Predictable, cheesy, silly and good
A beautiful cast for a beautiful movie. Sure, its predictable, and some would say quite cheesy. But with the entire audience gasping, giggling, and sniffling together, I’d say it reaches its target audience, which would really be anyone who enjoys movies.
The movie itself is extraordinarily conscious that it is, indeed, a movie. Let me explain further before you curl your lip and wrinkle your forehead thinking; what in the world is this chick talking about? Take “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” for example. Matthew Broderick speaks directly into the camera, breaking from the action of the movie story to address the viewer. This is a daring approach, and rarely pays off. But, like in the cult classic, it translates into an instant hit here.
Cameron Diaz is an extremely profitable and successful movie trailer creator by the name of Amanda Wood. Holly Wood may have been considered for her, seeing as she lives in L.A., part one of what we will call the Ferris Bueller Tactic. A surprising, humorous cameo appearance of Lindsey Lohan and James Franco appear in one of her trailers. That might be a comment on their acting abilities, but we won’t go there. Anyway, Amanda is incapable of crying and dramatically kicks her live-in boyfriend out in the beginning of the movie. Her obsessive over commentary quickly turns from annoying to endearing and at the very least, entertaining.
Over in London, Iris, played by Kate Winslet, is stuck in a lovestruck rut with a co-worker. Talk about your doormat, lovesick puppy act. Even though this bastard cheated on her with another co-worker, she is still at his beck and call. Even when he announces his engagement (to someone else) at their Christmas party. This inexcusable rat is played by Rufus Sewell, who you may recognize from “A Knight’s Tale.” He was a bastard in that movie, too, so he’s got that going for him, which is nice. Obviously, the plot is a simple one. Two inordinately good looking women are heart broken and in need of a vacation.
So, even in this day and age where no one ever trusts anyone, the two sign up for a house swap for two weeks. While I would pick Jack Black’s character Miles over Leo DiCaprio any day for Kate, I think Diaz won out on that swap, as Jude Law shows up drunk and ready to go her first night in England. Turns out, Graham is Iris’s brother and has a habit of showing up after a night at the local pub to sleep the festivities off. Needless to say, there are some bumps along the way, a few laughs and a surprise or two, but I’m guessing you can figure out where they all end up.
Oh, and to tangle things more, and to add to the Ferris Bueller Tactic, Black’s character is dating an actor, who, of course, is cheating on him. FYI, she also appears in “A Knight’s Tale.” So that’s how Winslet and Black work together, they are both made to feel completely insignificant and unlovable. Very uplifting. And, strangely enough through movie scores and fettuccini, they make it through.
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