28 Hotel Rooms (2012)
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Critic Reviews for 28 Hotel Rooms
While Messina and Ireland are fine company, writer-director Matt Ross' conceit tires you out.
In eliminating all the filler, it ends up feeling like nothing but.
Dismaying affectations aside-the characters go needlessly unnamed-the movie articulates the enduring allure of a love defined, and heightened, by restrictions.
Audience Reviews for 28 Hotel Rooms
The lead actors were good enough to keep you watching this movie, but it is rather pointless in the end.
One line summary: Enduring relationship between two people not married to each other.
Strong resemblance to 'Same Time, Next Year' with Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, 1978.
She is from Seattle; he is based in New York. He is a novelist; she is a data miner. They travel in their work and meet now and then. They are rather guarded about their personal information, but are obviously attracted to one another. They get to know each other over time. She reads his book and likes it.
Eventually they talk about anything and everything. Their careers change over time. They discuss the meaning of what they do. They deal with life events.
When he is about to get married (she has been for some time), they talk about dropping their mates and marrying each other. But somehow it does not happen.
They have some tough times as well, such as when they talk about why they have not married each other. The ambivalence shines through again.
Some of their pretend conversations about possible lives together are fantasy, but still priceless. The acting by Chris Messina and Marin Ireland was very nuanced.
She gets pregnant, and decides to rear the child with her husband of record. Both of them have trouble dealing with it, but it's the decision that involves the least damage. Other changes come along, like his inability to drink coffee, due to a stomach condition.
Will they keep meeting, or will their married lives force that tradition to break?
Cinematography: 9/10 Fine, except for the occasional camera shake.
Sound: 9/10 No problems.
Acting: 10/10 The two principals are quite good.
Screenplay: 9/10 Well told evolution of a long-lasting affair between two people who are more than friends.
Lame conversations between horrible, selfish people I don't care about. The best part is, is they feel sorry for themselves. I realized this is why I avoid reality shows like 'Jersey Shore' or any Kardashian show. I couldn't even finish this movie.
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