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I saw the live play version of this Neil LaBute play a few months ago with Eric McCormack in it (he played Will on Will & Grace, you will recall). And the staged version was just EXCELLENT. McCormack really nailed the part and played it with such excellent pathos I couldn't help but marvel at how I just utterly forgot he was the most famous gay man on television (until Anderson Cooper showed up, at least, lol). Adam Brody plays the part well too, though he seems kind of a cypher in comparison to the way McCormack played him. I'm not saying Adam is dumb by any stretch, but he just doesn't seem to have quite gravitas that McCormack does. He is younger than McCormack by a good deal, but I still wonder why the film's makers didn't cast Eric in the part. He would have been excellent. The women are played to type (as female characters usually are) but they all put in good turns as well.
As much as I don't care for movies about young guys and their 50 girlfriends, I feel like this will be one movie where guys actually like it better than girls. The story is based a play by Neil LaBute which I have never read but after seeing this I will definitely want to read it and see it performed on stage so that I can make comparisons. A guy gets engaged and he feels like he wants to go into the next chapter in his life with the right set of morals and priorities, so he steps back into his past and goes on a quest to apologize to all of the women he hurt in the past. It's not really about a guy just saying sorry to a bunch of chicks, it's about a guy trying to do the right thing after he grows up and then make the best of a very difficult situation - or, in this case, several situations. The movie is a mix of comedy and drama and I won't be surprised if you laugh and cry at the same time.
It's been a suuuuuper crazy long time since I saw Adam Brody in anything - I think the last time was when he played Meg Ryan's son in that movie from like 10 years ago - but he's back finally and he's all grown up. He's still got that boyish quality to him that he always had, which comes in handy in this movie since it's about a guy who's perennially a child at heart. He gets engaged and on the eve of his wedding he tries to make amends with some of his past flings and relationships, all of which drums up a lot of drama, tears, and a little bit of laughs. Brody is good in the lead, but the movie really belongs to the women in the film, especially Emily Watson and Kristen Bell, my favorite actresses from EVER, who play their roles like they are living them. This isn't a romantic comedy but it is about romance and it did make me laugh - but it also made me think. I liked it loads... :)
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