Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Love Note

Me- The Love Note, wow! The Love Note was mostly good. My favorite character in the show was Jessie, the main character's imaginary friend, Airy. She was just such a great actress! She was so animated. I love the way she over-exaggerated all her emotions. There was something about Jessie that bothered me. The character of Brittany was a typical mean girl except that later you learn there is a reason for her meanness. I love the mean music that played every time she came on. The bookworms played their parts very well, and they were very believable as nerds. The girls who played the mean girl's entourage were good too. The music was good but only one song was really memorable, and I can only remember one line from that song. The songs were entertaining though. There was one about detention and one about lunch, for example. There was another about a love note. There was one that was a duet between Jessie and her imaginary friend. That was the best song in the show. There was one that the lunch lady sang about mean people. It was sad. It seems like there should have been romance in the show, and they seemed to be heading that way. However, nothing ever happened with that. I was disappointed because I love romance. The story started out great and had so much potential. I didn't like the end though. There were too many lose ends that didn't get wrapped up. It was good that the show dealt with the important subject of bullying. However, the way they dealt with it in the end was unrealistic. Over all, it was a decent show.
Mom- There was a lot to like about The Love Note. Bethany McNeill was suitably sweet and innocent as the bullied Jessie. Courtney Rada was ebullient and childlike as Jessie's only and imaginary friend. Katie Mebane personified the typical mean popular girl. I love the evil theme music that played every time she entered. The bookworms and the mean kids were all well cast and suited their roles well. The songs were for the most part enjoyable including songs about a food fight and about a boy and a girl wanting to approach and talk to each other but not really sure how. I like the show's ultimate message that you should put yourself in the other person's shoes. However, I don't think that is always so easy to get people to do. The other message of the show is that all people have worth, we need to show people that they have worth to us. The Love Note of the title is not a note to a boy from a girl or vice versa. It is a note from a mother to her child. Jessie's mother hand packs her daughter's lunch every day and leaves her a love note in it. The bully, Brittany's parents neither pack her lunch nor leave her love notes. The authors seem to imply that Jesse knows she is loved  and that she is able to get past being bullied  because of that and because Brittany does know that she is loved she is a bully. However, I don't think things are always so simple or else there would be a lot less teen suicide and bullying. A lot of kids who are bullied have very loving families, but that doesn't take away all of the outside of the family pressures. Also, not all kids who bully come from homes where they are not shown love. However,  I do agree that we need to show people (kids in particular) that we love and cherish them as is suggested on the show's web-site. Also, I think that anything that shines a light on the problem of bullying and at least attempts to deal with the issue in anyway is worthwhile and that is why this show is important and worth seeing. 

And that's our view. What do you think is a good way to deal with bullying?

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