Monday, September 12, 2005
A LOT LIKE LOVE
Ashton Kutcher is a very good film actor; it is easy to underrate the skill of his performances in movies because he makes it all seem so natural. But that's the point.
He stretched in The Butterfly Effect, and with some really exciting material, he may push the envelope.
Amanda Peet is quite a marvelous actress. Over the past ten years, she has amassed an amazing list of credits. And she looks incredibly different from role to role (even within a role, sometimes, from one situation to another). She will push the Oscar envelope when she gets the right material.
A Lot Like Love is very pleasant romantic entertainment, but not the role of a lifetime for either one.
It is amusing and fun, but not all that funny; it's also derivative. The DVD box says, "In the spirit of 'When Harry Met Sally.'" That's "spirit" in the sense of ghost. It also has elements of Before Sunset and Before Sunrise.
So don't watch it for it's contribution to film history (unless you are interested in its lead actors), just curl up, add some popcorn and enjoy it.