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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.

DVD:(500) Days of Summer, For retail & rental (20th Century Fox)

One of the only romantic comedies released last year to have any charm whatsoever, (500) Days of Summer recounts the relationship of its star-crossed lovers, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, out of chronological order, flitting between the highs and lows of their 500 days together.

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Comedy fails to hit the target

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Chris Pine is now famous as Star Trek's new Captain Kirk, which is why this earlier vehicle is seeing the light of day. A messy collision of zany rom-com and Disease of the Week melodrama, it stars Pine as a blind man who, well, goes dating.

(500) Days of Summer, Mark Webb, 95 mins, (12A)<br/>Big River Man, John Maringouin, 100 mins, (15)

A young man falls head over heels in Mark Webb's witty debut feature ... but, heaven knows, he's miserable now

(500) Days of Summer (12A)

A friend who saw an early screening of the hip new romcom (500) Days of Summer told me that 10 minutes into the film, her overwhelming urge was to head-butt both the leads.

Zooey Deschanel: A new Annie Hall?

Zooey Deschanel has been melting hearts now for almost a decade, since her supporting role in Cameron Crowe's Almost Famous, her second film after debuting in quirky comedy Mumford with Hope Davis and Jason Lee in 1999.

King of bromance: Judd Apatow

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GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Stephen Sommers, 107 mins, (12A)<br/>The Ugly Truth, Robert Luketic, 96 mins, (15)<br/>Adam, Max Mayer, 101 mins, (12A)

Sienna Miller stars in a summer blockbuster which is an 11-year-old boy's fantasy

Hugh Dancy: Not just another heart-throb Hugh

Hollywood, watch out. There's a new charming, floppy-haired British actor in town. But Hugh Dancy is much more than a conventional rom-com hero. Gaynor Flynn meets him

Screen Talk: Losers Club could be big winner

Warner Bros is bringing Stephen King's horror novel 'It' to the big screen in an adaptation being written by scares scripter Dave Kajganich. The story follows a group of children called the Losers Club that encounter a creature called It, which preys on children and whose favorite form is that of a sadistic clown called Pennywise. When the creature resurfaces, the kids are called upon to regroup again, this time as adults, even though they have no memory of the first battle. The novel is set in 1958 and 1985, though the feature version will be set in the present day. It has already been a small-screen miniseries but coulrophobia on the big screen will be magnified.

Independent Film Forum: Confessions of a Shopaholic - have your say

Do chick flicks make you smile or do they make your blood boil? The next film up for discussion in The Independent Film Forum is Confessions of a Shopaholic. Did your heart warm to Isla Fisher's ditsy performance? Is Hugh Dancy the next Hugh Grant? Is this enjoyable escapism or mindless misogyny? Air your views in the comment section below and we'll print the best of your comments in the newspaper next week.

The Independent Film Forum: Confessions of a Shopaholic

Mindless escapism or mindless misogyny? Our readers discuss Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Katy Guest: Don't mess with my happy ending, doctor

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith, 101 mins, 18

Pornos have better plots than this

Mes Amis, Mes Amours (15)

Is it me, or are French romantic comedies currently even worse than our own?

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