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Stuck on the finer details of just how to accomplish this, the opportunistic Ronny swindles a meeting with mogul car corporation General Motors to pitch their halfcocked product and hopefully secure a multimillion dollar development contract that will skyrocket their modest enterprise.
This professional hurdle pails in comparison however to Ronny's personal issues. Having survived a particularly tough gambling-addiction period with long-term partner Beth (Jennifer Connelly), Ronny must come to grips with his fears of commitment and contemplates the perfection of his idols, Nick and wife Geneva's (Winona Ryder) content and solid marriage.
Accepting the natural progression to the next level, Ronny sets out to deliver the perfect proposal to Beth. Ronny's plans and illusions are poisoned however when is perfect atrium setting is tainted by the infidelities of Geneva's indiscretions.
Ronny's inability to comprehend and adequately process that no-body and no-marriage is perfect sees him promptly veer of the rails and careen into a series of unfortunate events.
Balancing the pressure of being back in the accusatory gambling spotlight, his relationship with Beth on hiatus, the once in a lifetime contract unable to get over the line and the weight of holding Geneva's flaws from Nick, Ronny's life crumbles uncontrollably around him. Who or what will give?
In his first comedic direction since 2000's The Grinch, Ron Howard takes to the helm in this well written, skillfully acted and nicely shot genre straddling half bro-mance/half romance dramady.
Keeping the little spark of marketing controversy in tack, the "electric cars are gay" quote instantly sets the tone for this unconventional and dysfunctional but intelligently insightful exploration into human fallibility.
Vince Vaughn's flustering gibe-talking comedic timing and physical humor marries well with Jenifer Connelly's trustworthy ability to deliver layers of emotional colours, giving this production a wonderfully genuine and equal appeal to both sexes.
Kevin James arouses actual sympathy for stressed men prone to panic attacks and stomach ulcers, whilst Winona Ryder naturally delivers the character you love-to-hate as the manipulative lying cheating wife.
Queen Latifia also chimes in a noteably excellent supporting role of a sexed up executive as well as Channing Tatem as a less than stable 20-something toy boy named Zip.
The Verdict: The more serious Vaughn gets; the funnier the movie gets and as his cackhandedly untactful character so eloquently puts "who gave you a talking part". This movie; like its primary characters, is emotionally damaged and cunningly funny.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 21/01/2011