A Lot Like Love

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A Lot Like Love is a lot like a big ball of dung being rolled uphill by some beetle. You’re not sure why anyone would put that much effort into the whole affair and the fact that you can’t stop watching the ball of shit just amazes you after a while.

A Lot Like Love stars Ashton Kutcher and Amanda Peet as a guy and a girl who take seven years to figure out that they are perfect for each other. Personally, I could buy that the movie takes place over a period for seven years because that’s how long it felt like.

Maybe I’m a little cynical as far as this movie is concerned. It’s a romantic comedy and I hate romantic comedies, especially after a movie like Fever Pitch that gives me hope for the entire wretched genre. Personally, I could have done without seeing this movie despite the fact that I barely remember anything in it. Personally, I liked it the first time I saw it when it was called When Harry Met Sally.

No wait… actually, I didn’t.

Through the years, hairstyles, and period music, we follow these two irritating characters who go from a little cute to people you just want to beat with a baseball bat with a nail sticking out of it.

Ashton Kutcher pretty much plays the largely empty-headed character that you would think he would want to get away from playing if he ever wanted to be taken seriously in his career. Then again, who else but a love-struck fifteen year old girl and occasional boy would take him seriously at all?

Amanda Peet does a decent job, but her character was too grating to enjoy. Chalk that up to the crappy writing trying to make someone hip but turning them into someone to be completely hated. She’s a real Poochy*, that’s for sure.

I suppose A Lot Like Love could have been worse… the theater could have caught fire and I might have been horribly scarred for life. At least that didn’t happen.

On the other hand, if the script didn’t take that tried and true cliché happy ever after ending route that we all know was coming… and perhaps cast some more capable actors in a few key roles, it could have been much much better as well.

This is a terrible movie.  It’s boring, it’s contrived, the acting is bad and the romance is tepid to say the least.

It has a few redeeming moments that save it from the sewer, but as far as a movie goes, it’s the Diet Coke of entertainment. Not filling and watered down.

* Refer to The Simpsons.

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Jason Donner

Jason Donner devoured the universe and you are all living inside him.