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That Awkward Moment

MV5BMjExODEyMjMwNV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMTAyODM1MDE@._V1_SX214_AL_Imogen Poots, Zac Efron, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Mackenzie David, Jessica Lucas

Also called Are we Officially Dating?

Three best friends, Jason, Daniel and Mikey, make a pact to stay single and just have fun with women. They all agree to avoid serious relationships in order to support Mikey, whose wife has just left him for another man.

During their pact, both Jason and Daniel fall in love. And Mikey ends up sleeping with his wife in secret. Will they be able to resist the strength of their feelings in order to obey the rules of the pact? Or will love be the winner in the end?

Not only was this film an absolute den of testosterone, but it was also a den of stereotypes about women. Here is a platform for playing out every overblown difference, every fantastical dichotomy between men and women. What a pity the male characters were subsumed with asserting their masculinity.

There are some funny moments in this film, but possibly too many dick jokes for any intelligent person to be able to handle in one evening.

There is a gap in the market for a really good rom com with some kick-ass women, a smart comedic element, and a script that leads you somewhere new. So after waiting quite some time for a new rom com to hit the shelves, I was a bit disappointed in this one.

 

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New Year’s Eve

Sarah Jessica Parker, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Michelle Pfeiffer, Zac Efron, Halle Berry, Robert De Niro, Jessica Biel,  Jon Bon Jovi, Sofia Vergara, Ashton Kutcher, Lea Michele, Abigal Breslin

This film is following the lives of a bunch of people in the lead up to New Year’s 2011 in New York. There is a single mum and her daughter, an unhappy employee trying to discover herself and happiness, jilted lovers looking for a fresh start, two couples giving birth and fighting for prize money, some-one dying, rock stars, failed relationships, missed opportunities – and New Year’s Eve will make everything right…

It is, of course, very similar to Valentine’s Day. All the storylines run parallel to each other, and some of them eventually come together.

In my opinion, too many stars is often too many stars. Sometimes you can get impatient waiting for the stories to have a point, or waiting for them to link up. But while you’re waiting, up pops another star!

There were some sad moments that made me cry, but not much to make me laugh. I found this film embarrassingly bad, it tried too hard, and wasn’t worth waiting to see.

17 Again

Leslie Mann, Zac Efron, Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry plays grown up Mike O’Donnell and Efron plays the teenage Mike.  Poor old Mike, 16 years at the one company and still no promotion, wife kicks him out, kids ignore him…where to now? Maybe it shouldn’t have turned out like this. When he was 17 he made a decision that changed the course of his life. He wants to go back to that life, when it was better, and maybe he’d make different choices. So back he goes, he’s 17 again.

The transformation theme does pop up a few times in the rom com world, and this one gets a thumbs up from me. I’m a huge fan of Leslie Mann, squeaky voice and all, and there’s also a great supporting role from Thomas Lennon who plays Mike’s best friend Ned. But nothing beats Zac Efron as the young Mike, who really does make you wish you were 17 again!