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The Good -
* the playful tone
* SJP's screams
The Bad (or just not so good) -
* an odd twist on an mildly interesting premise
This story is a bit of a stretch but, despite being mildly reminiscent of a certain Will Smith flick and another movie with the words "40-year-old" in the title, once we settle into the quirky tone and delivery of this comedic romance, it almost kinda sorta works.
35-year-old, fit, attractive man-
* lives with his parents.
* dates women.
* hi-jinks ensue.
Everyone sold their characters well.
McConaughey's looks are somewhat distracting, as a bit of homeliness helps the audience buy into the implied "loser" status of a grown man still living with his parents. However, this movie attempts to neuter the loser element in a couple of ways and it does so fairly well.
Again I say that once you're in-sync with this movie's tone, you buy into the characters (and the acting) a lot more easily.
I'm more convinced than ever that, once you decide that you'll see a movie, you should forego any and all advertising, interviews, and promotions associated with said venture.
Because you can squeeze a helluva lot more enjoyment out of a mediocre-plus flick, when you haven't already seen all the funniest parts or had the twists ruined by desperate marketing techniques (i.e. spoiling by ad).
In this case, there were a number of story elements that surprised me, but not my girlfriend. This was probably due to the fact that I decided, early on, that this movie wasn't for me. She, on the other hand, absorbed much more information, as she was seriously considering seeing this movie.
I used my Blockbuster Movie Pass and scooped up a flick that I knew very little about and, I daresay, enjoyed it a bit more than someone already familiar with and invested in the concept.
All that and I've barely addressed how poorly or how well they told the story, right?
Well, it's a quirky, romantic comedy that just works... unless you're expecting anything from it, so I thought this space would be better used telling you that than telling you how well the jokes fly.
This isn't the most fair statement I've ever made in a movie review, but...
How much you get out of this movie is directly proportionate to how little you put into it.
Yes, but don't spend or expect much.
Faint praise, eh? It's just a fun little movie.
If you know that going in and you're okay with it, you'll be fine.