In case you’re wondering, the feature title “Fuzzling Flicks” comes from this BuzzFeed post on obsolete words we wish we could revive. To “fuzzle” originated in the 1910s and meant to make drunk / intoxicate, and let’s face it, that is the goal of this feature. The sad fact of the matter is, we’re not watching these because they’re quality cinema. But we might as well have a good time with them right?
We started off by composing a list of common YA book/movie clichés which would be our rules for which we have to drink. In the vein of the YouTube channel CinemaSins, YA movies have a class of sins all their own. We supposed we should take the list for a dry run (except still WITH alcohol) and decided to do so with RUBINROT, the movie adaptation of RUBY RED (in German!). We tweaked and perfected the list as the movie went on and generally had a great time. Now we’re ready to roll it out and explore the full database of YA movie adaptations. Each movie will get its own scorecard, to show just how sinful they are.
About the MovieRUBINROT (2013), based on Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Gwendolyn Shepherd is actually a very normal 16-year-old teen. What’s annoying is that her family definitely has a tad too many secrets. They all have to do with the time-travel gene that is passed down in the family. Everyone is certain that Gwen’s cousin Charlotte has the gene, and so everything is all Charlotte, all the time. Until the day Gwen, out of the clear blue sky, suddenly finds herself in London at the end of the 19th century. She knows right away that she, and not Charlotte, was born to be a time traveler – even if she could certainly do without it. Just as she could do without Charlotte’s arrogant boyfriend Gideon de Villiers, with whom she now has to forge an alliance in order to clear up the biggest secret of her family history. One thing is clear: she will do everything possible to solve the ancient mysteries. What isn’t clear is that one should not fall in love between the times. For that really makes things complicated! IMDB
What are you drinking? And what amount per sin?Christina: Baileys with milk & ice / sips, or that was the plan, but then surprise guest and new day, so I switched to Vodka, sprite and lemonade. There was no logic to it, but I’ll try to step up my game next time.
Debby: I’m drinking a red wine – RUBY RED, GET IT? Hardy har har. *cough* In the trend of “Debby overdoes everything” I selected a wine called “Rosemount Estate”, because it sounds stately, kind of like the uppity society in the series. No, I couldn’t find a German red wine. *sigh* I tried. I am committing to taking generous gulps, because I don’t think there will be that many sins – I regret nothing (yet), YOLO!
What are your expectations for the movie?Christina: Hmm, my expectations aren’t that high (sorry, Debby!), mostly because the series itself sort of went out on a bad note. I expect that, like with the books, it will be fun, but lacking in depth and failing on world building. I’m curious to see if it will be all three books in one movie, or if it just leaves off like the Ruby Red book does. I’m not sure if I believe Debby about Gideon’s attractiveness, as we’ve disagreed in the past. *side-eyes*
Debby: Well I already watched the movie three times, sooooo obviously I am expecting feels and giggles. I’m curious how many of the traditional sins it has, since I don’t find it nearly as bad as other young adult movie adaptations I’ve seen. We shall see! This movie is guilty pleasure territory for me, so even though it strays from the book, I don’t mind! I expect, basically, to drool over Gideon. You will too, Christina. You will too.
What did you think of the movie overall?Christina: Overall, it’s definitely entertaining (especially with the incredibly terrible English subs), but suffers from a lot of the problems that the books do (I’ll get to that later). The casting was REALLY good for Gideon. I mean, I guess everyone else was cool too, but GIDEON. Debby and I don’t always agree on attractiveness, but any guy who can rock a ponytail is impressive. Plus, they managed to style his hair in such a way that it didn’t really look like a pony tail from the front. Um. Maybe I should talk about more than just Gideon’s hair? Do I have to?
Debby: Nope, just the hair. That’s enough. Gwen can’t keep her hands off it either. xD I absolutely love this movie. I dunno, it’s just so much fun, and I agree, the casting was good all around. Gwen and Gideon are perfection, and Gideon… man, he gets to me every time. But this is like Disney Channel levels of fun and it’s a movie that cheers me up every time. I don’t really get tired of it either. It’s a few days later, and I would already consider rewatching it (actually, after inserting GIFs into this post, I did rewatch it, because YOLO). So yeah. I’m a fan. ALSO: THEY’RE MAKING A SEQUEL AND I DIDN’T KNOW THIS AND OH MY GOSH I AM READY FOR THE FEELS.
Christina: The Disney Channel comparison is perfect. It’s like that. Only in German. So yeah, if you wax nostalgic for Disney Channel Original Movies, then you will probably like RUBINROT. The plot may have some holes, but pretty people being silly and fun and who cares about plot!?!?!
Debby: Agreed, like most Disney Channel movies, you need to not think about inconsistencies in the plot because there are plenty of them. But the feels are there and they are plenty, so I can be rather forgiving. Also, I am more forgiving in the movie format than a book. Plot inconsistencies in books bother me more. So… I guess, yeah, pretty people help. Gideon’s ponytail swept away any complaints. MAYBE I would complain about the gratuitous amounts of Percy in the video chat, but come on. More cuteness.
In terms of the adaptation, how good was it?Christina: Ruby Red’s a pretty good adaptation, I’d say. The first half or so is pretty much directly from the book, so far as I recall anyway, though we all know how reliable I am. The movie definitely takes some liberties in the second half, and it will be curious to see how they resolve that now that they’re doing the sequel. Sadly, the changes didn’t really fix any of the weaknesses of the plot of the books, but still a fairly true adaptation in terms of spirit and character.
Debby: Yeah, the first half sticks religiously to the book, so it’s kind of weird when it starts deviating. I can’t really imagine how they’re going to make that work, now that they are continuing with the movies. I originally thought this would be the only movie made, so it was especially weird. I would have understood them deviating if they were making efforts to tie up the plot in one two hour movie, but it also didn’t do that. In fact, I feel like it opened more holes than closed them. But overall, the books had the same issues of weird plot inconsistencies and plot holes. What made me love them so much was the characters and the amount of fun. And in that sense, the movie definitely delivers. So I’m satisfied! I’ve definitely seen WORSE adaptations. I might even, dare I say it, like the movie more than the book *ducks* — if only because of all the feels and the devilishly handsome Gideon.
How drunk did you get?Christina: Ha, I didn’t. But I also had to morning drink to movie-watch with Debby, and also we originally started on a day when I had more drinking to do with family. SO yeah, I didn’t drink that much. Also, we were interrupted in the middle when I got a surprise visitor. Life isn’t usually that busy for me, though, so next time I’ll probably take a more generous sip. :-p
Debby: I was pleasantly buzzed. Perhaps more buzzed than I expected, because… well, there were quite a few “sins” – more than I was expecting. But it was in line with the Disney Channel movie comparison, because RUBINROT takes the clichés as gospel (holy crap at the amount of jealousy and mean girl stuff going on), but it’s so much fun, so whatevs. Taking gulps instead of sips was maybe a bit risky? But it was a pleasant buzz. I regret nothing. I can only imagine though that with the amount we had to drink here, other YA movies will be so much worse. I have been forewarned.