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'Puzzle' is Well Made, but a Few Pieces are Missing

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Based on the film Rompecabezas, Puzzle is one of those little-known independent films that sneaks into theaters with little to no fanfare, although the fact that it is being promoted “from the producer of Little Miss Sunshine” should help it get noticed somewhat. Puzzle is a quiet, little film about a woman who discovers that jigsaw puzzles are the key to changing her life. While the subject matter doesn’t sound all that exciting, the film really isn’t about puzzles but instead about one finding their voice, or so it appears. It’s also a message film that has its own agenda expecting the audience to agree with the choices of the main character and applaud her “brave” behavior. Frankly, it just feels manipulative.

Directed by Marc Turtletaub, Puzzle’s most impactful scene comes within the first few minutes. We see Agnes (Kelly MacDonald) cleaning up the house and they decorating it for a birthday party. Then we see her serving appetizers while being ignored by the guests. …

This Day in Pop Culture for April 23

'The Real Wedding Crashers' began to air on April 23, 2007.

'The Real Wedding Crashers'

It was on this day in 2007 that NBC aired the first episode The Real Wedding Crashers loosely based on Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s 2005 comedy, The Wedding Crashers. The reality prank TV series was produced by Ashton Kutcher’s production company who set up various stunts to be played by actors at different real weddings. The bride and groom were always in on the joke. The show starred Steve Byrne, Ben Gleib, Desi Lydic, Catherine Reitman, and Gareth Reynolds.Six episodes of the show were filmed but only four of them actually aired before NBC cancelled the show for good.



"New Coke" first appeared on store shelves on April 23, 1985.

New Coke is Put on Store Shelves

One of America’s products biggest flops arrived on store shelves on this day in 1985. After a long and successful run with its original formula, Coca-Cola decided to create “the new taste of Cola-Cola” with “New Coke.” Those old enough to remember know that the marketing for the new product was a complete failure. Three months later, the red cans came back on the shelves re-branded as “Coca Cola Classic.” Many have speculated that the change in formula was just a big marketing stunt, but Coke has always maintained that the “new” Coke was just an attempt to replace the original product. The fools.

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