TO BE RIGHT OR TO BE HAPPY?

CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER (2012)
4 out of 5 stars

Written by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack, the story revolves around a newly divorced couple Celeste and Jesse who remain best friends. Their closeness annoys their mutual friends and leads them to believe that Celeste and Jesse are not over each other. But things become rocky when they start dating other people…

I’m not one to speak about relationships but it is how I envisioned it. When a relationship fails, some will hold on to it, some will let go while some will pretend to let go but are secretly holding on to it. It’s hard to let go but when you finally do, there’s a new beginning somewhere for you. I used to root for ex-es to get back together until quite recently, when I realized that it isn’t that bad for people to be apart.

SWEAR ON YOUR IPAD

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (2011)
– 4 out of 5 stars 

Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis having benefits equals benefits for the audience. They have such hot bodies! Though the premise is similar to No Strings Attached that starred Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, this one just packs more chemistry between the leads. Woody Harrelson (Tommy) was hilarious as the guy trying to make JT switch sides.

Tommy: Everybody want a shortcut in life, my guidebook is simple: YOU WANNA LOSE WEIGHT? Stop eating, fatty! YOU WANNA MAKE MONEY? Work you ass off, lazy! YOU WANNA BE HAPPY? Find someone you like and never let ‘em go!

A big plus: they used Foster The People’s Pumped Up Kicks during the end credits!

HIT REFRESH

THE SOCIAL NETWORK (2010)
– 4 and a half out of 5 stars

Adapted from The Accidental Billionaire by Ben Mezrich, The Social Network tells the story of how Facebook was founded.

In 2003, after Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was dumped by his girlfriend, he creates a website that rates the attractiveness of Harvard female undergraduates. The site gathered 22,000 hits within a few hours before the server crashed. Zuckerberg caught the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who approached him to help them with their site, The Harvard Connection. Meanwhile, Zuckerberg enlists the financial help of his friend Eduardo Saverin when he comes up with the idea of “thefacebook”, an exclusive social networking site for Harvard students. The site becomes a hit and even attracts the attention of Napster co-founder, Sean Parker.

Told from different points of view, you get to decide who you believe to be right or wrong, and if every event happened for a reason. Like that animal cruelty story that busted Saverin and the party which got Parker busted for cocaine possession. The story is also interlaced with the two lawsuits involving the Winklevoss twins and Saverin.

Relationships are build as easily as they are broken and I think it helps to be smart with your words because you never know when it might be used against you. But you’ve got to admire the genius of Zuckerberg, who in the presence of existing social networking sites like Friendster and Myspace, manages to create one that attracts these youngsters with exclusivity and relationship statuses. And the algorithm that Saverin came up with in minutes! Goodness, these people are geniuses! But in the end, what everyone is concerned with is their ambition, social status and money. Zuckerberg is the world’s youngest millionaire, but you’ve got to ask if he did all these to be somebody or to prove something to somebody. Great show, though you have to be mentally prepared because they speak really fast.

DUDE VON DUDENSTEIN

I LOVE YOU, MAN (2009)
– 3 and a half out of 5 stars

Saw the latest bromantic comedy, I Love You, Man.

It’s about this man, Peter Klaven, who’s about to get married but realizes he does not have a best man because he has always been the girl-friend kind of guy. He engages the help of his brother (who happens to be gay) and goes on a series of man-dates with wild and hilarious encounters, which includes a guy sticking his tongue down his throat. Eww! Then he meets Sydney Fife, a charming guy’s guy whom he instantly bonds with. The interesting bits of the show starts when Peter first tries to ask Sydney out – the way he hesitates makes you think that he was leaving a voice message for a girl! Also, he starts developing all these hilarious weird phrases he’s never even used before in his life – eg. “I will see you there, or I will see you on another time!”,“Totally… totes magotes”. As the two men get closer, the relationship between Peter and his girlfriend suffers. The two guys spent “some time away from each other” and the best thing is, Sydney still did turn up for Peter’s wedding and they two re-affirm their platonic friendship to each other.