The trailer was promising, although looking back, I realized, what else can you expect from the movie except for the resolution: so does the guy end up with his fiancée or the best friend?
I was looking forward to enjoying this chick flick* but that’s hard when faced with characters who are one-dimensional and vapid—they have been lifted from stereotypes that have pervaded pop culture since time immemorial. You have two best friends: Darcy (Kate Hudson) is blond, supposedly prettier (I didn’t think so), popular and the life of every party; Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin) is average, supposedly less pretty (I didn’t think so) but has the brains and a law degree from NYU. Dex (Colin Egglesfield) is a jock, prettier than both ladies combined (YES!), and in what was probably the only non-cliché twist in the story, he is actually a nice guy.
Imagine these three constantly barraging you with indecision:
- Darcy gets cold feet. So should she walk down the aisle?
- Rachel realizes she likes Dex. So should she pursue him?
- Dex is confused. What to do?
The writers (Emily Giffin, who wrote the book from which this movie is based on, and Jennie Snyder) must have felt how irritating the characters were and had foreseen the audience’s frustration and therefore, parlayed that into the picture (directed by Luke Greenfield) with a fourth character: Rachel’s other best friend, Ethan (John Krasinski). He constantly screams at them to force them to a decision.
But of course, we all know that an adult-like decision from any of the three 30-year olds would have cut this film into 30 minutes, and therefore, it would have been more appropriate as a Friends episode than a full-length film. If you are seeing this film, note how the story feels clunky and segmented: the plot switches from the present to flashbacks, then on to the future, zooming past weekends and months. This really should have been a TV show.
It has some funny moments and it did manage to squeeze some mush out of me: the guy’s really hot. Oh, and wait until after the end of the credits as it hints a sequel. Like we’re supposed to take that seriously.
*I do love chick flicks. Faves include Bridget Jones’s Diary, Confessions of a Shopaholic and The Devil Wears Prada. Oh, and How to Lose a Guy in Ten Days, where I actually liked Kate Hudson.