“Let’s just say in some alternate universe, there’s a couple just like us, okay? Only she’s healthy and he’s perfect. And their world is about how much they’re going to spend on vacation or who’s in a bad mood that day, or whether they feel guilty about having a cleaning lady. I don’t want to be those people. I want us. You. This.” – Jamie Randall
Number of Times Seen – Twice (25 Jan 2011 and 23 Nov 2020)
Brief Synopsis – A drug sales representative always on the lookout for more female conquests, trying to get ahead in his business falls for a young free-spirited women with Parkinson’s which makes him question whether he wants to continue his life of philandering.
My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing not long after it came out yet didn’t remember much about it besides the cast and overall story.
In my attempt to watch more films starring Jake Gyllenhaal, I decided to refresh my memory on this film.
The story itself is a bit strange but unfortunately, it fails to work well enough.
Both Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway are great actors, but they don’t help make these characters more accessible to the viewer which makes it even harder to care about what they say or do.
This makes it even less believable that their characters are meant to be love interests here.
The characters aren’t developed well enough and they come across as being far too superficial in all they do because they feel too distant and disconnected.
The plot doesn’t feel unique enough and the story is far too predictable in all that happens because it just isn’t engaging enough.
The film’s supporting cast is also fine here with Josh Gad standing out among them all in a hilarious role.
Unfortunately tho, even with him playing such a funny role, things aren’t more enjoyable to watch overall.
Bottom Line – Strange story that unfortunately doesn’t work well enough. Gyllenhaal and Hathaway are both great actors, but it’s so hard to care about either of their character or even believe the fact that they are meant to fall in love. Their characters are far too superficial and that causes them to feel too distant and disconnected. The story itself is a bit too predictable for its own good and doesn’t feel engaging enough. The supporting cast is fine and Gad is hilarious in his role but still isn’t able to make this story more enjoyable to watch.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At one point, director Edward Zwick jumped into bed with Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal naked for a group shot to make them feel more comfortable. This shot was used for the film’s poster, with Zwick digitally removed. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)
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