A Novel Romance (2011)
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as Nate Shepard
as Jenny Sparks
as Adi Schwartz
as Buddy Andrews
as Douglas Silver
as Lily Sparks
as Walter Evans
as Barry Humfries
as Alexandra Dumar
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Critic Reviews for A Novel Romance
"A Novel Romance" supplies a response to the question, "Is Steve Guttenberg still working?" but leaves unanswered the natural follow-up: "Why?"
Steve Guttenberg is probably supposed to be a lovable loser in "A Novel Romance," a drab, clumsy film by Allie Dvorin, but he can manage to be merely annoying.
The literary conceit [adds] tired self-deprecating narration and arch chapter titles to the romantic-comedy mix.
Cohabitation "commandments" and talk of "chick flicks" further send the material into a cutesy tailspin, with the script's low point an egregious scene featuring Nate sneaking a peek at a silhouette of Jenny undressing behind a curtain.
The film looks good, at least. But look past that, and there's not much there.
Audience Reviews for A Novel Romance
Not great, but not as bad as the critic reviews would have you believe. If you can look past a few VERY awkward scenes, which are due more to bad script/editing/directing than acting, this isn't that bad. Steve Guttenberg isn't the world's greatest actor, but he gets a bad rap. There's a lot more to him than Carey Mahoney. Unfortunately, he didn't have a lot to work with here. I still enjoyed it for what it is, a mediocre romcom with the happy and the sad.
Steve Guttenberg is getting too old to play the lead in a romantic comedy like this. The story was not even that well thought out as it was not even remotely realistic. Who is their right mind would just randomly stay at someone's house because their ex died and you had met once before? It's super strange and not even the side story of his writings makes it make any sense.
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