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.No Strings Attached
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.
(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)