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Review: Remember Me
Director Allen Coulter bites off more than he can chew in this rote romantic drama.
Robert Pattinson trades his fangs for James Dean's cool
| March 12, 2010
Review: It's Complicated
It's complicated, and so are my feelings about Nancy Meyer's predictable and overlong boomer-bait rom-com.
Indeed it is
| December 25, 2009
Review: Did You Hear About the Morgans?
Just in time to round out my Ten Worst Films list comes this witless and excruciating rom-com from Marc Lawrence ( Miss Congeniality ). If you haven't heard about the Morgans, their story will sound familiar pretty quickly
If not, it'll sound familiar pretty quickly
| December 18, 2009
Review: The Ugly Truth
The biting revelation promised by the title of Robert Luketic's fluff never bares its teeth.
Not so much ugly as bland
| July 24, 2009
Review: (500) Days of Summer
"This is not a love story," (500) Days of Summer 's disembodied narrator tells us. That's mostly a lie.
An odd romantic comedy, but a romantic comedy nonetheless
| July 17, 2009
Review: Moscow, Belgium
Matty (Barbara Sarafian) is a weather-beaten wreck, a postal-worker mom of three whose vacillating husband has (pretty much) left her for a younger woman.
Tired mom meets 'viking' trucker
| April 24, 2009
Carole Lombard rose to stardom in 1934 and was dead by 1942, killed in a plane crash on her way back from selling war bonds; her last picture, Ernst Lubitsch’s To Be or Not To Be , was released posthumously.
Carole Lombard’s nine years of stardom
| October 08, 2008
How To Lose Friends & Alienate People
British comics Rich Gervais and Simon Pegg have attempted the jump to Hollywood, opting to squeeze their eccentric personae into a standard romantic comedy.
Lesson learned, but no laughs
| October 01, 2008
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer (the hacks behind Date Movie and Epic Movie ) unleashed their second witless rehash of pop culture references this year.
Devoid of laughs or recognizable actors
| September 03, 2008
Elsa y Fred | Elsa + Fred
Set in modern-day Madrid, Marco Carnevale’s gentle romantic comedy slaps two touchstone images from Italian cinema on the screen.
Geriatric hijinks abound
| July 16, 2008
The awful truth
Among the signal directors of 1930s comedies — one thinks of Frank Capra, Howard Hawks, Ernst Lubitsch, and George Cukor — Leo McCarey’s name has been largely forgotten.
Leo McCarey was better in the ’30s
| June 02, 2008
Although it begins and ends with a tragically ambiguous image, Wang Quan’an’s film might be the closest thing that Mongolian cinema will ever get to a romantic comedy.
An unforgettable heroine
| May 28, 2008
Made of Honor
Paul Weiland’s Made of Honor is not your usual formulaic romantic comedy: it’s stupid, its leading man is unlikable, and its jokes are unfunny and sometimes cruel.
Scottish-related gags and other dumb stuff
| May 07, 2008
Notes from underground
Although it hardly seems likely in a summer of noisy, box-office-busting sequels, independent cinema thrives, after a fashion, in America.
Celebrating independents at the HFA
| June 27, 2007
Secrets and spies
Paul Verhoeven has made a brilliant study of the origins and consequences of Fascism. That film, of course, is Starship Troopers.
Black Book ’s mismatched conventions
| April 11, 2007
Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer, the brain warp behind the Scary Movie franchise and Date Movie , again take their tired and not-so-true formula and spoof a list of semi-recent theater fillers).
| January 31, 2007
Catch and Release
Of all the characters in Susannah Grant’s punishing romantic comedy, Grady, the former fiancé of Gray (Jennifer Garner), has the least to complain about: he’s dead. Watch the trailer for Catch and Release (QuickTime)
| January 24, 2007
Major and minor Billy
Billy Wilder’s expansive career began in Germany at the end of the ’20s, continued briefly in Paris when he fled Hitler in 1933, and picked up in Hollywood the following year.
The HFA celebrates Wilder’s centennial
| December 07, 2006
A reminder to all producers: alluding to iconic romantic comedies in a bid for legitimacy can be a dangerous game, even when you have appealing stars. Watch the trailer for The Holiday (QuickTime)
A safe box office bet
| December 06, 2006
John Tucker Must Die
Maybe if John Tucker did die, this sad foray into teen romantic comedy wouldn’t be so demoralizing. Watch the trailer for John Tucker Must Die (QuickTime)
...and so must this film
| July 26, 2006
Adam and Steve
For the time being, any gay romance movie requires the Brokeback reference.
Takes on same issues as Brokeback , but with a more optimistic attitude
| April 27, 2006
Date Movie - side
| February 23, 2006
Director Sanaa Hamri’s first feature doesn’t attempt something new so much as try to revive something old — it’s yet another romantic comedy with a twist.
Rating: 2 stars
| February 02, 2006
Imagine Me & You
Ol Parker tries to do something new with this romantic comedy, but the script, which he also wrote, is as unimaginative as his characters.
Rating: 1 star
| February 02, 2006
The Last Holiday
Queen Latifah has the Alec Guinness role as a quietly desperate type with a terminal prognosis in this remake of the 1950 romantic comedy.
| January 13, 2006
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