Alternately cute and annoying, this star jammed rom com has just enough charm to keep us into it until the occasionally bitter end.
Based on the popular book, a fist full of young actors show up to tell the differing, interlaced tales of Baltimore twenty- and thirty-somethings, all looking for love, or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof. Jennifer Anniston and Ben Affleck teeter on making it legal, Jennifer Connolly and Bradley Cooper lose it to their money pit of a renovation, Ginnifer Goodwin and Justin Long are “just good friends,” Kevin Connolly is trying to tame Scarlett Johansson and Drew Barrymore is just hoping to get someone past her My Space page. Whew. Of course, by trying to tell so many perspectives of love in the 21st Century (which, except for the internet, doesn’t seem all that different from love in the 20th or maybe 19th Centuries), the impact gets spread pretty thin, often leaving the appealing headliners to rely on broad enough facial expressions, simply to get their point across.
Still, even the most fleeting of knowing commiserations will provide some comfort to much of the potential audience. So, while this latest in the ongoing generations of relatable love stories is just another in the mix, it offers up enough for some of us to be into it after all.