Written & Directed by: Paul Weitz
Starring: Dennis Quaid Topher Grace Scarlett Johansson
Well basically this is a story about change. About facing the fact that you're old and that the world is changing around you and you can't keep up. Or that you're in your mid-twenties and your materialistic and corporate philosphy isn't really that fulfilling.
Dan Foreman (Dennis Quaid) is the head of Advertising Sales at Sports America magazine, but his company is bought by a global corporation and soon finds himself demoted and working for a man, Carter Duryea (Topher Grace) that is young enough to be his son. His wife is pregnant and his daughter, Alex (Scarlett Johansson) has decided to transfer to the more expensive NYU
People will try to label this a romantic comedy, or a 'chick flick,' but it's not, it's a whole mixture of things, and that's why I think it didn't do well at the Box Office, there's no way to pin this movie down into any specific slot.
Tonally I think this has a lot in common with the Weitz brothers previous film About a Boy. It's a subtle, real, witty film that doesn't rely on contrived 'humourous' situations to make the audience laugh at obvious jokes. It's an effortlessly charming move with real characters and no clear good guy or bad guy. These are just people trying to cope with change around them. It's hard to think that the Weitz brothers were responsible for American Pie when you look at In Good Compan and About a Boy, but I think that maybe it's their wit, intelligence and sense of humanity that seperates American Pie from other dud teen movies.
Dennis Quaid is perhaps the most under-rated actor working today, his performance is excellent, faultless and there isn't enough adjectives to describe it. He's got charm but realism, wit with sincerity. Topher Grace is great as the slightly sleazy young upstrat and Scarlett Johansson is great as usual and of course, hot!
This is basically a really nice movie, that will absorb you and catch you off guard. You'll love it, but not be sure why, because it's not a straight out comedy, it's not a fully fledged drama, I'd even be hesitant to call it a comedy drama. It is what it is, and that is great.
If you liked About a Boy or your comedies subtle with subtle wit and no obvious slap you over the head with a baseball bat jokes then this is definately for you. If you liked White Chicks, then probably give it a miss.
This is by far the most under-rated movie of last year.
Overall: 10/10 (I've had a few glasses of wine, but I really loved this movie, it probably deserves an 8 or 9/10 but I was in a poo mood today and this totally shook me out of it, so for that I give it a 10, ain't movies great that way?)