A. I am cool like that and get invited to all A list premiers in Las Vegas
B. I signed up with lasvegasfreemovies.com like any loser with a email address can do.
So my sis-in-law (who is my second favorite date) and I felt pretty fancy attending this screening, for free, in a theater with rows reserved for fancy press people. Though they looked no fancier than me. We were told if we liked the movie, to tell everyone we know. And if we did not like the movie to keep our mouths shut. And there were some folks after the movie that were hearing opinions. (So when you see the ad for Letters to Juliet, with the quote "I laughed. I cried. It moved me" that was me).
It was a packed house, because of all the losers with email addresses who like a free movies, even if it was only rated PG. We got the only two seats left together, which put me right to next to Old-Man-With-Cane-And-Jean-Shorts. The second the movie started so did the noises. Old man noises. Grunts, hums and haws, lip smacking and a mysterious whistle/laughing sound at inappropriate times. And then there was the loud popcorn eating like every bite was an effort to keep his dentures in. And this went on EVERY 5 SECS FOR THE ENTIRE MOVIE. I let my SIL know what I was up against and when she heard him we giggled like schoolgirls hearing their teacher fart for the first time.
So besides the very-annoying-but-probably-someone's-grandpa next to me, I loved the movie. It stars the cute Amanda Seyfried (from Mama Mia and Dear John). She goes on a journey through Italy to help a Grandma, played by the aging-beautifully-without-botox Vanessa Redgrave, find her lost love of 50 years ago. Her grandson, played by newcomer Christopher Egan, reminded me of a young Heath Ledger. Ahhhh, Heath.....
It is one of those location movies that make me want to move to Italy, grow grapes, and eat bread and cheese outside every night while watching the sunset. The scenery was amazing and the storyline was sooooo romantic. It was squeaky clean (no sex, no swear words. Gasp!) and the music of Colbie Caillat and Taylor Swift was perfect. It will appeal to an older generation as well since it emphasizes that love is ageless. So yes there are 70 yr olds kissing in this movie, which made the noises next to me even louder.
At the end both my SIL and I sighed that sigh of "Oh if real life was only so romantic." As Old-Man-With-Cane-And-Jean-Shorts stood up his bum was only inches from my face. And then all I could think was, "Please don't fart. Please don't fart." It would have ruined a perfectly good free movie.