Alicia Silverstone plays Goody, a very old vampire now living in modern times with her new friend, Stacy. They are twenty-something vampires out on the town all night, looking for a good time and a cute boy. As modern vampires, they don’t feed on human flesh, they only use rodent blood. But when Cisserus (the vampire who ‘turned’ them, played by Sigourney Weaver) comes to town, she starts to feed on humans. This threatens to disrupt the girls’ lifestyle, exposing them to their beaus, and to the local vampire hunters. The girls fight back – all in the name of love.
Amy Heckerling, the woman who brought us Fast Times At Ridgemont High, and Clueless, makes a valiant effort to produce another ‘hip and happening’ film, an analysis of popular culture, the utilisation of contemporary themes.
I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I saw this film on the shelf. I was looking forward to seeing two fun actors, together with one of my favourite directors, but I was immensely disappointed in this ‘vom com’ or ‘vamp com’. It’s really not good. And it’s not as though I don’t understand the concepts of fun and frivolous, light and laughable, and all the trivialities of a romantic comedy film – I very much do! But I still found myself unable to appreciate it.
What I do like is the way that Heckerling deals with issues of age and ageing for women. I also like the way she has a cute critique on the use of social media throughout the film. But it doesn’t make up for the fact that the script jumps all over the place, and fails to tie together the endless threads in any meaningful way.
Leave it on the shelf for the young ones.
Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher
Diaz plays Joy, recently dumped by her fiance. Kutcher plays Jack, recently fired by his father. They both take off for Vegas with their BFFs and hook up. They marry in true drunken Vegas style and win a lot of money.
Back home, they go to court and the judge sentences them to work out their marriage, putting their winnings on hold until they do. They have to fake a happy marriage to get their hands on the money.
They start out hating each other, and in true romantic comedy style, they end up falling in love. Sounds boring, but it’s not too bad. There’s a bit part by Krysten Ritter (who you know I love), and the BFFs are pretty funny throughout. Not clever, not laugh out loud, but worth a watch for the outrageous Vegas partying.
Jay Baruchel, Alice Eve
Jay is the skinny dude from Knocked Up. Still skinny, he is the protagonist in this film and does a fantastic job as the loveable, sweet, funny, and vulnerable Kirk. He falls in love with a beautiful woman, Molly (played by Eve) who he and his friends know is way better looking and far more successful than him. In short, way out of his league.
Jay’s three best friends add the funny magic to this film. The best support role, however, must go to my favourite support actor, Krysten Ritter. Ritter plays the brunette to Eve the blond bombshell. Of course I like Ritter (Patty) much better than Eve (Molly) because I usually prefer the dark-haired best friend in romantic comedies. And particularly because it’s Ritter, who I love in Confessions of a Shopaholic – she has great style. She tells a guy to go shit in his hand! I’m dying for the day she leads up a rom com.
Kirk is treated like dirt by his ex-girlfriend who only wants him back when she claps her eyes on the gorgeous Molly. He struggles with his on-off-ex, only to find that Molly has an ex too – but her ex is a big hunky pilot. Would some-one of Molly’s calibre love some-one like Kirk, or would she go out with him because he’s safe? “It feels like the universe is out of tilt.”
There is a terribly funny scene with Kirk and his friend Devon when they shave his balls. I love his friends. One is good looking, one is nice, and one is a lovable dickhead. It’s so great to have a posse. And they really care about him. Aw, nice.
Kirk and his friends have a rating system for themselves based on looks. They come to realise that you have to rate yourself much higher for yourself, not compared to anyone else.
Anyway, to sum up, there’s a great airport scene at the end, lots of smooches, and people who do the right thing.
Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy
It’s funny that I like this movie because it’s about shopping to excess, and I hate any kind of shopping. I couldn’t imagine paying hundreds of dollars for a pair of shoes – maybe a good pair of boots that last for years and years, but that’s about it. But in the end, sense wins over shopping and I can enjoy re-watching this film when I want to see a bit of glamour.
Isla Fisher plays Rebecca Bloomwood, a journalist, who lands herself a job at a magazine about finance. Being heavily in debt herself makes this an unlikely position for her, but she uses her personal style and becomes a hit. She covets a job at the sister magazine about fashion, but the journey towards her dream job has her fall in love, and discover things in life that are more important than buying clothes.
The best friend is played by Krysten Ritter who I absolutely love. She pops up again in What Happens in Vegas and She’s out of My League– can’t wait until Ritter gets the lead role in her own romantic comedy. The romantic male leader played by Dancy is pretty inconsequential, as Fisher overshadows everyone else in the film.
I really like this movie because contains a lot of the elements I desire in a rom com – the glamour, the best friend, and of course the romance.