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 10 January 2010
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.
Friday 01 January 2010
Tuesday 22 September 2009
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.
Sunday 06 September 2009
Friday 04 September 2009
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.
Tuesday 01 September 2009
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.
Wednesday 19 August 2009
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)
Sunday 09 August 2009
Friday 07 August 2009
Friday 20 March 2009
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.
Wednesday 25 February 2009
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.
Tuesday 24 February 2009
Mindless escapism or mindless misogyny? Our readers discuss Confessions of a Shopaholic.
Sunday 21 December 2008
Sunday 16 November 2008
Friday 04 July 2008
Is it me, or are French romantic comedies currently even worse than our own?
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