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Date: Sep 12 2007

Themes: Pop Culture


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Why would you want a toy car when you could have a toy car that transforms into an alien attack robot? In the 1980s, Transformers emerged as a really popular animated TV show and toy line.

Recently, a live-action film revived interest in Transformers. While it would be hard not to have fun at a movie about fighting robots, some people find the amount of product placement in the movie to be really annoying. Amanda isn’t one of them.


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Amanda:  So. What did you do this weekend?

Marni:  Not a lot, I, uh, just kinda hung around and I wanted to go see Transformers but I didn’t make it. Have you seen it?

Amanda:  I took my kid on opening day. First of all, line around, outside, down the corner. And I was that mom that took the kid that was four because it’s PG-13, so kind of hiding out behind the handbag.

Marni:  But you know your kid can handle it. You’re gauging...

Amanda:  Exactly. And I went for selfish purposes. I think we’re about the same age and I don’t know about you, but I grew up with Transformers.

Marni:  I did too, yeah.

Amanda:  Always obsessed with it…

Marni:  Really? You were?

Amanda:  It’s a very creative toy!

Marni:  Good point.

Amanda:  So two and a half hours…visual dessert.

Marni:  That’s kinda what I figured.

Amanda:  But not only the crazy action, but the cast. Josh Duhamel, Shia LaBeouf, uh Megan, I don’t know her last name…

Marni:  Fox?

Amanda:  Megan Fox, model turned actress. Tyrese. So it is an all-star cast, but a lot of people are complaining that it is a two-and-a-half-hour commercial. But if it entertains? Can you really complain?

Marni:  You’re not really going to watch serious…

Amanda:  No. It’s not up for an Oscar.

Marni:  Exactly. It’s just mindless entertainment.



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Even though Transformers is rated as a movie that’s only appropriate for children over the age of 13, Amanda took her four-year-old to the movie. She and Marni agree that a parent usually knows what his or her child can handle.

Plus, Amanda really wanted to see the movie. She grew up playing with Transformers. The movie looked really good, not only because of the action sequences, but also because of the beautiful cast members, one of whom used to be a model.

Amanda says that the only complaint she’s heard against the movie is that it’s essentially a commercial because there’s so much advertising in it. But the advertising didn’t bother her. She was still entertained, and after all, that’s the point.

What was your favorite toy when you were a kid? What would a movie made out of it be like? Would you want there to be advertising in it?



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Most of peaople in the world had liked this type movies in their childhood. When you growing, your choice is changing. In fact I am 31 and I dont like this kind of movie as much as when I child.

05:50 AM Sep 12 2007 |



oooopss! speaking of watching movies? “Transformers” is an amazing one really. I have seen it once. And I will watch again tonite. (sweetie_stela@yahoo.com)

05:39 AM Sep 12 2007 |



it's my favorite  carton when i was young

02:09 AM Sep 12 2007 |




my favorite toy when i was young was a ball, just a little ball ,which i always grabbed with my nextdoor neighbour , a little boy,haha.

well,i've never though a movie made out of that little ball cause it was so little ,so common and nothing special.I watched that movie transformer last weekend and find it not as good as i expected,maybe that's beacause i've seen a lot of such action movies.The only thing that impressed me was that the friendship between the boy and the "megagiant"(i dont remember),and the reflection of human behavior this movie made.


01:45 AM Sep 12 2007 |

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