95 posts categorized "Romantic Comedy"

March 23, 2022

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN

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ColeSmithey.comPeople ain't no good.

Writer/director Emerald Fennell makes quite a splash with this steely black comedy.

Predatory guys and the people who protect them get the business end from Carey Mulligan's diabolical mistress of revenge.

Red kisses.

Get back cupid.

These arrows kill.

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Cassie (Mulligan) is a martyr through and through.

Fennell's pitch perfect dialogue stings as much as the clever plotting in this indy gem.

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You'll squirm, you'll laugh, and you'll feel messed up at the end.

Frat boy mentality goes straight to hell.

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Ice is the only thing in the world that is what it's cracked up to be.

Romance this.

Rated R. 113 mins. 

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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March 21, 2022

TRAMPS

ColeSmithey.comWinner winner chicken dinner.

I'd like my romantic comedy with a suitcase MacGuffin, a side of crime, and a chemistry formula for love.

Screenwriter/director Adam Leon gets the test tubes boiling between Callum Turner and Grace Van Patten as star-crossed kids united by a delivery mission.

Winning script.

Cute stuff.


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Oh the sweetness of newfound love, and that perfect first kiss.

Great NYC locations.

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Easy money date movie.

Instant classic.

I told you.

Now go away.

82 mins. Not Rated.

5 Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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January 07, 2021

HAPPIEST SEASON

Happiest_seasonAwesome. Move over “Home For The Holidays” (Jodie Foster’s 1995 holiday favorite); there’s finally a better family holiday movie for audiences to rally around.

Director/co-writer Clea Duvall creates an hilarious holiday comedy with modern sensibilities relating to sea-changes in American culture. The LGBTQ movement gets proper recognition through the lens of lesbian couple Abby (Kristen Stewart) and Harper (Mackenzie Davis), whose relationship reaches a crisis of familial truth-telling over Christmas. The movie brims with and undercurrent of humanity. Oh but for benevolence, that long ignored value in American culture. 

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Harper’s gay-closet status comes up for inspection when she invites Abby to her high-powered family’s Christmas reunion. Dad (Victor Garber) is a local politician with a wife named Tipper (Mary Steenburgen); you can guess how judgmental mom and dad are about who, how, and why their daughter Harper is dating.

Happiest-season

Chewy plot twists come at regular intervals via inspired characters delightfully fleshed out by the likes of the always awesome Dan Levy, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and actor/co-writer Mary Holland. There isn’t a scrap of fat in this exquisitely paced holiday comedy that plays to Kristen Stewart’s strengths as an icon of sexual freedom. The times are changing faster than ever. It might already be time for Clea Duvall and Mary Holland to start work on a “Happiest Season” follow-up for Christmases yet to come.         

Rated PG-13. 102 mins.

Five Stars

COLE SMITHEY

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