Saturday, January 19, 2008


Romantic comedy

Katherine Heigl: Jane, an adminstrative assistant
Edward Burns: her boss George, an advertising executive
Malin Akerman: Jane’s younger sister Tess
James Marsden: Kevin, the "Commitments" reporter for the New York Journal
Judy Greer: Jane’s co-worker and BFF Casey

What a pleasant surprise. Usually movies of this sort are highly predictable and cliché ridden to the point it is all déjà vu. Having said that I’ll have to admit it has its fair share of clichés but there are enough new twists to keep it interesting. Given that these romantic comedies are usually modern fairy tales there is no quibble about plot devices but you do have to suspend disbelief when you enter the theatre.

Although it bogs down a bit in the middle, overall it is very entertaining what with the jokes, the upbeat musical score and solid acting throughout. It’s a feel-good happy-type of movie and we all need some of that sometimes.

for language, some innuendo and sexuality.

 For the life of me I cannot remember whom it is that hails a cab and gets in. The key thing is it is taxi number 1X73. Several days later on her way to a fancy dinner party Jane flags down one of the 10,000 cabs in New York City. Guess what? It’s cab number 1X73.
 Jane’s car is in clear violation of the Highway Act as the rear view mirror is missing in all the shots with the windshield taking up the full frame.
 At the bar, the camera position remains stationary and Kevin doesn’t touch his Budweiser while singing Elton John's "Benny and the Jets" but the bottle turns by itself and we can just see the neck label in the last shot.
 When the two sisters visit their dad at his hardware store the “Open” sign is hanging on the inside of the door window. During business hours no storeowner would leave the “Closed” side so it’s seen from the outside.
 When the photographer takes a picture of the bride as she is about to go down the aisle the flash does not go off. Professionals always use flash even with exterior shots, if for no reason other than to provide any necessary fill-flash.
 And no professional photographer would shoot with a flash on the hot-shoe as this is how you wind up with red-eye because the flash is too close to the axis of the lens.

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