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Academy Award® nominee Kate Hudson (Nine) shines in this sexy comedy about three sisters and the one guy who offers them everything they've been looking for! When carefree Lucy (Hudson) finally meets her perfect man, Adam (Stuart Townsend, Chaos Theory), she's ready to give up her wild ways and settle down for good.....with a trip to the altar. But while Lucy is busy making plans for her wedding, Adam is busy charming the rest of her family. The only question is: does anyone really know the truth about Adam? Also featuring Frances O'Connor (Timeline) in an outstanding cast--critics everywhere are raving about this witty, sophisticated and uncommonly entertaining comedy treat--and so will you!
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We all know romantic comedies are a dime a dozen, and though I admit to being a sucker for some, I always know the plots are predictable. Some I just watch because of who's in them, and hope that they'll be different. I lose on that score, often.
Well, this one was different. Sure, there's a love story (is there?), but there are a lot of side stories going on here.
Adam is introduced to us in a typical sort of fashion, like many love stories, and begins romancing Kate Hudson, and it seems like your regular fare, right? Sure, they are attractive, charming, but what's so special about this movie?
Well, THEN he meets the family, and that's when things get.....interesting. Told from three sisters' perspectives, it was a refreshing way to show how this Adam is seen by each person, and to see what was happening in each scene, as some are repeated, BUT from a different POV, which makes them seem new. Even one of the men seems to fall for him, as Adam is "all things to all people". Which seems to be what he's there for. But just who is Adam, really? Well, regardless of the movie's title, we never really know for certain. It's really about these OTHER people, see. Adam is never shown as himself (or is he?), only as he's perceived by others.
It is a real ensemble effort, and all of the actors are engaging in this film, down to the smallest parts. I believe it's Francis that plays the "repressed", bookish sister, and she is really wonderful in this movie.
I do have to note Stuart seems to fit the part like a glove, he's a pleasure to watch. Another actor might not have pulled off what he did..and that was to be so charming, so attractive, and somehow seem sincere (even though that's highly questionable) enough that I about forgave him, when I should hate him.
He's a cad..but somehow things work out. If you have sisters, especially, you should probably be appalled..and yet it's so damn...charming.
It's a bit self relevatory, if you ask yourself "what would I have done"?
I'll freely admit..I probably would have said "what the hell, why not"?
(then again, I dont have sisters!)
So, you may be appalled at the morals of these characters, which seems to be the critique of many who didnt like it, but leave the "real world" for a time and just watch the story unfold. Good acting, clever dialogue, film editing and a different sort of story than the norm, makes it a guilty pleasure.
(And Stuart is just too yummy, at the risk of sounding like a schoolgirl. He's also a fine actor)