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A Case of You

MV5BMTg2MDQwOTAwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTcwNjE0MDE@._V1_SX214_Evan Rachel Wood, Justin Long, Busy Phillips, Keir O’Donnell, Sam Rockwell, Peter Dinklage, Vince Vaughn

Justin Long plays Sam, a young writer stuck in a rut. He lacks the confidence to ask out Birdie, who he meets at his local coffee shop. So he haunts her Facebook page for her likes and dislikes. He then tries to turn himself into her perfect man, giving him the courage to start a relationship.

What will happen when Birdie learns the truth about Sam – will she like him, or the guy he is pretending to be? Didn’t our parents always tell us to just be ourselves?

We’ve seen Justin Long before in rom coms – great ones like He’s Just Not That Into You and average ones like Going the Distance. I’ve not seen Evan Rachel Wood around in rom coms before this, but she fits in very well.

This is quite a pleasant rom com, with nothing overly amusing, shocking or exciting. However, it’s not bland – it has a good pace, solid acting, some funny supporting roles, likeable characters, and a sound script. Some may even say that the script is a ‘classic’.

Aw, it’s just nice.

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The Dilemma

Jennifer Connelly, Wynona Ryder, Vince Vaughn, Kevin James

Ronny (Vaughn) and Nick (James) are best friends and business partners. When Ronny sees Nick’s wife, Geneva, (Ryder) with another man, he is in turmoil over breaking the news to him. They are best friends, but they are also in the middle of a crucial business deal and Nick is under a lot of stress. So rather than tell Nick, he confronts Geneva, follows her, becomes an amateur sleuth, and makes things a whole lot worse for everyone.

It looked like a great film in the trailer…but ended up short of the mark. There doesn’t seem to be much comedy and I definitely didn’t laugh. The acting seems fine (although I don’t know about Wynona Ryder in a rom com) but the script seems to be falling between genres – too dramatic for comedy, too light for drama.  The women seem to be superflous to the plot – even though it was about a cheating wife, it was more about the relationship between the two men. So I have classified this film as a bromance. Disappointing – only watch if nothing else to do.

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.

Four Christmases

Reece Witherspoon, Vince Vaughan

The young, fun loving Brad and Kate, seem to be the perfect couple. They do everything together and are completely in sync with what each other wants. Until…their plane is fogged in and they can’t escape for the Christmas holidays like they do every year. This year they are forced to spend Christmas with their seemingly crazy families – four separate Christmases.

Christmases one to three involve physical injury, fire, vomiting babies, pregnancy scares, and impromptu stage plays. By Christmas number four, Brad and Kate are reassessing their relationship – how well do they really know each other, and do they really know what each other wants? Are they still in sync?

The role of Brad is a fairly typical character type for Vaughan. He’s loveable, but self-centred (a little bit like in The Break Up with Jennifer Aniston). Witherspoon is splendid as the perfectly groomed Kate. I think the two of them work well together (although others disagree about this role for Witherspoon, I think she can pull off a rom com adequately). The dialogue is snappy, the script flows at a good pace, and there’s a few funny moments. The film is criticised for its southern USA stereotypes. It’s also criticised for its lack of Christmas spirit. Come on, lighten up, not all Christmas films have to be about joy! It is easy to watch and not a total disgrace to the genre.

 

 

Mr and Mrs Smith

Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Vince Vaughan

John and Jane Smith are husband and wife, married for 6 years. Their all-too-perfect life is starting to fray.They start seeing a marriage therapist because they’ve begun to really dislike each other.

They have secrets – what each doesn’t know about the other is that they are both professional assassins. They are assigned to kill the same person and this is where things get slightly sticky, the secrets come out in the open. They are pitted against each other, ironically putting the much needed spice back in their marriage. Finally they are forced to work as a team to save their lives.  Oh, and to get back the love.

This was one of the first of those action movies that came out as a blend of genres, including romance and comedy. It’s not a traditional rom com because of the shooting and violence, but it still contains the essential elements of boy, girl and wanting to find love.

Unfortunately I couldn’t like this film the first time around. This is the movie where Angelina Jolie stole Brad Pitt from Jennifer Aniston. I’m a huge fan of Aniston so my allegiances lie with Jen. But on second viewing, I had to admit that this is a good movie, especially if you like a bit more action in your rom com.

The Break-up

Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn

Jen plays Brooke who is in a long-term relationship with Gary (Vince). When they break up, neither of them want to move out of their apartment. So they continue living together and each try dirty tricks to force the other out. They are awful to each other. It doesn’t end how you think it’s going to, so it isn’t totally predictable.

Because I love Jen, I don’t mind this flick. It’s not great, but it’s not bad either. I can watch it more than once. Go for it!

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