…and yet another rom com from 2008…
Kate is tragically (yet comically) killed on her wedding day. A year later, her fiancé, Henry, is having trouble moving on with his life. Henry’s sister, Chloe, drags him to see a psychic. She organises for the psychic, Ashley, to fake contact with the dead Kate. She thinks if Henry has contact with Kate, he may feel happier. But Henry and Ashley develop feelings for each other. So Kate decides to intervene from beyond, appear as a ghost to Ashley, and scare her off. But Ashley fights for Henry. Kate can never get Henry back, so will she let him be happy with some-one else?
I love Lake Bell (see It’s Complicated, What Happens in Vegas, No Strings Attached) but have only seen her in supporting roles. I was very excited to see her in a lead role, and I think she did a pretty good job. Paul Rudd always plays the loveable, good guy – I think, however, he’s been in funnier roles. I also like Lindsay Sloane, she’s a great rom com support female. So put them all together and the flick works. It’s not great, but it works.
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.
Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin, Steve Martin, Lake Bell
Jane (Streep) and Jake (Baldwin) have been divorced for 10 years. When they meet up again for one of their children’s graduations, they embark on an affair. Jake has a new, young, hot wife (Lake Bell, who incidentally plays Tipper in What Happens in Vegas) and Jane is trying to start a new relationship, so their affair is truly complicated. Will they try and get back together, or is it too late for a reunion?
I love this movie. I could watch it over and over. Streep’s character is admirable and beautiful – both in nature and looks.
Streep also has a posse of girlfriends – something that always endears a movie to me. I also love movies that feature food and cooking. Friends and food, you can’t go wrong – there is a wonderful scene where Jane makes a French dish for Adam (played by Steve Martin) called Croque Monsieur. I always want to jump up and dash to the kitchen when I see this.
This is a lovely, funny movie and both Baldwin and Martin are as likable as Streep. It’s about life and how moving through it makes us change. And sometimes understanding these changes is a complicated thing. This film is for the more mature viewer.