Netflix delivered "Maria Full of Grace," which was very good, although a major downer. (And it didn't help that for the last 20 minutes we couldn't seem to turn off the blowhard director's blowhard commentary. So we just muted it and read the subtitles, thereby missing out on tone of voice, music, etc.) It tells the story of Maria, a Colombian teenager who decides to escape her life of boredom and poverty and mind-numbing work by becoming a "mule"—someone who ingests pellets containing cocaine (I guess? Or heroin, maybe?) to smuggle it into New York. Really uplifting stuff, eh?
Then we went on a real live date, dinner and a movie! We saw Woody Allen's latest, "Scoop," which was a refreshing return to the good old Woody we all used to known and love. It's pure fluff, a comedy-mystery featuring Woody, Scarlett Johansson, Hugh Jackman, and Ian McShane. No deep thoughts or moral questions here, just fun.