This was a really fun parody movie of romantic comedies. It nails all the stereotypical elements and clichés that go on in those films, while actually kind of succeeding in being one itself. Its true strength is in its cast, particularly in the case of Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler, who are fantastic together. I could watch Poehler being silly all day. I wouldn’t say it was absolutely hilarious from beginning to end, and some of the jokes do start to wear thin, but it still had me laughing more than most contemporary comedy films. Recommended.
I feel very conflicted about this film. There were good things about it, and then were bad things about it, and I just can’t make up my mind how I feel about it overall. There were probably more things I didn’t like, to be honest. The characters were far too hipster, for one. Way too much quirkiness going on. The dialogue wasn’t very good and filled with cliches. I thought Logan Lerman was severely lacking in charisma and Emma Watson was just bad and not natural at all. Her character was the manic pixie dream girl trope incarnate. I straight-up hated some of the film, really. It wasn’t all bad though. Ezra Miller was good, and in a completely different way to his amazing performance in We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011). Near the end, it got quite dark and interesting. It was a little too late though, and it still ended as a film to comfort teenagers in their confusion and misery of adolescence.
Thomas McCarthy has become one of my favourite writer/directors. I’ve really enjoyed his films The Station Agent (2003), The Visitor (2007) and now this one. Not to mention he co-wrote Up (2009) and has pretty decent acting credits. The plot to this film probably doesn’t sound all that interesting on paper, but the talent involved makes it great. McCarthy brings a whole lot of lovely little nuances to his films and the characters within them. Led by the brilliant Paul Giamatti, the film also has an impressive cast of great character actors. It’s a quirky film with an indie vibe to it, but not in an obnoxious way. I liked it a lot.