A sweet, understated romantic comedy. Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini each give moving performances and share fantastic chemistry together. It's a joy to just hear these two in conversation, to root for their budding relationship.
My only beef is the wacky twist halfway through, which feels rather sitcom-y. But the resulting conflict and bittersweet outcome is worth it. And the coda sums up everything loveable about the story.
I don't know about you, but the premise sounds dull enough that I would have passed on this movie if not for some really positive word of mouth. And am I glad I listened, because Whiplash is thrilling -- I mean, scenes of jazz band rehearsal had me actually thrilled more than any goddamn helicopter explosion or whatever probably could have.
Miles Teller plays an unassuming college freshman, the kind of teen who still goes to the movies with his…