123 posts categorized "Romantic Comedy"

January 07, 2021

HAPPIEST SEASON

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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.

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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.

5 StarsModern Cole

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January 01, 2021

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME

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Wild_mountain_thymeJohn Patrick Shanley might not be a household name, but the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Moonstruck” (1987) has a knack for writing hilarious dialogue for star-crossed lovers.

As he did with his stage play “Doubt,” Shanley adapts the screenplay for “Wild Mountain Thyme” to direct the film version.

The play’s pedestrian title receives only modest improvement with a tame moniker certain to limit “Wild Mountain Thyme” to audiences of a certain age who fuss over which brand of soap they use in the kitchen. It shouldn’t be so.

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Ignore the sappy title, and keep in mind that Emily Blunt is one of the most capable film actors on the planet. Emily Blunt is as close to a modern day Ingrid Bergman as currently exists in Cinema.

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Slapstick pratfalls punctuate this delightful movie set in rural Ireland. Savor Christopher Walken’s best efforts at performing an Irish accent while you dream into this sophisticated romantic comedy about Anthony Reilly (Jamie Dornan), a painfully shy farmer stumbling toward love in the arms of his comely neighbor Rosemary Muldoon (Emily Blunt).

Inspired moments of sly humor come in barbs of regional Irish mores, coded language, and expressive ways of skirting emotional issues.

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Mature date movies are rare enough to come by as it is. When one this good comes along, it’s time to grab a romantically inclined mate, and settle in for some good old-fashioned simmering Irish passion. Tears and laughs will follow.  

Rated PG-13. 123 minutes. 

Four Stars

 

December 18, 2020

GHOST TOWN

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Ghost_townDavid Koepp's 2008 New York City romcom could improve an amorous relationship, even if it's on a first date.

I know one couple that this movie worked out well for.

The story may be populated by ghosts, but don't let that put you off; at least one of them is naked.

This offbeat comedy about a Carnegie Hill dentist with death issues makes the best use of Manhattan's Carnegie Hill locations since "84 Charring Cross Road."

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The Met, The Carlyle Hotel, and Central Park get plenty of autumnal screen time. Take a NYC vacation without leaving your house.

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Téa Leoni and Ricky Gervais are hilarious in this underseen gem.

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Even malcontents need love. 

Rated PG-13. 102 mins. 

5 StarsModern Cole

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