Oh God. (Jon Hamm is clearly swimming for air in this turn-brain-off racket of a film and manages to almost tear it down with a GREAT take on a dinner scene that calls out all the bullshit and for moments makes this something serious. Of course he gets written off afterwards.) And this irritating lead is actually the writer and director? Self-insertion? Cringe.
I guess it's a credit to Westfeldt that I recognised what she was trying to achieve: something ballsy, smart, and cool. Unfortunately, the stale result reflects none of that. The characters remain distant throughout, the script is uninteresting, and the ending is rushed (and the dialogue is mostly cringeworthy in that scene). Just another boring attempt to beat all the cotton candy rom-coms.
This reminded me less of Bridesmaids and more of a Woody Allen film. A lot of talking and analysing (though not to the neurotic and intellectual extent of an Allen film) it was okay. Adam Scott never fails to warm my heart, and Maya Rudolph is a consistently good actress. Wiig is a out of her awkward funny girl box, Hamm and Westfeldt are okay, Burns is playing a very Burns character and O'Dowd's accent is bad.
Firstly, Jennifer Westfeldt is precious. She's able to convey this adorable kindness in her acting ability that makes me fall in love with her on screen. Secondly, this was fantastic for what it was: A rom-com with more adult themes. Nothing much spectacular about the cinematography, but the acting was well done with the material they had to work with. I thoroughly enjoyed it. (And Adam Scott in the ending... Hello!)
Ha, ha, ha, what an ending! I love how these characters attempt to mask their conservatism with ironic vulgarity and outspoken progressive lipservice; it's just unfortunate that the writer/director/lead doesn't seem to realize this, mistaking formula for meaning and attempting to mask this film's conservatism with ironic vulgarity and outspoken progressive lipservice. It has one good scene, in my estimation.
Overlong and a wasted opportunity in terms of premise but the dark glimpses into marital life and relationships with spouses and children, like in that excellent dinner scene, are powerful enough. Jon Hamm and Kristen Wiig are outstanding in their supporting roles.
My rate: 50% - The first half of the movie showed some promise but then it dragged and went bland from there. And what an unsatisfying ending! I liked one of the quote and a somewhat morale of the story from the movie though, "That's why you stay with someone that you want to be with under the worst possible circumstances".