On Tuesday, I went to see the new release, IDENTITY THIEF. First, let me say I am a BIG fan of Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy. They are both terrific comedic actors, so I expected to be rolling in the aisle, but I didn’t. Several times during the movie I laughed out loud, but overall, it fell short for me. I suppose I expected too much from these fine actors, because they are two of my favorites.

I’m not saying don’t see the movie. I thought it was entertaining enough to warrant spending my senior- citizen-first-matinee-of-the-day four dollar admission. I’m just glad I didn’t pay regular price. I don’t hold the actors responsible for my lack of interest. I think they did a good job. There wasn’t a lot of chemistry between them, but the main problem was with the script.

Without giving too much away, I’ll say the first thing which struck me odd was that Jason’s character, who happens to be in the financial industry, readily gives his personal information, including his social security number to a telemarketer. For me, that just wasn’t believable. There were other things about the script that bothered me as well, but I won’t go into them. If I had to star rate it, I’d give it a two-and-a-half.

Moving on: I’ve been having computer problems, so last week I bought a new one. Today, my son hooked it up for me. It has Windows 8 and I can already tell it’s going to be a challenge. Everything is different from what I’m used to and regardless of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks…I’ll have to learn it. Wish me luck.

The final random item I want to mention is Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization’s Writing Conference, which will be held here in Mt. Pleasant, Texas, April 26 and 27. Please go to our website, netwo.org to check out the wonderful speakers we have this year. Also, take a look at our short story contest. This would be a great time to enter something you’ve written for a chance to win a little cash.
If you don’t write, but have friends and family members who do, please pass this information along to them. We need entries! High School students may enter as well, so if you work at a high school, please encourage students to enter.

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