Well Played: Shailene Woodley in Preen


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I would call this a nice rebound, but she actually wore this before that ill-fitting canary Ralph Lauren.

So I guess… it’s good pre-gaming? A solid warm-up to an underwhelming game? That thing where you sink fifty consecutive free-throws in practice but then you brick them all when it counts? Whatever. Let’s not metaphor it to death. Instead we can enjoy that it’s cute, unusual, and lively, and save all our Kleenex for when we ugly-cry at her movie.

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  1. Mrs. Helpful
    +21

    This is very cute and it is perfect for her. She looks a little awkward in this shot, but I hope that was just a moment in time.

    Oh there will be crying. In The New Yorker profile of John Green this week, Margaret Talbot describes the audience reaction at a preview screening as “mass crying — not discreet noseblowing, or stifled sniffles, but wracking sobs.” Sounds about right.

    That is what I was like at, of all things, Toy Story III. But I had to hide from my children. Now whenever that movie comes on TV, I have to run out of the room or risk dissolving. I will never watch the end of that movie again. I can’t help it, my kids keep going to college — it is like torture.

    • Jessica
      +34

      EVERYONE cries at Toy Story III, don’t they?!? Every adult, anyway. I want to cry just thinking about it.

      I am not kidding when I tell people that I don’t think I can see TFIOS in public. I was a wreck at the end of the book, and I am a person who really cries at movies, so I will be a disaster. Embarrassing story time: I ugly cried so hard at Titanic (I was young!) that a cop literally stopped me on the street afterward to ask if I was okay.

      • Mrs. Helpful
        +3

        Well I think you will be in good company here though. Even just the title slays me.

      •  alamedapeg
        +10

        I cried so hard at Joy Luck Club that my friends were embarrassed to be seen with me. I had to sit in the theater for a few minutes after everyone left to get myself together. So, yeah, TFIOS will likely be the same scenario.

      • Lover of Stripes
        +6

        Just saw TFIOS. I would definitely recommend not wearing mascara

      • Cara
        +4

        I went to see Toy Story III with my dad right after I moved home after a bad breakup and we both cried, and seeing my dad cry made me cry even more, it was a vicious cycle.

      •  Marnie
        +4

        My most recent sob movie was Fruitvale Station.

        And I’ve never cried so hard as during the finales of Six Feet Under and Dawson’s Creek. TV series get me in a way that movies can’t. I spent YEARS with these people. Oh when Gran says to Jen, “I’ll see you soon my child.” And old Claire in her bed with all her photos…. I’m tearing up just thinking about it.

        • Laura
          +1

          Marley and Me did it for me–I cried heavily in the theater, then AGAIN when I saw it on a plane a few years later. Animals just tug at my heartstrings.

          • Peaches
            +1

            Omg that movies made me cry for like an hour starting where what I knew what was going to happen started happening. That and my friend skip. Pretty much anything with an animal.

      • SteezyATL
        +2

        I cried so hard at Pearl Harbor that I WAS embarrassed to be seen with me!

    •  HelenBackAgain
      +11

      I cry like a child at ALL the Toy Story movies!

      •  Steph
        +15

        Wall-E did it for me. And I’m NOT a crier. I saw the movie twice in one week- completely sobbed both times. I love that little robot!

      • LoriK
        +10

        It’s not just you. “When She Loved Me” made me ugly cry so bad during Toy Story II that I refused to see TS III in the theater. I hate crying in public.

      • Mrs. Helpful
        +1

        OKI feel validated, but I was keening. I tried so hard to silence my gasping sobs that I think I did myself permanent organ damage.

        Hey — I mistakenly called HBC HBA earlier today!

        And that hair buying comment on the Bey/Blake post is so so funny!

    •  ohsohappy
      +6

      Mine were The Color Purple and Braveheart. I sobbed. Out loud. I have never gone to a movie since where I did not bring tissues. Movie theater napkins are hell on the eyes and nose.

    • Annie S.
      +27

      I sobbed watching Up in theaters. The first and last fifteen minutes of that movie are like Mufasa, Bambi’s mom, and Old Yeller rolled into one. I felt better about it when I realized my brother – who is very stoic about most things but has the biggest soft spot for Disney/Pixar films – was crying, too.

      (Jessica, I ugly-cried through the last 50 pages of TFIOS. I’m going to Redbox the movie with a bottle of wine and a box of tissues handy.)

      • Joanie 
        +15

        I wept openly during Up because, well, it was awesome storytelling! My son cried, too. He still does, though he won’t admit it because 17-year-old boys don’t cry during movies.

        The weepiest movie ever, in my book, was Gardens of Stone, which I watched in an O.C. theater (I went alone) as I sat amongst a crowd of Marines who were crying and who made me cry because they were so moved. Now I can’t even watch a commercial for the movie without bursting into tears. Damn Marines. (I love and regularly hug Marines, but damn them!)

      • casey
        +4

        Umm, yeah – I was on a first date when I went to see Up, and I wept openly during the first 8 minutes. Like, my date left to go get more napkins from the concession stand. So, not my finest moment, because I tried to do that thing where you pretend you aren’t crying but then a hiccup sob escapes and its just disastrous. Mascara everywhere. I will NOT see TFIOS in public. It is an Amazon prime or redbox in the comfort of my own home with tissues readily available kind of story.

        • Joanie
          +1

          better the hiccup sobs than laughing to the point of not just burping, but BELCHING…and it being a big popcorny belch. (What About Bob…first date…it’s still discussed to this day and it happened over 20 years ago)

      • HelenBackAgain
        +3

        I think Up will do it to just about anyone. My mother, my brother, and I all cried together! And we had plenty of company in the theater. There really might not have been a dry eye in the house!

    •  Sharon
      +7

      The little girl in the red dress in “Schindler’s List”. OH MY GOODNESS. It made me cry so much.

      Also, when I finally found out the secret to “Sophie’s Choice”. Have mercy. I NEVER want to be made feel like that at a movie again.

      I thank you folks for the warning about this film. I think I will just wait and see it in my own living room.

      • Jessica
        +12

        I literally needed to be re-hydrated after Schindler’s List.

        • LoriK
          +5

          Me too. It was the same for Saving Private Ryan. (I wasn’t crazy about the epilogue, but by then I was already wrung dry.)

          • LT1
            +2

            Oh man, Nathan Fillion’s “are my brothers okay?”

            And yes to all the Toy Story crying–but it’s good crying for me so I look forward to those parts (as long as I’m in the comfort of my own home).

          • Peaches
            +1

            I watched that twice in a month (god knows why) and cried even harder the second time knowing what happened

    • Lucille Austero
      +2

      My first major public sob fest (first of so many) was West Side Story. I still tear up thinking about the ending. My best friend and I went to see it and had to take the subway home afterwards, still weeping uncontrollably. There’s a place for us… Here I go.

    •  Looly
      0

      The movie that wrecked me was “Into the Wild”. I read the book and knew what was going to happen at the end but I was ugly sobbing for a good 15 minutes. Thankfully I was home but it was so bad my boyfriend was scared. I couldn’t stop.

      House of Sand & Fog and Terms of Endearment have the same effect. EVERY TIME.

      •  lori
        +3

        I made the mistake of seeing Terms of Endearment in the movie theater!! I am a big weepy woo, but I was flat out sobbing!!!

        • casey
          +1

          Also – if you ever really want a cathartic cry with one of your girl friends, see Flowers of War. My sister and I watched it at my house one night, and when my teenaged daughter walked in she literally stepped back for a moment and said “What happened, Mom??” – we were weeping openly, with three empty wine bottles and tissues everywhere. That’s a go-to if you just need a good cry but can’t get it to come for some reason. School girls and prostitutes in Nanking during the massacre – ye gods!

  2.  ShannonTX
    +11

    No. This is ugly and those shoes are hideous.

  3.  HelenBackAgain
    +4

    Oh no, this is awful. Truly ugly.

    The shoes aren’t so bad, but they don’t belong with any dress, never mind this atrocious mess. They’d be okay with jeans, I think.

  4.  Sharon
    +6

    She looks good in the dress, the shoes I LOATHE.

    I wish I was the lady in the jeans and sandals… for no other reason but I would not be at work, which I am now… errr… excuse me while I answer the phone.

  5. Joanie 
    +2

    Oh! But I really meant to comment about Shailene! She looked pretty good on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson the other night. And she was actually kind of delightful. It was a nice change from thinking, “my God! That girl is just so…ignorant and cray-cray!”

  6. Cecily
    +4

    Absolutely love this entire outfit, want it all.

  7.  Linda_AZ
    +6

    I cry during Hallmark commercials, and, well, way too many other things to mention. It can be a little embarrassing, but I’m cool with it, for the most part.

    • Mrs. Helpful
      +3

      And appliance commercials. For a while there, the Kitchen Aid ones were brutal.

  8. Sajorina
    +3

    I know I will cry, but I think it’ll be worth it! I’ll just watch the movie by myself on a Tuesday afternoon, bring a couple of handkerchiefs and have a cocktail afterwards to drown my sorrows! And she looks FABULOUS in this outfit! Love it!

    • Mrs. Helpful
      +3

      I think the group cry is going to be one of the defining elements of this movie.

  9. jean
    0

    I like her smile but the dress bugs me. I hate the color and it feels chaotic rather than cheerful. She is going to have trouble growing out her hair too. Grumpy I know. She is generally cute but not in this.

  10. Ms Poopy von Pants 
    +2

    I wonder if both people on either side of her work for her. They do NOT look pleased at all. I made up a story in my head that she was horrible and mean to them in the car and this is right after they stepped out and she is awkwardly trying to be sunny and happy again. (yes, I’ve had a couple of awful bosses in my life)

  11. AM
    +2

    Like the dress and would actually wear it. The last movie that made me really cry was “Marley and Me,” because we had a golden retriever. When Owen Wilson is talking to Marley at the end, well . . .

    • JAM
      0

      Oh, I sobbed SO HARD at that movie. (And I read the book, so I knew what was coming.) I think I learned my lesson with that one and will not go see TFIOS in the theater. I had to stop reading I was crying so hard by the end.

  12.  ShannonTX
    +3

    I’m not normally a crier, but anything having to do with animals being hurt or dying will make me lose my mind with grief. Bambi’s mom getting shot? Dumbo’s mom leaving him? Marley having to be put down? All guaranteed ugly-cries for me.

    Benji the dog’s owner and trainer was Frank Inn, a family friend. When I was little he invited us to a critics-only screening of Benji The Movie. In one scene, one of the bad guys kicks Benji’s little white poodle-mix friend Tiffany against a wall. My mother loved to tell the story of how I completely lost my shit and had a screaming, crying, sobbing fit. The only thing that comforted me was when “Grandpa Frank” brought Tiffany out from behind the screen so I could hold and hug her. Mom apologized to him profusely, but he laughed and said, “Are you kidding? It showed the critics that kids will be really engaged with the movie.” Glad my childhood trauma helped you out there, Grandpa Frank.

    • Non-Princess Kate
      +1

      I went and saw War Horse with my parents (at 23 years old, mind you) and was sobbing so hard that my mom asked me multiple times if I needed to leave the theater. Never. Again.

    • Tarax2
      0

      LASSIE (the one from ’94). That dog going over the waterfall leaves me absolutely inconsolable. And she even survives! Which just causes MORE tears.

  13.  Erica
    +4

    Regarding The Fault in Our Stars, I need advice from Fug Nation. My fiancé has a dangerous brain cancer, and he is going to LIVE, dammit. We are keeping a positive outlook, and so far (10 months in) he’s doing extremely well. Should we watch or read The Fault in Our Stars? Should we come within a thousand miles of it? I trust your advice.

    •  filmcricket
      +13

      I haven’t read it, but just wanted to say good luck to you and your fiance. You’re both very brave, and I’m sending you positive vibes.

    •  alamedapeg
      +3

      I hesitate to give advice to strangers, but since you asked, I would say stay far away from it right now. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book but I’m not in your situation. Sending good thoughts your way.

      • Jessica
        +11

        I think it might be a bit too close to home. It’s a beautiful, wonderful, moving book and if I were you, I still wouldn’t go there.

        The story in the book actually hits kind of close to home for teenage me and though I am several years removed from the boy in question, it was a particularly heart-rending read for me, and I can’t imagine doing it if I were in your shoes. I think I would err on the side of caution.

        More importantly, big hugs to you guys and POSITIVE VIBES. If there is anything Heather or I can do, we’re always at fuggingitup AT gmail.com.

    • Joanie
      +3

      I am sending you and your fiance healing thoughts and prayers! Brain tumors are very difficult to fight and difficult to witness so I will send extra EXTRA positive vibes your way. Just take every single day, every single hour as they come and laugh as much as you can.

    • HelenBackAgain
      +3

      I don’t know about the movie, but please accept my best wishes for a healthy future for you both!

  14. @BitingPanda
    +2

    Does anyone remember My Life, with Michael Keaton and Nichole Kidman? I couldn’t even drive myself home after.

    • Robin
      +2

      Oh man, My Life. I sobbed so hard that my sweater was wet and my boyfriend at the time was dumbfounded at what to do.

      Up Close and Personal left a row of us unable to move for several minutes while we gathered our composure.

      Same thing with The Notebook.

  15. Amanda
    +2

    Well, since I feel that we are all wine-cardigan sisters (and a few brothers) I will admit to crying watching Thor last night. Seriously…Thor?? Went on a date once where my well-intentioned man thought going to see Dying Young would impress me. Boy, was that a mistake.

    • SteezyATL
      +5

      Wine cardigan sisters = my #1 vote for what we Fuggers should call ourselves!

  16. Mimi
    0

    Who Will Love My Children – *sob*

  17. Kim W
    0

    Saw a promo screening of TFIOS and yep, keening, wracking sobs that would have been embarrassing if everyone around me hasn’t been sobbing too.

  18. rx
    +2

    This is my first time ever commenting on this site because I have to talk about this movie.

    I’m not a crier. It’s like squeezing water from a stone. I don’t even usually cry at funerals.

    However

    Dear Zachary makes me sob every single time I watch it. I suggest seeing it without reading a single thing about it first. I think it’s still streaming on netflix.

    • HelenBackAgain
      0

      I took this recommendation, and I’m a whole two minutes into it, and I’m tearing up already!

      Which is perfect. I tripped on a doorframe yesterday and landed on my glasses, which smashed to pieces and cut my face. I am feeling a little sorry for myself and could use a good cry to get it out! THIS WILL DO IT.

  19. rx
    +2

    Imitation of Life gets me, too.

    • Joanie
      0

      Oh, me, too! One of my favorite movies (the version with Lana Turner because she has that one dress I love so much)!

  20. Kara K
    +1

    I’m a sap for any and all Disney/Pixar movies, even more so as an adult. Up and Toy Story 3 destroyed me. I even teared up a little bit in Maleficent at the appropriate places (though the girl sitting behind me was sobbing so loudly I almost couldn’t hear the dialogue at one point).

    But the movies that probably made me cry the most in a theater full of people were Big Fish and PS. I Love You.

  21. Michelle
    +1

    My Girl, Steel Magnolias. And HP and the Deathly Hallows 2 in the theater. Cried openly from when (spoiler?) Snape died through the end of the film. Hubby and son laughed at me. Heartless. Haha

  22.  Patricia
    0

    Saw TFiOS yesterday. I’m a grown-@$$ woman and I was sobbing ugly-crying. Snot bubbles. I rushed home to hug my husband and continue crying. It was all rather embarrassing.

    I think the first 10 minutes of UP were the last movie to do that to me – I’d also add Toy Story 3 (although it would be the scene in the trash compactor/incinerator, with them all holding hands), and Serenity (when Wash gets impaled).