Tuesday, December 21, 2010
New Release: How Do You Know...
The other main storyline follows the dear, cute, unbearably honest Paul Rudd. The company he works for - CEO is Jack Nicholson as his corrupt dad - is about to get investigated for securities fraud, which would set the blame firmly on Rudd's shoulders. A lot of his story isn't explained (too boring for a rom-com, I suppose, but the movie suffers for the white-washing of his troubles), but he has to sell everything he owns to hire a good attorney. He ends up on a blind date with Lisa (she figures free dinner is free dinner) where they've both had terrible days, so they decide to just not speak. This is the best date he's ever had apparently (weird set up for his character) and he falls head over heels. The rest of the movie plays on his trying to win Lisa away from Matty, but in his subtle, honest, non-mean way. Eventually she realizes Matty's not for her, and Rudd really is the perfect guy (Matty can't promise he'll stop "anonymous sex", but he'll be monogamous the rest of the time - really couldn't she pick up on some of these clues earlier?).
Kathryn Hahn (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days) as she attempts to help Rudd's work situation. The thing that I found really missing from the rom-com is Lisa's best friend. She doesn't have one. Adding a Judy Greer she could talk to about things who would crack wise would have helped the humor overall. The acting is just right for each character (perfect even) that you really believe these characters do these things, but the conditions they're put in are not believable ever. A decent rom-com that is saved by the terrific acting, but weighed down by not bothering to reach further with the story. 2.5 of 5 stars/lambs
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