- Misleading promos 12/14/2003 12:00:00 AM by Lelo34
I thought this was going to be a fun little romantic comedy, with Jack Nicholson romping all over the screen, instead this was a sappy, women's empowerment(until the end) movie with a little mother daughter movie mixed in. I don't think I've ever seen a 2 hour movie with less character development or plot development, which by the way was painfully dull after the first half hour. Dianne Keaton was about as grating a main character as I've ever seen. Her crying scene made me want to rip my own ears off. Keanu Reeves was dry, and lifeless. I wonder if he was as bored as he looked doing this after finishing all the high action moves in the Matrix flicks. There were several plot points that were just ridiculous, and pointless, one of my main problems with this movie, was near the end when Jack shows up at Amanda's door with a full beard, in the next scene he's shaved it off, now, I understand the beard was to show that time has passed but they flashed the "6 months later" up on the screen, so the beard was pointless, I kept wondering why his travelings had made him forget how to shave. It seems like a small thing, but to me it showed how little the director understood the handling of the movie, it dragged on and on, with no end in sight. In short I hated it. And please don't try and pretend just because I didn't like it, I didn't "get it" this movie was just not good. And it gets worse the longer I reflect on all it's flaws
- Predictable 1/1/2004 12:00:00 AM by hughesca
This movie starts out with an interesting idea and has some good laughs. By half way through you have experienced the best parts.
Then the writers seem to loose their way and are unable to figure out the best ending. So they wrote every possible ending and force us to watch them all. Finally they settle for the same old trite Hollywood ending.
Diane Keaton and Frances McDormand (her part is way to small) are very good.
The chemistry between Nicholson and Keaton, however, is forced.
- I think it just did...! 12/13/2007 12:00:00 AM by hmmod9
Before I started writing I noticed that the plot synopsis was empty ? pretty much like the film itself. The storyline was lame and pedestrian as was the script, with the plot being of the childish variety. I couldn't identify or empathize with any of the characters of which we had about six with a plethora of 'walk-on' beauties' reemphasizing Mr. Nicholson's choice of women. The humor was unoriginal and stale. It felt 'staged' and consisted mainly of farce with looks and grimaces of the seaside 'naughty postcard' variety. It was also a bit weary ? having been seen in umpteen 'Battle of the Sexes' films. Don't get me wrong, I'm a great admirer of both Nicholson and Keaton but not on this occasion. They should take a long hard look at their respective contributions as I think they were 'hamming' it up from beginning to end. I've never liked Keanu Reeves in films as I think he has chosen the wrong profession. He is wooden, unconvincing and seems to have a very slight speech impediment making his lines feel torturous. All in all, this film lacked everything it set out to do, i.e. to be funny, witty, original and enjoyable! The writer should have took another look at 'As Good as it gets' as it was everything that this offering wasn't with the characters being well crafted, original, believable and even pathetic.
- Stupid and Predictable 1/20/2004 12:00:00 AM by mrvirgo
It's bad enough this movie is as stupid as it is predictable, but its worst fault is it's simply not funny. Half way through, when I had finished eating my bag of popcorn, I made way to nearest exit. What a waste!
- Neither naughty nor nice 7/16/2006 12:00:00 AM by moabitnik
Yes, it's true, Jack Nicholson is, quite obviously, having a hell of a time poking fun at himself - or his image, that is. And yes, Diane Keaton (an actress I usually can't stand) has hardly ever been as lovely and likable as she is here. But: the whole story is about as predictable as lights on a Christmas tree and more than just a tad too pat; Frances McDormand and Amanda Peet are unforgivably wasted in grossly underwritten parts while Keanu Reeves, as the young doctor having the hots for Keaton, is his usual bland persona; and at over two hours (!) running time this is grotesquely overlong, as after about 90-100 minutes virtually every comedy, as "sophisticated" as it may be, must inevitably run out of steam. Given the fact that at least one complete sequence was cut from the film, it must've seemed even more interminable in its original version. On the whole, a moderately entertaining movie with a few nice one-liners and a few good laughs, the best thing about it being Jack Nicholson rendering Edith Piaf's classic "La vie en rose" over the credits, though.