The Details Reviews
Weaknesses: While Banks does solid work, I think it was a role that was probably better suited to a different kind of actress. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something didn't click the way it probably should've. I found myself wondering why Kerry Washington (Rebecca) and Ray Liotta (Peter) were even cast. They were kind of just there and added nothing to the film. Also, while I appreciated some of the plot twists, they did go into "completely unrealistic" territory.
Overall: This isn't a bad movie, it just doesn't veer into anything above average. The performances are mostly fine and the plot keeps you engaged, but it takes things a bit too far. When things feel too far-fetched, you get pulled out of the story and that's not good.
Movies, TV, and videos always show the other woman as the sexual aggressor. Anyone who has been single at ages past 25 knows that married men are often pretending to be single, making the dating game that much harder. I found that scenario to be amusing, yet completely out of line with what is supposed to be complete honesty in this story. The idea that "that lusty woman made me do it." is so unlikely.
It would be more likely that he told her they were getting a divorce and that she - boohoo - doesn't bring him flowers anymore.
Married men are on all of the singles dating sites, gumming up the works. And they are often the ones making the advances, pretending to be single. The idea that she threw herself at him - unlikely.
And the lead actor is believable until we see the way he wears his pants. I like him, I just want him to dress a little better.
We do discover that Doc or Jeff (Tobey Maguire) may just have a bit of a tough time handling his personal problems, as he finds out from the act-like-a-man lecture at the hands of his college friend's cuckold husband, Peter (Ray Liotta). Jeff is a guy who cheated his way through medical school and can't quite seem to come to terms with being accountable and forthright. Instead of addressing his intimacy issues with his wife, Jeff goes on-line and gets into sex chats with on-line hookers. Upon confessing this to Rebecca, his college friend, a psychologist, she "helps" him by engaging in physical instead of psychological therapy in attempt to ease her own sexual frustrations with her husband, Peter. You would think these "professionals" would have learned some ethics while in med school, but it appears the message of Details is that we live in a society of self-indulgence not one of doing the right thing.
So the plot thickens. Jeff has to deal with the neighbour he impregnates, a basket ball buddy, Lincoln, who cleans things up by killing said neighbour, (Jeff has donated a kidney to save Lincoln's life), and Peter who blackmails Jeff, who mortgages his home only to have Peter throw the money into the river. Oh, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. This is just everyday life ..... in the movies.
So we sit there watching, chuckling on occasion (the scene where Lila morns her cat is the high point) and just glad we are not in Jeff or Nealy's place (Elizabeth Banks). Overall, entertaining, but good not great at that.
Billed as a dark comedy.
Was dark, but extremely uncomfortable, and I don't remember laughing once :(
(2012) The Details
Movie centers on a physician by the name of Jeff Lang (Tobey McGuire) attempting to dispose of a raccoon who regularly wrecks his back yard, and starts to make dumb choices normal people would not have done. He buys cages in an attempt to capture it, as well as poisoning it, leaving out the only possible thing to do was to call a professional to capture it. Viewers don't even get to know why the racoon only wrecks Jeff's back yard and no one else's.
2 out of 4 stars