Romcoms in the 2020's just don't sparkle.
I am a big fan of 27 Dresses so I was excited when this popped up.
Unfortunately, this film is pretty drab.
As a Brit I have always wondered about the difference between smug, self-righteous L. A buttholes and smug, self-righteous buttholes from New York.
Luckily, this film is basically a side-by-side comparison,so now I know.
There are some side plots about an exam, a book and an asthmatic kid - but they are mostly irrelevant.
The painfully stilted dialogue sways between cringy adlib and hostage proof-of-life video.
Everybody reels out exactly what they think and feel in a jarringly unnatural way.
There are so many zingers to choose from like: the recurring joke that Debbie's suitcase only has two wheels, or someone shows their bum-crack and then referencing it later, or how Peter calls a kid weasel face. Very, very, very funny stuff.
Tig Notaro and Steve Zahn:
I am not going to say anything bad about these two as I assume the only reason they keep getting booked is they have strong mafia ties.
Have you ever fantasied about opening an Air-BNB, fitting it with hidden cameras and renting it to Reece Wetherspoon so you could voyeuristically watch her wander around the house opening cupboards, reading, sitting about in her nightie? If so then you can save yourself the trouble and just watch this.
There is so much in this film that is just irrelevant filler.
There is none
Whoever shot this loves widescreen and pulls way, way back so you can get big slices of empty scenery.
Sometimes it felt like I was watching this on a neighbours T. V through binoculars.
This takes itself much too seriously to be any fun.
Everyone is so self-conscious and so pleased with themselves for adding in little highbrow nods and winks about how aware and clever they are about modern culture that any sense of fun is lost.
Modern romcoms are plagued by characters that are so super-duper-awesome and so capable that you really can't care about them.
Whatever happens everyone will be just fine and I never cared if they got together or not.