12 September 2011 | flapdoodle64
Soulless Corporate Film-making
This is a good movie for people who want to see Anne Hathaway naked, as you will see quite a lot of naked Anne Hathaway body parts in this movie. Also, the sex scenes seem to be of longer duration than is average for our times, suggesting that someone might have wanted to pad the running time. The scenes are of such a duration as to become somewhat uncomfortable for the audience, unless of course one is watching the film alone and with the freeze frame control handy.
Otherwise, this film can summed up as a very uneasy attempt at combining sophomoric Owen Wilson/Ben Stiller type humor with a few token elements of RomCom or ChickFlick, such as Judd Apatow was able to pull off with his highly successful 'Knocked Up.' There is nothing inherently wrong with Hollywood making sophomoric adolescent male comedies, nothing wrong with making a RomCom, nothing wrong with making a ChickFlick. But a director needs to have the guts to commit to one vision for a film, and not try to hobble 3 incompatible things together in a soulless and cynical attempt to please focus audiences and demographic groups.
In this film, the humor runs out of steam about 1/3 way into it. Worse, there is a major subplot involving Anne Hathaway's character suffering from Parkinson's disease...this issue, a character suffering from a chronic incurable and debilitating disease is for the most part shown in a silly and dismissive way, so as to be a slap in the face of people and couples everywhere facing serious health problems. There are a couple sequences where the director seems suddenly to realize the seriousness of the affliction, but within the superficial and silly context of this film, these sequences come across as an attempt to manipulate the audience into thinking they are seeing a film not totally devoid of emotional content.
There is another subplot involving the way citizens of the U.S. are neglected by their government and exploited by the pharmaceutical companies. Here is another place where the audience is teased by content of potential relevancy to the human race but again the material has been carefully neutralized so as not to offend the sensitivities of the ruling class.
The good thing is that the naked scenes of Anne Hathaway all occur in the first half of the film. The best audience for this film will keep their remote controls handy.