WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Recently dumped by his girlfriend, a record store owner (John Cusack) decides to revisit his memories and examine his previous failed relationships. While on his journey, he attempts to figure out what really happened and why he’s been the victim of rejection after rejection. He rates them on a list of top 5 break ups, revisiting his ex’s and asking them what really went wrong.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
If there’s one thing I really dug about this movie, it’s the first person/into the camera narration style a la FERRIS BUELLER’S DAY OFF. It’s a great way of telling a funny story and John Cusack is great as Rob Gordon, the down on his luck loser. We’ve all been through a romance gone completely sour and believe me, Gordon has been through enough to last 2 lifetimes. You have to sympathize with the man as his heart is repeatedly dragged through the proverbial mud, much to our comic delight. I think both men and women will appreciate this movie because it honestly presents both sides of a break up. Throughout the course of the story, we learn that yes, men are inherently jerks but women are just as guilty! Cusack is backed up by a decent supporting cast, particularly Jack Black, who plays the smart alecky, customer offending employee of his store. He’s definitely a comedic talent to look out for in the future. Cusack does a nice job of carrying the movie and provides many of its funniest moments. It’s a solid comedy which will appreciated by music lovers and movie fans alike.
Included as part of the bonus features are 9 deleted scenes. The scenes included are all pretty damn funny and probably would have served a greater purpose if they could have offered a director’s cut feature where they’re played along with the movie. There’s also interview footage with John Cusack and director Stephen Frears. They elaborate on their choice of actors, the music featured and the transition of the story from London to Chicago. Both the deleted scenes and interviews were great except for one thing…please include an option which will play them consecutively! It gets freaking annoying to go through each small clip one after another. By the end, I was going to throw my remote out the window. The original theatrical trailer is included too. The menus, however, sucked big time. There’s so much great music in the film yet when navigating through the disc, it’s dead silent! No animation either.
Granted, many of the fans had the right to be upset that the film wasn’t set in London because of the obvious cultural differences between the British and Americans. I have read the book and the story is preserved, although some things are lost in the translation. The London music scene is preserved with subtle nods to Stereolab, Massive Attack and others, which was cool. The movie, like the novel, is funny and a great expose on the fallacies of bad relationships. The DVD is decent, but was lacking in certain areas, making for a half decent stay at home date rental.