The Romantics (2010)
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 shore... without the groom. Based on the heralded novel by producer, novelist, director Galt Niederhoffer, THE ROMANTICS is a Zeitgeist love story and generational comedy that breathes new life into the genre and recaptures the camaraderie of youth. -- (C)Paramount Famous Productions … More
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Critic Reviews for The Romantics
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.
[It] somehow skirts utter loathsomeness by dint of its elegant camerawork and a few finely tuned performances. I'm not suggesting you run out to the theater and see this, but if it comes on cable someday and you have a big pile of laundry to fold...
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.
With its tart dialogue and its perfect ending, it is sensitive as well as sagacious. It's a rare combination.
... isn't so much a romantic comedy as a lightweight indie ensemble drama that never quite gels.
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.
Has its minor pleasures. But they are too few and far between to warrant sitting through the entire film.
Audience Reviews for The Romantics
Good cast, particularly the women, but the characters are so generic and selfish it is hard to care about any of them.
The up in the air ending doesn't help, either.
Watched half of this on the plane. Character and plot development were both hazy, annoying, pretentious and unconvincing. The best thing I got out of this was watching Josh Duhamel be sexy for an hour and adding the sultry Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts" to my library.More
It's an all-star cast crammed into a movie that should've never made it off of the pages of the book and onto the silver screen.More
While The Romantics might not be for everyone, I thought it was great. In a lot of ways it reminds me of a generational movie, but it doesn't really commit to one specific goal. For being a completely performance and character driven movie, it is really well put together and definitely has a great look. It takes people that we all know or were at some point, making them extremely relatable. There's a nice ensemble here and everyone gets moments to shine; not being focused on one character too much. While this acts an excerpt of these characters' lives, we get a large sense of where they've been and where they're going. This doesn't have the answers, but raises so many important questions for the time period and age group. Katie Holmes, Josh Duhmal, Malin Akerman and practically everyone else give great performances here that are evident even in their shortened time on screen. For Galt Niederhoffer being primarily a writer, she does an amazing job as a first time director.More
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