I really don’t see a whole lot of movies. Now Smitty – she’s the movie buff. And I never fail to shock her by my lack of movie experience.

Like when she makes a reference to a classic – say, Goonies or Pulp Fiction or Casablanca – and I hang my head and say, “Ummm . . . yeah . . . I haven’t seen that one either.”

And it happens. A lot.

I don’t know why I feel the need to say all that. I’m sure when you see the quality of movies I’m about to review, you’ll realize – without my over explaining and rambling – that I’m not really a movie expert.

And because I haven’t put off my actual list long enough, I also feel compelled to tell you that at one point I thought I’d be real clever and give you a Twitter-esque movie review. You know, writing a review in 140 characters or less?

But then I remembered how much I like to talk. With lots of characters.

[However, if you’d like to mock me watch as I attempt brevity and some level of hip-ness, please follow me on Twitter. I’m @givingupperfect.]

Now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. I present to you The Last 10 Movies I’ve Watched and my not-so-expert opinion on each one:

1. The Proposal – Mark and I watched this movie on vacation, and I loved it. Starring Sandra Bullock (who I love) and Ryan Reynolds (who I like more every time I see him in something), it’s a clichéd chick flick about the uptight woman who needs a guy to help her loosen up and enjoy life. But I loved the transformation of Reynolds’ character from beaten down yes-man who hates his job to a guy who could stand firm, speak up and finally take charge of his life. Watching him begin to open up and be himself was inspiring to me, as I currently have a job where I’m not myself at all.

So yes, I may have gotten a little too deep with this light-hearted movie. But what can I say? It got to me. And it made me laugh out loud a lot. And if you haven’t seen it, you should.

2. Paul Blart: Mall Cop – Yes, I paid money to see this movie. But honestly, it was a cute movie. As the Philadelphia Inquirer so eloquently put it: “The film is completely forgettable, frequently funny and weirdly satisfying in a Jersey Loser Gets Respect kind of way.” And for me, it was nice to enjoy Kevin James in a Hitch sort of way (bumbling, sweet and still pretty funny), as opposed to his stand-up comedy routine sort of way (loud and obnoxious and not all that funny).

3. Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day – I’m not sure I really got this movie. It was fun to look at and fun in a light, fluffy sort of way. Plus it had Amy Adams and that guy from Pushing Daisies, which I liked. But it was pretty slow. Mark especially didn’t like it. So, while USA Today called it a good farce, engrossing and cheeky, I can’t quite give this one two thumbs up.

4. Transformers – I am talking about the first one here. I realize most of you saw this a good two years ago, but I didn’t. And I don’t know who I think I am, but when I saw that the second movie was coming out, I was just sure I’d go see it. So, of course, I needed to watch the original first. I thought it was a lot of fun! The more cartoony stuff was silly, but if you take it for what it is, it’s a fun, fast-paced movie. About robots that turn into cars.

5. The International – This movie starred Clive Owen and Naomi Watts, and it’s rated R. I only mention that because we don’t watch a lot of R-rated movies, mainly because I’m opposed to graphic anything. So I read a couple reviews of this movie, trying to figure out why the international spy story needed an R rating. Supposedly, the movie has one extended scene of graphic violence. But I didn’t see it. Not because I watched with my hands over my eyes, Grey’s Anatomy-style, but because we were so bored by this movie that we turned it off after about an hour. The end.

6. The Ugly Truth – And speaking of rated R movies. Smitty is in celebrity love with Gerard Butler, so seeing this was a must. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t turn down a chance to watch a romantic comedy, so it’s not like this was purely selfless on my part. The Ugly Truth wasn’t the best movie, though. It was funny, and had an interesting/annoying idea about what men and women want from relationships. To summarize, if you don’t mind locker-room talk and a possibly disturbing philosophy of romantic relationships, then you might like this movie. Me? I found it funny and fairly entertaining, although I was shocked to end up liking the chauvinistic male lead better than the romantic female character. Weird, huh?

7. 17 Again – Cute movie, reminiscent of Big and Back to the Future. I did have to look up Zac Efron’s birthday, though, to determine just how icky it was. Turns out he’s almost 22, so I guess it’s okay if his future wife – as in, 20 years future – has the hots for him. Right? I don’t know. Just don’t go there and enjoy the fluff.

8. My Fake Fiance – I realize this may be stretching it in the movie department. But this ABC Family movie (starring Sabrina the teenaged witch and Whoa! Joey) has been on my to-watch list ever since I saw a commercial for it four months ago. Because I like ABC Family movies. There. I said it. Anyway, I missed the movie when it originally aired and still have not joined the rest of civilization with DVR, so I’ve been keeping an eye on the TV listings for when it aired again. I finally caught it a couple weeks ago, and it was a typical ABC Family movie. Which is to say it was cute, kinda funny, pretty predictable and slightly more contemporary than a Hallmark movie.

9. Honey – Because we have entered that late-summer vacuum of TV programming, I stumbled onto this one last week. Honey – yes, with Jessica Alba; yes, from 2003 – was yet another dance movie. Not to be confused with Another Teen Movie. Because I’m pretty sure Alba’s character was supposed to be 22. No matter, because it was cute, sappy and predictable – exactly how I like my dance movies.

10. Duplicity – Finally! No, I don’t mean that I’m finally at #10. Although that’s a good thing, too. No, I mean we finally got to see this movie. Mark and I both thought this spy caper with Julia Roberts and Clive Owen looked good, but we just missed it in the theater. It was worth the wait, though. Not quite as fun as Ocean’s Eleven or as action-packed as The Italian Job, but it was fun, smart and overall good.

Whew! That was a lot of talking. I think we’re both wishing I’d opted for the Twitter version now. So now that I’ve used up my words for the day, you tell me: what’s the best movie you’ve seen this summer?

Oh yes, for more – and, I’m sure, shorter – top 10 posts, visit Top 10 Tuesday at OhAmanda’s blog.

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