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(focus on internet dating and racial stereotype)

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Contains 17 movie quotes & 22 Academic Words (AWL*).
Peter Sanderson (Steve Martin) is a tax lawyer.  He meets Charlene (Queen Latifah) online, but she's not the blond lawyer he was expecting.  When he learns of Charlene's criminal past, his attempts to manage the account of Mrs. Arness (Joan Plowright) becomes most difficult.  When he tries to win back Kate (Jean Smart), his ex-wife,  she thinks Peter is in love with Charlene, but actually Howie (Eugene Levy) is in love with her.  Things turn bad when Peter visits Widow (Steve Harrris) to try and prove Charlene is innocent in this laugh-a-minute comedy.  With Betty White.  Rated PG-13 (105 min.) mike laib 2014.

Classroom Tips:

1. Preview both the movie and its lesson. Lesson and movie are in the same sequence.
2. Within the lesson, decide which quotes, questions, and vocabulary to focus on. Highlight or cut-and-paste content you plan to use.
3. Estimate how you'll use available time for both watching and discussing the movie.
4. Remember: Most questions on the lesson are easy for a native speaker of English to answer, so the movie itself is the answer key.
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