The Romantics (2010)
Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 28
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Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 14
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Over the course of one raucous night at a seaside wedding seven close friends, all members of a tight, eclectic college clique, reconvene to watch two of their own tie the knot. Laura (Katie Holmes) is maid of honor to Lila (Anna Paquin), her golden girl best friend. The two have long rivaled over the groom, Tom (Josh Duhamel). Friendships and alliances are tested and the love triangle comes to a head the night before the wedding, when the drunken friends frolic in the nearby surf and return to
Sep 10, 2010 Limited
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The script fails to establish the likability of any of the main characters, which dulls the sense of urgency during the dramatic moments.
What ensues is a couple of days of confession and mild debauchery. It's all sketchy and banal.
It's possible that Niederhoffer was too close to her novel to stand back from its excesses. She's made a seriously self-indulgent movie about self-indulgent people.
Instead of Rachel Getting Married with an Oscar-nominated Anne Hathaway, we get Galt Niederhoffer's misbegotten, miscast snoozefest with Katie Holmes struggling to prove that there is life as an actress while still being Mrs. Tom Cruise.
... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels.
Neo-screwball small talk cinema, Katie Holmes on doormat duty, and Candice Bergen as a neurotic, sour conventional mom setting back women's lib way into the last century, when she conversely reigned as leading small screen feminist on Murphy Brown.
If only we had a better feel for these people, some reason to care as much as they clearly do, who's to say how satisfying 'The Romantics' might have been?
As far as missing-bridegroom movies go, this is less inspiring than The Hangover.
Adapting her novel for the screen, Galt Niederhoffer has improved her own story, tightening the script as well as the cast of characters.
The questionable conclusion might not satisfy your need for a definitive finale, but the film doesn't give you much to be satisfied with in the first place.
Flimsy melodrama, filled with clumsy, hand-held camerawork and turgid, pretentious literary prattle, signifying very little.
- Lila: More than what? More than whom?
- Lila: He's a groom. Grooms get nervous.
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