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A breezy pleasure.
A talky, plodding romantic comedy in which the viewer is just waiting for the obvious plot twist to happen. And when it does, it's too unconvincing to feel satisfying.
Quickly becomes silly and tedious.
A tone of lame amiability doesn't compensate for lack of invention.
Suffers from a slow-paced, contrived script.
It conceals beneath its amiable ethnic facade a diminished version of every generic boy-meets-girl trifle to come out of Hollywood.
There's a charm in these romantic developments that overcomes all its staleness.
Slightly campy, intriguing and fun!
Weaving is wonderful as always but the real surprise is Novikova who displays a quirky charm and movie star charisma in her first lead role.
Only the farcical setup itself fails, but it can be swallowed for the sake of these enjoyable performances.
Generic as it is, it has tangible heart.
Earns its green card for being a humorous and pleasant-enough diversion.
For many of us Yanks there's little experience with the world of film from the land down under (unless a film breaks the ranks and becomes a international sensation), and that's why you mightn't've seen Hugo Weaving act like a regular guy in this Australian offering. He plays a wannabe writer who's unlucky in love until his best friend asks that he house his new girlfriend for a minute. Guess what happens next? In the meantime there's the gratuitous use of popular songs played over the usual montage of shots of the mismatched couple falling for each other that so overdone its overdone already. The twist here is that she's a Russian, and so the couple visit Russian restaurants and we get to see Weaving experience that, or they go to a Russian nightclub and try Russian dancing ... you get the picture. Natalia Novikova does the foreign "other" pretty well and Weaving plays "not a bad guy for a change". Its not as offensive as I described. I think.
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