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Chantry and Wallace meet at a party. Although nursing a broken heart, Wallace feels sure that he has met the girl for him. Sadly though, Chantry has a boyfriend, and the best that Wallace is going to get from her is friendship.

Surely being friends is better than nothing? But how long can it last? I can tell you how long it lasts – it lasts the whole movie!

I don’t mind Radcliffe in the role of Wallace, but I don’t love him in the rom com genre. He certainly struck it lucky getting cast with Kazan, who’s short and perky and a good match for him. There aren’t too many female rom com actors he could get matched well with, and I don’t think he should risk another rom com in case he’s not so well matched in the future.

This is an ‘okay’ film, a sweet film. Kazan is lovely (I like her in Ruby Sparks and happythankyoumoreplease) and she did a great job here. But I warn you – only watch this film if you really love a traditional rom com because it won’t satisfy much else!

 

 

 

 

 

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Some Girl(s)

MV5BMTQ0ODI2NDM5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTkwOTU1OQ@@._V1_SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Kristen Bell, Zoe Kazan, Mia Maestro, Jennifer Morrison, Emily Watson, Adam Brody

This guy who is about to get married, travels around the country to track down some old girlfriends. The women he’s chosen are the ones that he believes he has hurt in some way. Is it some sort of therapy before his wedding, or is he just running away from his current relationship?

Adam Brody plays ‘the man’. His character is deplorable. He meets his ex-girlfriends in hotel rooms, obviously expecting seduction. He is an incredibly self-indulgent character that leaves little room for anyone else to shine.

I think this is a terrible film. It’s based on a play, but I don’t think it does well on the screen. There is no comedy to speak of. Comedy?

The female actors are all great, and do what they can with the script, but ultimately I couldn’t get past what a douche-bag this guy is. Hated it, hardly a rom com at all.

HappyThankYouMorePlease

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.

Ruby Sparks

MV5BMjE2OTM5OTUyOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODI4Nzg3Nw@@._V1_SX214_Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas

Paul Dano is Calvin, a novelist who had a successful book published in his youth, and is now trying to write another novel. It has been ten years and he is suffering from writer’s block. He consults with his shrink who sets him a small writing assignment to try and unblock the creative flow. Calvin writes about his dream girl, Ruby Sparks, and eventually the dream girl becomes a reality – he finds her downstairs in his house!

Ruby has no idea that she is the stuff of fiction or that Calvin can make her do anything through his typewriter. The relationship journeys along naturally the way most relationships do, it goes up and down. But when Calvin thinks that Ruby is losing interest in him, he takes to his typewriter to change fate. It all backfires (as can happen when power, love and the supernatural are mixed up) and Calvin is forced to face reality without Ruby. Perhaps this is the slap in the face that Calvin needed all along.

This is a gorgeous film that I very much enjoyed. There seems to have been a void of good romantic comedy films of late and I was relieved to find that Ruby Sparks ‘ticked all the boxes’ – solid acting, good support roles, humour, and of course, boy meets girl, but with an interesting and charming twist.