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The Romantics (2010)

Josh Duhamel , Katie Holmes , Galt Niederhoffer  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes
  • Directors: Galt Niederhoffer
  • Format: 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 (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EYT590
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,218 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Romantics" on IMDb

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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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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It wasn't that bad! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Soundtrack is the Best Part 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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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging exercise in character study. 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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars My Bad Choice 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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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A group of old college friends reunite for a wedding. The maid of honor (Holmes) and the groom Tom (Duhamel) are still not sure that thier relationship is over. After the worst sequence of wedding toasts ever during the rehearsal dinner Tom disappears and Laura finds him and the begin to talk about thier feelings. The other members of the wedding party are all looking for Tom and trying to keep the bride (Anna Paquin) from discovering what is going on. This is another plot that has been done to death. The cast and acting are enough to keep you watching and entertained but the writing really hurt this one. I can't go farther without giving the movie away, but watch it and you will see what I mean. I give it a C+.

Would I watch again? - I don't think I would
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's an acquired taste
Yes, many people here thought it was boring and a wreck. On the other hand, I thought it was a work of art and I don't even like Katie Holmes! Read more
Published 12 days ago by P.B.
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor direction, poor camera
Surprised to see some well known actors participate in this movie..... There is no character complexity, poor direction leads to absence of fluidity of plot; also camera shakes at... Read more
Published 6 months ago by LS
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adaptation of a great book
Galt Niederhoffer is a beautiful writer, and the imagery from her novel came through wonderfully in this movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Ending is irritating as hell. Loved the book, read the book and movie many times. Loved to watch it on my amazon prime and DVDs
Published 7 months ago by Lisa Cain
1.0 out of 5 stars Big Chill this is NOT!
This movie has a great title and interesting premise. Old college buddies reunite for a wedding in a beautiful old house and rehash their glory days gone by. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Written Word
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish there was a longer conclusion
The conclusion of the Movie was a bit abrupt. The overall plot was a great love story, but i feel like the ending should've shown what happens to Laura and Tom afterwards, it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Sheree Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Great independent film
So many people let smaller budget films slip under their radar, and it's a shame since this one brought so much to the cinema table. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars i'm one of the few romantics
IMPRESSION:
i read the bashing reviews, so i rented this without much expectation. to my surprise, i like the mood it emits. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Giselle Sera josef
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantics
Josh was his normal self. We all have been in that awkward moment but not all turned out this way. Friends when close encounter this.
Published 13 months ago by Sue Sherman
4.0 out of 5 stars Groom becomes political football in troubling no-holds-barred contest...
This movie highlights the rivalry between steely Bride Anna Paquin and determined Maid of Honor (MoH) Katie Holmes as they joust for the hand of fair Groom Josh Duhamel. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Ulfilas
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