movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] I was never intersted in this movie, but then I had an opportunity to borrow a bluray of it…

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Subservient corporate whores whore it out for their jobs.

PEOPLE: From the director of Miss Congeniality and Grumpy Old Men.

Starring Kate Hudson (from 200 Cigarettes… Who, in this movie, I thought looked exactly like a combination of Drew Barrymore and Wynona Rider… But Carolyn didn’t agree, and thought she had a splash of Anna Faris in her as well) as the girl, Matthew McConaughey (Tropic Thunder, Dazed And Confused) as the guy.

With Kathryn Hahn (Step Brothers, Anchorman, Crossing Jordan, and she WOULD have been Edina in the new Absolutely Fabulous remake “Ab Fab”, if Fox hadn’t canceled its development. Stupid Fox), Adam Goldberg (A Beautiful Mind, Dazed And Confused, The Salton Sea), Thomas Lennon (The State, 17 Again, I Love You Man, Hancock), Bebe Neuwirth (Lillith from Cheers & Frasier).

QUIRKS: Chick flick.

Based on a book… like practically every movie, it seems.

Bonus points for making a Krull reference.

Basically, this is a movie where 2 people engage in a romantic relationship with each other for work-related reasons. She is trying to make him dump her within 10 days, and he is trying to keep her for 10 days. This basically makes the male the victim at first — because he has to put up with shit no normal male would. But ultimately, the female is set up to become the ultimate victim, as his actions make him appear tolerant and understanding, which make him lovable, while her actions make her appear psycho and clingy, which makes her not lovable.

Also: Worst penis name ever.

MORALS: Don’t get into relationships for work-related reasons. Goddamn.

BAD STUFF: Well, it’s a chick flick. But it has plenty of sexism against both sexes, and I think it is pretty damning to the way both men and women stereotypically act.

The ending is pretty predictable. But how do you expect a romantic comedy chick flick to end? There’s no betrayal of expectations here :)

CONCLUSION: This is pretty good for a romantic comedy, due to the unique setup of relationship dynamics that don’t ever happen in real life. This was better than I expected. I’d been avoiding it based on “romantic comedy chick flick”. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought; I actually enjoyed it and laughed a lot.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3/5 stars. IMDB: 7/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.2/10, Netflix: 3.7/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 2.8/5 stars — quite lower than average).

RECOMMENDATION: Perhaps you shouldn’t avoid this after all?

SIMILAR MOVIES: This reminded me of The Proposal, where Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds both engage in a relationship with each other for work-related purposes.

And oh… There’s a sequel coming! How To Lose It All in 2010. [Well, by the time this review posts, 2010 will be long over, so go out and rent that or something. :)]

Don’t worry, it’s based on the book sequel. Not something that Hollywood pulled out of its ass. Of course, so was THIS movie, and a lot of people hate it :)

MOVIE QUOTE: Andie: True or False: All’s fair in love and war.
Ben: True.
Andie: Great answer.
Ben: Good question!

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: Tatiana loved it. Eric M really liked it. Christian liked it. Parthena & Rebekah didn’t like it. Benj wasn’t interested in it (too straight); nor was Susan.

Music: Voivod – Killing Technology