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Meet Bill (2008)



Average Rating: 2.7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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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



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Jul 15, 2008

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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.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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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.

June 12, 2008 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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This movie never should have seen the light of day.

May 12, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
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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
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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.

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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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?

April 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Discovering your real self is the theme of Meet Bill, in which Bill has to work hard to finally meet himself

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
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Not even a solid performance can keep the script's problems at bay.

July 28, 2008 Full Review Source:

It doesn't take long for Bill to suddenly veer off course into total impenetrability, where the characters become a blur, the hacky visual poetry is rolled out, and the plot drops dead.

July 21, 2008 Full Review Source:

Not awful or offensive, but pretty weak broth nonetheless.

June 20, 2008
Los Angeles CityBeat

As the movie goes on, you actually end up rooting for this schmuck to take charge of his life, and in a way, the movie is sort of inspiring.

June 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Comment (1)
Sin Magazine

For those whose idea of hilarity is an adult and a kid throwing fireworks at each other, then getting stoned and playing piggyback in the mall, this movie should be a refreshing tonic.

May 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Takes scattershot aim at all manner of appropriate targets-the vapid nature of local television news, the perceived stigma of standing out from the pack in America, the dilemma of dreams deferred and abandoned-but rarely hits the comic bull's-eye.

May 9, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Clunky and smug, Meet Bill isn't convincing for one moment.

April 4, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

...basically entertaining yet entirely forgettable.

October 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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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.
July 22, 2011
Melvin White

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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.
December 6, 2009
jay nixon

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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.
November 21, 2009

Super Reviewer

Hmm.. it was okay...not great, but okay. I could have done without the drug stuff, and the ending was a little too up in the air, but it had it's moments. Jessica Alba and Elizabeth Banks are both very good. I certainly wouldn't advise anyone to go out of their way to see it, though.
June 14, 2009

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