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Meet Bill (2008)



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A henpecked husband locked in a dead-end job attempts to reclaim his life with a little help from a self-assured teen and a pretty lingerie sales girl in this bittersweet romantic comedy starring Aaron Eckhart, Elizabeth Banks, and Jessica Alba. Bill (Eckhart) is a walking doormat; his in-laws look down their noses at him, his wife, Jess (Banks), neglects him, and his love for chocolate is beginning to affect his waistline. When Bill discovers that Jess has recently struck up a "friendship" with hotshot local reporter Chip Johnson (Timothy Olyphant) that she can't quite explain, his fears that his wife may have strayed are quickly confirmed. One day, a group of kids from the mentor program show up at the bank Bill works at, and one particularly insightful boy (Logan Lerman) recognizes that all is not well with the hapless husband and banker. Convinced that all Bill needs to win his wife back and reclaim his life is a healthy shot of self-esteem, the quick-thinking teen teams with a perky lingerie sales girl named Lucy (Alba) to confront Bill's problems with humor and energy. In the process, Bill not only begins to break free from the inhibitions that have prevented him from achieving success in both his personal and professional lives, but also begins to realize his dreams of being financially independent and self-confident.more
Rating: R (for language, some drug use and sex-related material)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Melisa Wallack, Melissa Wallack, Melissa Wallack
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 15, 2008
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Timothy Olyphant
as Chip Johnson
Logan Lerman
as The Kid
Kristen Wiig
as Jane Whitman
Jason Sudeikis
as Jim Whittman
Holmes Osborne
as Mr. Jacoby
Craig Bierko
as Sergeant
Todd Louiso
as John Jr.
Andy Zou
as Donald Choo
Ana Lucasey
as Sarah Sheldon
Constance Barron
as Mrs. Jacoby
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Critic Reviews for Meet Bill

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

The story of a man (Aaron Eckhart) grappling with middle-age ennui at work and at home feels done to death, as does the distracting addition of a spunky rich-kid high schooler.

Full Review… | June 13, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

It tries hard to mimic the arch tone of the best suburban tragicomedies (American Beauty, et al.), but a surfeit of stock characters, double-wide plot holes and heavy-handed symbolism ruins the effect.

Full Review… | June 12, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

This movie never should have seen the light of day.

May 12, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Male midlife crisis presents as pathological self-loathing in Meet Bill, an imperative to which the only sane response is: No thanks.

May 9, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

Even a hilarious turn by Kristen Wiig as the owner of a doughnut company can't save this clichéd, meandering story from playing like American Beauty lite.

Full Review… | May 7, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Meet Bill misfires on multiple levels, but its foremost mistake is focusing on a sad-sack underachiever. Bill doesn't believe in himself, so why should we?

Full Review… | April 3, 2008
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Meet Bill

Bill: They hate that I'm working at their bank. I hate that I'm working at their bank. 

Meet Bill is a perfect example that an exemplary cast can't hold up a movie that is without good material. The cast is great: Aaron Eckart, Elizabeth Banks, Timothy Olyphant, Holmes Osborne, Kristen Wiig, Jessica Alba, and Logan Lerman. The story, however, is extremely dull. 

The story is about Bill. A man who's addicted to sugar, works at a bank with his in-laws, and has a wife that cheats on him with the local news guy. Bill then takes up mentoring a student and starts to try to find himself. His search is pretty boring. The movie wants to be insightful and funny, but it just comes off as a dull and unfunny comedy with no redeeming qualities; that will be forgotten twenty minutes after watching it.

I honestly thought I would like this. I'm an Aaron Eckart fan. I've loved several of his movies. From Thank You For Smoking to The Dark Knight. From Conversations with Other Women(Extremely Underrated) to Rabbit Hole. He normally plays characters that are interesting. Here he plays a character that is extremely, ummm.... uninteresting and extremely boring. 

Meet Bill is not funny enough to be a good comedy and not dramatic enough to be a good drama. It's just a piece of garbage. Once you throw it away, you forget about it.

Melvin White

Super Reviewer


Pleasant enough age crisis comedy that veers off course but Aaron Eckhart is good in the lead and keeps it on track as much as possible.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Jessica Alba, Elizabeth Banks, Aaron Eckhart

A guy fed up with his job and married to a cheating wife reluctantly mentors a rebellious teen.

Great comedy. Really liked this movie a lot. I was laughing one moment and then cringing in embarrassment for Aaron Eckhart's character Bill another moment. Just some really awkward moments that make you wanna laugh but then feel sorry for the guy. Logan Lerman was great in this movie. Liked his sarcastic comments and if not for his performance, I feel Jessica Alba's would have been forgetful. Logan definitely stills her spotlight. Aaron Eckhart was great. I loved his acting in this movie. He was hilarious.


Super Reviewer

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