Live-Blogging Riding the Bus With My Sister

Rosie: what are you doing with your voice?

I can’t get over it. She’s just screaming. What??

I am so embarrassed right now.

More: If I were on a bus route that consistently had a shrieking woman wearing some kind of Care Bear outfit sitting in the front seat, I think I would start to walk to work.

More: Andie Macdowell is so beautiful. I love her face.

More: Okay, say you’re on a bus, going to work. Shrieking Care Bear woman is in the front seat having some kind of meltdown. You sit in the back, minding your own business, trying to tune out the hysterical yowling. Suddenly, Driver makes an announcement: “Folks, we have a bit of an emergency – we are going to need to take a detour, to drop Beth off at the hospital.” It’s not that Beth was sick, it was that her FATHER was sick. So … maybe I’m callous … but I would ask to be let off the bus, before they take their detour. You know. We all have lives to live. We all have places to go. But the people in this movie all nod understandingly, nobody makes a fuss … Rick (the most understanding bus driver I have ever seen – he also looks like a pinup model) calls through the rear view mirror to one of the riders: “Gus, looks like you’re gonna be a little late to your doctor’s appointment!” Gus calls back good-naturedly, “Oh, it’s okay – He’s a quack anyway.” In what universe would this exchange occur? A happy Care Bear universe, obviously. In what universe does NO ONE on a crowded bus have ANYWHERE they need to be?

Just a quick aside: Other people live-blog the State of the Union address. I live-blog Riding on the Bus with my Sister. Such as we are made.

More: Rosie. ROSIE. Stop. Screaming. Please. I beg you.

More: Believe it or not, but Andie Macdowell is doing some pretty okay work in the middle of this train-wreck.

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14 Responses to Live-Blogging Riding the Bus With My Sister

  1. popskull says:

    What, the commercials weren’t bad enough for you?! You have to watch?!

  2. red says:

    I read the piece in the Times and I thought: I just HAVE to see this. Not because it sounded good … but the opposite. Kinda like the whole Battlefield Earth thing.

  3. popskull says:

    You’re sterner stuff than I. Sci-fi bad I can dig, but schmaltzy tear-jerker bad, I’d need to punch somthing.

  4. red says:

    Yup. I’m feeling violent right now.

  5. aware says:

    If mental disabilities were considered a race, Rosie O’Donnell would be considered a racist. This is the worst and most off base depiction of a mentally disabled individual I have ever had to watch. She really should have stuck with daytime talk- or something. How awful, how incredibly pathetic. I can hardly take it.

  6. Candace says:

    I couldn’t even stomach the previews. Rosie should stick to comedies like the nun thing she did with Whoopie G.

  7. Anne says:

    I just laughed out loud and snorted coffee out my nose at the State of the Union/My Sister Rides the Bus live-blogging parallel.

  8. red says:

    Anne – hahahaha I know. I realized in the middle of it how unbelievably lame I was being. But it was also enjoyable. I embrace the lame.

  9. Dan says:

    Thank you for doing this.

  10. Patrick W says:

    I made Jean watch it for about five minutes, then I got mad at her for not making fun of it enough.
    Do you think that Rosie watched it and said “Man, I really pulled it off.”

  11. red says:


    I think she thinks she did an awesome job. I really do. Which is terrifying.

  12. not so rosie review

    So Rosie O’Donnell was on the telly last night in the positively dreadful Riding the Bus with my Sister. A big thank you to Sheila for reminding me to watch this monstrosity. Extra thanks for making me wheeze with your real-time recap.

  13. Absolutely cruel…..

    but oh so hilarious. Yips! from Robbo: Sheila was an eye-witness as well. In fact, I had toyed with watching (in part because I always thought Andie MacDowell was such a looker), but went with the whole Anne Heche thing…

  14. melissa says:

    Just in case you wanted to revisit (hah!) –

    Highlight reel: