It's a lot better than it looks.
Mainly because it's got a really clever, witty script, and it's got Topher Grace. He gives the movie a certain intellectual geek charm. Well, him and the combination of Sean Hayes and Nathan Lane...someone needs to get those two a buddy movie, stat. I don't know why they haven't been teamed up before, because they play off each other marvelously.
What makes this movie different from every other lame romantic comedy is the script. It's flippant, sarcastic and irreverent. There's an Ashton Kutchner joke, even. It features lines like, "I will tear you to pieces with my bare hands...or vicious rhetoric."
Who, apart from people I know, says things like that?
But I do have one problem with this movie. It's all about how the perfect lil blonde Barbie (Kate Bosworth, who - get this - is playing Sandra Dee in the upcoming Bobby Darin biopic) gets her dream come true. I, personally, think it would have been a far mor interesting movie had the best friend, Cathy, been the lead. Oh, my bad: the perfect lil blonde Barbie isn't perfect; her eyes are two different colours. I'm sorry. But the cute lil blonde Barbie always gets the man, and the quirky dark-haired best friend gets all the good lines. Just once, I'd like to see it happen the other way around. Just once.
Apart from that, though, it's a cute little throwback to the Fifties with a heart and a wit. With a soundtrack that astounds. I'm serious: it features artists like Bleu, Liz Phair, Wheat (hey, what is it with all the local Boston bands!?) and Five For Fighting. It doesn't have the Barry White tune that's in the movie. It's brilliant; during the movie I kept thinking I needed to buy it and I did, on the way home.
It's a fun movie. It's the kind of fun movie that makes a fun DVD to put in when there's nothing else on to watch. And I'll probably buy it at some point.
It's not rocket science, or Oscar fodder. But it's cute, clever, and fun. What more do you need?