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As a romantic comedy that stands on its own, Hello Ladies: The Movie hits every objective.
Fans of predictable romantic comedies could enjoy Hello Ladies: The Movie. Oddly, fans of the series and of Merchant in general will probably be less pleased.
Questions are answered in Hello Ladies: The Movie, a slight but enjoyable new HBO film that wraps up the story lines from the series and sends Stuart & Co. off into the future.
There is something enlightening in watching this show. Beyond that, Hello Ladies: The Movie is pleasant enough, even if it took saying goodbye, ultimately, to bring out its best side.
This time around Stuart has a vulnerability that makes him a lot more enjoyable to watch, even if the steps he makes toward maturity and genuine love feel a bit rushed in this home stretch.
Hardcore fans who stuck with the series specifically because of its wince-worthiness will likely feel they've been victims of an elaborate bait-and-switch con.
There are some nice cameos, from everyone from Nicole Kidman to Allison Tolman.
Stephen Merchant is a tall, awkward, gangly comedian from England. While he may not be the best actor on the block, her certainly has a knack for humor. Both physical and situational.
For those who saw the TV show, in its limited run, it struggled to capture a realness in the cringe-worthy comedy it portrayed. However, with the film (which ends up being an extended version of the TV show), Merchant is able to get in and out of the true plot points without lingering. The humor is also more grounded.
People who have never seen the show probably won't check this out, but I'd suggest breezing through the first season straight into this small time waster, which in the end, will feel like a movie when you throw it all together.
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