(director/writer: Max Winkler; cinematographer: William Rexer II;
Landauer; music: Eric D. Johnson;
cast: (Sam Davis), (Zoe), Reece Thompson
(Marshall Schmidt), (Whit Coutell), Jake Johnson
(Teddy), Brooke Bloom (Margaret), Rebecca
Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: R; producers: Emilio Diez Barroso/Darlene
Caamaño Loquet/Polly Johnsen/Matt Spicer;
Magnolia Pictures; 2010)
"It's only funny because its putrid dialogue is so unfunny that it drags flies."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Max Winkler, son of Henry, directs and writes this strident romantic comedy, that has a slight plot and two-dimensional characters. It's only funny because its putrid dialogue is so unfunny that it drags flies.
weedy NYC-based children’s-book author and illustrator Sam Davis (Angarano)
talks his former friend, the 25-year-old emotionally
drive him to a quaint Long Island motel to rekindle their
friendship, but instead the boys crash the weekend
wedding party for Sam's former girlfriend and muse Zoe (Uma Thurman). She's to
suave but haughty anthropological-film maker Whit Coutell (Lee Pace), who just
returned from making a film in Africa and is not
bashful showing off as the white protector of the
natives. The estate is owned by the orphans Zoe and
her wastrel brother Ted (Jake Johnson).
It now becomes clear the
trip was used by the deceitful Sam as a desperate
means to stop the marriage and convince the willowy
and attractive Zoe he would be a better groom. The
confident Whit invites the wedding crashers to stay
for the wedding ceremony, feeling his rival is a loser
offering no competition. With timid lost soul Marshall
and the obnoxious motormouth Sam wandering around the
estate and mingling with the guests, the pair have
rambling conversations with the guests, everyone
twitches a lot and there's pathos in the third act
when Sam's efforts fail and he's taught a lesson about
the value of friendship and how confusing are the
matters of the heart.
At least it moves at a
brisk clip, and I caught myself laughing a few times
(though for the wrong reasons).
REVIEWED ON 12/15/2011 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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