The Rebound- July 23rd

The Rebound (2009)
English- Romantic Comedy
Rated “R”
Runtime- 94 min.
dir. Bart Freundlich

I’m not completely sure where this choice came from.  I think that I just saw a rom-com with mildly-talented actors that had received pretty low ratings and decided to give it a shot.

Story/Writing: .5/2

It tries very hard to be a more realistic genre-changer by trying to re-make the modern rom-com, similar to The Break-Up.  It ends up falling flat on many occasions, making the movie much more complicated than it already is.

Acting: 1/2

Catherine Zeta-Jones and Justin Bartha have some strange screen chemistry that suffers from all of the non-traditional twists in their relationship.  He’s young, graduated, and jobless, as well as a caring father figure.  She’s older, wiser, and professional.  They just seem too tailored for each other, which only serves to counter the rebellious nature of their relationship.

Photography/Set: 1/2

All the shooting is on-location, but the photography is stale and sometimes claustrophobic.  It doesn’t feel very “in the moment” either, instead opting for a lot of medium shots that are removed from the action.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Soundtrack was forgettable, and the television effects were okay at best.

Misc: .5/2

Short, not completely fulfilling , and badly paced are just a few of the descriptions I could use. Also, a surprising amount of swearing and other obscenities, or at least more than I expected.

VERDICT: 4.5/10

Probably a waste of time.

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