23 May 2016 | vchimpanzee
Interesting romantic adventure
In Wilmington, Delaware, Anna sells beauty products to doctors for Beutanical Gardens. She is so nice and compliments everyone, but she is also insecure about her appearance because she thought she was ugly as a child. She shouldn't be because she is quite pretty, even in one scene where someone else points out that she isn't wearing makeup.
In a fast food place, Anna seems to be ordering for several people. No, it's all for her. And then it's straight to the bathroom to throw up. She also smokes a lot and is obsessive-compulsive at times.
Anna and Robert celebrate their first anniversary in a nice restaurant. She doesn't want ice cream afterward, but she ends up eating it anyway.
After being told she is being let go because she's not good enough at her job, Anna takes her product samples with her despite being told not to. Then she visits her mother, who waits on her and does things for her even though she is dying of cancer. Anna's sister, who seems to be taking care of their mother, is upset at Anna's irresponsible behavior, including going outside and smoking.
When Anna is out driving, she is nearly out of gas and her cell phone needs to be charged. She goes to a store and you would think she is getting gas or at least a cell phone charger. No, her priority is cigarettes. This may have been a good thing.
Something happens in that store that leads Anna to jump on a nearby bus which happens to be heading for Maine. Her father's family had a cottage near a nuclear power plant in Massachusetts. Yes, Massachusetts isn't that close and the one nuclear plant in the state isn't anywhere close to the border and doesn't even look like this one. Maybe I missed some detail, but it's likely the movie's writers weren't trying for accuracy.
When the bus stops, Anna meets Danny. Or is it Jason? Actually, it's Travis. Danny/Jason/Travis is a Mormon who has rejected his faith because he's tired of being told what to do. He has friends near where the bus lets them off in Boston. Danny steals a car (though Anna probably had the money to rent one) and they head for Paul's house.
Paul and his friends are losers who use drugs. Paul also makes porn. So the couple doesn't stay there long. Eventually they end up in the pleasant seaside community where Kennedys might live, but the cottage isn't that nice. Anna is reluctant to stay in her family's cottage since someone else owns it, but Danny breaks in and they treat it like the family still owns it. Until a neighbor starts snooping around.
Up to this point, the movie has been an adventure, occasionally funny. Now the action slows down, and the couple talk about all sorts of things going on in their lives, and the movie is more of a romance. Nothing really has to happen because these two are so appealing. At one point there is conflict, and we hope for the couple to resolve the conflict. And when Anna finally recharges her phone, she has numerous messages. We get to listen to all of them, and it's quite effective.
About that conflict: Several weeks ago I saw Julia Roberts in "Eat, Pray, Love". Anna has something in common with Roberts' character. Both ran away from what some would call a perfect life. Actually, Roberts' character came closer to having a perfect life, but both she and Anna are told their lives were too perfect for them to just go on the run. In Anna's case there may have been more justification, but her life wasn't really that bad.
Jessalyn Gilsig is so likable despite her character's flaws, and Graham Patrick Martin, whoever he is, does a good job too. They make a nice couple. And when there is conflict, it gives them a chance to show how really talented they are.
David Costabile, as the husband, does his best work in the phone messages.
The scenery is pretty and, true to the title, the cottage is "somewhere slow" compared to the hectic life both characters have had.
There are some curious editing choices. At one point the audio is the couple in bed, while the video is them changing clothes. A similar situation exists later on where the action jumps back and forth between inside and outside.
What I believe to be the f-word gets used a few times, but the version of the movie I saw doesn't seem too bad. It's not quite family-friendly but not too bad.
It's a mostly pleasant effort if you can ignore all the laws being broken.