When I wrote about What Happens in Vegas I may have said some negative things about that film, but Patrick of K.O.G Media pointed out that Ashton Kutcher has been in some pretty decent chick flicks, and cited A Lot Like Love as an example – and by gum he was right.
This movie is the story of two people who meet accidentally… several times. But are there any real accidents? Emily and Oliver meet when they take the same flight from L.A. to New York. They go their separate ways shortly afterwards and the rest of the film shows their intermittant meetings, exchanges and departures over the following years. It’s a lot like Serendipity without the frustration.
As romantic comedies go, this one is pretty good. With less jokes and more amusing situations, it seems to tell a very possible story. I also found the periodic leaps forward in time a lot less annoying than you’d think. I even started to look forward to them in a “what’s going to happen next?” kind of way. I think this technique also made the story more believable as it gave a sense of significant time passing in their lives and allowed the characters to really change and develop in a short amount of screen-time.
The two leads were cool. Their easy relationship gives the film a really feel-good quality. Ashton did a great job… yup. So did Amanda. Ashton’s just so tall. It’s nice. And Amanda has pretty eyes. Uh huh… she seemed to have a bra problem throughout the film, though. Or a lack-of bra problem. I wonder if there’s a reason? I mean, does a director say “oh, and for this scene Emily’s not wearing a bra.” And as an actress you go “okay.” Or maybe it’s in the script “Emily – a vibrant, outspoken women in her mid-twenties whose bold exterior hides her inner lonliness. She likes rock music and junk food but hates cats, organised religion and bras.” Random.
Oh, there were a couple of cool supporting roles in this film too. Again we have the compulsory best friend, this time played by the lovely Kathryn Hahn (who you may remember from another “bff” role in How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days), and Oliver’s (deaf) brother Graham, played by the v. cute Tyrone Giordano. These characters’ lives also develop alongside Emily and Oliver’s, and actually their lives seem to kind of mirror eachother’s. Weird.
Couple of “lol” moments – silent meal in the Chinese restaurant, Graham going to Emily’s door in Oliver’s place… him, there were more… but I forgot. There are also some slightly quirky warm fuzzy moments and some half decent quotes
Honestly, if you’re not willing to sound stupid you don’t deserve to be in love.
I would recommend A Lot Like Love as a date movie, or an “I’ve had a long week and feel like an easy movie that won’t make me feel worse” movie. Interested? I wouldn’t watch the trailer first if you havn’t seen it, I think it gives too much of the film away. And this is one chick flick that’s good enough to watch properly. Huzzah!
Director: Nigel Cole
Starring:Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher, Kathryn Hahn