The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Samantha Ellis of Musing of a Classic Film Addict and it is Romantic Films
“This could include any movie with a romantic pairing as the central focus of the plot, be it a comedy, drama, horror, or what have you.”
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Samantha!
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Romantic Films.…
“What if this is it, Gerry? What if this is all there is to our life? You have to have a plan. Why do I have to be the responsible grown-up who worries? Why can’t I be the cute, carefree Irish guy who sings all the time?” – Holly
“Because you can’t sing without making dogs bark?” – Gerry
Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2019)
Brief Synopsis – A young widow begins to receive messages from her former husband that are meant to help her deal with her grief.
My Take on it – This is a film that I was quite interested in seeing because the premise sounded so intriguing.
Unfortunately, that’s pretty much all this film has going for it.
The premise is hinged on the great chemistry between the two main characters but neither Hilary Swank or Gerard Butler succeed in making the chemistry between them feel real and that takes away so much from the believability of this story.
The film takes things to very far-fetched places and that turns a potentially enjoyable romance film into what seems like a farce.
The majority of the cast feel out of place in these roles and even the amazing Jeffrey Dean Morgan who usually is able to bring such a powerful presence to his roles, isn’t able to so anything with his character which is very disappointing.
The story itself meanders along way too much and this kind of film should have been much shorter in order to be effective.
This film has so much potential that is wasted because it just doesn’t manage to deliver at all.
Bottom Line – Interesting premise that just doesn’t work well at all. Swank and Butler have terrible chemistry together and that takes away from believing the rest of the film. Some of the aspects of the film get way too far-fetched and that turns a potentially great idea into a near farce. Most of the cast feel very miscast in these roles and even the amazing Morgan doesn’t manage to deliver which is quite a shame. The story meanders along too much and this film should have been much shorter and then it might have been much more effective, but as it is, it doesn’t come close to doing what it could.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – According to the Christmas 2006 issue of People magazine, Jeffrey Dean Morgan had to learn to play the guitar for his part in this film in a very short time. His guitar instructor was Nancy Wilson of the band Heart. Morgan was thrilled to take lessons from her, because, in his own words, “I had such a crush on her as a kid.” (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. This film just doesn’t work well enough especially as a romance film.
Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)
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