Director- Paul Weitz
Starring- Tina Fey
Yay, another romantic comedy with Tina Fey in a scenario where she has no real love life, has no children and has a well payed and respected job. I didn't know anything about this film going in, I was meant to go see 'Now you see me' but there were complications so instead of going out with my girlfriend to a club or maybe get a nice quiet drink and discuss 'The Wheel of Time' series since I recently finished the fifteen book saga I went to this film, and here is my review.
|We've never seen Tina Fey in this scenario before........|
Portia Nathan, Tina Fey, loves her job as admissions officer, her ten year relationship with her boyfriend is just wonderful and soon she may be up for a big promotion. What more could a woman want, well it turns out a lot, within a few days of each other she loses the boyfriend, who by the way is a terribly miscast Michael Sheen, and then finds out she has a son who is trying to get into Princeton, her college. Hilarity ensues.....
|The Budget for the film wa not....high.|
Is it Tina Fey, no. Is it Paul Rudd, no. Is it the interesting teen actor who plays Tina Feys son? Yes, yes it is. Nat Wolff is very engaging as young genius Jeremiah Balakian, he comes off with a lovely charm and wit, which is only emphasized by the lack of charm that comes off of the rest of the cast.
Oh dear God there is so much wrong with this film, let's start with the theme. It feels like a coming of age story for a forty year old woman mixed with a tacked on romantic comedy. There was no reason for Tina Fey and Paul Rudds characters to get together in this film. I felt there was no spark between the two, this really annoyed me, especially since these two actors have such huge comedy chops. The supporting cast is filled with one dimensional characters who seemed to simply be there to fill the scene with background noise. Its not that its not funny, it's painfully unfunny. It pulls out every cliched trick, every awkward moment, every cringe worthy opportunity to try and get a cheap laugh, and then it comes up with one of the most unrealistic endings to a film imaginable.
|It's like looking into an eerie mirror into the future.|
I have never said this about a film, but I will say it now, I regretted seeing this film.
The moral of the story is this, if Tina Fey didn't write it, it's going to be shit.