Mrs b and myself were at the flicks to see Flight yesterday evening (good film, that), and while we were waiting for it to start one of the trailers was for I give it a year. Alas, the latter shows all of the signs of being one of those Brit rom-coms designed to appeal to the more gullible class of American cinema-goer:
- Wacky Brits (please god no)
- Non-Brits who are famous in America (Simon Baker, Anna Faris) shoehorned into a middle-England setting for no discernible reason.
- Photogenic but somehow featureless lead characters, whose characters are merely there for characters played by more famous members of the cast to make arch remarks about.
- Stephen Merchant taking on his boss Ricky Gervais' usual role as the pointlessly offensive one (ohhhh, he can't say that! That's so naughty!)
The only surprise is that for once Richard Curtis appears to have nothing to do with this nonsense.
It wasn't too bad. I had two hours to kill and nothing else starting at an appropriate time.
Two or three laugh-out-loud moments, an interesting anti-romcom premise, Rafe Spall showing he is actually a good actor (he'll convince you he's an unfunny prick, which he's sort of meant to be). The lead woman is so painfully skinny I felt like shielding my eyes when she stripped to her undies.
Oh and the swearing/explicit sexual humour are remarkable- if you do rewind to 10 years ago's Curtis films, it gives you an interesting cultural contrast.
Last Edit: 19 Feb 2013 10:44 by Felicity, I guess so.