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.
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.
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.
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.
Soundtrack was forgettable, and the television effects were okay at best.
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.
Probably a waste of time.