Jim and Lauren are both single parents. They meet on a blind date, which turns out to be a disaster. But fate throws them together again, this time at a family holiday resort in Africa. They try to avoid each other and concentrate on spending quality time with their children. But they have more in common than they thought, and are drawn together.
Although this film is rated M, it seems like a G-rated family flick. And like most family movies: all information about the characters is laid out before you in the first 15 minutes; everything is bigger and brighter than in real life (where is this LA-style African holiday resort??); people are ridiculous; what happens to these people is ridiculous; and you know how it’s going to end all the way through – even the surprises are not surprises.
This is quite a good family movie with a couple of great one-liners. But all-in-all it lacks maturity and, in my opinion, is a very disappointing romantic comedy, especially considering that it features two of the best romantic comedy actors around.
Hugh Grant, Drew Barrymore
I do remember this film was hailed as a flop. And it kind of is, but it’s not all that bad. I mean at least you get to see Hugh and Drew. She does have a good array of scarves, take note.
Hugh plays Alex Fletcher, ex-eighties pop ‘has been’. New teenage pop sensation, Cora, wants Fletcher to write a song for her new album in but a matter of days. As Fletcher hasn’t written a new song in 10 years and can’t really write lyrics, it is opportune that he meets Sophie Fisher (Drew Barrymore) who seems to have a gift with the rhyming. He’s the music, she’s the lyrics – “it’s the combination of the two that makes it magic”.
The two get on well, have an easy continuous dialogue, and are supportive friends for each other’s relationship and career problems. And when they get together, they stay great friends for a while, but creative differences divide them…build towards big climax at the end blah blah blah, it doesn’t matter.
Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Connelly, Ginnifer Goodwin, Scarlett Johansson, Ben Affleck, Kevin Connolly, Bradley Cooper, Justin Long
All the relationships between all the people in this movie more or less revolve around Gigi, played by Ginnifer Goodwin. She is gorgeous, but somewhat desperate, and sick to death of dating dipshits. She gets dating help from Alex who understands why men do what they do, and is willing to share that information with her so she can find love.
Drew Barrymore plays the adorable and vulnerable, Mary who is looking for love in all the wrong places. Jen Aniston has actually been cast in a refreshingly different role for her, playing the stylish and mature, Beth, who already has love. Scarlett Johannson plays the beautiful and etherial Anna, who is deluded about love and attracts the wrong men.
This film is about dating, loving, insecurity and expectations. All the stories fit together perfectly and culminate in Gigi finding true love. Not everyone ends up happy though, but it all gets wrapped up in the end.
When Garrett and Erin meet, neither of them want a relationship. Garrett was just dumped by his girlfriend, and Erin has only six weeks left at her internship before she returns to the west coast. So they have six great weeks together. When Erin leaves New York, they try and make the long distance relationship work.
Anyone who’s been in a long distance relationship will sympathise with the phone calls, texting, attempts at phone sex, and making time to fly out to see each other. As the story progresses, there’s less humour and more romance and the film starts to lose its appeal for me. But I love watching Drew, so it’s a bearable film about young love in the modern world.
Ben is an all-round nice guy and school teacher. His biggest fault is being a giant Boston Red Sox baseball fan. When he meets high flying executive Lindsay (Barrymore), he isn’t sure how she will react to his obsession. They have very little in common. But the relationship actually blooms – she has her career, he has his baseball. But will this strategy work for all the ball seasons to come? Will the relationship survive?
This film is loosely based on Nick Hornby’s book Fever Pitch about a man with a soccer obsession, but it was changed to a baseball obsession for the US audience. Hornby’s Fever Pitch was made into a movie in the UK starring Colin Firth and Ruth Gemmell in 1997.
This version is actually quite good. Drew Barrymore, as ever, is delightful and engaging, and the baseball story is interesting, albeit I believe with a few historical errors.
This was a 2005 rom com where it was quite typical to focus on just two main characters – the love interests, with a few of their friends in the background. The two leads, therefore, need to be just right. I’m not that keen on Jimmy Fallon, but with Barrymore’s help, he pulled it off. Well worth a watch if it comes your way.