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Annie and Jay marry young and have a family. A decade or so on, they still love each other, but they have lost some of their sexual spontaneity and passion.

So they decide to make a film of themselves working their way through The Joy of Sex in an attempt to spice up their love life. Afterwards, Annie insists that Jay delete the film. But he accidentally uploads it to ‘the cloud’ which is then synced to a pile of iPads that he’s given away. So now they have to hunt down all the gifted iPads in order to delete the video on each one, which turns into an all-night escapade.

I do love both Diaz and Segal as rom com actors. And we’ve seen them together in Bad Teacher. But this flick is a bit ‘hit and miss’. There were some funny moments, but everything else was a tad ordinary. Are rom com directors running out of ideas?

This movie is one in a group of new rom coms that portray the more mature, established relationship. Rather than the couple who have pre-marriage jitters, or the fiance who cheats, or the disgruntled husband, this approach is looking at the couple who are not only really in love, but who are totally into each other for the long haul and like each other immensely. And when the couple really like each other, the viewer really likes them. Like in this film with Annie and Jay.

This theme has also made its way onto TV screens with rom com shows like Up All Night, Friends with Better Lives, Gavin and Stacey, and I suppose Modern Family.

This film wasn’t a total waste of time, I did enjoy most of it, but it’s definitely not a keeper.

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The Other Woman

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Carly and Mark are in love – or so Carly thought. It turns out that Mark is actually married to Kate, AND has a third lover in the wings. When his infidelities are discovered, the three women team up to teach Mark a lesson, becoming firm friends in the process.

This is not a new theme for rom coms, and this 2014 version has been done very poorly. Diaz and Mann, both seasoned rom comers, should have demanded a more mature script. Instead, they have been plunged into a ridiculous and juvenile film where they seem quite out of place.

One film reviewer said that they couldn’t wait for the sequel. Sequel – what more is there to say? This is NOT the greatest chick flick of 2014. It is more like a parody of something we’ve all seen before.

I am very disappointed in this movie. The Other Woman is a simple and silly film which reminds me of 1980s Disney films, or kids’ TV shows where the baddy is made to look foolish in the end. In this movie, they all look foolish in the end!

 

Gambit

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Art curator, Harry Dean, plans a heist in order to take revenge on his (shitbag) employer. He teams up with The Major who is an expert forger. They engage the help of Texan, PJ Puznowski (played by Cameron Diaz), in what they think is a very well thought out plan. But their scheme does NOT going according to plan…or does it?

I’m ‘half and half’ about this film. There are some typical Coen Brother-esque traits in the script, something quirky and delightful. Colin Firth, of course, can often be quirky and delightful, and does so here.

But I didn’t warm to the Diaz character who was a rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl from the deep south, wearing her cowboy hat into New York city – she was too much of a caricature and not enough of a real person. I believe Diaz is a good choice for the part, but the part itself, her character, could have been a bit more subtle. Furthermore, there is something a bit hollow about the relationship between Harry and PJ – it doesn’t have depth, or room to develop properly.

Apart from that, the story is fun, and the acting is terrific, especially from Rickman. There is no happily-ever-after in the typical rom com style, in fact, there is no romance, just a hint of something in the air which is very refreshing. The ending is wrapped up beautifully, and leaves you with a feeling that you’ve just been entertained. It’s not a top-of-the-list film, but it’s not all that bad either.

Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz, Justin Timberlake, Jason Segel

Diaz plays Elizabeth Halsey, a junior high school teacher with a bad attitude. She’s shallow, manipulative and downright nasty. She wants to marry for money and ditch teaching for good. So after her fiance dumps her, she pursues a fellow teacher who has family money. She ignores the attentions of a very nice gym teacher (Segel), while obsessing over Scott (Timberlake) and raising money to pay for breast enlargement surgery. Things come to a head as things tend to do, but Elizabeth manages to worm her way out of a tricky situation, even showing she’s not all bad.

Great supporting roles by Phyllis Smith (from The Office) and Eric Stonestreet (Cameron from Modern Family).  Good movie, but not as good as I had expected. Sometimes I think the new rom coms move too quickly through too many scenes, concepts and characters, instead of exploring a few more closely. Nonetheless, it is funny (mainly thanks to Segel), edgy, and slightly better than most.

In Her Shoes

Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette, Shirley Maclaine

Collette and Diaz play two sisters – Rose and Maggie. Rose is the successful one – mature, owns her own place, works as a lawyer, but is ultimately unhappy with a cupboard full of shoes she doesn’t wear and a truck load of self-esteem issues. Maggie is sexy, immature, irresponsible, (would love Rose’s cupboard full of shoes) and is unfulfilled. After a fight involving Rose’s boyfriend, Maggie, with nowhere else to go, decides to look up the grandmother she never knew they had and goes to live with her (Maclaine). The split between the sisters leaves them with a void, but it also enables them to start dealing with their own personal issues.

This is a terrific film with great performances from Diaz, Collette (of course, she can do no wrong) and Maclaine. They are quite typical roles for Diaz and for Maclaine, and they fit the characters perfectly. Not everyone finds romance in the end, but it is definitely a happy ending with lots of feeling good moments. One for the rom com collection.

The Holiday

Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black

There are two romances and two story lines in this film – two different women in different countries who trade places for a holiday. They have both had their hearts broken and need a getaway. The getaway involves each of them meeting some-one new. How can it work when the one they meet lives on the other side of the world?

Each woman becomes involved in a journey of self-discovery on their holidays. They also meet interesting people, form relationships, and discover how strong they are.

I like Kate and Jack much better than Cameron and Jude in this film. In fact, I find Cameron quite annoying in some scenes. There’s a gorgeous role played by Eli Wallach that will make you cry. And in the end, there’s happiness all round.

Not a bad flick, made bearable by Kate Winslet I reckon, still worth a look if you come across it, but wouldn’t bother renting it.

What Happens in Vegas

Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher

Diaz plays Joy, recently dumped by her fiance. Kutcher plays Jack, recently fired by his father. They both take off for Vegas with their BFFs and hook up. They marry in true drunken Vegas style and win a lot of money.

Back home, they go to court and the judge sentences them to work out their marriage, putting their winnings on hold until they do. They have to fake a happy marriage to get their hands on the money.

They start out hating each other, and in true romantic comedy style, they end up falling in love. Sounds boring, but it’s not too bad. There’s a bit part by Krysten Ritter (who you know I love), and the BFFs are pretty funny throughout. Not clever, not laugh out loud, but worth a watch for the outrageous Vegas partying.

The Sweetest Thing

MV5BMTMzNDA1MzIyNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTQxMTAzMQ@@._V1_SY317_CR3,0,214,317_Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Selma Blair

Three housemates get tired of the whole dating game and want to find more meaningful relationships.

And that’s about the gist of it – the rest is all about Cameron Diaz’s midriff. Oh that, and every other stereotype about men and women. Total rubbish.

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