When did Matthew Broderick settle in to sad sack roles? I guess he?s been playing these for a while, but he was great in Glory and was supposed to be the iconic ?cool kid? in Ferris Bueller. But I guess it?s because he?s been great in movies like Election (great movie, of course), The Night We Never Met (unsung gem), Addicted to Love (another unsung gem), and The Producers (I guess not sad sack, but kind of). He so understated in other roles that it?s either great acting or empty writing. This movie has an interesting storyline and funny situations, but it plays out a little tepid.
Broderick is great and the girl is also pretty good. But the movie seems like it borders on slapstick when it is wholly rooted on real world humor. Still, it is entertaining enough with good humorous spots, but never really carries over the mood. It?s worth a watch, as it?s still better than 75% of the comedies out there. And Broderick just does this role better than just about everyone. But can you imagine him in a movie role like Moon (though Rockwell was perfect for that role)? I can see him in it, and not being bad at it. Give him a chance.