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MV5BNTk3NDgwODQ5NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTY5MjMzNA@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Malin Akerman, Zoe Kazan, Kate Mara, Josh Radnor, Michael Algieri, Richard Jenkins

This is a New York story involving the lives of a number of people. Sam finds a child on the subway and decides to look after him. Sam’s other relationships involve: Mississippi, a young singer who he wants to love; his friend, Annie, who has alopecia and is struggling with finding out about herself and her relationships; and his sister, Mary Catherine, and her beau, Charlie, who are thinking about moving to LA.

This is a film primarily about relationships and how to love other people. It’s about the modern lives of these New Yorkers, and how they are trying to find happiness.

The acting was terrific in this flick (my favourite was Zoe Kazan) and the story ran along very smoothly. It didn’t knock my socks off, but I do like a film about New York. Still worth a watch.

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Wanderlust

Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, Malin Akerman, Justin Theroux, Alan Alda

Manhattan couple, Linda and George, are suddenly down on their luck after buying their first apartment. They have to sell up and leave the Big Apple, moving to George’s hideous brother’s place in Atlanta. Along the way they accidentally come across Elysium – a commune, no, intentional community. This seems to be a much better option than being unemployed in New York, or George working for his brother. So they decide to stay.

George embraces the hippy lifestyle first. But after a while, Linda wants to stay and George starts to become skeptical. Their marriage threatens to fall apart as they try to discover what it is in life that makes them happy.

Paul Rudd is one of my favourite actors. He’s always the good guy in rom coms and he’s usually pretty funny. He didn’t disappoint me in this flick and I really like him coupled with Jen. There were some over the top stereotypes (as usual) with the intentional community, but none that make you cringe.

This movie is light and funny, has good romantic content, some important messages about money and what can make you happy, and can easily be watched again. I very much enjoyed it and had a good laugh.

The Proposal

Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Malin Akerman

Sandra Bullock plays Margaret Tate, a NY book editor who’s incredibly scary to her staff. She is totally committed to her job, and has no family or lovelife.

Because she is a Canadian citizen, she needs to marry her Executive Assistant, Andrew (played by Ryan Reynolds), in order to remain employed and living in the United States. So they fake a relationship for the sake of the immigration authorities and Margaret’s employers.

They also have to lie to Andrew’s family when they fly out to Alaska for a visit. When his family, the distinguished Paxtons, insist on them getting married there and then, Margaret’s plan starts to unravel. She has started to enjoy having a family, and also starts to have feelings for Andrew. Her icy demeanor begins to thaw.

As far as predictable movies go, this one is somewhere up the top of the list. No clean-cut, popular American film would risk a plot line involving illegal immigration issues, so you kind of know where things are heading.

But it’s not too bad, Bullock does a good job and despite her hard-assed personality, she is a likable character. Classic rom com.

27 Dresses

Katherine Heigl, James Marsden, Malin Akerman, Edward Burns

Heigl plays Jane, who has been a bridesmaid 27 times. She meets Kevin Doyle who writes a newspaper wedding column. Surely he must love weddings as much as she does. No, he is cynical and jaded and they couldn’t possibly be meant for each other.

Jane believes she is meant to be with her boss, George.┬áBut when Jane’s sister arrives in town she falls for George. They decide to get married, throwing Jane off course – she can’t possible be a bridesmaid again!

Judy Greer is pretty funny as Jane’s best friend – every good romantic comedy needs a funny best friend. Often, I actually like the best friend better (eg Krysten Ritter) because she is usually a bit more edgy.

This movie comes close to fitting into my Top Ten – it’s harmless, it’s a little funny, it’s as light as air, and Heigl is charming. Don’t overthink it.

 

The Heartbreak Kid

MV5BMjExNTM2NTE2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTI5MDUzMw@@._V1_SX214_Malin Akerman, Michelle Monaghan, Ben Stiller, Jerry Stiller, Rob Corddry

Not to be confused with the Australian movie from 1993 of the same name starring Claudia Karvan…

Eddie (Ben Stiller) is 40 and still a bachelor. He watches his ex-girlfirend get married and starts to think he should be doing the same. So he impetuously marries Lila (Akerman) after only six weeks of dating. When they go away on their honeymoon to Cabo, Eddie discovers all the things he never knew about Lila, all the things that he doesn’t like. Maybe he made a big mistake marrying so quickly.

When Lila gets laid up with very bad sunburn, Eddie carries on with his holiday and meets Miranda. He believes her to be a better match for him, but he blows it when Miranda finds out about his new bride.

Eddie is supposed to be the good guy – let’s face it, Ben Stiller’s characters always are. But what kind of person starts a romance with some-one else while they’re on their honeymoon?! Well, of course, if he didn’t, there wouldn’t be much of a movie would there? Nevertheless, it’s hard to sympathise with Eddie when he’s a lying cheat. Apart from that issue, there is a bank of comedy, and Eddie’s Dad (Jerry Stiller) is terrific, and Michelle Monaghan is lovely.

This was an okay rom com, but it didn’t win me over, possibly because of the poor portrayal of women.

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