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The Romantics

2.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

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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
    Parents Strongly Cautioned
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004EYT590
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,486 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Romantics" on IMDb

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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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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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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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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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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. What could go wrong, right? Pretty much everything. From the beginning this movie is forced and tired. The writing and directing is stiff and unoriginal. Every trite movie technique is trotted out to pull at the viewer's emotional strings - - drunken high jinx, skinny dipping, alchohol soaked tirades about "selling" out and becoming mediocre - (tired themes from the 60s that should stay in the 60s)!!

The actors try to do their best with the script but even the venerable Anna Paquin falls short and just seems too brittle and narcissistic to believe. I laughed out loud when Katie Holmes started quoting romantic poetry to her former lover - via text no less - in an attempt to seduce him and then when he finds her - he finishes the poem - seriously?? For me, the only redeeming quality of this movie is actually Katie Holmes - who for the most part does a nice job with the goofy lines and extremely poor blocking of the movie (I nearly got motion sickness watching her character argue with another while wandering around on the lawn outside in awkward patterns). The most interesting scene takes place near the very end when Katie's character confronts the bride (Anna Paquin)and a heated exchange takes place between the two - wish the movies had explored more of their story as it had some sparks! The ending leaves much to be desired and I will leave it unrevealed here - which, if you watch the movie will take on a whole new meaning!
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