Archive for the Romantic Category

When Harry Met Sally…

Posted in Chick Flicks, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , on August 8, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Does sex make it impossible for men and women to be true friends? This romantic comedy chronicles this dilemma through the eleven year relationship between Harry and Sally who meet in college, then pursue their own lives until they reconnect ten years later.

What people are saying:

“Rob Reiner’s touching, funny film set a new standard for romantic comedies, and he was ably abetted by the sharp interplay between Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan” 4 1/2 stars

“While it may be packed with whip-smart, endlessly quotable dialogue and laugh-out-loud moments, its enduring popularity undoubtedly stems from the fact that it has genuine heart.” 5 stars

When Harry met Sally was a massive critical and box office success when it was released. This is a witty comedy set in the big apple and both Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan are in fantastic touch. They were both huge stars at the time and the respective king and queen of comedy, unarguably. The reason the film was so successful is because it taps into the omnipresent societal dilemma: Can a man and woman simply be friends and nothing more. Nora Ephron’s screenplay is one of the finest examples of a funny screenplay and Rob Reiner is a master filmmaker who is in sublime touch here.” 4 1/2 stars

“An extended Seinfeld episode, but not very funny, not as well written, with lower quality of invention. Oh so-with-it New Yorkers, so cool, so fast talking! The ending evoked the ending of a movie with Dustin Hoffman where he runs and runs to rescue the woman he suddenly discovers he loves as she is in the very process of being married in church, and carries her away to a city bus, so even that wasn’t original.” 1 star

“So much more than a chick flick. This is the story of boy (Billy Crystal) meets girl (Meg Ryan). He makes the argument that men and women can never be “just friends”, to which she begs to differ. You get to see how their friendship progresses through the years, and who ultimately ends up being right. This film is like an excellent Woody Allen movie without all of the cynical self-deprecation, which makes it a refreshing breath of fresh air. It truly is uproariously funny, and I know I’m 26 years late, but it has been a long while since I’ve had such a great time with a comedy. This is directed by Rob Reiner, and I have to say, I don’t think he gets enough credit as being the brilliant comedy director that he really is. The script here is bulletproof, and the chemistry is fiery; even though these two characters are constantly butting heads, you can tell at every single turn that there is something more, brewing just underneath the surface. It’s blunt vs. neurotic, and the repartee that these two share makes the movie; there is a quick-witted comeback for every line of dialogue, and When Harry Met Sally fully encapsulates how you can be attracted to somebody who is constantly driving you up the wall. This is the quintessential romance movie, and I can’t think of a movie out there that does the romantic comedy better. It raises a ton of great points about relationship, and it forces you to ask yourself the question “can men and women really be just friends?” I believe the answer to this question is no when both parties are single, but it doesn’t force any sort of agenda, it allows you to make up your own mind. There are some really good make-up effects here as well, and you can totally buy both of them as college students as well as people in their mid-30’s. There’s so much about this that works, and it’s hard not to emphatically fall in love with it, much like how the characters interact within the film.” 5 stars

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Before We Go

Posted in Drama, Independent, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , on June 23, 2018 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Before We Go, the directorial debut of Chris Evans, follows the journey of two strangers stuck in New York City for the night. Starting as convenient acquaintances, the two soon grow into each other’s most trusted confidants when a night of unexpected adventure forces them to confront their fears and take control of their lives.

What people are saying:

“Slight and familiar but sweet enough for Saturday night, Before We Go is the umpteenth re-up of Brief Encounter, not that there’s anything wrong with that.” 4 stars

“Evans and Eve as actors get a passing grade, but Evans as director fails to find a thematic center worth sticking around to watch.” 2 stars

“I know it says “Romantic” but to me it was more than Romantic, it was about finding a friendship without being intimate. I loved the aspect that both Alice and Chris were there for each other. Two people that had never known each other detailing there most personal feelings. I am from a time that two people could fall in love without being intimate. Without giving away the ending had to be that way because even though she felt something for him she was still married. ” 5 stars

“A cliché but heartfelt romance movie. A good movie to watch with your significant other on a rainy night. The chemistry between the leads is apparent and for a Directing debut, Chris Evans gives a solid attempt at a slightly different take on classic Rom coms. If you do not enjoy long walking and talking scenes however, I would advise against this movie as this is a common story telling method throughout the film” 3 stars

“Equal parts drama and comedy, this one isn’t as predictable as you would think. I recommend it for a lazy rainy day or a before bed movie with minimal expectations. The two starts are both great. Good enough I would watch again.” 4 stars

Two Weeks Notice

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

A woman finds herself attempting to foil one office romance while debating if she should take a chance on another in this romantic comedy. Lucy Kelton (Sandra Bullock) is a top-flight attorney who has risen to the position of Chief Legal Counsel for one of New York’s leading commercial real estate firms, the Wade Corporation. However, Lucy’s job has one significant drawback — George Wade (Hugh Grant), the eccentric and remarkably self-centered head of the firm. George seems entirely incapable of making a decision without Lucy’s advice, whether it actually involves a legal matter or not, and while she’s fond of George, being at his beck and call 24 hours a day has brought her to the end of her rope. In a moment of anger, Lucy gives her two weeks notice, and George reluctantly accepts, under one condition — Lucy has to hire her own replacement. After extensive research, Lucy picks June Carter (Alicia Witt), a Harvard Law graduate determined to make a career for herself. Lucy soon begins to suspect, however, that June plans to hasten her rise up the corporate ladder by winning George’s hand, leaving Lucy to wonder if she should warn George about his beautiful but calculating new attorney — and whether she should tell George that she has finally realized she’s in love with him.

What people are saying:

“Hugh Grant and Sandra Bullock basically play their patented movie selves in this overly familiar romantic comedy about corporate greed, social responsibility, personal promises and budding love.” 2 stars

“A familiar plot and typical Bullock flick. Woman intellect meets scatterbrain man, fall in love (neither one knows it), a falling out, and they supposedly live happily ever after. Grant always plays the somewhat down founded man and Bullock is always somewhat of dimwit. Also, there’s a cameo appearance (with a four-liner speech) by a certain billionaire, who could have been edited out and his appearance forgotten. Recommended to Bullock and Grant fans.” 3 stars

“Its only relevance is as a sign of its times. Really it’s no worse than Rock Hudson Doris Day movies, and maybe someday it will be misviewed as a classic as those movies are. There’s little pep to the proceedings, but plenty of star power.” 2 stars

“A rom com about a shallow and obscenely rich playboy (when he said he was calling for a lift, he meant his private helicopter) and a brainy cause-fighting attorney (she can rattle off names of General Counsels when suspected of concussion). Grant and Bullock deliver their cheeky wordplay (“I think you are the most selfish human being on the planet.” “Well that’s just silly. Have you met everybody on the planet?”) with impeccable comic timing and adorable chemistry.” 4 stars

“This is one of those rom-coms that does something unique: it actually gets you to care about the characters who are supposed to be together. The way this movie does it is by having these characters actually be good people, despite their differing ideologies, an achievement that is difficult enough to manage in real life, let alone in a movie. There aren’t any memorable lines, but the charm of both Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant is enough to make this movie worth watching.” 3 1/2 stars

It Happened in Athens

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , on April 20, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In 1896 it is announced that the Olympic Games will be revived in Athens. A young shepherd, Spiridon Loues, decides to enter the 26-mile marathon. Once in Athens, he meets Christina Gratsos, a young woman from his hometown who is now the personal maid of Eleni Costa, Greece’s most glamorous actress. Though he has arrived after the qualification date, Spiridon’s athletic prowess so impresses Coach Graham of the American team that he is permitted to enter the contest. Eleni informs the press that she will marry the victor, confident it will be her lover, Lieutenant Vinardos.

What people are saying:

“In 1962 It Happened In Athens was released. Jayne Mansfield’s contract was up at Fox. A flm, at least a little different from her usual roles. Jayne fans love her in anything.” 4 stars

“Jayne has a supporting role but gets top billing and is playing against type. Jayne plays a self absorbed stage actress and is a little villainous. I think it was meant to be a vehicle for introducing Trax Colton to the movies and they needed a big star to carry the movie, so they put Jayne in. Jayne looks mesmerizing in this film. I wish Fox would put it on an official DVD, though they do show it on the Fox Movie Channel sometimes. Trax plays a Greek shepherd boy trying to enter the first Olympics. Jayne plays a glamorous stage actress who promises to marry one of the winners of one of the games. Jayne’s acting is inspired and even though she has a supporting role, she is the one you will be watching the film for. This movie has a reputation of being one of Jayne’s ‘loan out’ film roles for Fox, but in fact this was a major motion picture big budget movie filmed in 1960 and was made in Cinemascope. ” 5 stars

If the movie were made by the Walt Disney studio, it would have been great!” 1 1/2 stars

“I found it rather difficult to watch this film all the way through. The acting was uninspired, the story was weak, and overall it just dragged.There were moments that were intended to be humorous that just fell flat. The actors don’t seem interested in giving there all here for the most part. Maria Xenia makes some effort, but given the weak script there is little she could do. I do think that it could have been interesting had there been a little more focus on the Olympics aspect and less on Mansfield’s character attempting to seduce Colton’s character. The seduction falls flat on screen. And it seems the actors are just embarrassing themselves.” 3 stars

“This is a frivolous light hearted comedy about about Greek farm boy, Trax Colton, who decides to enter the first Olympics in 1896. The movie follows his struggles through to his success. It’s amusing to watch the primitive conditions athletes competed under back then, and the lack of formality. Real-life Olympic hero Bob Mathias plays the American captain. A real attraction is Jayne Mansfield, who as a beauty promises to marry the winner of the marathon. She appears in a number of skimpy, revealing costumes, trying to tempt the virtuous Colton, to humorous effect. ” 4 stars

Only the Lonely

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , on March 28, 2017 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Adapted from Paddy Chayefsky’s Marty, this film from writer-director Chris Columbus stars John Candy as Danny Muldoon, a Chicago police officer who still lives at home with his overbearing mother, Rose (Maureen O’Hara). When Danny meets the shy Theresa (Ally Sheedy) one night at a bar, he’s instantly smitten. Unfortunately, both Danny’s friends and Rose disapprove, making his quest for a normal relationship and life seemingly impossible.

What people are saying:

“A splendid little comedy about love lost and found featuring a terrific performance from O’Hara as a salty, prejudiced Irish mother who struggles with the thought of being alone. Sheedy also performs well as Candy’s would be “Sicilian/Polish” fiance. A very enjoyable watch.” 3 stars

“A real stinker from Chris Columbus. Makes Maureen O’hara seem and look like a witch. Terrible script, predictable and poorly conceived. It is no Home Alone ot Trains, Planes and automobiles…not even a near miss. Only Ally Sheedy shines.” 1 1/2 stars

“This movie came out in 1991 and it was a throwback even then: sweet, full of love and hope and not at all cynical. Today’s romantic comedies could learn a few things. Maureen O’Hara is priceless here as the interfering, guilt mongering mother and John Candy proved once and for all he was a natural comedic film actor, not just suited for TV comedy skits. Ally Sheedy is also wonderful here, having shed her previous troubled teenage brat roles to play a shy, young woman who clearly has the strongest sense of character in the movie. Watch this if you want to see real love on the screen (and chuckle along the way). After all, this is at least the second time “Only the Lonely” has been put back into rotation and I think that largely shows how popular this movie is.” 5 stars

“This is pretty much as cute and warm as movies can get! However, for all I was very entertained by this movie; as a whole it still felt quite average… Yet I really did enjoy watching it! The plot is very interesting as a man struggles to find love because he feels the need to take care of his mother! It’s definitely a great little movie which everybody needs to see!” 3 stars

“A delightful romantic comedy with a surprising amount of substance. The characters really rang true, as over and over again I found myself reminded of people I’ve known in real life. The movie is also good for a good many big belly laughs, too. ” 4 1/2 stars

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Posted in Chick Flicks, Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

In this screwball sequel to the 2002 hit romantic comedy, there’s a new wedding on the horizon for the wacky Portokalos clan — and with it comes a new assortment of family crises and secrets.

What people are saying:

“A sequel as funny as the original. You’ll laugh out loud many times. The cast is all back and better than ever. Kudos to director Jones for a great effort. Vardalos is terrific but Lainie Kazan steals every scene she’s in. This is fun entertainment.” 5 stars

“Sequel to the popular hit comedy from the 90’s. The spark is not there anymore although the same characters are back this is inferior in every way” 2 stars

“Sweet-natured sequel gets the old gang together to answer questions nobody asked. Worth a rental, though, for old times’ sake.” 3 stars

“Sometimes no matter how much you want something you shouldn’t get it. This sequel is one shining example of that. The first movie was so funny and unexpected that a sequel, no matter how many years later, could never bring back the same joy.” 2 stars

“This was a pleasant enough film with a few mild chuckles, but if the Greeks invented comedy, there’s little evidence here. There seems to be a reason the Greek masters didn’t write sequels frequently.” 2 1/2 stars

Man Up

Posted in Comedy, Movie Reviews, Romantic with tags , , , , , , on November 24, 2016 by Mystery Man

PLOT:

Nancy, is done with dating. 10 times bitten, 100 times shy, she’s exhausted by the circus. So when Jack blindly mistakes her for his date, no one is more surprised than her when she does the unthinkable and just — goes with it. It’s going to take a night of pretending to be someone else for Nancy to finally man up and be her painfully honest, awesomely unconventional self… but will Jack also man up, and be able to get over her duplicity? Best just to let the evening unfold, roll with the consequences, and see if one crazy, unpredictable, complicated night can bring these two messy souls together.

What people are saying:

“Fast-paced and funny with lot’s of quirky, interesting and sometime creepy characters. Good satisfying nonsense.” 4 1/2 stars

“Sweet, heartfelt, very humorous in an awkward kind of way. There was a real chemistry between Pegg and Bell. The ending was predictable but not the road leading to it.” 3 1/2 stars

“Lovely, funny film that does romantic comedy in an honest, sharp way. Pegg and Bell have a tangible chemistry and lightning fast rapport. Kinnear is simultaneously disturbing and absolutely hilarious. There is a quiet, yet earnest charm to the film, that makes it rather endearing as it embraces and betters the romcom tropes and cliches. It is the most well constructed romantic comedy I have ever seen. Well worth the watch!” 5 stars

“I really wanted to love this movie. The London location is neat, and the initial device–meeting the wrong blind date under the clock–is cute. But the girl lead is just SO annoying (like, why is she blowing off her lovely parents’ 40th anniversary party and not simply telling this nice nerdy guy that she’s not Jessica? What’s taking her so long to do the right thing?) Women will want want to throw their Ben & Jerry’s at the screen as they watch this. It’ll drive you crazy to see a beautiful nut-case get away with sleazy stuff that you could NEVER get away with–and would never try. I can’t believe a woman actually wrote the screenplay. Who did she identify with–the lying neurotic female lead? Ew.  ” 4 stars

“Although its climax and ending still have to rely on the same romantic cliches to get going, there are many things to like about Man Up. The hyperrealistic, quick and witty dialogue and interactions between the two leads play out almost like modern poetry; it is an enjoyable combination of awkwardness and farce. And this consistent chemistry continues to impress throughout the film, making Man Up a solid recommendation for a date night movie.” 4 stars