far away from it all. Perhaps that says more about me than Girls (or, speaks to the point of the show to begin with); as a New Yorker currently living outside of New York, I am sometimes struck with the feeling that nothing feels quite as legitimate because I’m not living where It All Happens.

Most impressively, I got frustrated with the show the way I get frustrated with myself, which might say it all about what Girls is and is trying to accomplish. Oh, and when Hannah’s mom said to her “Why dont you get a job and start a blog?” in an exasperated tone when she was complaining about getting cut off? Touche.

A Haiku


dirty laundry in
sheets becomes a great lesson
in futility

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