It wasn’t horrible. It’s one of those movies where you don’t laugh out loud very much but you will say to yourself, “That’s so funny.“
The structure was weird but that’s to be expected when you base a movie off a self-help book (which worked so well for my least favorite romantic movie of all-time). The only noteworthy performance is Anna Kendrick as Rosie who gets pregnant after a one night stand with an old high school crush, Marco (Chace Crawford). Elizabeth Banks was pretty good as well but she always is.
Honestly the movie was a bit of a mess the more I think about it. About 95% laughs came from Rebel Wilson as Janice, a dim-wited employee of Wendy’s (Banks) shop and The Dude Group, a secret society of fathers played by Chris Rock, Rob Huebel, Amir Talai and Thomas Lennon. Unfortunately, all of the funniest parts featuring them are in the trailers and commercials.
Jason Reitman is three for three in my book as I’ve found all his movies highly entertaining.
I loved everything about this movie – George Clooney, Vera Farmiga (the post-baby weight looked good on her), Jason Bateman – except Anna Kendrick. Sometimes she was fine but some scenes that called for to be serious emotional (as opposed to laugh-at-how-emotional-I-am-being secens which she was fine at), she didn’t sell it and overacted a little bit. Not to say I hated her in the movie, I just didn’t love her all the time.
I thought the decision that Reitman made to use real people who had gotten laid off to play the employees getting laid off by Ryan (Clooney) and Natalie (Kendrick) was a great choice except that it made those same scenes with recognizable actors seem inauthentic.
So two small quibbles but the movie was great and I can’t wait to own it.