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A Long Way Down

MV5BMTc0MTg0MDI2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNzM4MDYwMTE@._V1_SX214_AL_Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul

Four people meet on a roof top in London on New Year’s Eve – they are potential ‘jumpers’. The disgraced talk show host, the single mother, the politician’s daughter, and the mediocre American rock star are randomly thrown together and awkwardly form a sort of support group for each other.

The group sign a pact that they will not commit suicide before Valentine’s Day. A lot happens to them in the next month, but at least now they have each other to lean on. Who will make it and decide to live life, and who will not?

Although this film is pegged as a comedy/drama, there is room for a bit of romantic action. All four actors do a pretty good job with this Hornby novel, particularly Collette who never fails to perform expertly in these kinds of roles.

I’m not over-excited about this flick, but nor am I overly critical. It does flow well, the story hangs together easily, and it contains some touching issues. It’s worth a watch, mainly because Toni Collette is such a terrific actor.

 

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That Awkward Moment

MV5BMjExODEyMjMwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTAyODM1MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Imogen Poots, Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Mackenzie David, Jessica Lucas

Also called Are we Officially Dating?

Three best friends, Jason, Daniel and Mikey, make a pact to stay single and just have fun with women. They all agree to avoid serious relationships in order to support Mikey, whose wife has just left him for another man.

During their pact, both Jason and Daniel fall in love. And Mikey ends up sleeping with his wife in secret. Will they be able to resist the strength of their feelings in order to obey the rules of the pact? Or will love be the winner in the end?

Not only was this film an absolute den of testosterone, but it was also a den of stereotypes about women. Here is a platform for playing out every overblown difference, every fantastical dichotomy between men and women. What a pity the male characters were subsumed with asserting their masculinity.

There are some funny moments in this film, but possibly too many dick jokes for any intelligent person to be able to handle in one evening.

There is a gap in the market for a really good rom com with some kick-ass women, a smart comedic element, and a script that leads you somewhere new. So after waiting quite some time for a new rom com to hit the shelves, I was a bit disappointed in this one.