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The Female Brain

October 11, 2018

Welcome to Shocktober! (Thunder crashes) Today for your horrific pleasure, I bring you – THE FEMALE BRAIN! (Bwa-ha-ha)

Ok. It’s October. My library friend, Mike, LOVES this month because all the creepy, scary, horrible things come out in preparation for Halloween. Me personally? I hate Halloween. I don’t like being scared. I don’t like horror movies. So it goes without saying that this movie is NOT scary. Some guys might argue with me, because to them the female brain is the scariest and most unpredictable thing they’ve ever encountered.
And who am I to tell them any different?
So one day I was browsing our DVD collection online and I came across this title. It’s written and directed by Whitney Cummings – who you might remember from her short-lived TV show, Whitney, or from 2 Broke Girls, which she also created. I’ve tried, without much success, to get into her stuff, but I have to say that I enjoyed this little RomCom. 
Whitney stars as Julia, a very regimented neuroscientist who is trying to understand why women swipe right for Mr. Wrong. She is basically Sheldon Cooper, but in girl form. (Yes, I know that Amy Farrah Fowler is actually a neurobiologist, but Julia is definitely a female Sheldon. Just go with me on this.) Julia, and her delightfully Millenial assistant, Abby (played by Beanie Feldstein) are studying three couples to better understand the real-life science behind our romantic impulses. The couples include newly weds, a stuck-in-a-rut married couple (featuring Sophia Vergara) and James Marsden as Adam, a boyfriend who just will not be changed.
My favorite part was when Whitney would do a voice-over and pause the movie, writing science notes over the frozen picture to explain a particular aspect of our biology. The first time I watched it, I was doing housework or something while it was on, and every time this happened, I’d have to stop and watch. 
It’s fun to be educated and entertained at the same time.
If you’re looking for a fun little chick flick, or you want to learn more about the neurological science behind our romantic impulses, check this one out. 
Happy un-Shocktober,
:) Amanda
PS For those of you who are crazy zombies looking for snacks – these are not the brains you’re looking for. (Waves hand like Jedi)

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Amanda is a classically-trained pianist who loves to read. Like any good librarian, she also has two cats named after Italian cities. Amanda spends her free time sitting in Nashville traffic, baking, and running the Interlibrary Loan office at the Nashville Public Library.