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  • Paperback: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 May 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440508509
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440508502
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 1.8 x 22.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 985,818 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every woman knows...
...a good movie is more than entertainment--it's therapy. If administered properly, in conjunction with something obscenely high in fat grams, a great movie can cure anything from a bad hair day to a full-fledged identity crisis. CINEMATHERAPY: The Girl’s Guide to Movies for Every Mood, by Nancy Peske and Beverly West, recommends a movie to suit and soothe a woman’s every possible mood.

Do you need a good cry? Watch Marvin’s Room, Love Story, or another Copious Weeper, and cry yourself a river. Is Mom driving you nuts? Check out a Mother Issue flick like Postcards from the Edge or Terms of Endearment and remind yourself that you love her anyway. Is your Prince Charming turning into a big old frog? Try a Happily-Ever-After movie like An Officer and a Gentleman or It Happened One Night, and reassure yourself that fairy tales can come true.

With chapters like "Yeah, Okay, So He’s a Jerk, but He’s Soooooo Cute: Dysfunctional Romances" (see Legends of the Fall or Leaving Las Vegas) to "When Women Were Women and Men Were Nervous: Men Behaving Well Movies" (check out Pride and Prejudice or Adam’s Rib) and funny sidebars such as "Faking It: Phony Gal-Films That Really Piss Us Off" or "Hoopskirt Dreams: Best Costume Movies," CINEMATHERAPY is something no modern woman, or film lover, should live without. Packed with dosage instructions, warning labels, and expert advice on the therapeutic benefits of each film, CINEMATHERAPY helps you make the perfect movie choice for any time you need to curl up in an old bathrobe and take charge of your own remote control.

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Beverly West and Nancy Peske are film fanatics, best friends, identical cousins, and the co-authors of Meditations for Men Who do Next to Nothing (and Would Like to Do Even Less); How to Satisfy a Woman Every Time on Five Dollars a Day; and Frankly Scarlett, I Do Give a Damn! Classic Romances Retold. They live in New York City where they spend much of their time debating such sophisticated cinematic polemics as the merits of Gary Oldman’s ripe Camembert excess as opposed to Alan Rickman’s quarter-pounder stoicism, and the far-reaching cultural implications of Brad Pitt’s haircut.

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As seen on Weekend Today and in Entertainment Weekly
From Entertainment Weekly: You gotta love a movie tome that lists films under subheads that really matter. "The Handy Hunk Chart" (featuring Ralph Fiennes' and Matt Dillon's "Top Drool Pics"), "Faking It: Phony Gal Films That Really Piss Us Off (Pretty Woman, Fatal Attraction)," and "Hoopskirt Dreams: Dresses-to-Die-for Movies" (The Age of Innocence) are just a few of the helpful categorizations that make this snarky little review compilation such a hoot. Peske and West's hilarious observations range from the trenchant ("Sandra Bullock...can take off a knit cap and not have hat head much less flyaway") to the feverish ("Vincent Perez is so beautiful, he'll make your joints ache"). A must for your next girls' night in. Grade: A Minus.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jun 1999
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This book was witty, funny, insightful and informative. I have seen most of the movies reviewed in this book, but have often felt was I the only one who thought this about perhaps a character, plot line, emotional impact, etc. Of course the authors have hit it on the nail head every time. I hope they are working on a second book on this same subject. These girls can't go wrong. I loved it!!
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By A Customer on 4 Jun 1999
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This book was witty, funny, insightful and informative. I have seen most of the movies reviewed in this book, but have often felt was I the only one who thought this about perhaps a character, plot line, emotional impact, etc. Of course the authors have hit it on the nail head every time. I hope they are working on a second book on this same subject. These girls can't go wrong. I loved it!!
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Cinematherapy: The girls' guide to movies for every mood 21 Mar 2000
By Carol Ann Mahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved 'Cinematherapy' as it included a lot of the oldies but goodies besides the current fare of movies. Reading this book sent me to Blockbusters to check out some of those movies I loved but had long ago forgotten. This book makes a wonderful gift (bought several for daughter, daughter-in-law, etc.) as it is crosses those generation lines and gives women of all ages reason to smile and nod knowingly together. The witty text has you reading the book with a grin on your face and gives you enough laugh-out-loud experiences to make one's husband want to know "what's so funny"--you know that you would thoroughly enjoy lunching with these "girls."
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
friendly guide to picking videos 4 April 2002
By audrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I like this book. It offers to be a friendly and casual guide, and that is exactly what it is. There are 15 chapters, distinguished by topic: PMS movies, dysfunctional romances, seeking greener pastures, mother-issues, earth mother films, working girl blues, bad hair days, dumped and looking for revenge movies, happily ever after movies, hearing your inner voice, martyr syndrome, girl's night out, men behaving well, women behaving badly, father-issues and cult films. The approach is breezy and mildly informative. Each chapter begins with a one or two page humorous essay followed by viewing suggestions, each with a paragraph or two of description and comments, and a miscellany of quotes, facts and opinions. The second chapter, for example, "Yeah, Okay, So He's a Jerk, But He's Sooooo Cute!: Dysfunctional Romances" features No Man of Her Own (1932), Suspicion (1941), Spellbound (1945), A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Charade (1963), Funny Girl (1968), American Gigolo (1980), The Shining (1980), The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981), Sid and Nancy (1986), Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights (1992), Ethan Frome (1993), Gaslight (1944), Immortal Beloved (1994), Legends of the Fall (1994), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Never Talk to Strangers (1995) and Love Serenade (1996).
The films that are recommended are interesting and appropriate choices I thought. I enjoyed reading about films I'd already seen and appreciated the description of those I hadn't. There is a fair amount of humorous filler, which works because the authors are good writers and funny. Complemented by a good index, this is not a book to read straight through, but rather to be perused as the mood hits.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Rush me to the video store, but not in South America... 21 Mar 2000
By Isela G. Jaloma - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I read this book cover to cover, as if it were a good novel. It gave me such an itch to go out to my local video store, then hunker down with a huge amount of salty snacks, and while away my Sunday afternoons watching great old movies. The only problem is that I'm in Paraguay, South America, and the selection in the video stores is slimmer than the anorexic women here. Next time I'm home though, I will be in that video store, Cinematherapy book in hand, indexed with post-its even, and I will watch any movie my girl-mood calls for. Loved the book. Can't wait to use it until it's fully dog-eared.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Don't miss - it's a winner! 25 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The authors have not only done their homework on all the films included, but have a great sense of humor. Sure was fun to read. The chapter headings are not only clever, but actually helpful in deciding what chapter to read first or in what order. And I know every woman can relate to each of them. It's a book that can be read from beginning to end or by jumping around from chapter to chapter. The quotes and other tidbits interjected are not to be missed. Take this along on trips, keep it at your bedside, and by all means, take it for reference when you rent videos!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
What a Cool Find! 18 April 2002
By cranfan2480 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I found out about this book through a commercial on the "We (Women's Entertainment)" Channel. They have a series of movies called "Cinematherapy," based on this very book. There's information on the series and a list of the movies on their website.
Some of the other reviews make the complaint that the writing is too fluffy and/or lightweight. Seriously - if you wanted to read anything "academic," why would you even bother to look at this book? Sometimes a person really only wants to read something friendly and entertaining, and this serves that purpose. It's like "comfort food" - not really nourishing to the mind, but satisfying.
I would have to agree with the reviewers who make the point that there are not enough contemporary movies included. I'm in my 20's, and most of those older movies just don't appeal to me right now. What's more, they can be hard to find at the video store. But there are still plenty of good films for anybody in there, probably even a lot of guys. One example would be "A River Runs Through It." By the way, if you want to know exactly what movies are included, click where it says "Look Inside." You can read the full index.
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