I feel like a sap for liking this as much as I did. Similar to what he did with The Fighter, David O'Russell takes a pretty well-tread story arc, fills it with smartly written dialogue delivered by well-observed characters to create an outstanding and unique version of it.
I guess this qualifies as a romantic comedy, which I can almost never get into, but it's one of the absolute best takes on the genre I've seen.
P.S. Jennifer Lawrence, call me, I'm your new #1 fan.
Certainly not the promised return-to-form for Oliver Stone, but at least it's on the right track. It's missing the joyful insanity of U-Turn and Natural Born Killers and just feels very "by the numbers."
Worth a look for a couple cool scenes and some of the most embarrassingly written voiceover dialogue ever. It seriously gave me a visceral reaction that made me sink into my chair and hide my face.
Oh, I also had the joy of seeing it in a theater with a guy who liked to give a little "woo!" every time they showed marijuana in the film. "Woo!"
Pretty solid little horror/thriller film that maintains a very decent level of suspense throughout. Strangely, it manages to fall into some pretty obvious genre trappings while completely subverting others. You can't help but think that the teams behind the recent rash of remakes (Last House on the Left, Straw Dogs, I Spit On Your Grave, etc.) could have learned a thing or two from watching this one.
It also stars the little fella from This is England and a pre-schlong baring Michael Fassbender, so that's kind of fun too.