A Lot Like Crap.
Let's start with the positives. I really liked the shirt that Ashton Kutcher wore at the New Year's party. I wish I had a shirt like that. Yeah, that's all the only good thing I can say about his uncomfortable experience. Whoever has the the idea that "rebound relationships" and "getting used" is romantic has a sick, twisted idea of love. Amanda Peet plays a completely contemptuous character that jumps Ashton Kutcher whenever she gets dumped. Then she blames him for being a pig while condemning him for not making the first move. Hypocritical and annoying. Did I mention that she likes to light cigarettes every 5 minutes and blow the smoke in Kutcher's face? Is there a deliberate attempt to make these characters despised? To make matters worse, Kutcher is too stupid to care that he is just being used. This movie manages to be wildly inconsistent. Is Kutcher's character very awkward with women, or is he the cool character that outsmarts others (e.g. the choking scene)? Other scenes have no support, like Amanda Peet's boyfriend just leaving her when she gets a call for an auditon for a part in a movie. No hint of him feeling this way prior to his departure? I could go on and on tearing apart this movie but I've already wasted enough time watching it. I found myself squirming through the first 45 minutes before I got smart and turned it off. I just couldn't take it anymore. If I paid $10 to watch it at a theater, I would have walked out but not asked for my money back because I would have been too embarrassed that I paid money for this. Despite all of this, while I was watching this movie, I came up with a few suggestions for altering the scenes to make them better. Here they are:
1. In the scene when Amanda Peet's character is choking, make it so that she isn't faking it. Then end the movie there.
2. When Kutcher and Peet decide they aren't speaking to each other on their date, just make sure they continue doing that for rest of the movie.
If you like predictable movies with dumb, unlikeable characters and predictable plotlines that desecrate other movies in its genre that did it earlier and much better, then by all means check out this movie. Instead, I would recommend "When Harry Met Sally" or "Before Sunrise", movies that take this idea and do it right.