Frank Oz

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Director:

Frank Oz

Writer:

Howard Ashman

Starring:

Levi Stubbs

Rick Moranis

Ellen Greene

Vincent Gardenia

Tichina Arnold

Michelle Weeks

Tisha Campbell

Steve Martin

Bill Murray

Blurb:

A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed.

Thoughts:

Technically I should do a review of Little Shop of Horrors because I don’t own it, however, it’s such a classic that I don’t feel the need.

Seymour and Audrey have serious self-worth issues. They don’t believe they deserve anything more than the worst. Since they aren’t homeless and have jobs, no matter how horrible, they feel like they shouldn’t ask for more. Until one day, an alien plant comes into their lives and begins to give Seymour everything he wanted.

Seymour can not handle what Audrey II wants from him. He has absolutely no forethought and once Audrey II started drinking blood he should have known where things were going. The fact that he didn’t take a step back and reevaluate when Audrey II started asking for people says a lot about him. He’s a follower, not a leader, and didn’t have the will to question.

Poor Audrey I, I feel for her. After her songs and seeing her boyfriend, you can’t help but want her to have a happy ending. Even though Steve Martin’s parts were some of the best in the movie, you definitely don’t want him anywhere near her.

My favorite part had to be the final battle and the last song. I can relate more to Audrey II than the others, even though I sometimes struggle with my own self-worth. I loved hearing it go on it’s villain rant. I’m also glad the film ended the way it did. I would have not have liked the movie if it ended how the writers originally intended. Test audiences did us a solid there.

Re-Watch: The Stepford Wives (2004)

Stepford Wives

The Stepford Wives (2004)

Director:

Frank Oz

Starring:

Nicole Kidman

Bette Midler

Matthew Broderick

Roger Bart

Plot:

What does it take to become a Stepford wife, a woman perfect beyond belief? Ask the Stepford husbands, who’ve created this high-tech terrifying little town, in a very modern comedy-thriller.

Review:

There are plot holes in this movie. They refer to the wives as robots and machines, yet all Walter had to do was override their programming and they were back to themselves. That makes me think they were just controlled by the chips, but if that’s the case then how was that one an ATM? Or how did that other throw sparks? See plot holes.

I don’t care. I still enjoy it. The women are over exaggerated personalities, both before and after the change. You’ve got these women that are 110% focused on their career and then that focus and intensity is switched to their homes and family. Honestly I think it’s funny, but I’m probably weird.

As long as I’m being honest, there’s a part of me that would like to be a Stepford wife. I’d love to cook and clean and take care of my husband and be happy with only that. Instead I want to spend time watching movies, reading, and writing. As well as all that other stuff. There are just too many things that I want to do for my house to ever be that clean or meals to always be prepared from scratch.

So I watch this movie and it shows that extremes are probably not a good idea. I don’t want to be a career obsessed bitch or a Betty Homemaker. I will settle for somewhere in between.

4/5