So often we learn how to be in relationship by observing our parents. Then we watch movies and read romance novels and these all form the relationship basis of what we create with our partners. We may allow our fantasies of the âperfect happily ever after relationshipâ to overshadow what we could actually create. Some of us may also choose to do the exact opposite of our parents and still find ourselves playing out old patterns that create more separation and discord than harmony.
It is rare to see a relationship that is nurturing and honouring of both partners. One where both people can bring their entire selves to the relationship. Many of us have never experienced and rarely witnessed those types of relationships in our own lives or in the world around us.
What if there is something else? What if you could have a completely different type of relationship that does not fit into the conventional way it is done in this reality, and that could be created moment by moment? What if you could have a relationship that makes you and your partnerâs life greater, while simultaneously contributing to creating a greater world?
Come join Kalpana Raghuraman and Heather Nichols as they explore definitely different possibilities that create relationships that are thriving, alive, creative and joyful!
This new Holiday âdramadyâ from Jessie Nelson will brings tears and laughter to your face. It reminds me of a Nora Ephron film with all the family and personal drama going on all at once. There is a bit of profanity and mild sexuality so I wouldn’t take your younger kids but, for teens it’s a must-share! It has a great ensemble cast led by Diane Keaton and John Goodman who make a very believable couple with kids and grandkids that are all slightly off kilter. Steve Martin, who narrates the film through the eyes of the family dog, is the glue that holds the story together. And, the love story between Angie and Sergeant is truly a highlight of the film. As Leo Tolstoy said, âAll happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.â But, look out! You might just see your own family in this film. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Mia A. comments, âMy two favorite characters are Joe and Eleanor, played by Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde, because they have great chemistry together and I kept rooting for them to finally become a couple.â See her full review below.
Love the Coopers directed by Jessie Nelson is a holiday comedy full of subplots that get many of the people in the audience laughing. Â This movie is packed with big stars such as John Goodman, Diane Keaton, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei and Amanda Seyfried.
This movie is about an extended family, the Coopers who come together every Christmas and have a big family dinner party. It’s about how their individual lives and how their family acts when they are together.
My two favorite characters are Joe and Eleanor, played by Jake Lacy and Olivia Wilde, because they have great chemistry together and I kept rooting for them to finally become a couple. Their story provides the most humor and is the strongest subplot in the whole movie. Their scenes are hilarious and made me really believe they should be a couple.
There are many great actors in Love the Coopers, and there are some flaws. Charlotte and Emma are supposed to be sisters with negative history and competition, but the age difference between Diane Keaton and Marisi Tomei (who play them) is too great to be believable. It doesnât make sense. Also, I was disappointed that some of the big stars arenât used to their full potential. For example, Amanda Seyfried, a great actress from Mamma Mia isnât in a lot of scenes and Steve Martin is used only as the narrator. This left me wanting more.
I found the plot and characters a little hard to follow in the very beginning. Â Itâs difficult to know who is who because they switch back-and-forth from different family members without telling us who they are.
Every set and scene reminds us that it is Christmas, including the funny, the good and the bad aspects. Â It gently pokes fun of holiday traditions and made me wonder about some of my own.
I rate Love the Coopers 3.5 out of 5 stars because I enjoyed the clever writing, but I didnât really relate to the sisters or to some of the inappropriate humor.
I recommend it to ages 12 to 18 because there is some extreme kissing and inappropriate public behavior. They also say tell some religious jokes about Christians and they use some mild profanity. This film is in theaters now so, go check it out.
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Is God real and can She help? What a topic! As on the show, the Forum discussion was another lively and engaged discussion about a topic with deeply held beliefs and long-lived mistaken beliefs and strongly held dogma and fantasy and wishful thinking. We could see how we all have projected our religious or parental dogma or patterns onto God, instead of just experiencing God. Do we believe that God is any particular sex? Of course not! The conclusion of the discussion was that we all know God because we all relate to that higher consciousness energy that guides. What are your experiences and thoughts on the subject?
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