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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Friday 11 March 2011
Friday 18 February 2011
"I'm in tailspin, I'm lonely, I'm depressed... I've got so much to give," blurts out a sozzled John, John C Reilly's middle-aged lunk, to a stranger at a party he's invited to by his very tolerant ex-wife (Catherine Keener).
Friday 14 January 2011
The Switch is yet another rom-com starring Jennifer Aniston looking for love. Aniston plays Kassie, a single girl desperate for a baby who decides to search for a sperm donor.
Sunday 02 January 2011
Friday 08 October 2010
"Life", in this context, is pushing it. How about instead "desperate contrivance that unites two people who thought they hated each other"? That's the poor hand dealt to Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, who start out in a romantic comedy before being railroaded into a child-rearing nightmare of dirty nappies and sleepless nights.
Sunday 18 July 2010
Friday 02 July 2010
They flipped for this romantic comedy in its native France, but I'm not sure it will tweak as many funny bones over here. (They also loved time-travel farce Les Visiteurs, remember).
Friday 25 June 2010
Friday 04 June 2010
Kingsley Amis used to divide lookers and non-lookers into "smashers" and "duffers". In this American romcom, wouldn't you know, it's boiled down to numbers.
Hot Tub Time Machine, Steve Pink, 99 mins, (15)<br/>A Nightmare on Elm Street, Samuel Bayer, 102 mins, (18)<br/>The Back-Up Plan, Alan Poul, 103 mins, (12A)
Sunday 09 May 2010
Friday 07 May 2010
The mystery of Jennifer Lopez: how can someone with such a beautiful face be quite so unappealing as a presence?
Sunday 21 March 2010
A promising British indie, My Last Five Girlfriends, is a high-concept romantic comedy which uses the Annie Hall technique, most recently employed by (500) Days of Summer, of having its hyper-analytical hero (Brendan Patricks) sift through the wreckage of his previous relationships, particularly the most recent (with Naomie Harris).
Friday 19 March 2010
In which Jennifer Aniston continues to display her remarkable knack for choosing the lamest comedy vehicles on the road.
Friday 05 March 2010
Friday 19 February 2010
Adam has Asperger's, a high-functioning form of autism. He's also got a new neighbour, Beth.
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