Release Date: April 22nd, 2005
The Cast: Amanda Peet,Ashton Kutcher,Kathryn Hahn,Kal Penn,Ali Larter,Taryn Manning,Gabriel Mann,Jeremy Sisto
Basic Premise: Over the course of 7 years, a young man (Kutcher) and woman (Peet) become more than just friends even after they separate from one another for a few years.
Entertainment Value: Chemistry can make or break a romantic comedy. Thanks to wonderful casting, there is a lot of chemistry to spare between the two leads. The sparks fly in every scene in which they are together. Amanda Peet shines--she has never been better. Her charm resonates off-screen. Also, the screenwriter knows how to write a script that still has tension even though, structurally, it is predictable. Also, there is a good amount of good, clean humor. The settings are very bright and picturesque. The cinematography is very good--not too many close-ups and, fortunately, no dizzy "music-video"-like shots. The music is also great, with some hip modern songs, not-to-mention one Bon Jovi song as well.
Spiritual Value: Because the script is so well-written and the cast is so likeable, it is easy to care for the two leads. Also, it is refreshing to watch a movie with no bad guys for a change. This is just a pure, charming, feel-great love story without anyone dying. Sometimes people need to be cheered up a bit and this movie will definitely help bring a smile onto anyone's face--even if you're the romantic type.
Insult to your intelligence: A little too much use of title cards showing elapsed time, which becomes briefly distracting.
Number of times I checked my watch: 0
The Bottom Line: A charming, feel-great romantic comedy with lots of chemistry, humor, and likeable, realistic characters. It deserves to be the new "When Harry Met Sally..." of this generation.
Recommended Way to Watch: Movie Theater (1st Run)
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