Watched Apr 06, 2009
Amy Adams and Emily Blunt are two of the most intriguing, talented young actresses working at the moment and the duo do all that they can do make this a better movie than it is, but sadly, it was not to be. Both women give superb performances, with Adams showing a range of depth and darkness that her previous work has only hinted at and Blunt taking a stereotypical "misfit" character and running with it to great effect. The supporting cast is equally effective, with Mary-Lynn Rajskub's rarely-seen dramatic acting chops on full display and Alan Arkin's "curmudgeonly old man with a heart of gold and head full of wisdom" chops played nicely as well. The film was sold as a "dark comedy," but light or dark, the comedy just isn't all that funny. As a drama, there are some nice moments but they are unfortunately canceled out by bouts of heavy-handedness, predictability and goofy attempts at profundity.