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MV5BNjAxMTI4MTgzMV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTAwODEwMjE@._V1_SX214_AL_Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, CeeLo Green

Gretta and her boyfriend move to New York to launch Dave’s music career – he skyrockets to fame and leaves Gretta behind.

She meets Dan. He’s a music producer who’s founded an independent record label. They team up, put together a band, and record Gretta’s album – an outdoor album. Will Gretta’s own musical experience bring her back to Dave, or will she strike out on her own?

This film generally has a good vibe – that is if you don’t mind Keira Knightly, or the fantastical idea that songs can be recorded quite so easily and so quickly. Some film reviewers comment on the film’s realism – they’ve obviously never worked in the music industry!

Realism aside, I like the romance angle. I also think there are great performances throughout. It’s light, yet passionate. It’s fun, yet moving. This isn’t a stand out flick for me because there’s not quite enough comedic content, but it’s still a good movie and worth seeing.

 

 

 

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Enough Said

MV5BMjI2MjIwMDk2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNTQ1MzQ5OQ@@._V1_SX214_AL_Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Toni Collette, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Tracey Fairaway, Ben Falcone

Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) meets Albert (Gandolfini) at a party and they become romantically involved. Both are divorced, and have daughters leaving for college, so they have a lot in common. It looks like they could have a real relationship starting. But when Eva befriends Albert’s ex-wife, Marianne (Keener), she starts to hear all about Albert’s faults. Is he really the man for her after all?

From the moment Julia Louis-Dreyfus stepped out of her Prius in her earthy sandals, I knew I was going to enjoy this film!

Each of the characters have been carefully created with a fine eye for detail, and this does make a huge difference to the quality of the film – noted and appreciated. The dialogue is quite flawless and expertly delivered from Louis-Dreyfus and Collette (as the best friend).

It is becoming increasingly more common to see 40 and 50-something-year-old women as the main protagonists in mainstream rom coms. They aren’t made to look younger, they are given the space to be 40 and 50-something-year-old women, and this too, is noted and appreciated.

This is an extremely enjoyable film for the more mature lover of romantic comedies.

 

Cyrus

Marisa Tomei, John C Reilly, Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener

John (Reilly) seems to be stuck in a rut, even seven years after his divorce to Jamie (Keener, she’s from the 40 Year-Old Virgin). Jamie convinces John to come with her and her fiance to a party in an attempt to help him out of the rut. There he meets Molly (Tomei). They seem an unlikely couple even then. Poor John – there are so many embarrassing moments for him.

Molly and John immediately embark on a relationship, and John meets Cyrus, Molly’s son. Cyrus (Hill) and Molly have a disturbingly bizarre and overly-dependent relationship. I tell you, I’m not sure I’d be comfortable with my 21 year old son in the bathroom with me when I’m having a shower!

The romance between Molly and John drives the film, but there is also a focus on the relationship between Cyrus and his mum, and Cyrus and John. John and Cyrus battle over Molly during which Cyrus exhibits some extremely selfish and manipulating behaviour.

The only thing I really liked about this movie was the documentary-style camera work. The comedy is subtle, but it is also a little too much on the disturbing side. I tried to like this film, but it really didn’t gel for me. Reilly and Tomei don’t work, and Hall is creepy. Ewww.

The 40 Year-Old Virgin

Steve Carrell, Catherine Keener, Paul Rudd

Carrell plays Andy, who as the film’s name suggests, is a 40 year-old virgin. He wasn’t particularly interested in changing his situation. But his workmates at the electronics store found out about him being a virgin and decided to take it upon themselves to help him.

Andy does a better job at meeting a woman without the help of his workmates, but he does need them to give him a kick start. He meets Trish (Keener) who helps him better express himself. They don’t seem well suited, but love is a funny thing – especially in Hollywood.

There are some extremely funny scenes because this is Steve Carrell flick. He doesn’t have too many flops under his belt does he? And one of his buddies is Paul Rudd so when they’re hanging out, things always go wrong. There is one particularly unforgettable scene involving hot wax!

Another smoochy ending for this rom com (surprise surprise), but it’s cute and worth watching.

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