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Midnight in Paris

Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams

Gil and his fiance, Inez, travel to Paris for a holiday. He is a successful Hollywood screenwriter, and is trying to become a novelist. While Inez hangs out with her parents and some friends, Gil hangs out with Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Picasso, Dali, Stein and other artists and writers from the 1920s. Each night he is transported back to what he believes is the golden age of Paris, and this takes him further and further away from Inez.

This is fairly typical Woody Allen stuff – the pained, self-critical artist, looking for himself. At first I wasn’t sure I liked Owen Wilson in Woody’s shoes. But he does grow into the role as he goes. McAdams certainly doesn’t do the script any favours (I’m not a huge fan of hers really), but in typical Woody Allen style, she is only on the peripheries of the film anyway. The real love interest for Gil is the romance of Paris itself.

It’s a quirky flick, not overly engaging or funny, but light, entertaining, and clever.

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Reese Witherspoon, Paul Rudd, Owen Wilson, Jack Nicholson

Lisa (played by Witherspoon) is a baseball player who’s dropped from the team. But that doesn’t seem to be so important to the plot.  The movie is mainly about her relationship with Matty who is also a baseball player (played by Wilson) and the new relationship she forms with George (Rudd). George is being investigated for corporate fraud, but finds relief from his problems when he pursues Lisa.

I find Witherspoon a delightful actor, but can’t quite work out her character in this one. Rudd and Wilson both play their usual roles – Wilson the bad boy and Rudd the good. Nicholson’s role seems quite incidental in this film, even though he’s George’s father and the whole reason that George is being investigated. The film focuses on who Lisa is going to chose, Matty or George.

The main problem is that there’s not enough depth here. I know what you’re thinking – it’s a rom com, it’s not supposed to have depth. But that’s not true, even predictable story lines can be meaningful enough to drive the film and give it purpose. But I couldn’t find it in this film. Watch it if you’re a Witherspoon fan.

Wedding Crashers

Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams, Isla Fisher

John and Jeremy are best friends who crash weddings to pick up chicks. They are nice guys really, but the womanising brings out the most despicable side to their characters. Their lying rulebook comes undone when they meet the two women they actually do want to be in a relationship with.

They both reach a point when they want to reassess their lives, but it comes at different times for each of them, thus putting a huge strain on their friendship.

This is classic rom com with the ‘bad boy’ character, but this time there are two of them. There is a love interest for each of them, the love interest has the ability to change the the bad boy and make him good. Classic motif of this time.

This is a funny movie, albeit a bit hard to stomach in places. I love Isla Fisher, she and Vince Vaughn carry the film. When you see it come on TV, definitely give it a look.