movies matter | criticism by maryann johanson
Thu Aug 01 2013, 10:48am | 9 comments
Oh, the poor boys, unable to cope with a little competition from women.
I can’t wait to see this.
I’m really looking forward to this. I highly recommend listening to her excellent NPR interview as well.
I watched. Um-hmm. Watched some more. I don’t like quitting things before the end (except for Crime and Punishment of course), and then guffawed at the smoothie moment. Right. That’s on my list. How do I see more of Lake Bell (without buying a tv or spending way too much time on the web…does she do stand-up?) ? Yes, I live under a rock, I know.
Definitely looks promising. Better if it were just another film rather than a Rare Film About Women, but that’s not the film’s fault.
Apart from maybe the short-lived sci-fi series Surface, there is not much actress Lake Bell has done prior to this that would interest the average Flick Filosopher fan. Her prior mention on this site was in a review — bad, natch — for the wretched Eva Longoria vehicle Over Her Dead Body, and apart from that, she is best known for appearing in quite a few forgettable romcoms and a few brief episodes of the ABC series Boston Legal. (Her most memorable bit in the latter was playing the first employee to get fired by Candice Bergen’s character.)
It’s good to see her getting good reviews for this flick, not just from the type of critics that will give a thumbs up to anything on celluloid but from established writers like Ken Levine who are normally more picky. I hope it lives up to its hype.
I saw this last week. I liked it. Bizarrely, it was at an art house cinema. Everywhere I’ve seen it advertised, it’s the same…art house. This was *not* an art house flick, imo. This is, or should be, a mainstream rom-com. It was a well-done, light, fluffy, funny, romantic comedy. It also positively zoomed by. The only things that made it ‘art house’ were that it’s independent (I guess) and the feminist-light take. Frankly, it is no more feminist than any number of screwball comedies from the ’30’s. Kind of pathetic that is isn’t at Lowes Multiplexes all over the place.
I saw the movie in New York a few weeks ago, at an arthouse cinema. The theatre was completely packed. I could barely find a seat. I felt as though I was living in an alternate world where oddball, personal films draw mass audiences and people actually pay attention to movie reviews. Or maybe we do live in that world, and the film studios just haven’t noticed that this is the sort of movie people want to see. It’s a straightforward romantic comedy without any of the formulas associated with romantic comedies. It’s certainly not the best movie of the year, but it might be my favorite.
It is kinda odd what qualifies as “art house” nowadays. The same local “art house” theatre where I saw Like Water for Chocolate and Run, Lola, Run is today showing Getaway and Meet the Millers. Obviously there must have been a change in theatre management since the 1990s but still…
* Sigh! *
I guess I should see this while it is on its first run even though I know it will probably turn up on DVD before the year is out.
One of the things I liked a lot about the movie is that even the minor character “bad” people, the antagonists, the traditional punching bags in a cliche-laden comedy, were human and weren’t treated like dirt by the script.
Like (MILD SPOILER) the woman looking for the smoothie in the trailer — she turns up a little bit more in the film and is treated not like a punchline, even as the character stays totally true to the smoothie-moment, too. There’s other characters who could have been written as ugly, but they aren’t. Very nice.
I hope Lake Bell has more than just this script/film in her. I’d like to be able to say “Hey, I’m in the mood for a Lake Bell flick…something funny…whaddya think?”
I actually saw this the other night at a Cinemark multiplex in West Plano. I agree with everything LaSargenta and Danielm80 have said about it. I’m almost afraid to say anything else about it on this site till MaryAnn writes her review of it lest I jinx it.
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