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I May Destroy You
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I wanted so badly to enjoy this film, but ultimately it just didn't do it for me. The casting was fine, but the characters weren't particularly memorable. Even the primary protagonist was hard to care about. The narrative structure was obnoxious. Who is the narrator speaking to? Why are we hearing Odd talk? It's just lazy storytelling. The plot seems jumbled at times and fails to carry momentum. What should have been the most impactful scenes were fairly unemotional. The dialogue is atrocious. It's not a terrible film, but it's definitely a disappointment.
No Strings Attached (2011) is far from an original story. Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Girl just wants to be friends with benefits. Shocker, it doesn't work. While the pretentious among us will write off movies like this, the average person will enjoy it.
When you have a pair of leads with as much chemistry as Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman, you really don't need an exceptional plot. NSA is unusually funny, emotionally engrossing, and quite fun.
Stefanie Scott and Dylan Hayes offer awkward cardboard performances at the beginning of the movie as younger versions of our protagonists, but it soon gets to funner grounds as soon as the adult stars show up.
There aren't any particularly memorable lines, or even memorable characters. You won't likely fall in love with the movie and watch it every time you go through a heartbreak or need a good cry. But I can't imagine ever coming across it on the TV guide and skipping past it.
The humor does start to dry up past the midway point, which is common with rom-coms. It's hard to be hilarious and dramatic at the same time. But all of the characters are likable enough that by the time the humor dries up, you're invested enough to not even notice that you're no longer laughing. Overall, I give it a 4.5.