Had this one bumped up the list due to Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. The description is not all that engaging, so it would've probably stayed unwatched otherwise.

Well, it's not super-engaging in reality too, but JLo and Judy Greer! And random Bree Turner and Justin Chambers!

I'm not sure which age Mary was supposed to be, but JLo acted as if she's barely twenty at times. Okay, a lot of times. And it actually was so very adorable, to see her switching between professional and vulnerable. And in the end, when she's both vulnerable and adult - that was very nice to watch.

And the wedding scene between Fran and Steve - they are so best friends, and I'm glad they will be able to stay that way instead of being stuck in a marriage no one wants to back out of.
Wow, what a colossal waste of time. This is the most boring and annoying movie I've seen in a long time.

It constantly makes fun of women (Jenny for constantly thinking of propriety and her kids, Helen for being inappropriate and not thinking of kids), shows lies as acceptable (Helen lies constantly and it's never shown as wrong, only funny at couple of points), shows male interest to be primary even when women object to it (the pastor continues insisting on relationship with Helen even after she refused his advances TWICE and she has to ask him to leave two times every time).

The situation itself is unrealistic, characters' behavior is ridiculous, dialogue is fake and stilted, ugh.
How come THIS one didn't flop? The jokes are stupid, most of the time we're supposed to laugh at people falling down - literally. Stereotypes are in abundance, and most of them aren't even done well.

I had to fastforward most of the movie. Real waste of rather good actors - Kirsten Bell and Josh Duhamel were very good together, and he wasn't as annoying as he was in the Win The Date With Ted Hamilton. Best part of it was the ending where everyone danced. I almost got up to dance too!
Oh, this one is great! Worth watching if only for Lisa (Reese Witherspoon), who is strong and speaks her mind even when it contradicts her sweet cheerful image. Oh how she snaps at people! But how she explains her reasoning afterwards! How Matty changes because of her!

Matty (Owen Wilson) is actually another good point of the movie. He's actually making an effort. He might be failing miserably about 8 times out of 10, but he still is different in the end of the movie than in the beginning. That was so nice to see. Both because he wasn't completely reformed and because he DID change and maybe he won't stop changing.

George (Paul Rudd) and Charles (Jack Nicholson) are both... forgettable. But I was still sad to learn that the movie had failed in the box office.

Bride Wars

Feb. 12th, 2012 08:44 pm
Hideous. Boring, predictable and UGLY AS HELL. I don't mean the visuals, I mean the setting. It's like a romantic comedy for guys who think all girls are dumb and vapid. Meh.

Didn't even finish it.
What's Up Doc and Win a Date With Ted Hamilton.

First has a girl bringing chaos and mayhem to people around her for no reason at all, with innocent people getting hurt right and left and many of them not getting anything out of it. It's the kind of comedy when people are losing limbs and you're supposed to laugh about it.

Second has a boy who is... wow, I seriously can't even find words to describe this. Against a girl who is perfectly reasonable and sensible and selecting best course of action with the information available to her he looks like a complete asshole who I would hate seeing with her! It's okay if you can't tell someone you love them outright but that doesn't mean it's okay to start demanding things from them with no explanation or try and make them act the way you'd prefer them to.

If with the first movie I thought it was just too old to make sense to me (1972, wow!), but the second one is more recent and still is more annoying than funny *sigh*
Somehow I've watched, like, 20 romantic comedies in the last couple of weeks. Some of them were quite good, some of them weren't.

I've realised that I don't see Ashton Kutcher as a strictly romantic hero - not like Patrick Dempsey, for instance, who I'm happy to see as ANY kind of lover. But for Ashton Kutcher I need something different. Something... more, I guess. For example, I loved The Butterfly Effect, but A Lot Like Love and No Strings Attached both made me more confused than happy. I just couldn't figure out why I was supposed to like the characters he played.

I also realised that I don't see the difference between Ryan Gosling, Josh Lucas and Chris Evans. They look like twins to me, that's so weird.

Anyway.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999), JGL, v.nice.
It's a light and sweet high school romance movie. Not shallow kind that leaves me unsatisfied, but the one like Saved!, where you can laugh at characters and scream at them and be sad with them and be happy for them in the end.

A Lot Like Love (2005), Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet. Confusing.
They meet by chance several times (haha), having sex every time. He has a plan, she has a plan and they have no reasons to include each other in them. Both plans fail and she gets more successful than he is because of something he did. She is acting as if she was 15 throughout the movie, he's acting as if he has no clue how his actions are supposed to influence his life. And the ending. I don't get it. Why did that picture meant that he cared for her more than she thought? Or what did it even mean that it made her make a U-turn and come running to him? And what makes him accept her after all that happened?

Crazy. Stupid. Love. (2011), Steve Carell, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone. Stupid and boring.
It's so boring and spineless that even the cliches get incredibly annoying. His wife cheated on him (while apparently still loving him?), they've decided to divorce, but he gets a make-over, gets more attractive to ladies and attracts her attention back to him. I'm not sure if it was a make-over that got her to look at him again or it was a mistake in the first place and she realised it from the get-go. If yes - why did she ask for divorce?
Gosling and Stone are much cuter together, but oh god, a playboy that falls for a girl who doesn't act like all other girls he's been picking up? Good thing they're so cute - that makes it more entertaining.
Whole movie is either too short or  too drawn-out. Separate couples don't enough screen time (what was up with Hannah and her boyfriend the asshole?), but the separate scenes are too boring (come on, did they have to spend THAT much time on how to teach Cal to shop for expensive clothes?).

Easy A (2010), Emma Stone, Penn Badgley. Nice.
Starts with the usual happening in teen circles: you say that you've lost your virginity and suddenly everyone knows that. Take it to a new level: start capitalizing on that by saying that you've slept with others. Get into trouble because of it. Tell the truth. Get a boy. Penn Badgley in what's getting to be his traditional role: booky kid who's getting popular anyway (because he's hot). Emma Stone is rocking hot (even before she sheds her good girl persona). On the level of Saved! almost.

Friends with Benefits (2011), Mila Kunis, Justin Timberlake. Nice. Great OST.
Two people who's been hurt before decide to have sex. As friends. But only one of them is actually okay with it (nothing could convince me that Jamie has been ok with it even in the beginning). Blah-blah-blah, they fight and separate, then the person who WAS okay with their arrangement listens to his father and decides to proclaim his love in a way she'd always wanted.
It's more funny than sexy and whole second part could be cut off and forgotten entirely. I've spent most of it ignoring the proceedings and staring at Mila Kunis instead. Pretty!

He's Just Not That into You (2009), lots of people. Okay.
Several stories of different angst level. Gigi and Alex (a deluded romantic and an asshole playboy) and Beth and Nail (she wants to marry, he doesn't but acts better than her sisters' husbands) are the best of the lot. The one with Jennifer Connely and Scarlett Johanson is a bust because of how much of an asshole their Ben is and how they try to justify his actions constantly. The one with Drew Barrimore makes no sense.
Overall it felt like a sad attempt to imitate Love Actually with too much cheating and women-bashing.

Hitch (2005), Will Smith, Eva Mendes. Nice.
Horribly cute, that movie is. A dating professional that constantly fails to impress the one girl he actually likes. Kinda similar to what Crazy. Stupid. Love. tried to do. I got angry about what Sara did when she discovered Hitch's profession, but it was more understandable than some other cases I've seen.

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), Kate Hudson, Matthew McConaughey. V.nice.
Basic "two people who don't believe in long-term relationship fall in love" premise. She is writing an article about what women do that turns guys off them, he's betting his carrier on his ability to date someone seriously.
Very. Funny. Andie really knows how to be a crazy blonde hurricane and things she does... although exagerrated, look like classic things women do. Funniest part is when she's walking away from Ben mouthing "WHAT?!" after a particularly outrageous performance. Ben's only redeeming quality is his family but it's okay. His ability to withstand Andie's assaults is commendable.

Just Like Heaven (2005),  Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo. V.nice.
It's supernatural enough to concern itself with real life issues, so it goes very well. Reese Witherspoon does small, blond and angry very well, so it's very funny and entertaining. Especially when Elizabeth disappears and David keeps doing things so not to anger her. Cried a little bit in the end.

No Strings Attached (2011), Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher. Confusing.
They decide to have sex without the relationship part and fail. Went rather good until about midway, when the girl started being completely unreasonable. Like, I completely lost her and couldn't figure out why is she doing the stuff she's doing. I don't mean the confusion about loving someone you're not supposed to and didn't intend to. I'm talking about "Oh, I'm allowed to have emotions now? AWESOME I'M GONNA HAVE ALL OF THEM AT ONCE AT THE PROMPTING OF MY LITTLE SISTER". Magic. Or rather, totally wtf.

Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Reese Witherspoon, Josh Lucas. Confusing.
Could've been nice, but... characters seems to be effected by others' actions, not by their own emotions. Especially Melanie. She comes into the situation with firm beliefs that turn out fake the minute someone does something she didn't expect. And that breakdown in the bar was absolutely ugly and unnecessary.

The Holiday (2004), Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black. V.nice.
Just what I was promised: two women exchange houses for Christmas/NY holidays and find love. I laughed a little about Iris befriending the elderly man first and Amanda sleeping with Graham first. And Jude Law is VERY nice there.

Wild Child (2008), Emma Roberts, Alex Pettyfer. Nice.
Technically it's not a romantic comedy, it's a high-school comedy with a dash of token romance. Rich American girl comes to UK boarding school. She wants to leave but then befriends her roommates and decides to stay.

Okay, so that was less than I thought, but I've watched other stuff like Bourne Thrilogy (nice! first is the best (wow, fighting scenes), second is good (wow, passable Russian!) but third is a good ending), Stormbreaker (too kiddy even for kids - which is too bad, because, again, fighting scenes! not to mention the cast), I Am Number Four (forgettable) and some TV series as well. Wow. I need to get a real job or something, haha.

(stupid visual editor, escaping EVERYTHING, ugh)

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