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A Lot Like Love (DVD)

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Genre: Comedy / Theatrical Release: 2005 / Director: Nigel Cole / Actors: Amanda Peet, Ashton Kutcher ... / DVD released 23 August, 2005 at Buena Vista Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC

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      14.06.2011 13:51
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      Your average romantic comedy

      This is my first film review, so it may not be that great.. let's see how it goes.
      I was wanting to watch something and came across this film on tv last night.

      --The Plot--
      Oliver and Emily meet on a flight to New York, they hang out together when Oliver discusses his plans for the future and what he wants to achieve in 6 years (house, career, family). He is currently living with his parents and gives Emily his parents phone number to call in 6 years to see if he has achieved his goals. Over the next 6-7 years they are reunited many times and go from being friends to lovers, but they never form a relationship for very long. Are they suited together?

      --The Cast--
      Ashton Kutcher plays Oliver
      Amanda Peet plays Emily
      There is also an appearance from Kal Penn, which was nice to see as I liked him in the tv show House.

      I don't really like Ashton Kutcher, but I do think he did well in this film. Both characters appeared likeable throughout the movie and had chemistry between them. The film didn't take long to get started and you got drawn in to the scenes from the beginning. There was also mixed emotion throughout the film with great comedy scenes, to scenes where you could understand how the character must be feeling. I also quite liked the touch that Olivers brother was deaf in the film. It added a different perspective and element to the film and it was nice to see how Oliver was with his brother and that they had a good relationship. Which I think made him more likeable.

      Overall I think it was a good film, it was your average romantic comedy.. will they-wont they.. I found the film well paced but I think towards the end I did feel it dragged on that little bit when they are reunited once more but not for long. I also found the ending too predictable and knew what was coming and how it was coming and so i'm knocking off a star for that. I give it 4/5 stars as although I think it was a good film and it was watchable, it's not the type of film i'd want to watch again as I don't think i'd' find it as entertaining the second time round, and lets face it.. you all know how a romantic comedy pans out. There were moments in it that would make you smile and you would enjoy it if you like romantic comedies and so yes, i'd recommend watching it. There are worse romantic comedies out there.

      Imdb gives the film 6.4/10 stars, it was released in 2005 and has a rating of 12A in the UK. It includes sexual content and language.

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        11.01.2010 15:38
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        a must have for the film collection.

        This is one of my favourite films. It is a mixture of comedy and romance.
        Personally I am not a fan of Ashton Kutcher but he plays the part in this film very well. I do not think this film has got the credit it deserves.The chemistry between the two main actors was wonderful and utterly endearing. I have watched this film time and time again and yet I never tire from it.From the moment the film starts you are hooked.

        This film stars Ashton Kutcher who plays Oliver and Amanda Peet who plays Emily. The two of them meet on a trip to New york have a one flight stand!! They meet each other in a bar during their visit and after spending the day playing around Oliver explains to Emily that he has a 6 year plan to get his ducks in a line, first he will have his own successful business and then he will have his own place and then he will be married and have children but do things go to plan!! Oliver gives Emily his number and says to call him in 6 years so he can prove he has got his ducks in a line!

        The remainder of the film is following those 6 years where they meet up inbetween a couple of times. It is one of thoses typical things where two people are ment to be together but it never seems to be the right time, as one of them is in a relationship each time.

        I will warn you there is a part in this film which will have you in histerics. I have not belly laughed like this at a film before. They are in a restaurant and are not talking to each other, this is where the fun begins, starting with a descreet water fight!!This is a must have for your film collection.

        The soundtrack for this film I think is excellent with the cast in some parts actually sing along to the tracks.
        1. Semi-Charmed Life Third Eye Blind
        2. Walking On The Sun Smash Mouth
        3. Save Tonight Eagle-Eye Cherry
        4. Mint Car The Cure
        5. Mad About You Hooverphonic
        6. Trouble Ray Lamontagne
        7. Know Nothing Travis
        8. If You Leave Me Now Chicago
        9. Brighter Than Sunshine Aqualung
        10. Hands Of Time Groove Armada
        11. Look What You've Done Jet
        12. Breathe (2 AM) Anna Nalick
        13.Maybe It's Just Me Butch Walker

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          29.11.2009 00:17
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          Worth a casual look

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          I don't know about other people, but I always wish that I could sit down and watch proper good films - classic films like Citizen Kane, the Pianist, Shawshank Redemption. Sadly, when your shoes are soaked from the Sheffield rain and you're too skint for a Friday night and nothing seems to be going right, all you really want to do is curl up in front of a tacky Romcom. We had one of these bad Friday's the other day - and A Lot Like Love is the film that we ended up watching.

          - The Story -

          A Lot Like Love is the story of Emily (Amanda Peet) and Oliver (Ashton Kutcher), two young people who begin their relationship by joining the mile high club on a connecting flight between San Francisco and New York. Despite this unpromising start, a second meeting on the streets of the Big Apple confirms that they have a connection. Despite this, Oliver's firm plans for his future and Emily's desire for freedom persuade them they should not become a couple. At this point, two real people (if they had ever got to this point!) would go their separate ways and never meet again, but this being cinema, a casual bet at a bar leads to Emily promising to call Oliver in six years to see if all his future plans have come to fruition.

          The plot of the film then continues to chase the pair through a series of accidental meetings and partings, their failed relationships and dashed dreams punctuated by their own charged interactions. Like most Romcoms, the relationship is the most important part of the story: but there is also consideration of the stumbling path that both main characters take into adulthood.

          - My Opinion -

          Firstly, the story. Let's face it, it takes a lot to produce an original romcom, and the plot does not fit into that category. Boy meets girl, boy loves girl...you know the way it goes, although this film does at least not progress entirely as expected. The use of the occasional meeting device also leads to a very fragmented feeling, which means you have to concentrate quite carefully to keep a track on everything that's going on.

          Then there're the characters - if they can exactly be called that. Emily is suffering from some kind of inner turmoil, although the reason behind this is never fully explained, and is of course a beautiful artistic soul who demonstrates her individuality by changing into party clothes behind skips and eventually finds her voice in photography. Oliver is the naive boy in shorts and sandals with the big plans for life, and tries to make it in big business by selling diapers (slight malfunction by script writers!). This pair is surrounded by such complex secondary characters as the deaf brother who dispenses words of wisdom, the bitchy best friend, the nice-but-dim other best friend and a few spare boyfriends/girl friends. Very few are people you would recognise from reality.

          But despite the poor characterisation and the limp plot, I actually quite enjoyed this film. This is mainly because the central pair, although barely believable, were likeable - almost charming. Even when Emily and Oliver were doing or saying ridiculous things, you couldn't help but root for them. The look of the film also had a lovely, bubbly summer-and-pimms feeling which was really lovely to see, and even the clichés scenes of starry nights were done very neatly. Then there were more minor contributing facts, such as a lovely fluffy soundtrack which suited the bright and breezy tone of the film.

          - Recommendation -

          A Lot Like Love is never going to win many awards. You probably won't want to watch it again - you'll probably barely remember it. It is a light, airy, inconsequential little film. But its saving grace is that it has that rarest of things. A Lot Like Love has charm.

          If you fancy a pop corn evening with friends and this film happens to fall into your hands, I would recommend you give it a try. You may well chat through most of it, or spend your time eating sweets, or any number of such distractions, but it won't matter if you miss some of the plot. And if you do chose to engage with A Lot Like Love, I'd say that for a few minutes it will make you smile. That's all you can really ask for in a Romcom.

          A Lot Like Love:
          Released: June 2005
          Run Time: 107 minutes
          Price: £5.98 new/£2.53 on Amazon
          Director: Nigel Cole

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            15.03.2008 13:47
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            Should we expect this from Ashton Kutcher?

            Isn't it funny how when you are in the peak of one of your reviewing moods you seem to be able to sit down and review anything, in fact you may look out especially for things and see them as something you can review rather than something you might actually enjoy. Let me break it down a bit for you, perhaps its how when men go out in town they'll see women as numbers, usually on a scale of one to ten, and if I'm trying to give an example to the simple women readers amongst us.. well, I'm out of examples. Sorry. You see A Lot Like Love is a film I caught on television especially for the fact I know there's going to be someone out there interested in it, or either that or they'll just be interested in Ashton Kutcher who takes the starring role as Oliver Martin.
            Being thrown into this movie you see Olly being dropped off by his sister and her friends at the airport where he is about to take a trip to New York (from LA) to see his deaf brother Graham (Tyrone Giordano). His brother has intentions of being a lawyer, and that in itself is worthy of a spinoff film but I guess that doesn't come under the title of romantic comedy. The film is full of extra characters you most likely won't take to, and that includes the boyfriend of Olly's love interest of the film. Olly sees Emily Friehl (Amanda Peet) arguing with her boyfriend, who just comes to be known as 'Bon Jovi', at the airport and after a few glances across the airport you feel Emily is a bit too cool for Olly. Well, that all changes in the airport toilet. Strangely the twos travel round New York means they bump into one another, and whilst Emily is reluctant to start anything it ends with Emily getting Olly's number and being told to ring him in six years time to see what he has become.

            You know this film is going to flash forward, but strangely for starters it only flash forwards three years...
            New Years Eve and having just broken up with her boyfriend, Emily does not have a date. She does have Olly's number though. This leads to her calling up Olly to see what he's doing to bring in the new year, and that is the story of this film really. A few misadventures spread over an hour and a half movie. Oh, and thankfully time has been good to the pair of them as they look so much better than they did at the start of the movie. And here I was thinking the whole movie might be Ashton Kutcher playing a teenager again. Everyone knows what is going to happen at the end of the movie really, and it appears time cannot break this feeling that is.. of course.. a lot like love between the pair. One thing I couldn't get through this review without mentioning is how Ali Larter stars as one of Emily's friends, Gina. Ali Larter famed now for her role in Heroes, seeing her in anything worse is a bit of a shock. She is hot though, and it's a shame she wasn't selected for the main role.

            What does this 2005 outing give us that no other romantic comedy has given us before then? Nothing quite simply. Within the first ten minutes I was already contemplating turning it off and reviewing something else, although my mum did want to see how it turned out. Not the worst movie I have ever seen but it is not something I plan on watching again. Jokes like a diaper salesman just don't cut it with me.

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