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An unevolved romantic comedy better suited to the Paleolithic Era.
Herschel Faber, the writer and director here, didn't bother fleshing out these characters enough to make us give a hoot about them.
"Cavemen" writer-director Herschel Faber has sketched such a thin and unfunny look at L.A. singles, it should mark the death knell for movies about child-men on the make.
Apparently answering the unasked question, "What would happen if you told a 12-year-old at screenwriting camp to combine Swingers and (500) Days of Summer?"
A dismal rom-com for dudes that makes the average beer commercial look nuanced and plot-heavy.
A screenwriter tries to fall in love in order to lend authenticity to his script about a man falling in love in Cavemen, a tiresome film that itself knows nothing but other rom-com plots.
A blockheaded, sigh-inducing retread that evinces neither any particular originality nor freshness of telling.
Cavemen shows occasional glimmers of promise, but ultimately winds up feeling just like Jay's blowjob story: meandering, somewhat dull, and with little payoff.
Cavemen is an apt title considering how the sensibility and maturity of the film's characters don't seem to have developed beyond primal, alpha-man impulses.
It's truly a mystery as to how this movie got made -- and why anybody (excluding horny L.A. guys) would want to see it.
If I read this screenplay, I'd probably immediately ban Dean and Herschel from Hollywood.
A 21st Century update of the Little Rascals' He-Man Woman Hater's Club episode where Alfalfa wises up and woos Darla, his Neanderthal pals' protestations notwithstanding.
A by-the-numbers sex comedy, Cavemen is a clichéd and formulaic film. The story follows an aspiring writer who finds himself unable to write about love (since he's never been), but he soon finds that he has feelings for his best friend when she starts dating one of his roommates. It's a painfully predictable plot, but is made bearable by the performances (as the actors have some charisma). And, the comedy is fairly well-done (though stereotypical). Cavemen isn't a bad film, it's just lazy and uninspired.
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