Reviews in a Line or Two: Peggy Sue Got Married; Shake, Rattle and Rock; Like Crazy

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Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) –
Kathleen Turner is Peggy Sue, a soon-to-be divorcee who takes a little time travelin’ trip back to her high school days after attending a reunion party. This film has a lot going for it: a great soundtrack (which includes a personal favorite of mine, Dion and the Belmonts), cheesy mockery of late ’50s/early ’60s teen life (complete with some strange but very hilarious and seemingly intentional over-acting) and a fantastic lead performance from Turner.
The score: 3.5/5

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Shake, Rattle and Rock! (1994) –
Susan (Renee Zellweger) is a young girl who lives for music but is content to keep jamming with her friends in private when her band mate decides that he wants to open up their practice space for a rock ‘n’ roll show – much to the chagrin of local parents who think that the concert will bring “the devil’s music” to their children. This film is very fun to watch, riding the line between parodying ’50s teen life and looking back at it fondly, and is full of great music.
The score: 4/5

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Like Crazy (2011) –
Jacob (Anton Yelchin) is an American college student who falls for the British Anna (Felicity Jones), who is studying at the same school as him, but things get complicated when she overstays her student visa and is no longer aloud to live in the United States. I saw no chemistry between the two leads and they aren’t compelling on their own either, which makes for a very dull film. The score: 0.5/5

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