Not that crazy, kinda stupid, didn't love.
In theaters: Friday, 29 July 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Cast: Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma Stone
Rikolussaid on Thursday, August 11, 2011 12:16:32 AMRichard, your review makes total sense, and your points well presented. But I loved it, as did as my date and the other couple. Yes, you better suspend more than a little bit of reality. But the acting is outstanding, and the script you criticized was HILARIOUS, a lot of funny lines. And NONE of us saw the 'surprise' coming, it was fairly late in the film (not 1/2 hour in), and there are several interesting themes that well drawn (don't get Lazy in a relationship). Finally, one of the things we All talked about afterwards is how the supporting cast are not written Likeable/Dislikable, as often occurs in these types of movies. Ex: Kevin Bacon's David is an OK guy. In a simpler, lazier movie he would be a villain so we can all just root for Cal. But here we audience are wondering at least for awhile Who she will select because the characters all had some good qualitys, and it was quite difficult to predict Where this script was going! I'm so tired of movies where you can guess the whole ending from the coming attractions. Not this one!
Or maybe we're just dim film-buffs who fell for it's charm...
Damien Robertssaid on Sunday, August 07, 2011 5:33:56 PMThe first hour of this film was pretty brilliant and fresh, but then once the climax hit it seems they wanted to start throwing every possible cliche into the film that they possibly could. The talent is there, from the first 45-60 minutes the writing is there, but then it just deters off too typical rom-com territory. I agree with Richard, not only did I want to like this movie, I genuinely thought I would.
Mattinglysaid on Sunday, August 07, 2011 6:15:52 AMThat's not even 10 mnitues well spent!
Raymondsaid on Friday, August 05, 2011 5:14:36 PMRichard i usually really agree with you but i think you're pretty off on this movie. Just my opinion. I would honsetly probably give it a A-. Not a perfect movie but a very good and refreshing one i think. It's one of those movies i think that you need to go see if you want to get away from those summer blockbuster movies or need a film with laughs and heart. The performances are great as well.
Seth Mecklenburgsaid on Saturday, July 30, 2011 3:52:56 PMRichard, I know I can't change your opinion and don't want to. But the more reviews of yours I see, the more disappointed I am in them. Friends with benefits is passable convention at best. And this film is, if only slightly, better than that.
Matt Norcrosssaid on Saturday, July 30, 2011 8:29:42 AMHey Richard, Did you see The Smurfs? If so, can you do a review on that movie?