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A trite little comedy so jumbled, disconnected and bad you can't believe it doesn't star James Franco.
Justin Long, whose career was built on mild likeability, suffers for that mildness here, in a film that flounders right along with him.
"Literally, Right Before Aaron" is minor - a spiky indie trifle - but it has a convincing perversity and flair.
Boring, trite, sexist tripe that wants to make the viewer empathize with a guy who's actually pretty aggressive in his pursuit of loserdom.
It's clear that Adam is the actual worst, but it's not clear if "Literally, Right Before Aaron" is aware of exactly how bad he is.
Unless you're related to one of the actors, there is no reason to buy a ticket to this mess. Literally.
As this far-fetched scenario plays out, the primary characters lack both sympathy and charm, not to mention logic.
Literally, Right Before Aaron sets up its been-there premise without much deviation before heading into sitcom territory for the final act. In fact, most of the movie plays like a pilot that was never picked up for a full season.
Talented cast can't save mature, uneven romantic dramedy.
Literally, Right Before Aaron is full of laughter and romance, with an impressively star-studded cast. Its recognition of the pain of enduring will keep it stuck in your head for days.
Somewhere, down the line, some young would-be filmmaker will stumble on to this film on Netflix, see how something like this could get financed, and will become inspired to make their own movie for all the wrong reasons.
A romantic comedy for grown-ups, as sweet as it is bitter, Literally, Right Before Aaron is smart and funny and brave enough to know when to be bleak.
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