Sunday, February 14, 2016

Quick Movie Reviews

Someone Like You (2001, USA) | Rating: 3/5
Jane has a theory about why men leave women; a bull never mounts the same cow twice. Eddie is a womanizer, who seems to embody everything Jane believes is wrong with men. Is she right? Are all men animals? The strength of this film is entirely on it's cast. Ashley Judd and Hugh Jackman carry this plot on their capable shoulders. It's their chemistry that really makes the film. 

The Wedding Date (2005, USA) | Rating: 3/5
Kat has a problem. She's single and in need of an impressive date for her pretty, younger sister's wedding. The best man is none other than the former fiance who broke her heart. What's a girl to do? Hire a handsome escort to accompany her. This is another example of a film that's held together by it's leading cast. It simply wouldn't work without Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney. Debra gives Kat a loveable, somewhat confused, but hopeful nature. She wants to find love and be loved. Dermot plays Nick with a reserved, cool charm that saves the character from becoming too cartoonish. 

The Decoy Bride (2011, UK) | Rating: 4/5
Lara is a famous actress who's trying to marry her writer fiance. However, the paparazzi keeps getting in the way. When Lara and James find a small island to get married at, they never expect the locals to call the press. Will having a fake wedding give the couple a chance to marry in peace? Katie, a broken hearted local girl, ends up involved in the mix. There's a lot going on in this one. It pokes fun at celebrities while fulfilling all the needed aspects of a romantic comedy. Kelly Macdonald is absolutely adorable. Have you ever wondered what Doctor Who would be like in a romcom? Here's your chance to know.

13 Going on 30 (2004, USA) | Rating: 3/5
Thirteen year old, Jenna wants to be popular and believes she will be when she's thirty. When magical dust grants her wish, she learns that 30 isn't what she expected at all. The strength with this one is all in Jennifer Garner. This is probably her best, cutesy performance. 13 Going on 30 is a romantic 'be careful what you wish for' tale. Most of the time, it certainly doesn't end up how you imagined it would be. 

Can't Buy Me Love (1987, USA) | Rating: 3/5
1980s romantic movies are some of my favorites. Films like Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink were the ideal of what romance was supposed to be. Can't Buy Me Love falls into that category quite fully. Ronald is a nerdy teenager, hoping to buy a telescope with the money he's saved all summer. When he sees that Cindy needs money to replace an outfit she ruined, Ronald offers to rent her in order to get popular. This movie was probably the first I can remember with Patrick Dempsey. He would go on to become a dreamy doctor in Grey's Anatomy, but first he was nerdy Ronald. Who wouldn't hope that you'd have a chance to win the heart of a popular girl and make friends?

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