Katharine McPhee, Mena Suvari, Dave Annable, Kathy Bates, Rob Scheider, Tia Carrere
Bryan, an animal photographer and all-round nice guy, gets unintentionally embroiled in an immigration deal with a Croatian mobster. He is forced to marry the mobster’s daughter, Masha, so she can get a green card and live in the US legally. The deal is that they divorce after a year, and that Bryan is definitely NOT to touch her. But alas, he falls in love! This can only mean trouble.
On the honeymoon Masha is kidnapped. Bryan has to team up with his crazy assistant, a waitress from the hotel, and her rambo-esque cousin to rescue her. Is love really worth it?
Every piece of action in this film is entirely predictable. The plot is more than entirely predictable – it’s ridiculously formulaic. It doesn’t work, and didn’t work right from the very start. Nobody could do anything with their roles because they were so stereotyped, and it’s all been done before. Bad form!
Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, Zooey Deschanel, Bradley Cooper, Justin Bartha, Kathy Bates
Tripp (McConaughey) is the classic romantic comedy bad boy in this flick – attracted to very short term relationships, playing it cool, hanging with his mates, avoiding emotion, and still living with his mum and dad at the ripe old age of 35!
As Tripp’s parents want their nest emptied, they hire Paula (SJP), a professional interventionist. Her plan is to sweep Tripp off his feet, make him fall in love with her, which will then make him feel more independent and therefore move out of home. The plan goes along nicely for a while, until cupid rears his ugly head. As we often find out in the classic rom com, apparently the bad boy does have feelings!
When we were watching this film we realised we had seen it before, some years ago. Unfortunately, I don’t think a second viewing enabled it to get into the Better the Second Time Around category. Not a bad job done by both SJP and McConaughey. But great effort by Deschanel who plays the obligatory dark-haired best friend/room-mate to Paula. Stock-standed rom com, pretty enjoyable, and I’m sure you’ll catch it on TV from time to time.
Holly and Gerry are waiting until they have everything right before having a baby. But Gerry dies, leaving Holly a very young and distressed widow, and without the future she had hoped for. As she struggles with her grief, she starts to receive a series of letters from her dead husband. Gerry organised for the letters to be posted after he died. They send Holly on a range of adventures in the hope that she eventually becomes strong and sure of herself. They all ended with “PS I love you”.
This movie probably has too many sad parts to be a comedy, but there is one very funny moment when Holly falls off the stage while performing karaoke. Apart from that slapstick moment, you don’t get too many laughs. But the concept is fairly solid, and it can hold its head fairly high in the rom com set.
The major problem for me is – I just don’t like Hilary Swank. I really don’t want to see her about these parts again. She can stick to action and weird psycho drama thank you very much. Butler has since proved himself to be a part of the rom com troupe and may stay in the genre.