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A Lot Like Love
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08.22.2005 By: JoBlo
A Lot Like Love order
Director:
Nigel Cole

Actors:
Ashton Kutcher
Amanda Peet
Taryn Manning

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A slacker dude runs into a slacker chick on an airplane, and seems to hit it off with her (he nails her in the airplane loo). Unfortunately for our man, the girl is very aloof, so they sort of lose track of each other after a while. Three years later, he runs into her again, this time, they are both a little more mature and moving on with their lives. Again, they connect, but again…they lose touch. You see where this is going? Well, that’s where it goes!
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of my favorite movies of all-time is WHEN HARRY MET SALLY. Now as much as I’d hate to compare this film to that one (the latter film is pretty perfect in my eyes, this one….well, a little “light” in the loafers), you can’t help but draw comparisons as the basic premise of running into someone over and over again for a period of years is the basis for both films, as is romance and comedy. Unfortunately for anyone watching this movie, it’s a little light on the romance and even lighter on the comedy. So what’s left? Well, the best word to describe this fluff-piece would likely be “cute”. It’s a cute movie that doesn’t really blow you over at anytime, features a couple of endearing actors (at least, to me), a decent soundtrack, an interesting premise and all of the other basics for a romantic comedy, sans the actual emotion or deep involvement with the characters.

I’ve always been a fan of Ashton Kutcher and he’s pretty good here too, and totally downplays the character vis-à-vis his regular-life “bouncing off walls” personality, which was required in order to be able to absorb this dude. Amanda Peet, on the other hand, was good but honestly was a little too “cold” for the role, I thought. Ultimately, you want to get emotional for the characters at some point, and I wanted to during this film, but it didn’t seem like her character was all that “into it”. That said, it could just have been the screenplay that was underwritten, so I don’t want to put all the blame on her. Once the film is over, it’ll take you about five minutes to forget the whole thing, and that’s too bad because I really think everyone missed a great opportunity to create another insightful romantic comedy here—one that would offer not only romance and comedy to the viewers, but also that rich ingredient that many of us look for in our rom-coms: hope!
THE EXTRAS
Bloopers (~ 4 minutes): Not much going on here, save for a few spit-takes by the lovely Ms. Peet and Kutcher acting a little goofy here and there.

Deleted Scenes (~ 8 minutes): We get 5 deleted scenes, 4 of which aren’t all that interesting, and one of which does add a little more juice to the bit, but ultimately was probably more than the film could handle in terms of the couple going back and forth so many times (after a while, you just get bored and want them to get together already!).

Music video: The music video is called “Brighter than Sunshine” by a band named Aqualung. I’ve never heard of the band or the song, but it seemed alright.

Audio commentary: Unfortunately, neither of the film’s stars, Ashton Kutcher or Amanda Peet, decided that they wanted to take part in this commentary apparently, but director Nigel Cole does, as do a couple of producers on the film. For some reason, I was annoyed by the director’s British accent, but that was probably my own shit going on. Other than that, the track is pretty constant with talk from the three guys who are obviously together and informative in terms of much of what happened on, and behind, the screen.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
The film’s title sucks and it definitely doesn’t bring anything really new to the table, but I like Ashton Kutcher, appreciated the film’s basic premise of a couple of “friends” meeting each other over a period of years and possibly falling in love, and it only lasted about 90 minutes, so for what it was…it was “okay”. The DVD doesn’t really offer all that much extra on it though, so unless you’re a massive fan of the film (which I simply can’t imagine), just rent this puppy and you’ll be alright. Oh, but make sure that you buy WHEN HARRY MET SALLY and call me in the morning. Cheers.
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