Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Movie Recommendation: Notes on a Scandal

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


If you’re looking for a good film to Netflix or download or whatever, then I have just the thing for you. It’s a couple years old, but that doesn’t matter. It’s still good nonetheless.

Notes on a Scandal is a British film that did marginally well on the independent circuit here in the States. It was a much bigger success in the UK and Australia, but most Americans are too stupid and parochial to actually appreciate anything another country has to offer anyway. But, I disgress…

If you plan to watch this movie and are one of those people who are anal about being told anything that could remotely spoil the plot, then I suggest you stop reading this post now.

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The movie is a about this bitter, old lonely bitch named Barbara. She’s a tough cookie of a teacher at a comprehensive school in London and she’s hated by her colleagues and students alike. Now, other than teaching, Barb does ABSOLUTELY nothing other than write about herself in her journal, taking care of her old ass kitty cat and lament the loss of her “special” friend Jennifer.Well, Sheba joins the staff at the school as the new art teacher and Barbara dedicates her attention to the newcomer, writing mean, bitter shit about her behavior and clothes.

Barbara helps Sheba with an impossible situation with two students and Sheba, being the grateful new teacher she is, invites her to have lunch with her family. Barbara becomes close to Sheba, but when she accidentally discovers that Sheba is having an affair with a fifteen year-old student, Barbara sees the chance to manipulate and get closer to Sheba, hiding the secret from the school headmaster.

Barbara’s cat Portia dies and despite her pleas for company, Sheba does not stay with Barbara in the veterinary office instead electing to go see her son Ben in his first school play. Barb does NOT like this one bit and begins plotting her revenge against Sheba, which creates a scandal and turmoil in their lives.

Throughout the entire movie, I was on my seat not knowing what was going to happen next. There were several of twists and turns that had me saying…”damn, these hoes can not be serious.” Plus, I love the way the Britons talk and interact with each other. That kept me entertained.

Anywho…Notes on a Scandal. Go cop that shit, son.


Curious said...

This movie alone explains why the crazy bitch is known as Dame Judi Dench. She worked her role for every drop she could get and never once turned it into another Kathy Bates part, which others might have done.

houstonmacbro said...

Two of my favorite actresses (although Judi is probably one of my all-time favorites!) and can't believe I have never seen this.

Darius T. Williams said...

Sounds good - I guess I'mma have to check this out, son!

kennyking78 said...

No, for real... Notes Of A Scandal was so good, every time I watch it I have to say, "Damn, Judi Dench is working it!"

Cate Blanchett's husband played his part as well!!!

That Dude Right There said...

Any Black people in it???

Mr. Jones said...

^^Ummm...not that I remember. What does that matter for?

That Dude Right There said...

I usually will only watch movies that have at least one Black person as a principal character. Call me prejudiced, but I like to see Black folk when i'm watching something.

Kyon Saucier said...

i'm going to check it out.

Frederick Smith said...

Notes on a Scandal is one of my favorite films too!

The book is great too!

Mr. Jones said...

I hear you, TDRT.

j_shanlin said...

i didnt know it was a book... that movie was the shit though! judi worked! she said "YOURE NOT YOUNG!!!!"

j_shanlin said...

lmmfao.. so i just read your damn overview of the movie and i am like in hysterics. it was always a gold star day factor with barbara. that bitch was like "I adore lasagner" lol

Troy Barrington Lilly said...

The movie didn't intrigue me much when it was first released. I did stumble over it though, and loved it.

Dame Judi was so ruthless and calculated.

Keeping it brief before I get carried away, but I loved it.

Harold Gibson said...

I thought this was an excellent movie and I am not a movie fan. Judi Dench was amazing!

Lyrically speaking said...

Ty, thanks for reminding me, I meant to rent this movie a while ago...plus I love the way they speak English, I have a weakness for English men, lol

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