Posted on 8/20/11 05:58 PM
This movie could have been good. There were a few morals and lessons that could have been learned. Instead, it subtly tries to make you into an awful person.
The basic premise is that a mousy lawyer has a fling with her obnoxious best friend's fiance and doesn't know what to do about it. This takes the form of pointless scenes of dancing in clubs and awkward girl time. While the dilemma plays out, you're also given flashbacks to the past which seem to try to help justify the situation.
Rachel is a bland doormat that is totally confused and has no idea what to do and Dex is an idiotic puppy dog that can't think for himself. So, right off the bat, they're obviously made for each other. But then there's Darcy. She is an annoying narcissistic ego trip that doesn't know how to grow up.
The sad part about this is that you don't feel sorry for her and actually don't care that she's being cheated on. Not that it makes it okay by any means, but it sort of kills the angle of guilt and gives in its place a strange twisted rivalry empowerment angle. As much as you don't like Darcy, you also don't like what Rachel's doing unless you think about it like she's finally doing what she wants instead of what others want. But even that doesn't make this right.
The only character I like is Ethan, the mutual friend, but he basically always gets the short end of the stick.
I love romantic comedies, but this movie does the exact opposite of what a romantic comedy is supposed to do. Was it funny? Sort of. But was there romance? Not really. And the end! I. HATE. THE. ENDING.
It's not unwatchable, but it is very disappointing.