Saw it last night–for awhile I thought we were going to be the only people in the extremely crowded theater not there to see “Brave.”
It was cute. A little slow in spots, but I thought the ending was sweet and I was surprised that it actually made me cry a little (I’m usually impervious to chick flicks–though this wasn’t quite your typical chick flick).
I’d never seen Steve Carell in anything, and I thought he did a fine job playing this rather ordinary, sweet, sad-sack kind of character (I guess that’s what he does, but I’d never seen it before). The dog was very cute and really added to the movie for me. And the cameo with William Petersen (Grissom from CSI) was unexpected–I almost didn’t recognize him at first even though I knew he was going to be in it somewhere, until the spouse poked me and whispered, “There’s your William Petersen cameo!”
There was only one thing that took us both out of the movie: a massive, glaring error so big that it was impossible to miss because it was one of the centerpoints of the movie. I hope somebody can give me a plausible explanation for this, because most of our post-movie conversation was about how utterly stupid this error was. I’ll spoiler it:
Penny (Keira Knightley’s character) was trying to get home to England to be with her parents when the end hit, but all commercial flights were grounded. Dodge (Carell’s character) promised to find her a plane to get there. They end up at his father’s house. She falls asleep (it was established early in the movie that she sleeps really deeply and is very hard to wake), so he carries her out to where his dad is readying a plane. It only has two seats, so he puts her in it and waves to his dad and they take off.
This plane is tiny. And old. A little bitty 2-seater prop plane. They’re flying out of somewhere on the East Coast (New Jersey? Delaware? I didn’t quite catch the location of his dad’s house). And they’re gonna get to ENGLAND? Spouse said, “I thought he loved her–why did he send her off to crash into the ocean?” We looked it up when we got home, and a similar plane would have about a 500 mile range. It’s a lot farther than that to England.
Aside from that, it was a fun movie and I enjoyed it. I also saw something I’ve never seen before in all my years of moviegoing: an R-rated trailer. It had a red card in front of it instead of the usual green or blue one. And oh, yeah, the trailer was R-rated. It was for a movie called “For a Good Time Call…” and it had F-bombs, graphic depictions of anatomically correct (albeit huge) dildos, phone sex…it quite surprised us.