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(Review originally written at 19 January 2011)

To be honest, I had no idea what to expect from this movie and as it started I had no idea which direction it was heading to. At first it really seemed like the movie wasn't going to do anything good or interesting with its story but once it does, the movie gets a quite good one to watch, within its genre and I simply really enjoyed it for what is was.

What I like about this movie is that it never becomes a melodramatic or sappy one, like movies like this often tend to do. The situations and characters within this movie are being kept mostly real and so are all of their emotions and feelings. This is the foremost reason why I kept liking this movie throughout. I liked were the story was going and the overall message of it.

Yes, it still also really is a comedy though, so some of the situations and characters are still being exaggerated for comedy effect. But just like its drama, the comedy never pushes it too far, until its end, when the movie suddenly becomes more goofy. But overall I still really liked the balance between the comedy and the drama of this movie.

Thing that also truly keeps this movie interesting and good to watch is its cast. It really has a surprisingly good cast in it. Julianne Moore, Maggie Gyllenhaal, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, Ellen Barkin, Bob Balaban and Eva Mendes all in one movie. That's quite amazing actually for such a low-key movie as this one. Every actor was fine within their role but the one that stood out most to me was David Duchovny, who is trying so hard the last couple of years to become a legit actor after his "X-Files" fame. He had an hard time getting rid of his image but if he keeps on playing like he does in this movie, he should be alright.

I can still see all of this movie its flaws, such as some story issues and some misplaced comedy at times but as an overall experience, I surprisingly liked this movie and I honestly liked it better than just the average genre attempt.

7/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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