I really did not want to see it. Heard horrible things. I will stop short of saying I was dragged, but on the inside I was thinking, "Just don't go to sleep. That will ruin the date."
You might agree with me. As the opening credits rolled I leaned to Laurice and said, "They should just list actors NOT in the movie." (See full list below - and that's just the principal cast)
The first 20 minutes were cute but slow. The problem with so many criss-crossing stories? They all have to start. So basically you get 5-10 wake up with lover, wife or alone scenes. But then in an action-less CRASH-like way, the stories start to interweave. Some not until the end. There are some very cute reference to past artistic endeavors, especially with Garry Marshall and Julia Roberts you really have to pay attention to catch. Usually I am very quick with subtle and inside jokes. But Laurice had to point out every one to me. Especially one referring to Julia's Broadway Debut. Taylor (Lautner) & Taylor (Swift) quips were fun but that was the limit to there screen time.
The only problem I had with the movie? It was very white, with a few token performances. Jamie Foxx and Queen Latifa were both great but after thoughts. George Lopez seemed out of place as the Mexican Florist working for, yet best friend to Ashton Kutcher. You would think stars of this caliber have out lived the need for the stereotype roles.
Basically this would normally be a movie made with a bunch of CW up and comer types with 1-2 stars. A romantic Superbad. But, being Garry Marshall - one of those directors you work for less than usual just to stand in front of his cameras - you get a screen full of Oscar nods and top pop icons. Especially endearing, the story line of Hector Elizondo and Shirley MacLaine.
IN SHORT - GO SEE THIS MOVIE ON YOUR NEXT DATE NIGHT!!!
ANYWHO - Back to IMPROV. 1pm Show today, Thursday and Friday. Regular LMAO schedule this weekend. Plus Jewish HS gig in Stamford Saturday Night.
FROM IMDB http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0817230/fullcredits#cast
Jessica Alba ... Morley Clarkson
Kathy Bates ... Susan
Jessica Biel ... Kara Monahan
Bradley Cooper ... Holden
Eric Dane ... Sean Jackson
Patrick Dempsey ... Dr. Harrison Copeland
Hector Elizondo ... Edgar
Jamie Foxx ... Kelvin Moore
Jennifer Garner ... Julia Fitzpatrick
Topher Grace ... Jason
Anne Hathaway ... Liz
Carter Jenkins ... Alex
Ashton Kutcher ... Reed Bennett
Queen Latifah ... Paula Thomas
Taylor Lautner ... Willy
George Lopez ... Alphonso
Shirley MacLaine ... Estelle
Emma Roberts ... Grace
Julia Roberts ... Captain Kate Hazeltine
Bryce Robinson ... Edison
Taylor Swift ... Felicia
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