Three years past his divorce, veteran novelist Bill Borgens (Academy Award (R) nominee Greg Kinnear) can’t stop obsessing over, let alone spying on, his ex-wife Erica (Academy Award (R) winner Jennifer Connelly), who ignominiously left him for another man. Even as his neighbor-with-benefits, Tricia (Kristen Bell) tries to push him back into the dating pool, he remains blind to anyone else’s charms. Meanwhile, his fiercely independent collegiate daughter Samantha (Lily Collins) is publishing her first novel while recoiling at the very thought of first love with a diehard romantic (Logan Lerman); and his teen son Rusty (Nat Wolff) is trying to find his voice, both as a fantasy writer and as the unexpected boyfriend of a dream girl with unsettlingly real problems. As each of these situations mounts into a tangled trio of romantic holiday crises, it brings the Borgens to surprising revelations about how endings become beginnings. (c) Millenium
Directed/Written by: Josh Boone
I’m not really sure where to start with this review. I have mixed feelings about this movie, and as I sit here typing this, I’m trying to think which contradiction I should bring up first.
The cast for this movie is amazing. The acting in this movie is incredible. However, it was somewhat hindered by the script. I personally didn’t like the script at all. There were several moments in the film that were very deep and insightful; these sections were well written. However, the parts in between these moments seemed rushed. They moved too fast and choppy for the audience to actually connect to the characters sometimes.
Overall, I liked the character development. However, Samantha’s transformation from being ‘cold-hearted bitch’ to more loving and caring was a bit cookie cutter. However, this is just my opinion, and my only complaint against the characters.
Again, the plot was choppy, and even though there were some good moments that stick with you, the ones in between just throw you off. I do admit to crying in some parts though, as I really connected with Logan Lerman’s character.
In conclusion, the movie was okay. The characters and actors definitely saved Boone’s script, and you can use the insightful scenes to erase the hurried transition ones.