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This film has no flaws and unlike films like "You, Me and Dupree" this film never tries too hard to be cute. It's amazing how such films can be churned out even in 2009. I wish I had waited and seen this at the movies but that was not meant to be. I sneaked an advanced screening copy from some place and I'm sorry for that. There is wonderful chemistry between Zahn and Aniston. Girls, you will love this. Guys, you will not hate your girls for this. Genuine, free spirited and unabashed.
- extremely well acted: the main characters have a sweetness and muddledness that evolves during the course of the movie, and does so in a way that is both moving and convincing. And, while at the beginning it was hard to believe that the two characters could grow close, by the end (or really the middle), it was very believable. I loved both Zahn and Aniston. and the supporting actors were funny (woody herrelson) and good (everyone).
- the story is romantic but not in a usual way. it's paced more slowly, which I liked a lot once I got used to it.
- it has a sweetness that derives from the Steve character (played by steve zahn), and actually from the other characters too.
if you like independent movies, with their unusual pacing, then definitely try this one.
But, to semi-quote Demosthenes, "I is impossible to have a high and noble spirit when engaged in petty and mean employment." XZahn's character is stuck in a meaningless job with no passion for anything. His facial expressions seem more comfortable in a re-do of Dumb and Dumber. Aniston's character's job is not much better, but it pays more.
Once he gets to Washington State, it gets pretty funny. And note how Zahn changes his "look" after 6 months in a monastery...all without makeup or hair tricks. He projects a more solid person.
So, all in all, sweet but pretty flawed. Probably why it was $2.95 in a bin of cheap DVDs.
Throughout the whole tale it's made evident that boy needs to "grow up" in order to win the girl but the translation of him "growing up" seems to boil down to him acquiring assets. Or, you could read it as girl is only interested in a man with sizable assets. She ends up with her ex boyfriend (played by a punkish looking Woody Harreslon) and then things don't work out and boy eventually "finds himself" and goes out to see her with blind devotion becoming a charming stalker in the process (well, he was already like that actually). But girl doesn't seem to really think they have a chance until boy produces the deed to the motel that his parents gave him. Oh and she got to make all these mistakes at boy's expense and is even pregnant yet boy gives her this blind devotion even though it's going to be a ton of baggage that wasn't his fault. Niiiiice.
I would have been more pleased if they just put two lovers together who had a connection on many different levels. Putting two people together and making it evident that the girl would not consider the boy unless he had assets made me feel I was watching something from the Middle Ages. Okay, maybe just the Renaissance. Heh.Read more ›
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Not much to say, I'm proud of myself for watching the whole thing.Published 26 days ago by Mike Gardiner
Too low-key, off-beat, and timorous to fill up the screen. Getting the girl doesn't establish the dweeb leading man as a hero- or even a normal personality.Published 10 months ago by vorris
I just couldn't get into this movie. It was upsetting because I normally love Jennifer Aniston movies. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Sprinklemonkey
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This was a cute flick. Jennifer Aniston is always a good actress and this movie was light hearted and fun. Loved the ending too.
You should see it.