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The Romantics

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Oscar® winner Anna Paquin and Katie Holmes lead an all-star cast in The Romantics: a generational “dramedy” about friendship, rivalry and loyalty. Alliances are tested when seven college pals reunite to watch two of their own say “I do” at a seaside wedding. But the maid of honor (Holmes) and the groom (Duhamel) share a passionate history, and the bride (Paquin) isn’t the only one who’s wondering if it’s all in the past. Based on the acclaimed novel by Galt Niederhoffer, The Romantics proves that nothing complicates friendship like love.

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The Romantics sets up a delicious premise, a reunion for a wedding of two of a group of college friends, now making their way in their late 20s. In the vein of movies like The Big Chill, Peter's Friends, and Four Weddings and a Funeral, The Romantics has friends who may not exactly be friends, marriages that may not exactly be happy, and longing passions that may not exactly be secret. The all-star cast includes Katie Holmes (who gives a real leading-actress performance here, behind her sleek glamour), Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel, Malin Akerman, Elijah Wood, Adam Brody, Dianna Agron, and Candice Bergen. Paquin is the blushing (and insecure) bride, Holmes her maid of honor, and Duhamel the groom-to-be who had a long romantic past with Holmes's character. Is that passion truly behind them? The groom's wedding weekend might not be the best time to find out, but that's what makes The Romantics compulsively watchable.

Indie writer and director Galt Niederhoffer wrote the book The Romantics and then adapted it for the screen and directed. The acting is natural, and the setting--a sumptuous estate on beachy Long Island--inviting and real. The Romantics asks age-old questions of what does it mean to be a couple, what do words like "connection" and "commitment" mean, and is our first love really love--or does our memory play tricks on us? The DVD includes a making-of featurette that is almost as entertaining as The Romantics itself. If it looks like a grand old time was being had by the cast at the mansion, the cast members happily insist that was true. A toast to the bride and groom! --A.T. Hurley


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  • Actors: Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Galt Niederhoffer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EYT590
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,109 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Romantics" on IMDb

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27 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Steven Carrier on February 11, 2011
Format: DVD
I found there to be a lot to like in "The Romantics." First, I really loved the ensemble cast. The film stars Katie Holmes, Josh Duhamel, Anna Paquin, Adam Brody, Malin Akerman, Jeremy Strong, Rebecca Lawernce, Diana Agron and Candice Bergen The actors were all working in top form, exploring their generally unlikable characters to the fullest. The writing is tart and incisive which gives the actors plenty to work with. It's interesting to observe these people who have such history between them for one night of their lives. Because of this storytelling device the narrative may seen rushed or incomplete, but those are things I loved about it. I enjoy stream of conscious storytelling and "The Romantics" is very much that type of film. The cinematography adds to the story by being almost dreamlike in style. Not only are the characters intoxicated for a portion of the film, for Laura (Holmes), this night is almost like a dream- but in the worst sense. Her drama with Tom (Duhamel) is emotional and well wrought. I believed these characters' past and it's easy to understand their flaws and longings. I really did think that "The Romantics" is a neat little gem. In fact, I enjoyed the book as well, but in all actuality this story works better as a film. There is more of a punch to see the characters working things out visually rather than in your mind. I would recommend this film to anyone who enjoys movies that take place in one day, movies that have unlikable but complex characters that you get to figure out, and to anyone who understands how messy life and love can be, and in the end, those two things are never, ever, what you expect them to be.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Shelley D. Brook on August 22, 2011
Format: DVD
Redbox & Rotten Tomatoes gave The Romantics horrible reviews but I wanted to give it a try because I love stories about unrequited love. I think the problem is that there isn't much of a plot other than a group of friends getting together the night before for a friend's wedding( they never leave the property for the entire movie). There is a lot of talking. I didn't mind this. I actually loved the scenes between Katie Holmes & Josh Duhamel. I thought Katie Holmes did a good job and I was paying particular attention since the reviews bashed her acting skills. Honestly, I think the reviewers were being way too harsh. I felt her heartache. Anyway, it really depends on what type of movie you're attracted to. You're either going to like it or not. I liked it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Christine Zook on March 4, 2011
Format: DVD
The best part of this movie is the soundtrack. Anna Paquin still stole every scene she played, even though her character was so one-dimensional. Katie Holmes was somewhat wooden and maybe the worst bit of casting was the male lead. This is not the Big Chill for Gen Y.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on April 27, 2011
Format: DVD
We saw a trailer for this, noticed it was available at Redbox, and gave it a try. I liked the idea of exploring life after college, still carrying romantic baggage and considering marriage, but this is one seriously flawed movie, despite its strong cast.

Katie Holmes arrives as the maid of honor for her friend's wedding. The problem is that Katie's character dated the groom for nearly five years, and those feelings between the two are still there. As the groom gets cold feet, quite literally by throwing himself in the nighttime ocean for a swim, the rest of the wedding party sets out to find him, but they are all such self-indulgent characters that they can do nothing but drink, do drugs, flirt adulterously, and--in Katie's case--actually betray her friend by sleeping with the groom. In a laughably bad line, she later tells the bride-to-be: "He cheated on you," taking no responsibility for her own part in the betrayal.

I wanted to care. I sat through the whole depressing, cliched, dysfunctional mess, and in the final minutes I couldn't think of one outcome that would be satisfying. None of them deserved each other, and in that way, they all deserved each other. When lightning shows up to disrupt the nuptials, I dreamed for a moment that everyone would be struck by it to end the movie. The actual ending wasn't much better.

This is, without a doubt, a well-intentioned but horribly derailed wreck of a film. The attempt to explore romanticism has been much better done in other movies, such as "The Mirror has Two Faces." Here, every single character is looking into a cracked mirror, unable to face the truth about themselves or their choices. I'll admit my bad choice: sitting through this entire thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rudy O'Doul on March 7, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
I watched this movie on Amazon Prime solely because of how poor the reviews were that it received. Based on the description and cast, I had a hard time believing it was as bad as people professed. Before explaining my opinion of the film, I have a few ideas of why other viewers rated it so poorly:

1) High Expectations - seems like many viewers had very high expectations for this film. They were likely holding it up to a high standard of another "coming of age" film, and when it failed to conform (however the individual expected or wanted it to conform), the user was displeased. The result is a poor rating not because the film was bad, but because it did not match what the viewer expected; thus the viewer was in fact rating their viewing experience, not the quality of the film.

2) Complex Characters - this is the type of film where it requires the viewer to read in between the lines. The characters often express their emotions and feelings based on their actions, facial expressions and body movements -- not their words. Viewers expecting the characters to guide them along by the dialogue will be disappointed. Several poor reviews that I read described weak character development and poor acting; I think that the film Director intended the actors to express much of the plot and depth of characters without literally "speaking the audience" through it.

3) Unspoken and Complex Plot - this film never clearly stated the plot. The viewer was expected to decipher the plot based on the acting of the characters. The viewer is required to sum up the parts in order to understand the whole - in each scene, characters offer more clues to guide the viewer along, but the viewer must be keen enough to pick up on them.
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