Year of release: 2011
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Diablo Cody
Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, etc.
Just take a good look at the poster for this movie – it tells half the story. That bitter woman drenched in pink and “Hello Kitty” love is obviously not satisfied with her life, despite being a published YA author and the owner of an adorable Pomeranian. Recent divorce, alcohol, and a point of uncertainty in her career, make her decide to reach for her soul mate. And, which is the best place to search for love, particularly when you’ve just had a breakup? The past, of course (not)! Actually, it is sort of a sad story. I’ve known a similar type of woman – late 40s, has the exact dreams, values and attitude in love and relationships as she had in her teens – and it is not funny at all! It’s not even ridiculous, it’s incredible… Back to the movie, Charlize Theron earned every buck she was paid for this role. She was perfect canvas to her character and managed to outline exactly the character’s flaws. Imagine a woman in her 30s going after her (now happily married – to someone else) high school sweetheart. Shallowness and selfishness prevent her from understanding that he’s happy and uninterested in her. What’s worse is that she doesn’t seem to learn anything by the end of the movie. You probably won’t like her. Good character study, though 🙂
I liked the theme of the story. It’s true – some people don’t grow up as they grow older.
There’s always a limit with this sort of chick flick, and this particular movie doesn’t overcome it. It’s just “OK”, not “great”.
Would I see it again? – Not soon, and by chance.
My Rating (1 to 10): 7
Recommended: If you have some spare time and like this type of movie.
Make a plan to stalk an ex. Umm… better not! 😀