Archive for the ‘romcom’ Category

A Month By The Lake – **

Posted: May 3, 2019 in 1995, Dramedy, romcom, UK, USA, XX

On the long way to Lake Como by train and plane, it looked like the perfect moment to watch the movie all local guides seem to refer to if they run out of stories to tell about George Clooney.

Back in 1995, Vanessa Redgrave starred in a romantic comedy about an older woman retreating in a villa near lake Como. An older man arrives at the retreat and she feels intrigued by him. They go for a drink and then a tennis date, but the chemistry just isn’t there. Until a young woman arrives and messes things up. She’s a big flirt, but the older man falls for her. Enough for the older woman to start flirting with a young man.

Of course, it all ends well. It’s very predictable. It’s a nice movie to watch, when you’re familiar with the region where it’s been filmed. And Vanessa Redgrave is excellent, thanks to the quirky character she can embody. Edward Fox is well selected to play the love interest. But Uma Thurman as the young flirt is terrible though. This movie was released after Pulp Fiction, but it looks like she has no acting experience whatever. Totally miscast.

No let’s see in the next couple of days how easy it is to find romance in this gorgeous district.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113849/

 

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Isn’t It Romantic – *

Posted: March 4, 2019 in 2019, romcom, USA, X

Isn’t It Romantic ? NO

It’s a great idea though. A cynical woman who hates romcoms hits her head and wakes up in a world that is filled with romcom clichés. The makers clearly watched a lot of nineties romcoms and trying to guess the references in this comedy is part of the fun. However, the movie makers explain way too many things. If you want to take a piss of romcom clichés, it’s really not necessary to explain the cliché.

Of course the dream she is in leads to a happy ending when she wakes up. But if you want to be original and surprise your audience, this is not the way to go. Luckily, there’s a fun surprise before the end credits roll. Madonna’s Express Yourself covered by the entire cast. Oops. Spoiler !

Next!

www.imdb.com/title/tt2452244

Juliet, Naked – **(*)

Posted: February 7, 2019 in 2018, Romance, romcom, UK, XX

Flight movie #2

At the end of this indie comedy the name Nick Hornsby comes up and it all makes sense. The British author has written several books and screenplays that focus on quirky romance with a musical impact.

Same in this gem, which revolves around a young woman who’s a bit bored with her partner of fifteen years. The guy is obsessed with an indie rock star from the nineties, who he devoted a blog and an entire basement room to. The rock star hasn’t made any music for the past twenty years and seemed to have disappeared from the planet after he walked out of a concert back in the mid nineties. One day a demo cd arrives at the couples’ home address and it turns out to be the first new material of this rock star. This will change the future of all three people drastically.

It’s a fun movie. Ethan Hawke is the rock star and he does a fine job. His character is really goofy and irresponsible. He ends up showing up in the UK, more specific in a charming coastal town of Kent, where the couple lives. The jokes are witty and very British. The drama is light-hearted, but engaging. The music sucks, but that’s the whole point of the story. It’s over before you know it. So give it a shot.

www.imdb.com/title/tt5607096

Crazy Rich Asians – *

Posted: January 21, 2019 in 2018, romcom, X

Flight movie #2

The title says it all. In the first hour of this movie we get to see crazy rich Asians, doing their crazy, rich thing in Singapore. Oh and there’s a normal ‘Asian American’ girl observing it all. Her boyfriend never told her he is one of the richest Asians in the world, so she’s in for a shock.

It’s a typical class difference romcom without much comedy and with dramatic romance.  It’s a movie filled with stereotypes and clichés and bare-chested men! The first caucasian man you get to see is racist. The only gay character is effeminate. Women want to shop. Men have to leave the house for business. It also doesn’t make sense. Everyone seems to know who this Mike Young is, but this smart university professor is dating a guy for over a year and she never bothered asking him about his background? And he just doesn’t tell her about his wealth and expects her to just adapt to his posh world? Fool someone else!

It’s a terrible movie. The dialogue is very poor. The acting is mediocre at best. We hear English spoken with an American, British and Chinese accent. It’s explained, but it still feels weird. They talk about decadence but don’t really show it. The cinematography is simple. There are better amateur made home videos on youtube showing the sights of Singapore.

The first hour is terrible. But the Mahjong scene is great. And the Asian covers of Madonna en Coldplay are fun.

www.imdb.com/title/tt3104988

The concept of this French Netflix original is great. A chauvinist macho guy wakes up in a world where the men have a subordinate position and everything is run by the women.  Moreover, the women act like men and the men act like women. It’s a fun concept and there are laughs throughout the movie, but it’s a gimmick that never really becomes a story. Some scenes are really cool though, but they would work better in a weekly sketch show. The men need to wear shorts. The women wear suits. The men get the coffee and do the ironing and get emotional when watching tv. The women fall asleep after sex, mostly just after a few minutes of riding someone’s penis and not caring at all about servicing their partner. It’s really fun. Like how they sexualize the male body in tv programs. Hilarious!

But there’s no story!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sure, the man falls for a successful writer who wants to use him as the character of her new book. She ends up falling for him as well. BORING! They made better romcoms in the fifties with the classic men/women contrasts shown by Rock Hudson and Doris Day.

But it’s fun nevertheless. Just not particularly well acted.

 

www.imdb.com/title/tt6857988

 

 

Overboard – **

Posted: June 2, 2018 in 2018, Comedy, romcom, USA, XX

As far as bilingual (Spanish-English) American comedies go, this one is pretty okay. It’s a remake from a 30 year old movie (which I remember having seen in the movie theaters – yes, I’m getting old) with Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell. But this time around they swapped the gender roles.

A rich man gets amnesia and a poor woman he used to be mean to, decides to pretend he’s her husband. Of course the rich man starts liking his poor new life, until the truth is revealed.

Yes, it’s a stilly, unrealistic story. Yes, it’s predictable. Yes, the acting isn’t so good. But it’s a great 90 minutes of mindless fun. It’s like Snatched. These comedies get roasted for being all of the above. But you know, sometimes, silly can be fun. And it’s okay to like silly.  And Eugenio Derbez’s performance really isn’t that bad at all. He saves the movie from being a disaster.

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1563742

Coming To America – *

Posted: February 24, 2018 in 1998, romcom, USA, X

Lupita Nyong’o mentioned in a talk show how she was surprised how americans see Africa. After arriving in the country and seeing Coming To America for the first time, she was shocked. But now it’s one of her favorite movies. She has a point. However, the imaginative depiction of the fictional African country is actually the funniest part of the movie. It is satire. The rest of the story plays in Queens and has terrible humor with terrible acting and a predictable, boring plot line. This is not a good movie. But hey, I’ve seen it now. Took me 30 years.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0094898