After the sudden death of her fiancé, Gray Wheeler finds comfort in the company of his friends: lighthearted and comic Sam, hyper-responsible Dennis, and, oddly enough, his old childhood buddy Fritz, an irresponsible playboy whom she'd previously pegged as one of the least reliable people in the world. As secrets about her supposedly perfect fiancé emerge, Gray comes to see new sides of the man she thought she knew, and at the same time, finds herself drawn to the last man she ever expected to fall for. Written by
I have seen so many clunky romantic comedies, where characters behave in ridiculous, unrealistic ways, so I was very pleasantly surprised by this movie. Sure, the characters are somewhat stereotypical and certainly much that happens is predictable, but in this case I don't think the film is harmed at all. There are many charming moments, plenty of humor, and most refreshing, a general air of goodwill that I especially needed after sitting through the HEAVY and mostly grim award-fodder that came out at the end of the year. The leads (Jennifer Garner and Timothy Olyphant) are easy on the eyes and both give fine performances. And, most importantly, I was genuinely rooting for them to get together, which is the raison d'etre of all romantic pairings in this type of movie. The supporting cast, especially Kevin Smith, were icing on an already tasty confection, and the Boulder, Colorado locations were an added delight. If you prefer Ingmar Bergman, stay away, but if you're a fan of the genre, you won't be disappointed.
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