Watched Jul 03, 2012
Ross Maclean’s review:
Makes some nicely observed points while also having an innate sweetness. It's barbed and relatively honest. It's the first time I've ever really connected with Jason Segel in a non-mumblecore film and Emily Blunt continues to display excellent comic timing.
It's an odd cast though and, while pretty good, Rhys Ifans sits uncomfortably in the film. Not as much as Jacki Weaver though. It's incomprehensible that after an Oscar nomination for a stellar turn in Animal Kingdom, her first instinct would be to go for a thankless bitchy mother role in something like this.
It suffers from a truly wasteful abundance of comic relief with nearly every character who isn't Jason or Emily only having the function of wacky sidekick or potential threat.
There is the odd witty sequence but it's hampered by reeling off the raunchy romcom checklist as dictated by the Apatow brand:
Physical injury - CHECK
Lead actor comically nude - CHECK
Preposterous meet cute - CHECK
Inappropriate wedding speeches - CHECK
Wacky boss - CHECK
Adorably frank, but somehow coy, sex talk - CHECK