PICK Midnight in Paris – A rom-com written and directed by funny man Woody Allen, starring Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Michael Sheen, and Marion Cotillard which tells the enchanting tale of a young, engaged couple, whose family’s business has lead them to the French capital. Gil (Wilson), a frustrated screenwriter who is enamored with Paris in the ’20’s, dreams of writing the great American novel à la Hemingway or Fitzgerald. Gil’s prickly fiancé, Inez (McAdams), however, isn’t nearly as interested in historical nostalgia and ends up taking more of a fancy to Paul (Sheen), an arrogant pseudo intellectual. But that’s alright, because when the clock strikes twelve, Gils gets a first-hand taste of the Paris that he so adores.
Midnight in Paris may not have as much staying power as some of Allen’s earlier work, but this effervescent gem of a film is chock full of charm and does for the city of lights what Allen previously did for the Big Apple in Manhattan. That is, he transforms Paris into so much more than just the film’s scenic backdrop; he gives the city a pulse and turns it into just as much of a scintillating player as any one of the characters in the film.
Check out what Peter Martin of TwitchFilm.com has to say about Midnight in Paris. What do you think?
PAN Something Borrowed – A rom-com directed by Luke Greenfield, starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Kate Hudson, and John Krasinski which tells the story of a love triangle between good girl Rachel, Rachel’s best friend, Darcy, and Darcy’s fiancé , Dex, whom Rachel has been secretly crushing on since law school. Also thrown into the geometic love nest is Rachel’s confidante and Jiminy Cricket, Ethan, and Darcy’s stalkerish gal pal, Claire, who is jonesing for a bonesing from Ethan. Hmm…I guess that makes Something Borrowed more of a love pentagon than a triangle.
At any rate, Something Borrowed holds no more weight than the foam on top of your morning latte. Kate Hudson can add yet another notch to her rom-com slumming bedpost, as she is entirely unlikeable in her role as the narcissistic Darcy. And Ginnifer Goodwin isn’t much better in her portrayal of Rachel, who is played out to be a complete a doormat, hovering on pathetic. John Krasinski is the film’s only saving grace, with his comedic prowess proving that bad movies can happen to good people.
Check out what Matt Goldberg of Collider.com has to say about Something Borrowed. What do you think?
PAN No Strings Attached – A rom-com directed by Ivan Reitman and starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher which tells the tale of two life-long friends, Emma and Adam, who risk spoiling their friendship by knockin’ boots one morning. So, to preserve their friendship, the randy twosome decides to make a string-free, relationship pact, meaning ixnay on all of the jealousy, fighting, mushy-gushy gifties, and ehem, baby talk…definitely no baby talk allowed, only sex.
Now, the obvious question with this set-up is can two people really have sex without love or “feelings” getting in the way? Well, since most rom-coms are generally not known for things like unpredictability or deviation from the norm, let’s just say that No Strings Attached is on a pretty short, genre leash. There are no strings or surprise endings attached with this one. However, the actors are super likable, and they are all very nice to look at. So, if you are a fan of likable, good-looking things, then you might still be able to get something out of No Strings Attached.
“This is a movie that introduces a very provocative idea, only to progressively water it down until the audience is left with a generic romantic comedy virtually indistinguishable from all the other generic romantic comedies.” ~Mike McGranaghan
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