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UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers]β†’ Psycho couple reunite over duct tape, toilets, and burglars.

PEOPLE: Directed by Cheryl Hines (Larry David’s wife in Curb Your Enthusiasm, Kate from Father Of The Pride), who has only ever directed her Campus Ladies series. Starring Meg Ryan & Timothy Hutton (Kinsey). With Kristen Bell (Heroes, Forgetting Sarah Marshell, etc), and Justin Long (Zack & Miri Make A Porno, Drag Me To Hell, Funny People, Walk Hard:The Dewey Cox Story, Idiocracy, Dodgeball, Happy Campers, Galaxy Quest).

QUIRKS: Romantic comedy. Takes place completely in one house — 2 or 3 rooms, really. Bad relationship drama. Romantic comedy with nonconsensual bondage. Meg Ryan’s crazy and annoying, and Timothy Hutton is a dishonest wuss.

Then burglars come.

MORALS: Sometimes you just have to force someone to love you, whether they want to or not. Seriously though — if the sexes were reversed in this movie, a bunch of feminazis would be whining about it.

BAD STUFF: Cheryl Hines’s clumsiness in directing really shows with the “epiphany scene”, which was almost laughable. And like most romantic comedies, the comedy really fizzles out — at an exact, discrete moment. Also, the very last 15-second scene isn’t explained very well, leaving people to discuss its ambiguity. Kind of annoying to be handed a non-obvious ending scene to an incredibly obvious movie.

CONCLUSION: Cheryl Hines fans might want to check this out, but it’s basically a sub-par romantic comedy where a guy gets duct taped to a toilet. Beware.

Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 6/10. Generic pass.
Clint: Netflix: 2.6/5 stars. IMDB: 5.6/10. Same as Carolyn’s rating, but only if you’re forced to round up. This is a “low 3-star” movie. It barely, ever-so-barely scraped by.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 5.9/10, Netflix: 2.9/5 stars (which doesn’t really bode well).

RECOMMENDATION: There’s really not a compelling reason to see this.

SIMILAR MOVIES: There are other movies where Meg Ryan goes crazy over her dude leaving her: French Kiss (1995), and Addicted To Love (1997). I am glad to say I have seen neither.

Mood: annoyed, full
Music: Kreator – Enemy Unseen