A Mother's Pride

I had a couple of Groupon movie tickets to use up (clever me, signing up for the deal with two different emails...and then promptly forgetting that I did so. Thank you for the reminder, Groupon!). William and Henry have been begging to go see the movie "Cowboys and Aliens" for a few weeks, and yesterday was officially the first day I really, really wanted school to start, so we went.

The movie was, to borrow a phrase from what's his name on American Idol, "aight". Not great, not horrible. Harrison Ford has settled into the soft and comfy stretch of his acting career, the one where he is just able to play the same character in every single movie. When he's super old, but still able to move freely and speak legibly, he'll probably have one of those tear-jerking, earn-a-standing-ovation-at-the-Academy-Awards roles and go out with a bang. Until then, we get to see him play "cranky curmudgeon" in many variations. In this movie, he's doing it while dressed in old Wild West garb.

Daniel Craig is smokin' as always, Olivia Wilde is generically beautiful, Adam Beach is always good and I'm pretty sure he and Mark Ruffalo are voice-doppelgangers (seriously, they sound identical) and the guy who plays Doc is one of those "where have I seen him before?" dudes.

The scenery was lovely, the way certain parts of the movie were filmed with different kinds of patina, giving some scenes a decidedly old-school western look was awesome, the aliens were very generic.

Yada yada yada. My favorite part of the movie, though, wasn't in the movie at all. My favorite part happened during a small stretch of the film that shows Daniel Craig traversing some rocky mountainside, most of it shot from behind. So all we see for a few minutes is his very lovely tush, clad, of course, in traditional Western articles of clothing.

It was during this scene that both of my boys, within minutes of each other, leaned over to me and whispered:

"He's wearing assless chaps."

That's my boys. Do I want to know where they learned the term "assless chaps"? No. Not really. In the same way I don't want to know what all the wadded up Kleenex in the mancave bathroom was used for. Some things are best left as mysteries.

But this one made me laugh. My kids crack me up.


  1. It's a good thing you don't want to know. :-)

  2. Oh Linda, there are so many things mothers of boys don't want to know!! Thanks for reading ♥

  3. Haha, yeah there some things you just dont want the answers to.

    My husband has been wanting to see this movie but we skipped it becuase I'd heard it was just 'aight' too. We'll definitely check it out when it's on DVD, especially since there's a butt shot of Daniel Craig ;)

  4. Lin there are many nice views of Craig's assets. You won't be disappointed. He's really aging well. Why can't women get the aging breaks that men do?? The older, the craggier they get, the better they look. Guess that's why the two male leads in this movie are 42 and 69, and the female lead is 27. Sigh.

  5. I agree with your opinion regarding Harrison--he HAS reached that point where he's the same guy over and over again. It's gotta be hard to have once been so hot (looks and career-wise) and then times goes by, and you're not anymore. Have you seen the 80's movie Witness? Harrison was so handsome in that!

    Directors lose their edge as they age too. Is the Martin Scorcese of today the same as the Scorcese of the 70's? The same can be said for Steven Spielberg--the movies are kinda ok now, but nothing like they were back in the day. Shutter Island was a joke and that one with Tom Hanks and Catherine Zeta Jones was unwatchable. Anyway, that's my two cents :)

  6. Nikki, YES! Shutter Island made me fall asleep. What is that movie, the Tom Hanks/Zeta-Jones one..Terminal? I didn't like that one, either. Although it did just come up at trivia the other night and two of my friends loved it.

    I was just a young, prepubescent thing when I first saw Harrison Ford as Hans Solo, but I distinctly remember thinking that he was even cuter than Shaun Cassidy. I guess he's still looking good for almost 70, but man, that crabby old dude act is wearing thin. I'd like to see him play a creepy old single guy on the prowl or something similar. That would be funny.


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