Described by our reviewer, Carlisle, as being “a perfect date movie.” Whether with hubby or your girlfriends, tonight is the perfect night to stay in with a bottle of bubbly. Who doesn’t like a good love triangle story…or love-quadrangle in this case.
About the movie:
This sumptuous ensemble romantic comedy managed to exceed my expectations in every way. It was extremely hilarious and utterly realistic, and features an eclectic cast that all add something different to this intriguing tale of dealing with the pitfalls of dating and marriage.
The story begins with Gigi. After a first date, she becomes mildly obsessive waiting for the guy to call her during the week after. But he doesn’t and this is the catalyst that eventually proceeds to link all the characters together in interconnected plot lines that range from funny and sweet, (Drew Barrymore’s character bemoaning the fact that there’s so much technology out there and she’s managed to get dumped via email, MySpace and SMS) to tragic and heartbreaking (Ben Afflleck and Jennifer Aniston’s characters not seeing eye to eye on getting married and so she would rather throw away their 7 year old relationship).
Scarlet Johansson also plays a pivotal role, that of a single woman who has a friend pining for her, but she would rather try and tempt a married man who himself is going through a rough patch with his wife, played to perfection by Jennifer Connelly. The way that this love-quadrangle plays out forms the basis for the realism factor, and while there are some sweet and tender moments, it’s ultimately a tragedy that you can see is coming, because for this foursome, 2 people are going to get hurt. And this plot line is expertly written.
Justin Long provides the voice of reason fashioned on the book on which the movie is based. His character, Alex, is the advice-dispensing guide who takes Gigi under his wing and tries to reveal all the ins and outs of dating do’s and don’ts. And this masterstroke is how the movie becomes a guide just like the book, while also telling a story that many of us will see ourselves in.
The acting is all pretty faultless, with Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Connelly, Brendan Cooper and Justin Long displaying some of their best work. Scarlet is as stunning as ever, and plays the temptress well, but Barrymore is sadly underutilized. In total, I think she might only have 10 minutes worth of screen time, but she does use it well.
And I wouldn’t go so far to call this a ‘chick flick’, as I think there’s just as much enjoyment and knowledge to be gained from this movie for us guys as there is for women. All in all, a perfect date movie. (5 out of 5, by Carlisle Johnson)
Lights, Camera, Popcorn!!