a solid, character study overlooked due to the subconscious chauvinism felt toward anything marketed as a "chick flick." feels part of the same universe as "the squid and the whale," with which it shares actors. like "squid," it comes on too strong at times - offering hyperbole where nuance will do just fine. and while some characters are equally reprehensible, there's an optimism that rings false. still, it's good.