Monday, June 29, 2009


Romantic comedy

Sandra Bullock: Editor-in-Chief Margaret Tate
Ryan Reynolds: her Administrative Assistant Andrew Paxton
Denis O'Hare: Mr. Gilbertson
Mary Steenburgen: Andrew’s mother Grace
Betty White: Andrew’s Grandma Annie (aka Gammy)
Craig T. Nelson: Andrew’s father Joe
Malin Akerman: Andrew’s ex girlfriend Gertrude
Oscar Nuñez: Ramone, a shopowner by day

To be honest with you, movies of this genre are not my thing: too often the romance is missing and the comedy non-existent. So I entered the theatre with certain, shall we say, lowered expectations. I left entirely pleased and thoroughly delighted with what I had just seen.

Although just about every romantic comedy cliché ever invented has been written into the script, there is enough of a twist to make it interesting. The acting is uniformly good, the laughs genuine and the “chemistry” between the two principals seems real enough. How refreshing.

for sexual content, nudity and language.

Andrew says he planned on going to his Gammy’s 90th birthday party. That would mean she was born in 1919. Later Annie mentions that in 1929 she had the family heirloom gown altered for her own wedding. Somehow I doubt she got married when she was just 10 years old.

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