Entertainment Review – Vacation

vacation_2015_movie-wideVacation is loosely based on the comedy classic National Lampoon’s Vacation  (1983) and now it’s Rusty’s turn to take the family on trip to Walley World. The film stars Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Skyler Grisondo, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and Chevvy Chase. Going in to the cinema, I did not have high expectations. The trailer portrayed Vacation to be similar to We’re The Millers minus the drug smuggling. The whole disaster trip scenario has been played out way too many times. However, Ed Helms from the Hangover films is easy to watch and has hilarious one lines that he executed with no problem.

A very funny scene is when Helms had to explain what a rim job is to his son James played by Skyler Grisondo. When parents get asked super awkward questions like that, the only thing you do is lie your ass-off because no one really needs to know of such things. Basically, everything Rusty does backfires. I know predictable right? Unlike some films that try too hard, I felt like the jokes flowed, while some became ongoing such as the GPS settings being stuck on Korean. I know from personal experience that when Asians talk in their language, it can sound aggressive even if they are happy. So when the GPS would randomly scream Korean to direct the Griswolds, I lost it every-time.

vacation-movie-car-pointofgeeksThen there’s the rental minivan named the Tartan Prancer which has a two sets of side mirrors (back and front) and a range of buttons with strange symbols on them. What does the mushroom button do? Let’s just say the Griswolds definitely experience a trip that they will never forget.

Oh yeah, Chris Hemsworth also stars in the film as Stone Crandall, an up-and-coming anchorman. Married to Rusty’s sister, Aubrey, Stone is the attractive man with the whole package and is very old fashion. He’s all about getting up early and doing some decent farm work before heading out to the TV studio. Rusty is not the biggest fan of Stone and attempts to step up his ‘Man game’. One of the best lines in Vacation is after Stone walks in to the guest room strutting his stuff and Rusty claims Stone just wanted to show off his six-pack. That’s not exactly what his wife, Debbie (Applegate) was staring at…

Chris-Hemsworth-shows-off-his-ripped-abs--and-a-huge-package-in-his-pants--in-hilarious-trailer-for-new-movie-VacationChristina Applegate (Debbie) did an average job. She didn’t disappoint but she also wasn’t amazing. Debbie was your typical housewife that wanted more out of life and was eager to be one of those people on Facebook you envy for their travels. Unfortunately, Deb and Rusty were also in a bit of rut. It was fun to see Helms try to move out of his safe routine when it came to sex and shake things up. While Debbie had some secrets about her college years that Rusty had no idea about.

The best part of the whole film is the brother relationship between James and his younger brother, Kevin. I personally found it refreshing to see Kevin a boy years younger and smaller in size, bully his older brother. There were no boundaries when it came to annoying James (Skyler), including throwing a plastic over James’s head to see how long he would last before turning red. Overall, I was thoroughly entertained by Vacation thanks to the Griswold family. I laughed a lot and although, it could be really silly in some scenes, sometimes that is exactly what you need on a Saturday night.
Watch Trailer Here:

Note: Vacation is not suitable for children as there is sexual references and swearing.

Rated: MA15+

Why it sucks to be a child of divorced parents 

The first thing I will say is I took my parents divorce really well in the beginning. I was 9 years old and my older cousin told me that she had heard my mum was leaving my dad. I didn’t say anything and waited to see if it was true. It was. I remember mum shaking me to wake up, she was crying horribly and gathering our belongings from around the house. I casually got out of bed and helped her out. No reaction what so ever. However, down the tract as life went on I found (besides the two birthday celebrations) being a child of divorce parents sucks.

Oh so Awkward

Both of them like to know how each other is going (through me of course). Then I have to take into consideration what details I share. Telling my Dad that mum had a new boyfriend and that’s why she was moving away. Painful.

I’m seriously not looking forward to the awkwardness at my wedding. Mum will carry on about how much Dad contributes such as money and a helpful hand with tasks. While my step mum is going to be uncomfortable to see my mum.

The tension

Having tension in any family is not healthy. Unfortunately, for me that will never not exist one way or another. The actual divorce itself dragged out for around 3-4 years. It felt like forever. Both of them have spread rumors or spilled personal details of their relationship. Some of the things I have heard was scaring. I actually stopped seeing my dad for years due to feeling uncomfortable around him. He was so upset with mum leaving him and to be honest, I was never that close to him. Our relationship these days is ten times better because we communicate and he tries to be more of a parent.

I try to split my time and make an effort to contact both my parents. It’s been 14 years since they separated thank god, the conflict has calmed down and everyone has moved on. Fingers crossed she finds happiness!

My parents were never right for each other. They are complete opposites who hardly ever agreed on things. It’s a known fact you don’t stay in an unhealthy relationship if you’re not happy.

On a positive note: I get spoiled with love and attention. I do two birthday celebrations usually and when I was younger,  both parents would take me to see the Harry Potter films in cinema. So I got to see each film twice!

Either way you just have to accept and love them for who they are.

Gold

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How To Become Great At Giving Presents

Do you find yourself stressing out when it’s time to purchase a present for someone?

Presents are given for birthdays, special occasions or for holidays such as Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It can be a small gesture, flowers, an experience or a specific purchase chosen for someone. Some people can’t stand shopping for others but I love it! There’s something exciting about giving and going out of your way to show you care or acknowledge a life event/holiday etc. I’ve been told in the past by many people in my life that I give good presents. So I would like to share my personal tips so you can stress a little less but also give something thoughtful.

  1. Plan in advance your presents. When I know there’s heaps of events coming up, I buy my presents a few months before hand. I have a huge family so when Christmas starts to creep up, I put presents on lay-by and any birthday presents close to Christmas is bought WAY…in advance.
  2. Listen to people. I bet around a 100 times in your life you have heard someone say ‘I have no idea what to get them’. It’s because they were not paying attention enough to pick up things. Listen to your friends and family when they go on about what they may need or what they saw at the shops last week that really want.
  3. Ask questions. When a birthday is coming up and I haven’t come up with any gift ideas yet, I ask random questions. For example, “What’s your favourite TV show or movie?”
  4. Be straight-forward with people. There’s no issue with just coming out and asking the person ‘what do they want?’
  5. Be creative. Nothing screams I care about you like a scrapbook dedicated to a friendship or a simple picture frame with a recent photo. Go to the markets and buy a local artist’s work (possibly an artwork you know someone will like). Why not make a hamper? Knit a scarf?
  6. Check out their activity online. When people post up images or videos of things they are reflecting what is an interest to them.You may notice that one of your girlfriend’s are obsessed with the Kardashians, Aubrey Hephurn or The Hunger Games.  A great app for stalking some good gift inspiration is Pinterest!! Umm Hello…when your sister starts a board dedicated to jewellery, see if you can find pieces of jewellery that are similar.
  7. Give them an experience. Why not climb the Sydney Harbour bridge with your other half or pay for a weekend away to the gold coast?

Here are some of my favourite gifts I have given in the past: Personalized mug with photos, scrapbook, voucher towards a racing car experience, engraved charm, personalized quote T-shirt, expensive perfume, tickets to a concert, pretty couple pillow cases, designed a word collage inspired by famous couples (wedding gift), Thomas Sabo bracelet, alcohol (Always a win if you know what people like to drink), a jar filled with date ideas, dvd box set, a goldfish (with a small tank), gaming accessories, LUSH gift box, gold class tickets for the movies and the biggest cookbook with all essential recipes for any kitchen (Dad thought it was pretty awesome).

It’s always good to suss out if you know people part of fandoms, there is so much merchandise out there these days it’s ridiculous. Think: Harry Potter, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Minions, The Hunger Games, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Pretty Little Liars, Big Bang Theory, Marvel, DC, Adventure time, Glee, Ninja Turtles, Friends etc. Just check out the stuff online.

Jess x

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When is it okay to bring up the ‘M’ word?

I didn’t think I would ever be thinking about marriage but when you finally meet someone great, you can’t help but day-dream a little. So when do you bring up the topic of marriage?

Some people prefer to wait until they have been dating someone for several months, while there are others who will be up front about what they want. Marriage, a house, babies and the whole shebang. I know a couple who discussed marriage and children on their first date, just so they were on the same page. I can’t imagine most people would be okay with such serious topics on a first date. I personally waited at least 4-5 months before I even brought up the topic. My partner did not show much interest at first and avoided the ‘M word’. However, it had nothing to do with me but was in fact related to his past relationship.

Relationship expert Dr Tammy Nelson told the Huffington Post “Once the year mark passes and no serious talk of marriage pops up, it’s likely that one or both will feel frustrated and may wonder if this person is ‘the one.'”

A huge NO-NO when discussing marriage is trying to pressure the other person in the relationship to speed things up to suit you. That’s what my partner’s ex did and he ended up resenting her for it (he bought the ring but never proposed). It can be such a huge turn off if you’re annoying someone to propose. Plus, if they want to spend the rest of their life with you then they shouldn’t need to be pushed in the direction of the engagement ring section.

Let your partner warm up to the idea of marriage and of course, make sure you want the same thing. There’s nothing worse than spending years together only to realize it was wasted. If he shows signs that he wants to marry you like saying ‘I see a future with you’ and you’re both incredibly happy then marriage is possibly in the cards.

Everyone is different. When do you think it’s suitable to bring up marriage?

Comment below and share your thoughts.

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