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A Case of You

MV5BMTg2MDQwOTAwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwNjE0MDE@._V1_SX214_Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Busy Phillips, Keir O’Donnell, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn

Justin Long plays Sam, a young writer stuck in a rut. He lacks the confidence to ask out Birdie, who he meets at his local coffee shop. So he haunts her Facebook page for her likes and dislikes. He then tries to turn himself into her perfect man, giving him the courage to start a relationship.

What will happen when Birdie learns the truth about Sam – will she like him, or the guy he is pretending to be? Didn’t our parents always tell us to just be ourselves?

We’ve seen Justin Long before in rom coms – great ones like He’s Just Not That Into You and average ones like Going the Distance. I’ve not seen Evan Rachel Wood around in rom coms before this, but she fits in very well.

This is quite a pleasant rom com, with nothing overly amusing, shocking or exciting. However, it’s not bland – it has a good pace, solid acting, some funny supporting roles, likeable characters, and a sound script. Some may even say that the script is a ‘classic’.

Aw, it’s just nice.

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He’s just not that into you

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.

Going the Distance

MV5BMjQ1ODUyMjk5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjAxOTE2Mw@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Drew Barrymore, Justin Long, Christina Applegate, Charlie Day

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.

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