Movie Review of The Romantics
Director: Galt Neiderhoffer
Length: 95 minutes
Stars: 2 &1/2 out of 5
With such an impressive cast you go into the theater expecting much more than this movie delivers. This movie is based on the director Galt Neiderhoffer’s own novel published in 2008. I have not read the book so I cannot say if it is any better than the movie. The story centers on a group of friends, all Yale graduates who gather for the wedding of two of their friends. We soon find out the groom Tom (Josh Duhamel) and the bride Lila (Anna Paquin) have a complicated relationship with Laura (Katie Holmes). She is former college roommate of Lila and now her maid of honor but used to be involved with Tom the groom. The obligatory love triangle we see in almost every wedding romantic comedy becomes the main attraction. The problem with the movie is the common story line does not come together fully.
Even with an amazing supporting cast including the legendary Candice Bergen, who plays Lila’s uptight mother, and many young, talented actors like: Malin Akerman, Elijah Wood, Jeremy Strong and Adam Brody. The rehashed plot has no fresh take or surprises in this movie, the music is not good, the actors try to show their talent. Candice Bergen is always amazed me, I admit I also loved Katie Holmes in Dawson’s Creek, and Anna Paquin is so perfect in her hit television series on HBO “True Blood”, but this weak story does them no favors. I found myself not really caring about any of the characters or what they were going through. It is hard to like a movie if you are ambivalent about what happens to the characters.
After stealing liquor from the wedding rehearsal dinner and all getting drunk at the beach bad behavior and antics begin between the friends. The groom takes off for a swim and disappears. They do not want the frantic, controlling Lila to worry so all her friends take off looking for him. There is a lot of talking among the friends about their lives and how they are doing but not much of it is very interesting.
There are a few bright spots throughout the movie, one is the scenery, the beachfront home belonging to Lila’s rich family is beautiful. And Anna Paquin (Lila) does have some truly funny moments throughout the film where she is trying to keep it all together the night before her wedding. Even though this is not her best role I still think Katie Holmes (Laura) did as good a job as she could with her character. She is just about the only one from the movie I found myself liking and actually pulling for her in the love triangle, even though I am not sure what she saw in Tom (Josh Duhamel). He did not have many redeeming qualities in my eyes. But I think the scene stealer of the movie is Elijah Wood, as the drunken Chip but he is not enough for me to recommend going to the theater to see this movie.
Unless you are a crazed fan or relative of one of the actors in the movie I suggest waiting to rent it from Netflix if you think you must see it. With the prices at the movie theater for a ticket, drinks and popcorn you will leave feeling robbed like I did. Save yourself the time and money, after seeing this movie I wish I could get a refund on both of mine.