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September 08, 2010

THE ROMANTICS

COLESMITHEY.COMBehind recent superior troubled-wedding films like "Margot at the Wedding" and "Rachel Getting Married," writer/director Galt Niederhoffer's film comes off as an overworked afterthought with a questionable musical score.

Control freak Laura (Katie Holmes) and perma-frown Lila (Anna Paquin) are best-frenemies finally divided by the choice of their tag-team boyfriend Tom (Josh Duhamel), who has settled on marrying Lila for her more pragmatic take on sustaining an emotionless relationship.

Lost In My Fingertips: The Romantics

North Fork, Long Island provides the obligatory Eastern Seaboard setting where the crew of mid-twenties misfit bridesmaids and men of honor gather on the night before the wedding to get drunk and act like the promiscuous idiots they really are.

For These 'Romantics,' Little To Rhapsodize About : NPR

The centerpiece of the movie is the rehearsal dinner where every drunk attendee speaks their subconscious mind to embarrass themselves and the bride and groom to be.

The Romantics | themoviegirlnextdoor

There's some genuine discomfort to be had. A torn wedding dress, some misplaced bodily fluids, and a literal gathering storm threaten to put the finishing touches on a marriage built on the thinnest of premises. This is probably not a good movie to see with your fiancée or fiancé.

Rated PG-13. 95 mins.

2 Stars

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