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Save The Date (2012)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 10

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After an ill-timed and very public marriage proposal, fiercely independent Sarah breaks up with her overeager boyfriend Kevin. Sarah turns to her sister Beth for support, but Beth is too busy obsessing over the details of her own wedding to Kevin's band mate, Andrew. When Sarah suddenly finds herself caught up in an intense rebound romance with the adorable Jonathan, she is forced to examine her own fears of commitment and vulnerability. With honesty, heart, and humor, all five struggle with the


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Michael Mohan, Jeffrey Brown

Apr 16, 2013


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Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie lend the lightweight rom-com "Save the Date" more than its fair share of watchability. But the film is never truly interesting.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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While Caplan works well in theory as an antiromantic-comedy heroine, director and co-screenwriter Michael Mohan just doesn't give her enough to do.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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[It] may sound like Sitcomland, but Mr. Mohan's sensibility - visually, comically, in terms of character - is more naturalistic, more Sundance. It's just not particularly sharp.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A merely adequate addition to the raft of romantic comedies for those pushing 30 without adult lives to call their own.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Save the Date is romantic comedy with aspirations to do something new. That's admirable but it isn't enough.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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An easygoing romance you might enjoy, despite the fact that you never need to see it again.

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Light in tone without being insubstantial, this is what more romantic comedies should aspire to be.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
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SAVE THE DATE is a mature, refreshingly honest portrait of relationships - between lovers, family members and friends - that never fails to deliver humor and insight.

April 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Badass Digest
Badass Digest

Slumbers through routine conflicts, often in the dullest manner imaginable, refusing the lure of a snappy pace to wallow in poor communication contests that grow intolerable.

December 28, 2012 Full Review Source:

There's a finely-tuned sense of how difficult it can be to live life on your own terms, but the film so resolutely adheres to indie conventions it's hard to take seriously.

December 27, 2012 Full Review Source: amNewYork

With irrepressibly appealing performers playing flawed characters, he strikes a chord that resonates, even if some of the notes are a bit familiar.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Racy romcom has realistic characters but needs more plot.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Manages its modest pleasures because of its likable cast.

December 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline

A pleasing sophomore feature from Sundance alum Michael Mohan

December 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Twitch

What's worst about the film is how it appropriates its main character's noncommittal selfishness to support its own quaint, anti-establishment themes.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

'Save the Date' traffics in the most banal situations and whiny characters imaginable.

December 12, 2012 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Save The Date

I am a big fan of Indie films, and a fan of Lizzy maybe I am biased, but I enjoyed this. I found this charming, and enjoyed the storyline, lovely drawings, and fun music. I am glad that I ignored some of the bad reviews on this one. I would have missed out on a nice little movie...
November 19, 2013

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In "Save the Date," Sarah(Lizzy Caplan), a bookstore manager and artist, is moving in her with rock musician boyfriend Kevin(Geoffrey Arend) after dating for two years. Her sister Beth(Alison Brie) is happy at her cohabitating for the first time. However, Beth and her fiance, Andrew(Martin Starr), Kevin's bandmate and friend, are gravely worried about him possibly proposing marriage which might be pushing his luck too far. And after a great show, and about to go on tour for a month, that's exactly what Kevin does with Lizzie caught in the headlights with the entire audience looking on...

Some times you can tell a lot by how a movie starts. In the case of the alternately touching and funny "Save the Date," it signals a certain intelligence with its bookstore entrance and does not disappoint throughout with its unpredictable rhythm that is kind of like real life with a neat use of camerawork that especially extends to close-ups. That extends to how perceptive it is about family, friends and relationships, centered around Sarah who is just trying to figure out what she wants out of life while resisting pressure which I can certainly sympathize with.
December 16, 2012
Walter M.

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Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie are 2 good reasons to see this film. They both shine here. They have a great on screen chemistry as sisters. Lizzy Caplan has come such a long way, since her performance in Mean Girls. I like seeing Lizzy in roles like this. The film reminded me of movies like 500 Days of Summer, The 5 Year Engagement, Julie and Julia, Working Girl, and Bridesmaids. The film is well written and great dialog.

My problem with the film, is that I thought a lot of the men actors in the film were miscast. I didn't think Lizzy had a good on screen with either Mark Webber or Geoffrey Arend. Also Alison didn't have a good on screen chemistry with Martin Starr. On a positive, Timothy Busfield was good in his supporting role.

Despite the miscastings, I still recommend this film, especially for the performances of Lizzy Caplan and Alison Brie.
October 18, 2013
Sol C

Super Reviewer

First of all, will directors please give Alison Brie more work? She is brilliant, even in the smallest of roles. "Save The Date" feels built around Lizzy Caplan, who disappears into her role. Caplan has this natural, Indie quality about her that produces a sincerity that makes one feel this is actually how she is. Quirky and realistically fun, the film juggles its relationships with a tenderness and brashness that sets it apart from other romantic, Independent comedies. Everyone involved steps out of their run-of-the-mill wheelhouse and give performances at a higher level than usual, raising the bar for their future performances. The chemistry and witty dialogue between Caplan and Mark Webber is perfect, producing smiles and a warmed heart for their blossoming relationship. Nothing in "Save The Date" feels forced, everything progressives naturally, exuding an organic nature that must be true-to-life.
May 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

    1. Sarah: Take of your clothes!
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Sarah: Andrew, I want to have sex with you now. Is that clear enough?
    – Submitted by George P (9 months ago)
    1. Kevin: Are you happier? If you are... I'll let you go.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
    1. Kevin: You threw it all away.
    – Submitted by Chris P (21 months ago)
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