As you would be well aware, this movie is a remake of the 80s flick of the same name, starring Dudley Moore.
Same plot line – rich, alcoholic, playboy, Arthur, will lose his substantial inheritance unless he settles down and marries. But he can’t marry just anyone – he is lined up to marry successful businesswoman, Susan. This all happens at the same time that he meets and falls in love with Naomi – not rich or successful, but fun and a good influence on Arthur.
Arthur has to decide between love and money. It’s a fairy tale ending really – he doesn’t miss out on either, but he made the right decision to get there.
I know people are divided on Russell Brand – those that think him sexy, and those that can’t stand him. I’m in the middle. But regardless of what you think of him, poor Brand, he had to live up to the high standard set by Dudley Moore. He does an okay job, and has the ability to make you laugh – but there wasn’t a lot of laughing to be had and the script wasn’t nearly as good as the original.
I would prefer to see the original flick (where Hobson was a man, played by Mirren in the remake), and even though it’s dated it can still hold its own. Watch this flick if it comes on TV and there is nothing else on, it’s not all that bad.
Thirteen year-old Jenna Rink wants to be grown up. She wants to be cool and escape the 13 year-old problems she is facing with her peers at school. She gets her wish and wakes up as a 30 year-old woman (Garner). She can do all the grown up things she wants to because she has everything a young girl could dream of wanting – she’s thirty and flirty and thriving!
But she’s not a nice person and her old friend Matt can attest to this. She wants to go back and make things right. She wants friends, a relationship, and for Matt not to marry some-one else!
Suddenly 30 (known as “13 going on 30” in other countries) is one of a number of films about changing bodies, or changing ages – body swap movies. These include Freaky Friday, Big, The Change-Up, and 17 Again and are usually a lot of fun.
Garner is perfect for this role, she’s adorable and sexy. Judy Greer is terrific (she’s got to get a lead role soon surely!) in her usual support spot. This is a lovely rom com that is light and fluffy and easily watchable with tweens or teens.
Beautiful, successful, womanising Connor Mead threatens to ruin his brother’s wedding with his overt cynicism of relationships and marriage. His dead uncle (Douglas) visits him to tell him that he will visit girlfriends past, present and future in order to learn something about himself and love. During this lesson, Connor finds that the one woman he loves, and always has, is the one he may lose.
Here is another film to add to the list of ‘bad boy makes good’ movies. McConaughey and Garner do a good job with their roles, as do Douglas and Stone. But it’s not a pick of the bunch.
There should probably be another romantic comedy theme to add to my list of common themes – films about men who behave badly at weddings. Or perhaps, films about men who are dubious about love and marriage but as it turns out it’s only because they had their heart broken. Oh the lists can go on and on!!
too many stars to mention, here are a few…Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Garner, Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Ashton Kutcher, Taylor Swift etc etc
This film is a little bit like He’s Just Not That Into You – with all the star parts, all the relationships, all the friends, and all the story lines that coincide nicely together as the film moves along.
So it’s Valentine’s Day and everyone is looking for love, looking for commitment, looking for friendship. Some get what they want, and some don’t. And as this is a rom com, it’s all good in the end. Not everyone gets love – if you’ve been bad you get a dose of justice! And there’s a couple of surprising twists to upset the rom com predictability.
I liked this film much better the second time around, but if you’re an incurable romantic, you’ll like it on the first viewing.
Ellen Page, Michael Cera, Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney, JK Simmons
If you could go back to high school and be much cooler than what you were, you’d be Juno (played by Ellen Page). She gets pregnant by her friend Paulie Bleeker and tries to take care of everything herself. She’s incredibly immature and incredibly mature at the same time.
Juno decides to adopt the baby out to a middle class couple, Mark and Vanessa, played by Bateman and Garner. She has to learn very quickly about relationships, and about how to listen to her own heart.
This isn’t a typical boy meets girl rom com. Here are some young people dealing with growing up, being teenagers, and understanding boundaries.
The soundtrack is terrific (Kimya Dawson), low fi, just like the flick. This is a great film for young and old alike and has established itself as a cult classic.