(sorry if this’s been done - searched and didn’t see a thread from before).
So, I finally broke down and saw this last night. Some of my friends swear it is by far the best movie ever. I thought it was pretty decent - better than most sappy, unrealistic, meaningless romantic movies I’ve been subjected to, but not excellent.
I did think that they perfectly, perfectly nailed the feeling of a Jewish funeral (though I was just waiting for a cut to a close-shot of a deli platter!)
I also think that they did a decent job of capturing the ‘feeling’ of New Jersey (though it probably works for suburbia everywhere) - with the scenery, the juxtaposition of the one guy’s mother’s shack, the other guy’s mansion, etc.
Some of the cinematography, I think, was excellent, some really nice shots. Does anyone know if the airport scenes were actually filmed at the Newark airport? It looked like it could’ve been.
My problem, though, was with the end. I guess I didn’t quite ‘get’ what made that day so valuable for him: they went to a hardware store, they went to a creepy-as-hell hotel backroom thing, they went to a guy who lived in a boat in a gorge. I was left going, “And…?”
Also, then, at the end, I couldn’t help but think: “Okay, so he’s wasting a few hundred on his plane ticket? And he’s just going to leave all his stuff in LA, and…move back in with his father, or something?” I didn’t think the stereotypical Hollywod romantic ending really worked in such a more-realistic movie.
The odd thing is, everyone I know who’s seen this movie either thinks it was the best movie ever, or absolutely hideous. Anyone else in-between?