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I Give it a Year

MV5BMTg5NDk4MTUwNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDU5MTc4OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR4,0,214,317_Rose Byrne, Rafe Spall, Minnie Driver, Anna Faris, Simon Baker

Nat (Byrne) and Josh (Spall) get married, but something wasn’t quite right then and isn’t quite right now. Her sister quite rightly said at the wedding “I give it a year”.

Nat meets Guy (Baker) and doesn’t tell him that she’s married. He is a suave, rich, successful businessman – everything that Josh is not. They are attracted to each other and even when Guy finds out that Nat is married, he still wants to pursue her.

At the same time, Josh is struggling with feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Chloe (Faris).  So Josh fixes Chloe up with Guy, and the four of them go out together. It is clear that they are with the wrong people. But will they work it out and swap partners?

Good performances from Byrne, Farris and Driver. Spall provided most of the comedy, as well as Olivia Colman. Josh’s best friend was a disaster – he was so crass that he nearly ruined the film for me, it was too over the top and should have been cut.

This is not a stand out film, despite the great actors. I was expecting a lot more and was pretty disappointed. But, saying that, it’s not a complete washout and still worth a look, particularly when paired with another movie for the night.


What’s Your Number?

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What’s your phone number? No, what’s the number of people you’ve slept with?! Marie Claire magazine says the national average is 10.5 – more than 20 lovers and women will find it hard to get a husband.

So Ali Darling decides to fix her situation (she’s had 19 lovers) by going back over her ex-boyfriends and finding one she can hook up with again. Then her number 20 will be her last one and her mate for life. Well that’s her plan anyway.

Ali gets the help of her sexy neighbour in tracking down ex-boyfriends and getting in touch with them. Sexy neighbour himself has had way more than 10.5 lovers – he is having a lot of casual sex and avoiding relationships. The journey that these two take together end up changing both their plans.

Here is another film with the sibling who is getting married – extremely common theme in rom com world. One sibling gets married like a good boy or girl, and the other sibling is the one who has problems with relationships, the bad boy or girl.

Faris is a great actor to watch, and comes up trumps as the bad girl in a rom com – she’s feisty and funny (see Take Me Home Tonight). I did notice she appeared in her underwear quite a lot in this film, perhaps too much focus on her neat little body. However, there was also a lot of bare chested moments with the male lead!

This film didn’t break any new ground, but it highlighted the inconsistencies society has in relation to women, men and sex. There were some funny moments, and it’s definitely worth a look if you are up for a rom com night.

Take Me Home Tonight

Anna Faris, Teresa Palmer, Topher Grace

Matt works at Sun Coast Video in the mall, having not yet discovered what to do with his college qualifications. When an old high school friend returns from abroad (Palmer) he tries to impress her with a lie about his career and where he works. They go to a party and hook up and his high school dreams of dating Tori come true. But his lie unfolds, and the party turns into a bit of an adventure involving his best friends, his sister, a stolen car, drugs, and a bunch of people working out who they are and what they’re going to do with their lives. I kept thinking things were going to end badly, and that is what drives the movie.

This film has highlighted a much-used rom com theme – the guy (or girl) who starts off the relationship with a lie. The lie often gets bigger and bigger until it explodes. Pretending to be some-one you’re not is done best by those that don’t know who they are.

This is a light film set in the 1980s. It had a little of the feel of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986) and you’ll probably enjoy it if you remember the eighties.

Just Friends

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Chris (Reynolds) and Jamie (Smart) are BFFs in high school. But Chris wants more than that, he wants to be out of the ‘friends zone’. He leaves town after graduation to make his way in the world. Ten years later he returns to his home town, minus the baby fat. He’s now a sexy, successful man in the music industry, fighting off women with a stick. Although he has a mega pop star in tow, he wants to go after Jamie again – and this time he won’t accept the ‘friend zone’.

The only thing worth watching in this film is Faris who is a terrific and funny actor (see I Give it a Year, What’s Your Number?, Take Me Home Tonight, My Super Ex-Girlfriend).

Otherwise it’s fairly average.

My Super Ex-Girlfriend

MV5BMTc4OTA4OTYyMl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMzU4NDQzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Uma Thurman, Luke Wilson, Anna Faris, Rainn Wilson

Matt Saunders (Wilson) needs to find a girlfriend – one that isn’t his workmate, Hannah, who he would love to date, but who is seeing some-one else. He meets Jenny Johnson (Thurman) and despite her slight awkwardness, they start a relationship. It gets exciting when Matt discovers that Jenny is actually superhero, G-Girl. But even G-Girl can be needy, jealous and demanding. When he tries to break it off with Jenny, Matt finds out how dangerous dating a superhero can be. Time to call on the services of G-Girl’s arch nemesis (and former high school boyfriend), Professor Bedlam.

This is a light rom com from 2006. The comedy isn’t too clever, and the jokes are a bit tired, but some of the action helps it along. It’s not a bad film, but it could have been a lot better. There was a solid storyline, one that doesn’t fit in to one of the typical rom com themes, but nothing amazing to make it stand out. Not worth watching twice.