This is just one of those pitches that you hear and you just think, “Seriously – only do it if you know you can pull it off …” and this movie lets you know from the opening music video, chill, it’s all good.
Okay – let it be known that I have always loved Drew Barrymore, and my love for her has only grown and grown since the moment I first laid eyes on her which was probably in E.T., lol; and recently, finally reading her autobiography “Little Girl Lost”, that love has practically exploded, like I really couldn’t love her more than I do right now. But there is still no reason on earth I should love this movie as much as I did.
I’ve really not been a huge fan of Barrymore’s forays into generic romantic comedy; I didn’t even really love her that much in Charlie’s Angels … she was doing so great with Donnie Darko and Riding in Cars with Boys but she kind of seems to have sold out just a little (I know how stupid that sounds, she’s not exactly been an indie girl all her life, but still) – though even as I say that, I remember how much I loved 50 First Dates and Fever Pitch, even then, I guess I just know she has so much more inside her and she could do so much better, at the same time as I appreciate she deserves to have some fun. Really, I’m guessing my love of this movie has a whole lot more to do with little personal things than general quality of film making etc, I guess I just feel the need to make that known here.
The music here is spot on – I know it’s been released too early and I know it won’t happen, but I still wanna say, it will be a travesty if none of the songs here get nominated for Best Original Song at next year’s Oscars, these songs are practically what the category is made for in my opinion.
Drew and Hugh are fantastic together, almost surprisingly so. And the fact that this movie at times oversimplifies the old classic romcom staple of the gender divide and never once annoys me, stranger than that, it actually almost thrills me at times, is just icing on the cake. Oh yes, and may I tentatively be the first person to say that this is possibly the movie where Kristen Johnson becomes officially the new Bonnie Hunt