There’s a bit in the middle of Mad About the Boy when the agent for Bridget’s screenplay – a modern interpretation of Hedda Gabler set in Queen’s Park – sends her a strange email. “We have a couple of responses on your script,” he writes. “They are passing. The themes are fascinating but they’re wanting more of a romcom feel. I’ll keep trying.” It could be a coincidence, but by this point it reads like a coded SOS from the author. The book is at its best when it is a poignant comic novel about a 51-year-old woman struggling to bring up children after the sudden death of her husband. It is hit-and-miss when it’s about a 51-year-old Bridget Jones who struggles with all the TV remotes and counts nits instead of Chardonnays. But on occasion it becomes a parody of a Richard Curtis film, or even worse an American sitcom, and that of course is v v bad.
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Sunday 11 November 2012
When Harry Met Sally with nappies, Friends With Kids stars its writer-director, Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), as a thirtysomething Manhattanite who decides to have a baby with her platonic pal, Adam Scott.
Friday 09 November 2012
A scientific survey has claimed that different genders can't be friends with each other, but real-life proves this wrong.
Saturday 27 October 2012
The Five-Year Engagement (15) Nicholas Stoller, DVD/Blu-ray (124mins) ****
Friday 12 October 2012
Beasts of the Southern Wild, a deliciously dreamy tale about a fictional Bayou community in the backwaters of Louisiana, does not so much jump off the screen as float effortlessly off it.
Saturday 01 September 2012
Paul Torday’s satirical novel is more affecting and less upbeat, but Simon Beaufoy’s adaptation is single-handedly redeemed by an endearing Emily Blunt as Harriet, a well-heeled consultant who persuades Ewan McGregor’s uptight scientist in a sheikh’s loopy scheme to introduce salmon into the desert of Yemen.
Saturday 18 August 2012
A new generation of film-makers is turning the rom-com on its head with barbed and believable tales that often, at last, centre on the woman’s perspective, says Nick Hasted
Thursday 19 July 2012
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Saturday 07 July 2012
What on earth's happened to Reese Witherspoon and the actress that shone in Alexander Payne's Election?
Friday 06 July 2012
Mon Dieu, what a fall from grace is here.
Saturday 30 June 2012
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Tuesday 26 June 2012
Uggie, the canine star of the Oscar-winning film The Artist, became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Friday 22 June 2012
The most abused of all movie genres, romantic comedy nowadays gets a pass just by managing not to be contemptible. You have to blame the scripts in the main, but it's also curious how so many of its bankable stars fail the basic test of charm. Has anyone ever liked Gerard Butler in a romantic comedy? Film critics, who see these "romcoms" (ugh) week in, week out, have learnt to approach them with caution: the best you can hope for is some freshness in the playing, a few laughs, and a pinch of real feeling.
Monday 11 June 2012
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Sunday 10 June 2012
Hey, mate! What can you do except swear a lot and wear unflattering trackies?
Saturday 26 May 2012
Given Todd Solondz's reputation for controversy, his sidestepping of provocative subject matter makes his new film, Dark Horse, seem almost quaint in comparison with his masterwork, Happiness.
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