Well, my dear readers, it’s been quite a while since I posted anything here. Between one awful cold and a big move, I felt a break was needed.
But since I’ve recovered from both those real life invasions, let’s get back to the business of critiquing with this RomCom double feature.
If reviews are to be believed, lately romantic comedies have been quite the suckfests. Unlikeable but beautiful people try and fail to convince us that they are worthy of a ‘happily-ever-after’ moment. Or we get a story about a deep friendship between two dudes that’s clearly only written for men.
It’s a bit bleak out there for men AND women, so let’s take a look backward at two modern romcoms that both succeed (to a point) but don’t necessarily leave us with bad feelings.
The ending still bugs me.
I first saw “Unconditional Love” in 2004; I’d never heard of it, but after discovering just how awesome Peter Sarsgaard is, I decided that I needed to watch every movie of his I could find, and with absolutely no prior knowledge, I found myself watching this quirky, uneven but cute little film about the most self-less kind of love.
And then I had to go and ruin things even more by rewatching it.
It’s rare to see a movie that has no redeeming qualities, but here it is in last year’s “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”
I can admit, with only a small amount of shame, that I’m a big fan of the books the movie is based on. Yes, they’re chick lit with a lot of the clichs of the format, but they’re fun and Sophie Kinsella has a good sense of humor and a light tough with both humorous and touching scenarios.
Unfortunately, none of that made it in to the movie.