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Slapstick comedy with a dash of heart
on October 22, 2014
I not only had no desire to see this movie, I thought I would absolutely hate it, yet ended up laughing my head off and really enjoying it.
Leslie Mann is simply divine. It is unfortunate that most actors need to be in dramatic roles to have their talents recognized and appreciated, while comedy is where the real challenge lies. Having all of the emotion of a dramatic role, while not losing the humor requires exceptional skill. Mann brings all the sincerity and devastation of a woman who has not only had her heart broken, but is seeing her world crumble before her and combines it with a quirkiness and endearing hysterics (who knew hysterics could ever be endearing?) that are truly hilarious. While Cameron Diaz has top billing and does do a great job as the straight woman reluctantly drawn into antics and friendships with her cohorts, Leslie Mann's role carries the film and she makes it more than just another goofy piece of fluff to pass an hour and a half. No reason we can't have some substance with our entertainment!
And on that subject, I also really appreciated that though there are tertiary romantic interests and some happily ever after feel to it at the end, finding their new Mr. Right(s) is not the storyline or purpose of the movie. It's actually about the women and their relationships to each other, in the vein of the ever increasingly popular bromance movies. Yes, woman can be friends and supportive of each other and no, not all stories about women have to be centered around finding a man, which magically solves all their sorrows and woes. So nice to have a slight departure from that tired old schtick.
While the final confrontation with the cheating, scumbag husband lost me a bit in the end as a tad over the top in an inconsistent way from the rest of the film, I otherwise enjoyed every moment and would absolutely recommend watching.