TS Top 5: Lindsay Lohan Movies #2
Freaky Friday (2003)
What should have been a bland Disney remake has somehow ended up as one of Disney’s most satisfying live-action family comedy films. I thoroughly enjoyed it and well put-together explaining individual mind-frame and it works. I am sure we easily judge into other people’s positive and negative attitudes, but unless we put ourselves into their shoes, we will never know. Hence this film takes us into the journey of a daughter and mother who have complete different personalities. After a while, the daughter and mother switch “only” bodies (via some weird Chinese magic), by which they realize each others “actual life”. Tess is the stereotypical anal retentive mother, but Curtis instills a strong sense of power and determination into her character giving her more dimensions beyond the concept of the strict uptight mother. Curtis can act, which is a plus, so when she’s being annoying to the character of Anna, she’s never really annoying to the audience. Lindsay Lohan plays the cliché whiny dramatic rebellious daughter but instills a sense of originality and innovation into the character of Anna. Lohan was great in “Parent Trap” but she’s even better in this. Curtis is great as Anna and is just hilarious, especially in the opening scenes to which she goes crazy at how much she’s aged, while Lohan is great pretending to be Tess showing her anal quirks, uptight mannerisms. and speech, sounding exactly how Curtis would. What’s great is that even pretending to be one another, Curtis and Lohan have a lot of chemistry and play off one another, they’re quirky quick dialogue, hilarious one-liners, and opposite pairing is just great to watch. This film could have been made in various forms, but the writer and the director chose a way by which they can convey their message to the society while entertaining at the same time, which I personally think is a better option. While occasionally fluffy and cheesy and just brainless, this is a very good, very well-acted and laugh out loud funny remake.
TS Top 5: Lindsay Lohan Movies #2
TS Top 5: Lindsay Lohan Movies #3
The Parent Trap (1998)
Wonderful remake of the 1961 Hayley Mills film. This film is much more realistic, with better acting. It’s light, romantic, touching and downright funny. Lindsey Lohan is amazing as both Hallie and Annie—I really did think she was two people, she portrayed the two different characters fantastically. All the different characters in this movie are really funny as well, and there are no bad actors. Natasha Richardson and Dennis Quaid with that big, goofy, infectious smile, give the film its romance and maturity, without stepping on the fun-filled kid’s plot. This is simple, easy-to-watch family entertainment.
TS Top 5: Lindsay Lohan Movies #4
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)
Lindsay played a girl who had multiple personalities and dreamed of starring in a Broadway show. It received mixed reviews for its unexciting plot. If you want to see this, don’t expect a deep and meaningful (or realistic) outlook on high school life because it is your everyday teen/high school comedy with the over-used story line of new girl vs popular girl then new girl gets the guy and brings popular girl down. On a better note, Lohan shined as the movie’s main character Mary/Lola. Lohan’s character was an entertaining one and I enjoyed watching her over-exaggerated perspective of things.
TS Top 5: Lindsay Lohan Movies #5
Life Size (2000)
Well, the story of the film is pretty straight forward for a Disneyesque family feature, Casey (Lohan) loses her mother and attempts to resurrect her via voodoo magic, but instead manages to bring her new Eve doll to life, in the form of Tyra Banks. The idea of a mom or girlfriend brought to life from an inanimate object is not a new one and has been used as a plot device in film and TV for years. In this film, it’s a fashion doll. These films feature drop dead beauties in the lead role wearing fun, colorful outfits. Not exactly great actresses, but with enough charisma to make the role work in a cute type of way. Not exactly a demanding role, but Banks is fun and appealing as the doll come to life trying to fit into the real world. Of course, I’ll be a bit cheeky here and say that Type Banks is a perfect choice to play someone who is completely plastic! Here, Lindsay is just as charming and adorable as she was in Parent Trap. Anyway, there’s not a whole lot of plot to spoil so I’ll stop there, just watch this film for the feel good aspect (and young Lohan) and to remember and treasure the innocent (and fun!) years of youth. It’s not only teenagers who shouldn’t be in a rush to grow up, but adults too!
True Shit 101: Even though I’m taking a break from my top 15 countdowns for a little while, I decided to try something a little different. Starting tomorrow, every once a month until my next top 15; I will be doing a TS Top 5. And for the first installment of this mini countdown, I chose was my favorite Lindsey Lohan films. I would do a top 15 on her, but lets be honest, she hasn’t really had that many good films to begin with lol. So a top 5 would be perfect for her. Don’t get me wrong, none of her movies are really Oscar worthy, but I truly believe that some of them did indeed show that the kid had potential to be a very good actress. Whenever I think of Lindsey Lohan, I feel no personal disdain for her, just a huge disappointment. Though she’s not the only celebrity to start off her career good as child star only to hit rock bottom in her adult years; I feel like she could have potentially had a very promising career if only she had got her shit together. She made her film debut in The Parent Trap, where she was completely charming and adorable, and she’s continues in that vein in other films as well. Sadly the actress herself has become rather unappealing as an adult, both appearance and personality wise (just another shallow Hollywood party girl…). This week, I’ll be taking a look at the top 5 films showing how sweet and a decent actress she was before things went wrong.