Waiting for Forever (2011)
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"Waiting for Forever" evidently is an attempt to portray love as purest when expressed by those who are most innocent, untainted by the ugliness of the real world. But it misses the mark completely, coming off instead as creepy.
With "Waiting for Forever," an insipid contemporary fairy tale about a lovestruck young vagabond shadowing a childhood sweetheart he can't bring himself to approach, we get stalking, juggling and cancer. Happy Valentine's Day!
More often than not, I felt suffocated by the gaseous sentimentality and lightheadedness of a story that drops in subplots that it can't begin to develop.
Director James Keach's movie is so annoyingly dipsy-doodle that TV veteran Bilson, trying hard to look haunted and angsty, is boxed in.
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Well...it was sweet, and nicely done. The premise was a little silly. It was a nice attempt, though.
A Hollywood-set romantic tale of a guy who is content to live his life without a job yet with the love of his life, a young actress. Decent movie. I really really dislike the main character like he's actually in real life gonna get the girl of his dream, are you serious??? He has a crooked smile,wears pajamas all day outside of his house and talk's like a gay poet, I just think he sucks as an actor, uggh I don't know why I dislike him so much after this movie.On the other hand Rachel Bilson is very cute and not as bad of an actor This movie solely focuses on telling the story and making us like the characters for themselves. I think that is a rare statement made by films today. Nice ending but totally fictional and predictable. Who decides what is normal? A unique story of love, friendship and a view of the world from different perspectives, WAITING FOR FOREVER explores the connections people make in the face of life's changes. Best friends while they were growing up, Emma (Rachel Bilson) and Will (Tom Sturridge) lost touch a long time ago as far as she knows. To Will, Emma never stopped being the most important person in his life. Believing them to be forever linked, he goes wherever she goes. Will doesn't have a home, a car, or a real job. He survives on his talent as a juggler and entertainer talents honed through years of showing off for Emma. When her father gets sick, Emma returns to their hometown, trying to leave behind her complicated love life and failing career as a TV actress. As its characters face love, death and their own preconceptions, WAITING FOR FOREVER questions the realities of life.
Why Rachel Bilson agreed to this film, I will never know. Bordering on melodrama the entire film, there is no part of this film that feels natural. The relationships are forced and changes of heart are glazed over as if changing your negative emotions toward someone were easy. The flip-book style opening credits and accompanying heartfelt song were the best parts of the film, by far.
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