Thursday, December 9th, 2010

 movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PLOT SUMMARY: A guy gets a girl who’s waaaaay hotter than him. (Wait? Isn’t that true for a great deal of guys?)

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): Hot girl makes a safe choice with a so-so guy.

PEOPLE: From the writers of Hot Tub Time Machine and Sex Drive (which we consider a 5-star comedy). Starring Jay Baruchel (Undeclared, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Tropic Thunder, Fanboys, Knocked Up, Rules Of Attraction) and Alice Eve (Sex & The City 2). With T.J. Miller (Extract, Cloverfield) as Stainer, Mike Vogel (‘Hud’ from Cloverfield, Grounded For Life) as Jack, and Nate Torrence as sad, dorky friend Devon. Hot Molly’s even hotter (it took us awhile to decide) friend Patty is played by Krysten Ritter (Pinkman’s dead junky girlfriend Jane from Breaking Bad, What Happens In Vegas). She has ridiculously beautiful eyes. Skanky ex-girlfriend Marnie is played by Lindsay Sloane (Bring It On, Valerie Birkhead from Sabrina The Teenage Witch, and even a character in Wonder Years for 6 episodes). The weird thing is, she played Jay Baruchel‘s sister in some short-lived TV series called The Stones (2004).

Also a minor roll by Debra Jo Rupp, the mom from That 70’s Show.

QUIRKS: Romantic comedy.

VISUALS: Hot girls! Just not a lot of them. And no, there’s no nudity.

SOUNDTRACK: Lots of songs… nothing recognizable that stands out.

MORALS: Looks really shouldn’t matter… But they do. However, the extent that they do depends on how much you LET them.

BAD STUFF: It’s a romantic comedy. IMDB says “Comedy, Romance” (versus the dreaded “Romance, Comedy”), but still. Definite formulaic “rom-com”.

CONCLUSION: Still had that bit of contrivedness that comes with a romantic comedy, because there’s only so much you can do with the same basic plot. However, the comedy kept coming. As soon as you thought there was a lull, things would get funny again. Sometimes it felt like they were trying a bit hard to make sure they were funny, but it still worked nearly all of the time.

Clint: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars. IMDB: 8.2/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4.4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Basically, we both saw this as an almost-5-star movie. There was some debate as to whether it should be rated 5 stars because this is about as funny as a romantic comedy can get.

The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.7/10, Netflix: 3.9/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.5/5 stars–WRONG! We liked it better, not worse, than average.).

RECOMMENDATION: Worth checking out, especially for couples.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Most romantic comedies…

MOVIE QUOTE: “You shouldn’t be using your cellphone. It’s bad for the plane.”
Patty: “Excuse me. Are you a plane doctor? No. So shut the hell up.”

(actually this movie was full of some really good quotes, but IMDB is kind of lacking in them because it’s still relatively new as of the writing of this review)

COINCIDENCES: (She’s Out Of My League, Bro’ Town #17) 2 videos in a row with guys landing really hot blondes that are out of their league and out of their social status class as well, that kissed the guy first in a car, that say they like them because they make them laugh.