Watched Jun 20, 2012
Ronan Doyle’s review:
It's a little difficult not to compare Julie Delpy's dialogue-heavy, Paris-set romantic comedy to Linklater's Before movies, a tough categorisation for any film to have to deal with. What's interesting is that we come to this particular couple two years into their relationship, when they've had time to develop something Jesse and Céline never did in their brief hours together: disdain. Delpy creates two characters with a believably romantic relationship also defined by its difficulties: there's no doubt that these people love each other, but they've also had the time to get to hate each other just a little bit too. It's here that the film finds a nice amount of success; alas in its comic offerings it's a good deal limper. I can't say I laughed a great deal, and while I wouldn't consider it an ineffective comedy there were a great many gags that fell flat for me. It seemed as though Delpy was trying too hard to impress on the level of humour, and the script's deviations into more lewd material and flirtations with awkward racial stereotypes just screamed of her trying too hard. Effective in its romance, it's let down by more comic misses than hits, though not so much so that it loses its potential to be enjoyed.