For those of you who aren’t my friends at Netflix (and you two who are know who you are).
I love romantic comedy done well. I know (and talk with my daughter) about the parts that don’t happen that way, because it’s not realistic. But when they get the right people, the right performances, the right director and the right script, it’s really, really hard to beat.
I watched this movie with a smile on my face most of the time (nice that no one else was around, because it was probably a little bit goofy), when I wasn’t laughing out loud. The characters were real and deep and they all did what they did for reasons that made sense. Even when I wanted to smack them for doing those things, they were the right things to do in that moment. This is the place where many romantic comedies get it wrong, but this one got it right consistently.
Katherine Heigl is not only amazingly beautiful, she is a brilliant comic actress who very much doesn’t buy into her own beauty, and that humility comes through with amazing performances with sincere emotion and uncanny comic timing. I could watch her with the mute button on and be happy, but I could also listen with the picture turned off and be moved. Malin Akerman, who plays her sister, is also amazingly beautiful and brilliant with the comedy as well. Watching them together is a treat.
This is not a romantic comedy for men, like Date with an Angel or Dan in Real Life, but it is a romantic comedy men can love. I recommend it highly.