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产前阵痛 Labor Pains

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产前阵痛 Labor Pains
产前阵痛 Labor Pains 英文影评The typical celebrity acting career charts as a bell curve, in which the performer rises to prominence and eventually falls, accepting the kind of work they'd swiftly turn down at the height of their fame. Lindsay Lohan's career would appear to be ordinary in that regard, except that she recently turned 23 and thus has experienced the full curve and then some in just thirteen years of acting.Lohan followed up her breakthrough role, playing twins in Disney's 1998 The Parent Trap remake, with some TV movies for the same studio. A high-grossing second remake (2003's Freaky Friday) boosted her career, but it was her work in Mean Girls (2004) that solidified Lohan as a teen icon. From there, she became one of the paparazzi's favorite targetsand perhaps the most-documented actor of Young Hollywood. Soon, her high-profile relationships, fluctuating weight, legal setbacks, and rehab stints were more interesting than her movies, which haven't drawn big crowds since 2005. Things seemed to hit rock bottom for Lohan with 2007's I Know Who Killed Me, a critically-drubbed, financially unsuccessful schizophrenic stripper/serial killer thriller that won eight Razzie awards.Lohan looks to bounce back with Labor Pains, a film intended for theatrical release that instead made its debut last week as "A New ABC Family Original Movie." In it, Lohan plays Thea Clayhill, a young Los Angeles woman trying to make ends meet for her and her younger sister, high school senior Emma (Bridgit Mendler). Recently orphaned, the two now rely solely on Thea's income, which comes from her steady but unfulfilling work as secretary to pedantic publisher Jerry Steinwald ("Saturday Night Live" alum Chris Parnell). From what we see, the job consists of getting scolded over trivial oversights and tending to Jerry's overly-nurtured dog.When a petty mistake leads Jerry to fire Thea, she hatches an idea on the spot. In a similar situation, most employees might protest, argue their case, ask for another chance, or accept they'll soon be living off unemployment checks. But none of those sound remarkable enough to sustain a full-length movie, especially a comedy. So it's in our best interests that Thea announces she's pregnant, a complete lie but one which apparently protects her from being fired. The repercussions of Thea's lie provide the bulk of this plot-driven film.The news that she's expecting brings positive change to Thea's life. Armed with a stomach pad stolen off a maternity store mannequin and a knowing confidant in fellow bathroom smoker colleague Lisa (Cheryl Hines, "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Thea sees her spontaneous lie grow and spawn a number of smaller ones. But co-workers are suddenly nicer, the landlord is more patient, and her situation attracts interest from her interim boss, Jerry's brother Nick (Luke Kirby). Enlisting her help to launch a line of pregnancy books, he promotes her to associate editor, giving her an office and a raise.Thea's deceptions dig her into a hole she won't be able to escape as her due date approaches. They also place the movie in the same hole. How can Labor Pains resolve its central crux in a way that's funny, believable, and not extremely stupid? It can't and its efforts to do so coincide with a flagging of wit and energy. Just like the protagonist in her scam, the viewer must recognize this can't end well. While the standard romantic comedy this wraps up as doesn't live up to what precedes it, it also doesn't register as a huge disappointment.The movie benefits from the lowered expectations that come with the inability to secure theatrical release. Enter this prepared to get the lamebrained ideas and amateur execution of most cable TV movies and you should be pleasantly surprised (or disappointed, if you have a soft spot for ABC Family's signature cheesy fluff). It's not hard to see why no fewer than five production companies backed the script by Stacey Kramer and Lara Shapiro,each making their feature debuts. The concept is one that anyone could conceive (no pun intended) and get some mileage out of, but the dialogue and plotting reflects some clear thought and skill.The project absolutely benefits from the casting as well. Not only are there recognizable actors seen here (something distributors are always glad to tout), but they actually bring some comedic chops. Though recent years have made her more of a punchline and media train wreck than an actress, Lohan hasn't let go of the fine timing and delivery that made her stand out in her few good comedies.The experienced cast around her lends solid support. Best able to advance the story in a convincing way are Hines, Mendler, and Bonnie Somerville. Others make the most of their limited screentime. Among those earning laughs are Parnell, nerdy "American Idol" finalist Kevin Covais, workman Jay Thomas, and, in a brief but hysterical turn, Creed Bratton of "The Office" as an alcoholic military author. Slightly underused are Janeane Garofalo as a popular talk show host and Aaron Yoo, whose character (Thea's boyfriend/"fiancé") takes giant, lazy leaps in stupidity in each of his few appearances. As for the piece's leading man, Luke Kirby seems a bit generic, but he adequately sells his workplace ambition.
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